I don’t know why this bizarre claim that the world is run by a secret cabal of pedophiles has suddenly become the go-to conspiracy theory for the far-right Christian fringe in this country, but it’s all over the place now. Paul McGuire is the latest to jump on that bandwagon:
The reality is in America, we do have a hidden, invisible shadow government,” McGuire said. “It’s true and there is a trail of verifiable, impeccable evidence that proves it’s true.”
McGuire said that the media is “fake news because they’re not talking about the single most important story in America right now and for the last thirty years and that is simply this: At the very highest levels of government, culture, entertainment, media, politics—both in the United States and Europe—there currently exists and has existed for at least 30 or 40 years at a very high level, a largely hidden network of practicing pedophiles.”“I would be failing as an American citizen … and as a Christian,” McGuire insisted, “if I didn’t tell you this. But there are high-level people who belong to a satanic network, they’re practicing satanists and one of the things that they’re into—and I’m sorry to say this, I don’t even want to talk about this … They abuse children emotionally, psychologically and very brutally, sadistically, including murder, in their sexual rape and torture and mutilation of these young children.”
Now where have I heard this kind of thing before. It rings a bell. Oh yeah, the “Satanic panic” of the 1980s, fueled by con men like Mike Warnke, who was exposed as a liar and a fraud by his fellow Christians. It’s popular because it fits perfectly with the narrative in the heads of conservative Christians, who really do believe that people get possessed by demons and that there is a grand spiritual battle going on between God and Satan in the “spiritual world” (whatever that is).
So it shouldn’t be surprising when they blame everything they think is bad on Satan and demons and blow it all up into an all-consuming conspiracy. Doing that makes them feel like they’re a part of some huge struggle and that they’re on the right side, and the more they exaggerate the threat the more powerful they feel.