The New Satanists by Linda Blood

By Linda Blood

A former cult member offers a chilling expose+a7 of the becoming global of Satanism, discussing its hyperlink to crime, together with baby abuse situations, drug dealing, pornography, right-wing fanaticism, prostitution, and homicide.

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Few of us entered this field of inquiry as a calculated career decision. More often than not, we stumbled upon it in the dark. Most of the people wrestling with this problem are not fundamentalist Christian evangelists looking for devils to cast out. They are police officers and therapists, journalists and attorneys, parents and teachers, counselors and clergy whose lives have become entwined with those of the victims of satanist recruitment and occult-related crime. I have come to take very seriously the dangers posed to our society by satanism and malevolent occultism.

Both their theological concepts and their understanding of the nature of reality allowed for the possibility of supernatural feats of malice. Due to widespread ignorance and misunderstanding, it was common for people to believe that they and others had supernatural powers. Virtually everyone believed that "witches" had such powers and that hordes of demons were roaming about looking for a chance to possess the unwary. To this we owe some of the confessions—both voluntary and those obtained under torture—of people who really did believe themselves to be witches.

Had not royalty sought her out? Her friends in high places proved to be no protection, however, and she was burned at the stake in February 1680. Ironically, the suspects in this case could not be tried for black magic because in 1672 King Louis XIV had abolished the laws against witchcraft. Eventually, the king had to create a special statute in order to prosecute the renegade priests for sacrilege. The case also differed from the witchcraft persecutions in that torture was confined to the final stages of the judicial process, and most of the testimony was acquired by regular methods of interrogation.

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