Mexican Evangelists Pray For 'Evil' MARILYN MANSON

Variety reports that dozens of Bible-wielding Mexican evangelical Christians prayed for the soul of MARILYN MANSON on Thursday (October 16) in a protest against a planned concert by the shock rocker.

About 100 people sang hymns and prayed outside local government buildings in the center of the northern city of Monterrey, where MANSON, infamous for ripping up Bibles and invoking Satan on stage, is to play November 5.

"We are praying for him so that he can know God and become transformed," said demonstration organizer Arsenia Campos, whose daughter was killed last year by a young man who later said he was involved in a Satanic cult.

The group presented 3,000 signatures to the City Council this week asking it to halt the gig but Monterrey Mayor Felipe de Jesus Cantu said Wednesday the MANSON show would go ahead.

"We ask you Lord to enlighten the authorities and bless the community to avoid all evil," said Sonia Ruiz, a housewife. Monterrey is one of Mexico's most conservative cities.

MANSON's album "The Golden Age of Grotesque" topped the U.S. sales charts in May.

The rocker won a civil suit in Minnesota in September brought by a security guard upset at MANSON rubbing his crotch against the guard's head during a concert.

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