Jan 25 2008 By Lynn Davidson
A SAILOR who admitted being a Satanist has been promoted to a job with the Ministry of Defence.
Scot Chris Cranmer became the first registered Devil worshipper in the armed forces three years ago.
Yesterday, his mother revealed her son had been head-hunted for a job in Whitehall.
Catherine Cranmer said: "He works hard and he has achieved a lot in a short space of time. He is serving his country."
Chris, 27, was a leading hand on HMS Cumberland, based in Devonport, Plymouth, when he told the Navy he was a Satanist.
They accepted it and even offered him space on board to carry out Satanic rituals.
Catherine, 55, said Chris has since been promoted to chief petty officer and then to the MoD job in London.
She said being a Satanist was irrelevant to her son's career.
Business development manager Catherine, of Kirkliston, near Edinburgh, said: "I don't think it makes any difference. It is a private part of his life.
"Chris is the sweetest, kindest person you could meet.
"He has an excellent record of service. He has been to Afghanistan and the Gulf."
Catherine said her son had gone to a service at her local kirk with her when he was home for Christmas.
She added: "He is part of our family and his religion has never changed that."
Last night, a spokesman for the MoD said: "There is no barrier to anyone of any belief joining the armed forces as long as he or she accepts that the nature of the job is selfless, rather than selfish.
"For somebody who is prepared to accept what the armed forces is all about - like Chris - it is not an issue."
This week, Defence Minister Bob Ainsworth said Satanists were not accepted into the Army.
But the MoD said individuals of different "religions" are treated on a case-by-case basis.
Chris follows the Church of Satan. They believe there are no gods and that materialism and self-indulgence are good.
'Chris is the sweetest, kindest person'.