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Thread: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Quote Originally Posted by Einzige View Post
    Should we never discuss the Salem Witch Trials because they were over three hundred years ago?
    I'm wondering if there's some point you're trying to make. The only thing you wrote in your OP was that some people collectively owe some others an apology. Rather vague debate topic.

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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    I'm wondering if there's some point you're trying to make. The only thing you wrote in your OP was that some people collectively owe some others an apology. Rather vague debate topic.
    I thought it was perfectly clear in the OP. But if you need clarity for some reason: a lot of people were later exonorated from any involvement in such 'Satanic' crimes (a vast majority of individuals convicted under the auspices of the "Satanic panic", in fact, have been cleared, and of the few who remain in prison, virtually all are generally believed innocent by observers). It seems that, from start to finish, the entire thing was a national-level fiasco virtually unprecedented in American history, a mass hysteria in the most literal sense.
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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Quote Originally Posted by Einzige View Post
    I thought it was perfectly clear in the OP. But if you need clarity for some reason: a lot of people were later exonorated from any involvement in such 'Satanic' crimes (a vast majority of individuals convicted under the auspices of the "Satanic panic", in fact, have been cleared, and of the few who remain in prison, virtually all are generally believed innocent by observers). It seems that, from start to finish, the entire thing was a national-level fiasco virtually unprecedented in American history, a mass hysteria in the most literal sense.
    I can agree with that, but people want to protect children.

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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    I can agree with that, but people want to protect children.
    I think too much is done in our society in the name of "the children", and vague, nebulous groups like "soccer moms" are given far too much influence politically. Tipper Gore, the ESRB - I don't have much time or patience for social nannies. It's particularly egregious when religion is invoked in the name of "the children".
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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Quote Originally Posted by Einzige View Post
    I think too much is done in our society in the name of "the children", and vague, nebulous groups like "soccer moms" are given far too much influence politically. Tipper Gore, the ESRB - I don't have much time or patience for social nannies. It's particularly egregious when religion is invoked in the name of "the children".
    These particular cases are over the top, I can agree with that, sounds almost like temporary insanity, but that does NOT mean that we should ever doubt a child's accusation or take it lightly. Child abuse is a BIG problem. All accusations should always be investigated.

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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Quote Originally Posted by Einzige View Post
    Should we never discuss the Salem Witch Trials because they were over three hundred years ago?
    We are supposed to learn from our mistakes.
    I'd think that most of the people directly involved in the trials of 30 years ago are still alive and well......If only some could post at DP.....
    Its nearly impossible for them to re-amass and have another "trial", but this may be the only way to resolve....the damaged lives....

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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    I have oddly fond memories of that time. I was probably in 4th or 5th grade when the scare hit our suburb of Houston. My friends and I found the body of a dog that appeared to have been cut open and had its organs removed. In retrospect I realize it was just a dead dog that had bust open to decay and the release of gasses, but we spent two weeks researching it and playing the Hardy Boys.

    In the end we deduced that our science teacher was a secret Satanist and had committed the dirty dead.

    Good times.

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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    A lot of people whose lives have been ruined? That's a stretch. Have an example of someone who was falsely accused, etc?
    I knew a guy who went from fundie church to fundie church with his story of having recovered from Satanic drug use etc to screw the local churchie girls.
    Not sure if anyone's life was actually "ruined".
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Quote Originally Posted by Einzige View Post
    I thought it was perfectly clear in the OP. But if you need clarity for some reason: a lot of people were later exonorated from any involvement in such 'Satanic' crimes (a vast majority of individuals convicted under the auspices of the "Satanic panic", in fact, have been cleared, and of the few who remain in prison, virtually all are generally believed innocent by observers). It seems that, from start to finish, the entire thing was a national-level fiasco virtually unprecedented in American history, a mass hysteria in the most literal sense.
    Ok - so most were exonerated.

    Good, then, right?
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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Ok - so most were exonerated.

    Good, then, right?
    After having spent years or decades in prison and thousands in legal costs.
    I dip my forefinger in the watery blood of your impotent mad-redeemer (your Divine Democrat — your Hebrew Madman) and write over his thorn-torn brow, “The true prince of Evil — the king of the Slaves!”
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