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US Senate candidate denies dismembering goat as part of cult ritual

Augustus Sol Invictus
Augustus Sol Invictus

A candidate for the US Senate has denied dismembered a goat as part of a cult ritual.

Senate candidate Augustus Sol Invictus denied the claims made by the chairman of Florida's Libertarian Party, Adrian Wyllie who resigned in protest.

Wyllie also wrote that Invictus "has repeatedly vowed that it is his destiny to start a second civil war in America."

"Invictus says he is a pagan. And in an August blog post entitled "A Call for Total Insurrection," he quotes himself as saying: "I have prophesied for years that I was born for a Great War." But it's not entirely clear how violent he wants the rebellion to be.”

Invictus, 32, is an adherent of a religion called Thelema, established in the early 1900s by occultist Aleister Crowley. Invictus was expelled from the religion's fraternal organisation, Ordo Templi Orientis, but denies Wyllie's specific claim about dismembering a goat.

"I have never dismembered a goat in my life. I have performed animal sacrifices as part of my religion," Invictus said. "I was expelled from the order for political reasons. And animal sacrifice was part of it. But that is a deliberate misrepresentation by Wyllie."