a giant tarp/tapestry painted with a big, red Star of David.
I deny it. I've heard multiple times that the FBI won't confirm any actual instances of satanically motivated or ritualistic crimes. I could certainly be wrong, but I've never seen a cite for a real satanic crime (though presumably this excludes crazy people claiming Satan told them to do it).
A singular instance of the epidemic fear of witchcraft occurred at Lille, in 1639. A pious but not very sane lady, named Antoinette Bourignon, founded a school, or hospice, in that city. One day, on entering the schoolroom, she imagined that she saw a great number of little black angels flying about the heads of the children. In great alarm she told her pupils of what she had seen, warning them to beware of the devil whose imps were hovering about them. The foolish woman continued daily to repeat the same story, and Satan and his power became the only subject of conversation, not only between the girls themselves, but between them and their instructors. One of them at this time ran away from the school. On being brought back and interrogated, she said she had not run away, but had been carried away by the devil; she was a witch, and had been one since the age of seven. Some other little girls in the school went into fits at this announcement, and, on their recovery, confessed that they also were witches. At last the whole of them, to the number of fifty, worked upon each other’s imaginations to such a degree that they also confessed that they were witches—that they attended the Domdaniel, or meeting of the fiends—that they could ride through the air on broom-sticks, feast on infants’ flesh, or creep through a key-hole.
Note -I know pagans and witches and the ones I have run across are as harmless as fleas. I am not talking about those sorts of folk. I am not accusing them of anything.
I don't think we can separate the fact that Ramirez was mentally deranged from his invokations of Satan, which you seem to want to do. To me, it doesn't matter what Ramirez claims to be influenced by - whether it's Satan or God or the Easter Bunny.
Just to be clear, I am in no way denying that Christian ministers (or as I would term it so called Christian ministers) have abused people. I have a dear friend who was molested by her Baptist pastor.
As to some people thinking that just because the great Satan freakout of the 80's has mostly turned out to be ridiculous, that my friends did not experience what they shared with me? No, I'm gonna believe the victim.
One -a devout Christian-could not go to church for years because crosses, etc were a trigger. The SOBs that abused her used Christian symbols in the ritualistic way she was abused.
I watched people I knew and respected get up in front of groups of other believers and announce that Satanists controlled local governments, state and federal governments, and the National Education Association. That Satanists sacrificed thousands of babies a year, and used their networks of power to escape detection. As it became clear that more and more "repressed memories" being trotted around were fabrications, I watched them announce that the psychiatric community was in on the Satanic coverup. As "spokes-satanists" like Mike Warnke were exposed as frauds, I watched them announce that, sure, there might have been some exaggerations, but the essence of his stories was true.
FFF, by strict definition, every single person ever abused by anyone is satanically abused. All we are talking about here, really, is the capacity for evil. Evil comes in many flavors.
Your 'strict definition' of 'satanic' to mean 'anything bad' is the opposite of the actual definition of strict. You can't say that your friends' trauma was both an incredibly specific form of meticulously planned abuse following a regulated series of tropes and activities, and then say that every abuse ever falls under that same category. This is one of those 'words have meanings' moments.
Any PC built after 1985 has the storage capacity to house an evil spirit
"Say, did I ever tell you about the time I was in a Satanic cult, and we dined on delicious babies and bacon for breakf.... wait just a minute. Did I just hear that guy on Arsenio say, 'I feel your pain?'"
Supposedly some ancient "pagan" religions involved this kind of human sacrifice. I don't know history well enough to know if there is solid evidence that this actually happened. I know a lot of ancient groups were accused of doing so in records written by their enemies.
I am all for whatever would help an innocent person not be hurt or killed.
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