Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Real Satanists and the Golden Age of Human Sacrifice

When I was a kid there was a barber in Braintree Square we called the 'Satan Barber', because he left a lot of reading material in the waiting area with "Satan" emblazoned in the titles. No, he wasn't a disciple of Anton LaVey, he was a born-again Fundamentalist Christian and the books and pamphlets were the usual moronic garbage spewed out by hucksters like Hal Lindsey, Bob Larsen and Jack Chick.

But it spoke to a truth about the Fundamentalist movement- that it glorified Satan and Satanism far more than a thousand LaVeys could ever dream of.

Satan was everywhere in the Fundamentalist imagination, he was all-powerful and all-seeing and his minions were the rich and pretty people who ruled the world. His followers were privileged, well-connected, intelligent and glamorous and you were not. Satan knew your thoughts and your desires and was waiting around every corner to steal your soul.

God and Jesus were strangely impotent in the face of all this devilry, so much so that serious questions need to be raised over whom exactly this movement was/is worshiping. You don't need to necessarily love a deity to worship him- you think the ancient Greeks loved Zeus? You do need to live in awe of his power and accept him as lord of the world, which the Fundamentalists most certainly do.

What's more the modern movement itself was created by corporate titans and intel ghouls with one goal in mind- to empower the very same merciless, Social Darwinist, take-no-prisoners political and economic agenda that Ayn Rand, Aleister Crowley and Anton LaVey made the central focus of their teachings. Not only do most Fundamentalists subscribe to those philosophies- in direct defiance of the Gospels- many now are openly championing the radical selfishness of Ayn Rand herself.

Allegedly a "Christian" book

The Satanic panics of the 70s and 80s were not entirely unjustified- they were fueled with great aplomb by Hollywood, which created a sense of paranoia with their endless stream of lurid films about Satan and Satanic cults, particularly in the wake of the success of Rosemary's Baby. People whose ability to distinguish between myth and reality was tenuous at best couldn't be faulted for thinking that the stories of omnipotent satanic cults behind every bush weren't true, given that they experienced that vision so powerfully with the movies. The most influential by far of these was The Exorcist, a movie based on the William Peter Blatty novel.

Blatty is a most interesting fellow- he was trained by Jesuits from kindergarten to college and considered becoming one himself. He entered the military instead and became head of the Air Force's Psychological Warfare unit. Quite an accomplishment.

He then wrote a novel stinking strongly of MK Ultra work in mental hospitals that was memorialized in two separate films, Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane and The Ninth Configuration. He went to work for the USIA before making it big in Hollywood.

Gee, that's quite an interesting resume, don't you think? Maybe you should read how about The Exorcist incorporated subliminal techniques developed by the CIA here.

And The Exorcist- which some might interpret as the twisted apologia of the torture and rape of a child by a priest, especially in light of Killer Kane- was instrumental in creating the religious paranoia that helped fuel the Religious Right. But it wasn't alone. There was a sub-genre of films that sowed the seeds, though probably inadvertently; the Pagan Revanchist film.

The Witches aka The Devil's Own (1966) was a kind of proto-Wicker Man- a story about a pagan cult in the English countryside which still practices human sacrifice. There's a whole genre of these films, including the American TV movie Dark Secret of Harvest Home, based on the Tom Tryon novel. These films also helped fuel satanic panic, though that wasn't necessarily the intent of the stories.

This film was originally written by Quatermass creator Nigel Kneale, but got rewritten in production and uh, didn't come out so well. But it's an interesting historical curiosity- the same year saw the release of the similarly-themed Eye of the Devil, which launched Sharon Tate into stardom. The Witches stars another great 60s beauty- perennial Vogue cover girl Ingrid Brett, and my, is she easy on the eyes.

It's fascinating to me that these rather placid films sold themselves as horror films simply based on the fact that they revolved around human sacrifice. Why? Because Fundamentalism has worked very hard to revive the practice of human sacrifice, under the aegis of "exorcism" and "faith-healing" and "witch-hunting."

In many ways, this is a new golden age of human sacrifice. Every year hundreds of innocent children are murdered- often by their parents- in order to "glorify" Yahweh (or Allah). It could be an adult man beating out the devil in a small infant with his fists, a mother cutting off her baby's arms on Yahweh's orders, newly minted Christians burning young African orphans as "witches" or the devout parents depriving children of simple medical procedures that would save their lives.

When you allow or cause another human being to die to further the cause of your religious beliefs, you are engaging in human sacrifice. Period. Those who apologize for these practices are almost as guilty as the killers themselves. 

The child who dies in agony because his parents believe dialysis is "against God's will" is no less dead than a child burned at the altar of Molech. In fact, his death was infinitely more cruel and unnecessary (and often even more agonizing), since children were usually only sacrificed in pagan times during periods of grave social crisis, such as droughts or plagues. The ancients didn't know any better- people today have no excuse.

Will our culture ever wake from this fever dream? Perhaps. But never underestimate the sheer venality of the human animal, who is always willing to project his own sins onto someone else so he can shed blood with a clean conscience.

The genius of the Fundamentalist movement was to take all that evil and sprinkle a few Bible quotes over it in order to make it more socially acceptable. There's not a sin or perversion that isn't indulged in within the walls of some "church" somewhere, all with the veneer of respectability and moral rectitude.

If there's a better description of Antichrist, I haven't heard it.


David Raymond Davis said...

As a regular member of the Facebook group, I've been waiting for this post, and you've given it proper treatment. This is a message I support completely and believe should be broadcast far and wide. My personal thanks for helping to shed some discerning light on this psychotic double standard.

Dennis said...

Chris, is using Drones to kill/eliminate potential enemies any different from sacrifical rites. Many people must be in the chain of command to use such devices. What kind of animal/de-senseitized monster would kill a carfull of some militants family,to futher whose agenda? 2,500 people have been eliminated through the Drone project from our current commander in cheif. What does this projected murder machine accomplish? Yes this sacrifice is a day to day reality. Who must be accountable? Wake up people with compassion. This Drone horror must stop. Dennis

Anonymous said...

I have observed some of those good Christians who would work themselves into a froth over abortion, and was shocked to realize one day how akin, in a most unnerving way, their froth and fervor could be to sexual ecstasy. `Some of these folks are getting off on this!`, I thought with a shudder.

Now, after reading this, I revisit that image, and am reminded of old movies where `primitive` tribes would dance themselves into an ecstatic state right before sacrificing the explorers.

I must wonder sadly if the Antichrist`s arrival would be greeted with a joyful noise...

Barbara Fisher said...

Oh, I've said for years that the Fundamentalist Christian movement was Satanic for years. The church I went to in high school would get all riled up about Satan. Demons were around every corner, tempting the flock, thwarting their attempts to gain converts by "witnessing" in the grocery store, the bank or the dentist's office.

I remember when the preacher would get all into rebuking Satan and going on about him, I'd shake my head. The one time I "witnessed" in church was when I finally stood up and said I'd much rather hear more about Jesus than the devil, and why don't we talk more about him?

I also pointed out that when you talk all about Satan all the time, when you ascribe to him powers and dominion over the earth, aren't you giving him power over you? All of that talking about him is nothing but worship, which is nothing but an exchange of energy. By talking about him, they were feeding him.

The other thing I was convinced by even that far back was that Satan was created by Christians, and if he existed, they were to blame for his power over them--because they created and fed him their fear and feelings of powerlessness.

Needless to say, I was not listened to. In fact there was, on the last day of my attendance at said church, an aborted attempt to "cast demons" from me. My best friend and I got out and ran home laughing our fool heads off. We felt so light and so free we were giddy.

So yeah, every time I hear a fundamentalist ranting on about Satan, I just shake my head....

Red Dirt Reporter said...

Refreshingly candid, Christopher. I grew up in said fundie environment and my best friend was obsessed with Jack Chick tracts. Mike Warnke, Bob Larson and the whole shebang. Reminds me of when I was a reporter in Louisiana and the Ponchatoula Hosanna Church cult story broke wide open. This link talks a lot about it. Not unlike what we're seeing develop in the Kansas City sex-cult case with the IHOP "church." It's everywhere, man!

Anonymous said...

This one resonates with the time I assisted a Jehova's Witnesses meeting and came with the impression that they are absolutely polytheists. They believe that Satan has "power" over everything and Christ only has a kind of latent power. I think all the fundamentalist denominations share this polytheistic view, otherwise Satan wouldn't be of much interest from a thought control perspective. This site is truly remarkable and your views are a breath of fresh air on cultural criticism.

Dammerung said...

Again the thing forgotten about Ayn Rand was that she was extremely pacifistic and believed that any violence outside proportional self-defense was a tool of the looters.

Anonymous said...

Must reading - Icke forum on Savile.

It appears that the big reveal and paradigm shift of 2012 may involve savile - pervasive satanism/child abuse throughout every major uk institution.

Before you dismiss Icke, remember he "outed" all these sick people back in the 90s and was ridiculed.

Those scary movies (e.g.Wicker Man) are not fiction.

It is mind blowing stuff - hiding in plain sight.

Christopher Loring Knowles said...

Savile is dead. Icke worked for the BBC and heard stories about him because he didn't seem to bother to hide his activities. There are others like him out there still but the great oracle Icke doesn't seem to have their number. Why? Because the thousands of Saviles out there- priests, ministers, rabbis- are men who influence policy (domestic and foreign), move vast sums of money around and get laws passed and only come to justice when they cross lines too far to ignore. But even then the press buries it and downplays it and people like Richard Dawkins run around protesting that they're "gentle pedophiles." But people prefer to worry about long-dead sickos like Savile because they don't have the courage or the fortitude to face up to the evil in plain sight. Did you know that just as many EvangeliCIAl ministers as Catholic priests are abusers? No? Why? Because they are protected by the Randian elites they act as propagandists for. The same elites who own the newspapers and the radio and TV networks. So yes, the Savile story is horrific, but it's nothing compared to the institutional abuse that is still being covered up in the churches. Icke won't talk about that because he knows his audience. The Conspiratainment audience is predominantly right wing and many if not most are Fundamentalists themselves.

California Girl said...

Yes what those other guys said, mostly. As for Ikke, there was never anyone that was "outed". The great Satanist cult that supposedly existed never did, at least not according the the FBI. But the story made a good boogie man to scare fundies into submission. They came up with all sorts of weird shit during this time like the more than 100 years old Procter and Gamble logo being dropped because it was "Satanic".
Many Pagans like myself find this devil nonsense hilarious especially when there is an attempt to link it to Wicca. As one friend said, Satan is a xian deity - not one of ours.

Anonymous said...

It seems that every rock overturned reveals worse and worse. The Jimmy Savile scandal has opened up a door into truly demonic realms. The overwhelming amount of testimony across the board paints a picture of widespread torture and rape of children that produces a cognitive dissonance in any normal human being.

The realization that there are individuals in suits, crowns, and uniforms who are literally blood-drinking psychopaths that would make notorious elites like Elizabeth Bathory and Vlad the Impaler blush, is almost too much for an innocent mind to comprehend. And, yet, it seems to be so vast in numbers that it would appear to be the norm rather than the exception of a just a few demented people -- especially since the protection and cover-up for these groups is clearly vast as well.

We are programmed to fear the next Ted Bundy, or "lone nut" stalking our neighborhood, but we would do better to scrutinize more closely those to whom we pay our taxes and falsely look up to as protectors -- they are stalking the planet ... and they are doing it in packs. These are "people" who have no problem lying their country into war, bombing the innocent on a routine basis, and tanking economies on purpose. It is a matter of policy to starve entire populations into submission without a second thought. And apparently that's the least of their crimes.

However, before we can council our children, as adults we need to grow up ourselves. It is not a type of awakening that should produce fear and paranoia, but rather an admission that we are much better, and more capable of directing the course of our lives and communities than those who have been officially charged with the task. We also must admit to ourselves that the strangers to whom we have acquiesced our power are being revealed as stranger than we ever could have imagined.

Anonymous said...

I actually get along with the local Jehovah Witnesses pretty well, but I will always remember the conversation I had with them were we discussed their refusal of any blood transfusions. I finally said: "Listen, didn't God intervene and tell Abraham not to kill his son - someone who advises parents to kill their kids isn't God, so it must be...."

I stopped mid-sentence and they looked at me with wild eyes. I think we both came to see that the refusal of their Elder's enforcing of the blood transfusion ban was a Satanic policy.

After a few seconds of silence, they look at each other and back at me. We were all creeped out.

I'm an agnostic but, over a decade later, I can still remember what the recognition/presence of evil felt like.


Jaxx said...

No offense but I think comparing Crowley with Rand is facile at best... and I've never heard of Crowley having an "economic agenda." If he did it wasn't very successful, as he was damn near broke when he died.

And not to be totally contrary, but I disagree with this statement as well: "

People whose ability to distinguish between myth and reality was tenuous at best couldn't be faulted for thinking that the stories of omnipotent satanic cults behind every bush weren't true, given that they experienced that vision so powerfully with the movies."

So movies and artists are to blame for fundamentalist Christians? So is Judas Priest is to blame for teen suicides?

Anonymous said...

Very interesting point but try telling any of it to a Christian.
I was accused of harassment once because I posted a single list of all the poor kids murdered by their parents in exorcisms gone wrong on a Christian pastor's website who was ranting about the supposed "Satanic nature" of a Christian offshoot group he didn't believe in.

I did nothing else other than post the list.
I didn't lurk, I didn't e-mail, nothing.
Yet I was harassing them.
Go figure.

I also don't think that modern Christian attitudes are much different than the attitudes of the Catholic Church & Christianity at its inception.
There were some horrid fear filled woman haters amongst that crowd.
How they mixed their "God of love" into that vile stew utterly escapes me.

I'm sure that Hypatia was intimately aware of exactly who these people really worshipped.

Raj said...

Hey Chris,

Very well said, in the article proper and the comments section. The whole Jimmy Savile thing is horrific, but all the institutional shit that is still going on is a little too real and current for most peoples palettes, it seems.

But what disgusts me most about the Savile story is that you're exactly right that he never really tried to hide it. In fact, he flaunted it in various TV shows and guest panels and interviews - and yet all these powerful people claim that, shucks, they had no idea what he was really about...even though the British establishment treated the fucker like he had some special dispensation.

But no, the media treats it like some awful anomaly how this guy was able to skillfully fly under everybody's radar, when in fact he was allowed to do the exact opposite.

The British media coverage of this is particularly offensive and insulting, especially when, as you point out, the stunning levels of abuse within the Churches goes virtually unreported in the mainstream. It's something I feel very strongly about, and I commend anyone with the balls to discuss and not ignore it.

Most people would rather chase robed occult Illuminati, rather than try to tackle a situation/climate that fosters institutional forms of abuse. Sometimes it feels like nobody wants to be sober; they're all terrified of the withdrawal - the sick shit that'll come bubbling to the surface. They're afraid of NOT being shocked, and the shame, because if they're honest they always knew it was there. It takes a lot of manipulation to so consistently avoid something in your direct field of vision.

All the while I'm seeing desecration being normalized and apologized for in various ways. To those who can actually see it, it's frightening stuff. So thank you for having the courage and the fortitude to speak out on these things, Chris. All the angels, figurative or otherwise, salute you.