Battling imaginary Satanic baby-killers in Utah and Ohio

This is a disingenuous diatribe against Satanic baby-killers that exist only as an urban legend.

And so is this.

Here, again, is self-proclaimed “authority on Satanists,” Judy Byington:

Secret ceremonies in which malevolent men and women cloaked in hooded robes, hiding behind painted faces and chanting demonic incantations while inflicting sadistic wounds on innocent children lying on makeshift altars, or tied to inverted crosses, sounds like the stuff of which B-grade horror movies are made. …  Some think amoral religious cults only populate the world of ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ but don’t exist in real life. Or do they?

And here is Marisha Agana, Republican candidate for Congress in Ohio’s 13th District:

History has a way of repeating itself: Stalin , Hitler, Mao Tse Tung and now Obama!!!

I know life begins at conception and therefore those yet to be born are actually living human beings and should be taken care of not killed. Because of this and the position Mr. Barrack Hussain Obama [sic] has taken on abortion directly as well as the use of Obamacare to provide contraception and abortifacient drugs I feel it is proper and important to have included him on the list I tweeted about.

These are the same. These are exactly the same.

They express the same attitude. They are equally based in truth. And they fulfill the exact same emotional need.

Byington needs to believe that there is a global conspiracy of Satanists killing babies. So does Agana.

Byington needs to believe that she is a righteous hero courageously defying a global conspiracy of Satanists killing babies. So does Agana.

At some level, Byington is aware that her courage and heroism are a pose, a fantasy role-playing charade based on nothing real. And so is Agana.

Byington has lost touch with reality, investing her whole identity in a prideful fantasy based on illusory horrors. And so has Agana.

These are the same. These are exactly the same.

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  •  I think you’ve got a good point there, to be honest.  There are times one needs to be deceptive, but they are select and rare, usually it just backfires; and I think we’re seeing a great deal of that backfire today.

  •  IIRC, one of the states, Arizona I think, had a bill requiring doctors to tell another lie: they mandated that the doctor lie about the health of the fetus if the fetus has a developmental defect and the doctor believes that this would lead the mother to terminate the pregnancy.

  • See also, secrecy.

  • AnonymousSam

  • Instead of the “Jesus” domain, I think the two domains Healing and Protection would be more appropriate.

    No, because Healing and Protection require actually doing good works to show off to people. The Jesus domain is made up mostly of charm and fear spells to get around that picky detail and do the important thing, which is to make others think you’re holy and good by what you say, and afraid of others.

  • Dan Audy

    I think Fred and Rob Bell’s Jesus domain would have Healing and Protection.  The problem is the other group claiming to follow the Jesus domain pretend they have those domains while casting ‘Protection against Uppity Women’.

  • Mau de Katt

    Looks like the LDS are a few decades behind the fundagelicals when it comes to “Satanic Ritual Abuse” hysteria, if that book in the Byington link above is any indication.  Her patient’s “recovered memories” story sounds like nothing more than a mashup of the two big (debunked) SRA books of the early 80’s — Michelle Remembers and Satan’s Underground,” only with some Sybilesque mutiple-personality-disorder fantasticality added for flavor.

    I really hope this sort of thing doesn’t catch on again;  it did enough damage the first time around.

  • Mau de Katt

    Oh dear… that’s what I get for catching up on my reading in reverse order; I read this post before I got to Fred’s original post on the subject of this book.

     

  • E-foster

     Hitler didnt rise meteorically from nowhere either, he was trying and failing to take over the government for a long time. he wrote Mein Kampf while in prison for a failed coup.

    Mao didnt rise meteorically from nowhere either, he had been a war hero and national figure for almost 30 years when he became Chairman.

    and Obama didnt come from nowhere either, he was a US Senator for 4 years, and an Illinois state Senator for many years before that.

    if they know jack and shit about the government, then maybe he was unknown to THEM

  • It wouldn’t surprise me much if women who had abortions have a higher rate of suicide.  For one thing, many are struggling with difficult life situations.  If they weren’t, they wouldn’t have had to have had abortions.

    Additionally, once a woman takes what looks like the only way out of a difficult situation, they immediately start to notice just how hated women who have abortions are in our society.  If our society would treat these women with compassion, or just act like it is no big deal, all of those studies of whether women who had abortions struggle with guilt and depression more than average would find little, if any, significant difference.

  • EllieMurasaki

    It wouldn’t surprise me much if women who had abortions have a higher
    rate of suicide.  For one thing, many are struggling with difficult life
    situations.  If they weren’t, they wouldn’t have had to have had
    abortions.

    My hypothesis is that women who experience unwanted or traumatic pregnancy have a higher rate of suicide, and abortion is kind of incidental, or would be if it weren’t treated like Teh Ebil. I cannot prove any of this because I do not have the training or funding to study it myself and nobody who does have the training or funding is doing the study properly. They’re comparing women who get abortions to women who don’t, instead of comparing women who experience unwanted or traumatic pregnancy and get an abortion to women who experience unwanted or traumatic pregnancy and don’t get an abortion, and instead of comparing women who experience unwanted or traumatic pregnancy (whether they get an abortion or not) to women whose pregnancy is planned, or unexpected but not unwanted. And instead of comparing women who get pregnant (circumstances immaterial) to women who don’t, come to think.