The Satanic Ritual Abuse scare of the 80’s and 90’s still echoes through the ether, with the advent of the Internet more and more ‘victims’ creep out of shadow into the light to lament about their ‘experiences’. It doesn’t seem to matter much that the SRA scare was debunked in the Lanning Report, or that many books published address this in a more rational manner. True Crime junkies might even come across it reference texts on Serial Killers.
A couple of years ago I appeared as a guest speaker on an Internet radio show called Spiritually Raw. The show featured one of Facebook’s more renowned conspiracy theory junkies Gypsy Spirit Wind. She was in touch with the radio hosts to tell her ‘story’, and the hosts were persistent in bringing ‘Satan’ into the equation, even though she herself never discussed Satan. The cult she was in fear of, was called The Sun & Moon Cult, and acted more like a traditional church than it did any Satanic coven. She was concerned, not only for her child but her grandchild, which had apparently been taken into the cult to assist them in a time of need, the only catch? They had to be actively part of the cult to receive aid. Gypsy told the story to get it into the ether, but she also had an underlying personal agenda. She needed the press. While she lamented over not receiving help from local law enforcement, claiming she was being stalked by the cult, she wasn’t so willing to receive legitimate assistance when offered. She was more concerned with the press she was receiving, to peddle her wares, than to gain any semblance of privacy and safety at home with her grandchild in her custody.
I was in contact with her off-air, to get to the bottom of any legitimate stalking and harassment case. I provided her a number of resources to gain assistance, if she was indeed being harassed by some local religious nutters. Funny thing is she never once used those resources. Instead she told her sad, sad tale on her Facebook page. From there, she ushered people to her ‘services’ which she offered for a fee. So you see? In the ‘Entertainment’ industry, the SRA scare is still a marketable commodity.
In more recent days, I’ve once again asked to speak on the SRA Scare and ‘Satanic Panic Era’. Apparently, a radio show host was victimized in the 80’s at the peak of the mass hysteria. She is alleged to have fallen subject to a dangerous cult, and she was coerced into evil deeds at the hand of her very own family. The story goes that she was young, taken in by family into a cult, and forced to perform ‘Satanic Rituals’. Later, she was ushered out in the middle of the night from Connecticut to Massachusetts for an exorcism. Sound familiar? If you are familiar with the SRA tactic for ‘free press’ then like me, you are rolling your eyes, and wondering when this thing will lose momentum.
The trouble is, as long as there are believers, this meme will never fully deflate. Satan has been used to absolutely terrorize people since the Middle Ages. Ancient cultures and their myths utilized an anti-thesis to teach their cultural values. It’s how knowledge was transferred, thus myth was the carrier. In order to teach one how to be the epitome of goodness, one must have a contrasting element in place to distinguish it. The struggle of good vs. evil became prominent during the period of Hellenization, Hellenized Christian Jews certainly had access to myths far older than those they were writing, and many of the themes made it into their own writing, thus the Greatest Story Ever Told was born! The themes of Old Testament began to transform and change with the era, and New Testament became the primary scriptures imposed upon a culture, and still pushes on today.
The SRA meme is in use by both purported ‘victims’ and Satanists. Some Satanists use the meme to their advantage, to terrorize their own victims. Satanists, or Satanism is not a cohesive unit. The Satanists and their practices are diverse, and do include an element of absurdity. If you seek to stratify mechanical sheep from your strata, you might employ the meme to cull them from you sphere of existence. While this serves the individual, on a grander scale it gives credence to the SRA scare and enables more ‘victims’ to capitalize on this commodity. Drama sells. This is evident by the popularity of ‘reality tv’ and Springer-style talk shows, which haven’t lost their flair but seem to have lost their Geraldo. In the era of Internet Radio, they are out there, trying to live up to par.
I’m often invited to speak on the subject, because I’m not afraid to call bullshit, and don’t see the need to handle these ‘victims’ with kid-gloves. How gently are they handling the cultural influence of such imposed ‘truths’??? Not very, by my account, and so they should be treated in kind.