The 5 Wildest Sorority Conspiracy Theories

Service organizations for college women or secret witch societies? You decide.

The collegiate “Greek” system of sororities exists to foster lifelong friendships, form a sense of ongoing community, and to serve society both through direct charity action and by shaping students into better, more giving citizens.

That’s one theory at least.

The sorority system has also been criticized for being all about privilege and exclusivity, and promoting dangerous hazing, underage drinking, body shaming, and bullying disguised as bonding.

That’s another theory.

Both positions, in fact, are rooted in some truth. What do we make, then, of some of the more wild and way-out theories regarding sororities? Check out some of these bizarre conspiracy charges against the Greek way of female collegiate life and decide for yourself.

  1. Sororities Are Fronts for the Illuminati

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    For those who don’t know—or at least those who don’t buy into conspiracies—theorists have long proposed that a secret organization of elites called “the Illuminati” (enlightened ones) run the world and rig everything from presidential elections to stock prices to MTV VMA winners. The Illuminati, it’s said, also worship Satan and promote evil all over earth.

    As one theorist puts it: “College sororities are modeled after Satanic secret societies… They are a way that the Illuminati recruit and entrap university students.”

  2. Sororities Recruit for the Freemasons

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    The Illuminati’s main tool for enforcing and maintaining their global monopoly are the Freemasons, a fraternal order whose influence is actually everywhere, including the pyramid with the eye, one of the group’s key symbols, on the U.S. one dollar bill.

    A 1990 pamphlet from the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority makes this clear: “The most direct line of descent from Greek societies to America is the Freemasons (called Masons). Historians of American fraternities and sororities trace most of our rituals, ceremonies and rites to the Masons. An examination of Masonic rituals open to the scholars suggest that our Founders were also influenced by Masonic ritual, symbolism and initiation experiences.”

    Still, not everyone believes the Freemasons are a front for demonic servitude, with sororities acting as their gateway for young adult women. Some, however, definitely do.

  3. “Mainstream Media Wizardry” Actively Promotes the Satanic Sorority Agenda

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    One conspiracy theorist lays it out thusly: “Sororites are actually Masonic institutions. [They] provide a discrete network of human resources for secretive elitist groups that seek to control the larger population through hidden means… sisters become part of a larger Masonic “family”, and will work in collusion to support Masonic efforts. To help conceal the reality of this circuitous relationship, mainstream media wizardry (largely directed by Freemasons) has effectively served to condition the public’s perception of [sororities as being merely harmless, juvenile pranksters.”

  4. Sororities Are Pagan Religious Sects That Worship Occult Idols

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    Arising, as they do, from ancient Greek traditions, sororities often employ rituals and iconography that includes gods, demons, and other beings of long-ago mythology.

    Some conspiracy theorists maintain that such references are not simply theatrical and “fun,” but actually religious practices in service of occult figures such as Baphomet, a goat-headed, multi-gendered occult idol for which the 14th century Knights Templar (a favorite topic among secret society investigators) were tortured and burned alive after being accused of worshipping.

    As one theorist claims in reaction to some sorority sisters incorporating Baphomet into an initiation rite: “There is simply no way one can deny that these organizations indoctrinate their members into false god worship because they openly admit it.”

  5. The Political Left Is “At War” With Sororities

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    A 2012 study found that sorority members were more likely than other college students to be politically conservative. Right-leaning news organization have since actively promoted the idea that sororities have therefore become a target for the overwhelming left-wing populations of university campuses. http://cnsnews.com/news/article/study-finds-fraternity-sorority-students-more-likely-be-conservative Adherents to this belief cite a viral article that criticized a seemingly harmless pledge recruitment video as being “worse for women than Donald Trump;” the University of Georgia banning hoop skirts for being reminiscent of the pre-Civil War South; and an Iowa student claiming her sorority kicked her out due to campus pressure after she expressed anti-abortion views on social media.

    The claim is that the left’s annual “War on Christmas” has effectively taken up a new year-round front with a “War on Sororities.”

Mike McPadden is the author of the book "HEAVY METAL MOVIES: Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos, and Cult Zombies Amok in the 666 Most Ear- and Eye-Ripping Big Scream Films Ever!" (Bazillion Points, 2014).