Generally, no. Pretty much, if there was a rumor or public accusation that there was Satanic activity going on in your midst from the 60s onward, it was folklore and not really based in reality. This includes Europe and the united states. There have been few actual incidents where people believe they are ritualizing Satan and performing abhorrent ceremonies that involve sacrifice and so forth. The only real development is that people interested in the occult took seriously notions that the Catholics and Protestants worked up in treatises centuries beforehand (which had before that time didn't really exist and we're dismissed by the Church prior to the 14th century).
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"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
I remember those days well. I wore my hair long and lived on a street in California where many of my neighbors were in law enforcement (there's actually more gossip not necessary to this telling).
One day my Daughter (at age 12) was riding her skate board along the canal behind one of the LEO's houses when she was accosted by two boys. They stole her sun glasses, but fled after she started screaming loudly. She came home and told me about the incident.
A week later, I'm working 2 hours away from home, staying in a motel, when my wife (at the time) shows up at the motel with both kids in tow. She's obviously distraught. She looks me in the eye and asks me if I have been sexually molesting our daughter. A couple of detectives had gone to my daughter's school, pulled her out of class, and questioned her on this subject.
I looked my wife in the eye and said "no". My daughter said that she had tried to explain it to Mom, but Mom wanted to hear it from me.
LEO had misunderstood what my daughter was screaming at the boys and thought that she was screaming my name. Not 'Dad', but my first name.
I might take a trip back there some day. Revenge is a dish best served cold.
HELPING HILLARY PICK OUT HER INAUGURAL GOWN!The jokes write themselves!
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
I love the NSA. It's like having a secret fan-base you will never see, but they're there, watching everything you write and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that I may be some person's only form of unconstitutional entertainment one night.
Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
The Psychology of Persuasion