The Satanic Panic arose from abortion politics

Same shtick, different day.

Rather suddenly — in about a decade — white evangelical politics, identity, piety and dogma were rewritten and recentered around the assertion that a wicked Other was murdering babies. Toward the end of that decade, a con-man comedian became one of the top-selling white evangelical recording artists by concocting grisly horror stories about wicked Others who murdered babies. Toward the end of that decade, a moral panic swept the country, driven by a fear of a shadowy conspiracy of, yes, wicked Others who murdered babies. [Read more...]

The need to believe in something awful

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Mike Warnke and Bob Larson are just con-artists who will say whatever they need to say to separate their audience from its money. That much I understand. What I don’t understand is why they’ve had so much success peddling such horrific horror stories about imaginary monsters. Why did so many people love these stories? And even more puzzling, why did so many people desperately wish that such awful things were really true? [Read more...]

You want much more than I’m giving

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Superlatives are the worst. Mike Warnke is making a comeback. It’s cruel to take teenagers to D.C. to make them lobby on behalf of “abstinence only” sex education. Bryan Fischer’s delusional persecution fantasy is kind of true in Daytona Beach, but those Christians were fined for helping poor people, so Fischer & Co. don’t care. [Read more...]

2. ‘The Conjuring’ reminds us that the only way to stop Satanic baby-killers is to punish women

Conjuring

The Warrens’ shtick is a Gothic Catholic variation of the same con Mike Warnke and Bob Larson have long used to fleece evangelical Protestants with a propensity for “spiritual warfare” ideology. This racket is contemptible at just the basic level of any con that preys on gullibility and fear to separate vulnerable people from their money. But it’s also far worse than that, because it reinforces the very worst impulses of its audience, fueling a hate-filled, self-righteous crusader mentality. [Read more...]

1. ‘The Amityville Horror’ is not based on a true story

"The Amityville Horror: A True Story" is not a true story.

I’m sorry if that disappoints anyone, but we’re not free to change what is or is not true based only on what we find to be disappointing. It’s also a bit odd that anyone would be disappointed to learn that a “horror” is not real. That’s like having a horrifying nightmare and then waking up disappointed to realize it was only a dream. You’re not supposed to be disappointed when you wake from a nightmare, you’re supposed to be relieved. [Read more...]


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