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There is no "connection" between the Ordo Templi Orientis and the music industry. There are musicians who are interested in, or who have belonged to, the religious organization known as the OTO, but none of the current crop of R&B and hip-hop stars who are rumored to be affiliated with the OTO are known to be members.

There is an internet-based conspiracy theory which states that the "music industry" is somehow under the control of the OTO, and those people who have successful recording careers in R&B, hip-hop, or rap are members of the OTO. The conspiracy theory then goes on to state that these successful musicians have performed a "blood sacrifice" in order to become members of the OTO and to attain fame. The "proof" of the blood sacrifice usually comes in listing members of the artist's family or friends who have died, with the implication being that the artist had them killed in order to join the OTO and therefore become successful.

The truth is that the Ordo Templi Orientis has only around 4000 members in the USA, and is not a center of power or wealth in any way. The OTO is based around the teacings of Aleister Crowley and the Book of the Law, which is a document that was channeled through Aleister Crowley, the notorious English magician. The Book of the Law proclaims "a new Aeon," that is, a new system of religious thought based on scientific principles. The OTO is not a secret, world-controlling organization by any means, and to be honest, the OTO is often disabled by inner strife among its members arguing over minor points of doctrine, like any other church. If the OTO ever got themselves together long enough to take over the music industry, it would be a major miracle on the order of the parting of the Red Sea.

Further information on the OTO can be found at http://oto-usa.org, which is the official website of the Ordo Templi Orientis in the United States. A quick reading will reveal that the OTO has no interest in controlling the music industry, but is more interested in spreading the Law of Light, Life, Love and Liberty, which is "Do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Love is the law, love under will."

There are musicians who have been involved with the OTO and with Thelema, which is the name of the system of scientific illuminism that the OTO helps to teach. However, one can also find Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and Pagans among the ranks of musicians who practice their religion openly. Yet no one talks about a Christian conspiracy to take over the music industry, or a Buddhist conspiracy, or a Muslim conspiracy.

The rumors about the OTO taking over the music industry through blood sacrifice rituals are ridiculous, as are the same rumors that talk about the "Illuminati," (a group that never even existed) taking over the music industry through human sacrifice rituals. These are conspiracy theories engendered by ignorant and foolish people, in order to entertain and frighten other ignorant and foolish people. The truth is easily discovered and it is always less fun than the lie.

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