‘Dark Lord’ arrested for burning, urinating on Bible

Ready for his close-up: Eric Minerault, AKA "Dark Lord", poses for a mugshot. Minerault was charged for a misdemeanour crime of burning and urinating on a copy of the Holy Bible outside a Christian homeless shelter.

No, it wasn’t Voldemort. Neither was it Sauron, nor was it Lucifer.

A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself “Dark Lord” has been arrested for allegedly burning and urinating on a Bible outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona.

Eric Minerault AKA Dark Lord was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Aug 28 on suspicion of one count of unlawful symbol burning stemming from the incident at the Gospel Rescue Mission, says Prescott police spokesman Lieutenant Ken Morley in a written statement.

According to the statement, police officers were called to the scene at about 9pm by a mission representative who reported that a man was burning something on the mission’s front steps. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found Minerault standing on the steps, with a burned and wet Bible on the ground near him.

Quickly taking responsibility for the act, Minerault told officers the mission was selected for the desecration because he believed it was a place of Christian worship and he was “cursing the Christians,” says the police.

Mr Dark Lord photographed at the scene after giving himself up to police and admitting his misdemeanour.

Asked why, officers report that Minerault said it was because he’s the “Dark Lord” – with no further explanation. During the incident, Minerault was clad in black clothes, accessorised with a black-and-red robe and pentagram necklace. The pentagram is generally accepted as a symbol of Satan worship.

The so-called Dark Lord remained at the detention centre until the afternoon of Aug 29 on the misdemeanour charge, sheriff’s officials say.

Dan Pochoda, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, says the arrest raises questions as to whether Minerault’s First Amendment freedom of speech rights were violated. However, Pochoda, who claims he isn’t familiar with the charge cited, says that courts have previously upheld laws that bar symbols like crosses from being burned.

Still, one would think that impersonating the scion of evil would incur darker penalties. But maybe it’s not a matter for mortals to decide. Check out this 2012 YouTube video of Minerault performing a self-written song and looking for potential bandmates to join his death metal band. – Reuters

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