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Ozzy Osborne is not a Satanist

Though Osbourne tempts the comparison with Satanism in his song Mr. Crowley, he denies the charge of being a Satanist.
The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture (archive.org)

Hi @helpingout , thanks for your contribution. I read some of the article you provided as source, but I couldn’t find a quote or source for Ozzy Osborne denying the charge of being a Satanist. Could you clarify where it is?

that Ozzy Osbourne is far from a worshipper of the Dark Lord, but simply a talented iconoclast with a flair for creating controversy, and thus publicity. A comparison can be made between Osbourne and the turn of the century occultist, Aleister Crowley. Crowley too was branded a devil-worshipper, and equally relished the attention that came with the title of “Most Evil Man in the World.” The connection between the two has been reinforced by Osbourne’s song, “Mr. Crowley,” which has been described by some as an homage to the Great Beast himself. While neither of these men actually worshipped the Devil, their anti-authoritarianism, combined with such vices as drugs and women, made them both suitable straw men against whom conservative moralists might rail.

[7] As part of the counter-culture movement growing out of the '60s and into the '70s, many who had become dissatisfied with traditional society and religion were turning to alternative forms of spirituality, often in the form of occult philosophies and popularised Eastern mysticism. Almost immediately, the band issued denials of any involvement in black magic and Satanism. Although they were interested in gothic subject matter, actual involvement in the occult terrified them. Still, covens of witches invited them to play at black masses and Satanists stalked the halls of their hotels. Alex Sanders, one of the early fathers of the burgeoning Wiccan movement, invited Black Sabbath to play a special concert for a ritual at Stonehenge. When they refused, however, the self-proclaimed “King of the Witches” is said to have put a curse upon them. In response to the unwanted attention, Sabbath began wearing hastily constructed aluminium crosses to ward away evil, but this was no avail in warding off their image as a group of occultists and Satan worshippers. While some critics were condemning Black Sabbath as, Geezer replied, "People like us because they want to listen to our music, not because of any black magic gimmicks. We only do two numbers about black magic in fact, and they are both warnings against it.” Despite their attempts, the media latched onto the notion of their Satanic involvement and the image stuck.

17] Now, Ozzy Osbourne had accepted the publicity that came with his image of the Devil’s agent and fostered that of a lunatic. He denied any wrong doing both in interviews and in his lyrics, while at the same time portraying what he considered a demonic character on stage. The vices of women, drugs and alcohol, a compulsively manic personality, and a continued focus on themes from horror, madness and the occult made him the perfect example of all that was evil in popular music affecting the youth of the day. One Christian preacher, Jeff Godwin, decried Ozzy’s drunken decapitation of the dove as the symbolic destruction of the Holy Spirit, which appeared in Luke in the form of a doveHe was also accused of urging his fans to commit suicide through the use of subliminal and so-called “back masked” lyrics, a charge that took almost a decade to be thrown out of court once and for all. To all of these claims, Ozzy responded with defiance by simply absorbing the charges into his stage persona and in the process mocking them through such actions as actually including comical messages recorded in reverse on later albums and even striking back at the Christian Right with piercing lyrics. The most poignant example of this latter tactic appears in the song, “Miracle Man,” in which Ozzy harps on the hypocrisy of "little Jimmy sinner,"Jimmy Swaggert, whose disgrace, among those of other evangelists, led to the folding of the Moral Majority by the end of the 1980s.