The Satanism Scare

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James T. Richardson, Joel Best, David G. Bromley
Transaction Publishers, 1991 - Social Science - 320 pages

Although there is growing concern over Satanism as a threat to American life, the topic has received surprisingly little serious attention. Recognizing this, the editors of this volume have selected papers from a wide variety of disciplines, broadly covering contemporary aspects of Satanism from the vantage points of studies in folklore, cults, religion, deviance, rock music, rumor, and the mass media.

All contributors are skeptical of claims that a large, powerful satanic conspiracy can be substantiated. Their research focuses instead on claims about Satanism and on the question of whose interests are served by such claims. Several papers consider the impact of anti-Satanism campaigns on public opinion, law enforcement and civil litigation, child protection services, and other sectors of American society.

The constructionist perspective adopted by the editors does not deny the existence of some activities by ‚ real‚ Satanists, and two papers describe the workins of satanic groups. Whatever the basis of the claims examined and analyzed, there is growing evidence that belief in the satanic menace will have real social consequences in the years ahead.

 

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A mixture of fascinating chapters on the satanic panic and some much more banal chapters on more abstract parts of non-satanic ritual abuse satanism. Chapters 1-9, which focus most prominently on the satanic panic were by far the most interesting and gets five stars. Chapter 9, "Satanism and Psychotherapy" was the most interesting discussion of the intersection between satanic ritual abuse, hypnosis and psychotherapeutic techniques. The remainder of the book was much more focused on specific topics that did not have such a big impact on the panic, and only gets three stars - still informative but much more affected by the passage of time.  

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WOW, THIS IS JUST AMAZING.
WHAT DOES SATANISM HAVE TO DO WITH RITUAL? RITUAL, THAT'S CHRISTIAN STUFF ISN'T IT?
SO SATANISTS ABDUCT CHILDREN FOR SEX? HMMM. AGAIN, SOUNDS LIKE CERTIN CATHOLIC PRIESTS IN THE NEWS LALELY (NOT ALL PRIESTS OF COURSE).
WHAT DOES THE DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS GAME HAVE TO DO WITH ACTUAL MODERN SATANISM? NOTHING.
SADLY, SOME PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD ARE INSANE AND CLAIM SATAN TOLD THEM TO DO THINGS. OR, THEY SAY THAT THEY WORSHIP THE DEVIL. THERE IS NO DEVIL. THAT CONCEPT IS A RELIGIOUS CREATION.
AREN'T THERE ALSO MANY POOR, INSANE INDIVIDUALS WHO CLAIM TO BE JESUS CHRIST TOO? SURE THERE ARE.
LOOK AT YOUR HISTORY BOOKS. THE CRUSADES, THE SPANISH INQUISITION THE SALEM WITCH HUNTS...THESE ARE EXAMPLES RELIGIOUS MURDER SPREES. NO REAL SATANIST WANTS ANY PART OF SUCH PRACTICES.
TO A MODERN SATANIST, SATAN IS A SYMBOL ONLY; A CONCEPT.
BELIVE WHAT YOU WILL. WE WON'T KILL YOU IF IT ISN'T WHAT WE BELIEVE (UNLIKE SOME PEOPLE).
NOW, DON'T BE AFRAID.
AND STOP YOUR FOOLISHNESS.
 

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IV
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V
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VI
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XVIII
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XIX
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XX
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XXII
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