NOTE: This article was written back in 1992. An extended updated version is available here.

Procter and Gamble Rumor Refuted

Once again rumors and allegations of Satanism are circulating regarding this corporate giant. It was brought to our attention both verbally, and in the form of a photocopied letter, by people at a number of churches. Each claimed that the president of Proctor and Gamble had appeared on a Phil Donahue show, last year, to announce that he was a Satanist and the profits from Proctor and Gamble were being used to fund Satanism. One also said he had been on a Merv Griffin Show. The letter called for a boycott of their products. This all began about a decade ago when some alarmist decided that their moon and stars logo was a symbol of Satanism. They have had a form of this logo since 1851! Well, Christians -- It's about time we cared for the truth - not rumors and unsubstantiated allegations. The circulated letter and rumors are a LIE. I have in my possession letters from Phil Donahue, Peter Barsocchini - Vice President of Merv Griffin Enterprises, Human Life International - the source of the Canadian letter, and many more - all refuting the claims made by these malicious individuals. In the case of Human Life International - they publicly apologized to Procter and Gamble for circulating the letter "without proof in hand." and are now "convinced that the accusations printed ... were false."

Since Christians and churches have been some of the most instrumental in circulating the lies concerning Procter & Gamble. -- Satan, I'm sure, is pleased that he has been able to further discredit the Christian Church. If you don't think the secular world sees it that way, just consider these excerpts from an editorial in The Freeman Courier (S.D.), entitled "A run on the rumor mill."

It should be an embarrassment to those calling themselves Christian. The spreading of rumors and untruths, scripture notes, is a sin.

And yet, a good number of people calling themselves Christians across this country - and that includes this community - have helped perpetuate and spread a vicious rumor contained in a letter alleging a link between the Procter & Gamble Company and the Church of Satan...

Furthermore, the rumor-letter refers to the "owners of Procter & Gamble Corp." Procter & Gamble is a large company owned by stockholders, not an individual...

Who's getting hurt? Obviously, Procter & Gamble which is losing at least some sales... But it has also hurt the credibility of the church to be party to such misguided efforts...

Rumors are a poison. We have a choice to either spread them or bury them. This one should have been buried long ago.

In conclusion, if you hear a rumor - investigate it (or for that matter, have us investigate it) -- don't spread it.

The End

Written by Brent MacDonald of Lion Tracks Ministries. (c) 1992-1997. Feel free to duplicate as long as the source is cited.