UK paper stokes fire of Satanic Panic. False before, what makes it true now?

Sounds horrific. However, it also sounds exactly like claims made in the U.S. in the 80s and 90’s and resulted in ABSOLUTELY NO CONCRETE EVIDENCE that satanic cults were operating and doing the incredible crimes they were accused of. So, there is a good basis to be solidly skeptical about these new sensationalistic claims.

EXCLUSIVE: Children are being victimised in satanic abuse rituals, claims charities – Daily Express.

CHILDREN have been the victims of satanic abuse including rape, murder and even the production of so-called snuff films which depict killings, two leading charities claimed last night.

One campaigner said he had heard of babies born but never registered, so they would not be missed when killed by secret paedophile networks.

The existence of such terrifying cults is said to have gone unchecked in Scotland for decades, with victims facing scepticism and outright disbelief.

Many incidents took place years ago but experts are sure ritual abuse rings still operate.

Police Scotland said yesterday they were taking the allegations “incredibly seriously” and would investigate any complaints.

Two charities made these claims of snuff films and ritual abuse through the paper’s investigation. What’s the evidence? As usual, the spokespeople allege that this terrible things are happening, children being raped, babies sacrificed, etc. but there has never been evidence found of an organized Satanic cult doing such things. This is not to say that heinous crimes have not occurred and gone unreported but to paint a fearful picture of “Satanists” corroborating in this scheme of secrecy and brainwashing and not getting caught, is ludicrous.

The idea of Satanic Ritual Abuse is derived, according to folklorist Bill Ellis from a core of Charismatic Christians who popularized the idea that the devil himself is responsible for our illnesses and bad judgments. In the 1980s we began to see this myth played out in accusations of crimes. The idea of pedophilia is so awful that the culture may rely on a myth to help frame it and deal with it. So, Satanism became a scape goat. Many people were put in jail for such abuse on shoddy evidence including false memories coerced from psychotherapists. We SHOULD be past all this now but it seems to be such a hot button topic for viewers that newspapers occasional like to spill it all over the front page once again. The reader likely does not know that there is little basis for such allegations.

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  7 comments for “UK paper stokes fire of Satanic Panic. False before, what makes it true now?

  1. Barry
    November 9, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    That’s alarming. We should outlaw the rape and murder of children immediately!

  2. busterggi
    November 9, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Christians have been promoting Satanic panic for centuries, they aren’t going to let the total lack of evidence stop them now.

  3. mia
    November 9, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    My stepfather and I had this very conversation just last month. Hes a pentecostal,im wiccan. He said his “pastor”told him that satanists sacrifice children every halloween. He got mad cause I said “wheres the proof? You cant just go around accusing people of doing something just because you dont like their religion”. I told him thats bearing “false testimony” and its a no no in his “religion”.

  4. Headless Unicorn Guy
    November 9, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    I’m very familiar with the first iteration of the Satanic Panic.

    I was a D&D gamer when it first went down. I remember the Christianese coverage of the McMartin case; looking back, there was a LOT of Grand Unified Conspiracy Theory involved, including “secret evidence which we are forbidden from showing.” Do I need to say any more?

    Thank You Mike Warnke — you total FRAUD.

  5. Tom
    November 10, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    The Daily Express was once a successful centre-right newspaper, however it lost it’s journalistic way decades ago and now vies with the Daily Mail publishing these sort of sensationalistic articles.

  6. Peter Robinson
    November 10, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    The Daily Express is actually worse than the Daily Mail. It is owned by the wholly unprincipled Richard ‘Dirty’ Desmond, who made his money as a pornographer with Northern and Shell Publishing, and still runs various nasty little TV stations. For years now he has pushed the Princess Diana conspiracy theories on behalf of his equally unlovely pal, Mohammed Fayed. It truly is a rag which publishes pretty much total excrement.

  7. Bill T.
    November 10, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Fed by the laziness and diengenuity of most press outlets. Report the senational: “Sherriff reports multiple murders by satanic Cult”, completely ignore evidence to the contrary. Same old same old.

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