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Satan, Satanism, and Christians

One of the basic tenets of Wicca (and one of the few things that 99% of Wiccans/Pagans agree on) is that Satan is a fictitious character   —   a part of the Christian religion, but not a part of Wicca.

One of the interesting things about mainstream Satanism (as founded by Anton LaVey back in 1966) is that ... well, actually, Satanists don't believe in Satan.   They don't believe in the existence of the spiritual bad guy of the Bible who talked Eve into eating the forbidden fruit, who screwed up Job's life, and who tried to get Jesus to turn stones into bread.   Read (carefully) the writings of Anton LaVey.   What he calls "Satan" is nothing more than a CONCEPT   —   the concept of rational self-interest.   Satan, to him, is the IDEA of not forgiving people, of taking revenge, of fulfilling your appetites.   Satan is NOT a spiritual "person" that you can talk to and make contact with.

There are, admittedly, those who DO purport to worship the Biblical Satan.   They refer to themselves as "theistic Satanists."

And then there are sick, disaffected people with emotional problems who commit crimes and then "blame" Satan, pretending to be Satanists.   This raises the question: Which came first?   Their inner sickness, or the "Satan worship?"   Was it the "Satanism" that caused him to torture the neighbor's cat?   Or are BOTH phenomena   —   the weird behavior AND the "Satanism"   —   symptoms of a much deeper psychological problem, a problem that has absolutely nothing to do with some dark spiritual entity?

From time to time, the newspaper tells us about some revolting person (think of Charles Manson or Richard Ramirez) who commits a disgusting, despicable crime, and the perp decides (around the time he gets caught) that he's a Satan worshipper.   Well, OF COURSE he is.   He can't tell the cops, "I'm just a sick, pathetic waste of space.   Sorry.   I express my twisted psyche in the form of hideous, senseless crimes against people who are much weaker than I am."

Nowadays there are special "evangelists" who travel from church to church giving lectures about the alarming rise of Satanism and "the occult" in America.   In their speechifying, Witchcraft is always lumped in/listed with Satanism as if the two are closely related; in many cases, the "evangelist" will speak of Witchcraft and Satanism as if they are the same thing.

Everybody likes a good story.   Everybody likes drama.   Some Christians like to see themselves as involved in a titanic struggle between the forces of good and evil.   That's why they're so fascinated with Satan.

This fascination has led to three very notable false accounts of rampant Satanism, the first two of which make the storyteller himself (or herself) seem important, that is, the raconteur is the main character:

1. The Satan Seller   by Mike Warnke   [He was exposed as a fake in a 1992 edition of Cornerstone magazine].   This book was written in 1972 and is very entertaining reading.   The problem with this book is that it is told as if it were a true story, and it simply isn't.   Mike Warnke, the author and main character of the book, is a liar.

It is the story of a young boy who went to live with relatives when his mother died.   After a rebellious childhood, he went off to college, where (he claims) he joined a Satanic group near Redlands, California, and eventually became their leader; he had authority over some 1,500 members.   According to this book, he was given a lavish apartment, money, and girls.   When he fell out of favor with the group, they slipped him some drugs and dumped him at the entrance of a hospital, naked.

Later, in the Army, he met two young soldiers who converted him to Christianity.

After the publication of The Satan Seller Mike Warnke was a much-sought-out speaker.   He recorded several albums/cassettes of his "talks" and wrote another book.   Unfortunately, someone did some rudimentary verification of his story, and it turned out to be completely false.  

In another book (not The Satan Seller), Warnke tells of a time (during his "witch priest" days) when he "spent a few days in the desert" with Charles Manson, and saw him levitate!   The problem is that during that particular time period, Manson was locked up in a federal prison.

In 2002, after he was caught lying and "lost his ministry," Warnke wrote a book about the experience ... entitled Friendly Fire.   Did he come clean and admit to being a bald-faced liar?   No.   He writes a poor-little-me account of how his fellow Christians were mean to him.

Stories Told by Ex-Witches

Michelle Remembers   by Michelle Smith (born September 27, 1949   -   true name: Michelle Proby) and Dr. Lawrence Pazder, whom she later married.   She gives nightmarish details of ritualistic Satanic abuse that she says occurred repeatedly throughout her childhood.   The "memories" were suppressed until she began regular visits to Dr. Pazder, and then she started "remembering."   The incidents that she "remembers" always seem to involve HER as the center of attention, even when it's a huge outdoor rally attended by thousands and thousands of robed characters.   By the time you get to the last 25 pages, the book is basically unreadable, as the author begins to ramble (Dr. Pazder explains to us early on that he is reporting exactly what she told him, with as little editing as possible).

The problem is that somebody checked her "facts," and they simply aren't true.   Some of the incidents she describes couldn't have happened.

3. Spring Shadows Glen Hospital of Houston, Texas.   What happened here in the early 1990's resulted in a 60-count indictment by a federal grand jury and a $5,800,000.00 civil judgment being awarded to Lynn Carl, a former patient who was brainwashed (by psychiatrists) into believing that she had more than 500 personalities and had been "programmed" by Satanists to murder her own family.   All of the "Satanism" stuff was completely false, and was the product of the twisted mind of the treating psychiatrist.

Employees of the hospital used techniques commonly associated with mind control (i.e., hypnosis, drugs, isolation, and unnecessary physical restraints) to document false diagnoses of "multiple personality disorder" in patients with large or unlimited insurance policies.   Patients treated at the hospital believed that they had "recovered memories" of cannibalism, torture, and human sacrifice.

Christians are (usually) loving, tolerant people who don't have anything against Wiccans. There are some exceptions.

Eight girls, all of whom were sixth-graders attending Panorama Middle School in Denver, Colorado, were pulled out of class on May 11, 1999 by Vice Principal Joan Abrahamson.

She had been told that the girls were seen reading a book entitled Salem's Trials.   There was a rumor that they were "casting spells."   Ms. Abrahamson lectured the girls for almost two hours about the evils of witchcraft.   She told the girls that the incident would go on their permanent records.   She asked one of the girls if she planned to "zap her" (with supernatural powers).   Several of the girls were reduced to tears.

The girls' parents demanded an apology.   They never received one.   Rich Hayes, the principal, said, "I feel like it was handled professionally and ethically."

Question: What if these little girls had been (1) reading the Bible and (2) praying (activities which enjoy EXACTLY the same Constitutional protection as witchcraft) ... and had been dragged into the school office by this woman and given the third degree about that?   Can you imagine what would have happened?

NOTE: Most of the links below are off-site links.

"I was made to stand no more than 20 feet in front of a man with a .357 magnum.   I passed my hand downward in front of my body, calling up the demons and placing them as a shield.   Immediately the gunman fired the six shots of the gun chamber [sic] at me.   There was no way he could miss.   The demons were a successful shield, needless to say, and the bullets fell to the ground at my feet spinning around and around.   I received much acclaim and honor for winning the competition."
  —   He Came to Set the Captives Free by Rebecca Brown, M.D. (Whitaker House 1992), pp. 55-56.
This is her account of a "witch contest" in which she participated. She claims that this is a true story.
The bizarre case of
Rebecca Brown, M.D.
Question: How weird
can the witch-haters get?

(Warning: This site plays
creepy church organ music)
File 18 Newsletter
1986   —   #3

Christians spreading lies
to law enforcement agencies
There's a website that tells people that abortion is actively promoted by witches.
Did you know that Hillary Clinton is a "powerful practicing witch"?
Christian propaganda about Witches:
This person says:   "Wicca is the name, and witchcraft is the game -- and the Devil is laughing his head off."

By the way, this guy doesn't have the courage to put any "contact" information on his website   -   I wanted to email him to tell him how to spell "mascarade" [sic] and "heretick." [sic]
The whole tenor of this website reminds me of the asshole who stands on a street corner yelling at strangers about Jesus and hell, and refuses to engage in any honest, human dialogue.

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