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We hope, by publishing this on-line manual, to give Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement agencies in the United States, a proper understanding of Earth Religions herein described as Pagan, Neopagan, Witchcraft and Wicca . We hope by this endeavor, to counteract the tendency of Police and News Media, Christian churches and others, to automatically associate psychotic events or claimed Satanic rites with the practices of those life-affirming beliefs.
Hopefully it will also defuse the
inflammatory rhetoric that religious right fundamentalists use to scare the public for
their own misguided reasons.
The information herein was collected from
material previously prepared by Rhuddlwm
Nichols, Robert Hicks, The
Church of Y Dynion Mwyn Inc, The Covenant of the Goddess,
Movements Homepage of the Univ. of Virginia, and The Ontario Consultants on
Religious Tolerance, as well as a host of investigative web sites.
Here is a Law Enforcement reading list which contains some of the most important books on the research topics. These are the best introductory texts available. Many of these books can be found in different editions. Click on the bookcover or title and order from amazon.com. If they are out, the address of the publisher is also included.
Enforcement Guide to Wicca
Written by: Oberon G'Zell, Phoenix Publishers
by Robert D. Hicks, Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1991.
Undoubtedly the best book written to date on the topic of Satanism and the occult from the law enforcement perspective. Robert D. Hicks is a former police officer who is currently employed as a criminal justice analyst for the state of Virginia. Must reading for any criminal justice professional involved in this issue.
Mutilated animals. Defaced tombstones. Sexual abuse in daycare centers. Is America threatened by a satanic conspiracy? In this book, Robert D. Hicks exposes law enforcement's obsessive preoccupation with Satanism as a model for criminal behavior. While satanic belief has played a part in crimes ranging from petty vandalism to serial murders, Hicks avows that there is no substantial evidence for the existence of a nationwide satanic crime continuum. Hicks points out that the satanic criminal model is expedient largely due to its simplicity and economy, reducing to simple formulas such complex problems as drug abuse, teen suicide, and sexual molestation. His research utilizes a unique blend of law-enforcement methodology, anthropology, folklore, history, sociology, psychology and psychiatry. He attributes the cult conspiracy theory to beliefs fueled by Christian fundamentalist sects and to the ungovernable mechanisms of rumor-panics, subversive mythology, and urban legend. In Pursuit of Satan documents examples of rumor-panics in which the police have fomented fear by attributing crimes to Satanists, indulging in sheer speculation and promulgating misinformation through the sensationalist news media. Hicks examines the construction of the satanic ideology among law enforcement officials, focusing on the exploitation of Satanism as a new scapegoat for public fears and addressing the phenomenon of credulity among police forces and allied professionals in social work, psychiatry, and psychology.
In the late seventies and early eighties, the Satanic
Scare was a profitable new source of income for shock-peddlers. All throughout the
eighties, it grew, mutated, and spread like a cross between the most virulent urban legend
and a cancer. Now, at the dawn of the year 2000, the 'fact' that the normal behavior
of Satanists is to kill, molest, mutilate, and destroy has been accepted by everyone from
religious fanatics to police officers to some of the would-be Satanists themselves.
The Religious Right Is Wrong - About Separation of Church and State
Award-winning journalist Robert Boston lambastes the zealots of the Religious Right for
spreading misinformation about the constitutional principle of the separation of church
and state. This book shows how the religious right, by demonizing everything from Wicca to
Public Schools, is causing a moral destruction of our society. Boston reveals how a
band of ultraconservative religious groups with a political agenda - led primarily by
televangelist Pat Robertson - is conducting a systematic war against the separation of
church and state. The tactics of these groups are designed to exploit unfounded fears and
turn the American people against the separationist principle. They will not rest, Boston
says, until the United States has become a theocracy. To expose the Religious Right's
blatant distortions of U.S. history and correct its skewed analysis of legal rulings,
Boston objectively reviews the evolution of church/state relations in the United States
and looks at how the separation principle has been applied by the courts. He also examines
efforts by sectarian groups to win government support for their schools, the school prayer
issue, the history of the free exercise of religion, and the controversial role of
religion in the public square. Published in cooperation with Americans United for the
Separation of Church and State ". . . passionate, concise . . . Vital information is
provided in a well-organized format. . . . The most important contribution is the appendix
material listing major religious organizations on the right, and the 'Common Myths About
Separation of Church and State.' . . . I recommend this feisty resource for public
libraries as well as for churches, schools, and other community groups." Newsletter
on Intellectual Freedom ". . . the book is a well-researched examination of the
development of church-state issues reaching back into the middle ages and continuing right
up to the latest cases to come before the Supreme Court of the United States.. . .
provides a solid base of documentation in dealing with the ever more aggressive
governmental-religious complex, plaguing American life in the last decade of the 20th
Century." The Disciple
Below is first a selection of files collected from a review of known "satanic ritual abuse" witchhunts. We have also gathered dozens of Links to Law Enforcement Sites. Also included is bibliographic and descriptive text from a variety of sources. In most cases the data is a description as regards 'Satanism', 'Satan', 'Paganism', or 'the Occult' from people other than Satanists, Pagans or Occultists. Some of the information comes from Fundamentalist Christian sources and is not factual and anti-pagan. Other articles are true, accurate and neutral and were written by law enforcement personnel.
RECOMMENDED PAGAN ORGANIZATIONS
There are several additional Pagan Organizations throughout the United States who provide factual information about Witchcraft, Neopaganism and Wicca. Here are Four Of Them. Click on one of the Underlined Names below.
A BELIEF IN SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE.
There are many self-help, Christian and other groups who BELIEVE in the widespread nature of Ritual Abuse and Satanic Ritual Abuse. You have to understand their rationale and where they are coming from. You can consult:
A more "middle of the road" page is
EXPOSING 'SATANIC PANIC'
These articles expose the satanic panic which permeates some communities and police departments. The information presented here, should give you a sense of relief to know the truth: Satanism is NOT widespread and most such reports are either exaggerated or fabricated.
a rudimentary but sincere attempt to piece together the facts regarding the Satanic Panic Witchhunt; some of its presumptions are simplistic, but the OCRT is still one of the more reliable non-sectarian sources on religious issues outside secular academia. The Investigator might find the data here interesting from a cultural and inter-religious perspective
An informed broadside on the Satanic Panic as it unfolded in 1991 by an author within a University of Pennsylvania publication ("Postmodern Culture").
OFFICIAL STUDIES ON CRIME AND OCCULTISM /SATANISM
On the whole, the following reports give a factual and honest evaluation of Satanic Panic and SRA.
These are reflections on a teenage murder case; contains analysis of seizure of book "Witchcraft"; police thought this killing was 'satanically motivated' due to journal writings found and witness statements. This is of interest to the Investigator because of the type of investigatory techniques used and legal protection available to the modern occultist
EXAMPLES OF SATANIC PANIC MATERIAL
This material is anti-paganism and the groups involved in it's creation look at most religions other than Christianity as Satanic. Not recommended as serious resources, but as an example of the untrue and mis-leading information.
This is a guide to the Christian in dealing with 'cults'; probable value to the Investigator is as a warning for how even "enlightened" Christians will likely approach a "Cult" in order to 'save the deluded from Hell'; little relevance beyond this -- no solid academic basis, no clear concepts of what constitutes a 'cult' beyond competing religion, etc.
This is a lambast of Satanic Panic legends and pokes fun at the common elements of ritual abuse lore taking us beyond the bounds of pleasantry into sick and twisted humor. The Investigator may find something humorous about the extremes contained herein and what a Christian might be led to believe.We saw it as sick humor.
"SRA" BOOK REVIEWS AND BIBLIOGRAPHIES
The following articles are a mixture of good and bad. Mostly they again show how mainstream Christianity as well as Paganism, deals with the mental aspects of believing in "SRA". Pagans are not exempt from criticism. They too have their fundamentalists.
BooksJournal Articles Papers, Reports and Bibliographies Videos include only titles or descriptions relating to 'the occult' or 'Satanism'. These resources contain a host of completely ludicrous scare-mongering books, reports and videos. Investigators should peruse these lists to become better acquainted with what is causing Satanic Panic.
The following articles are a selected mixture of positive and negative articles and descriptions of Satanism and the Occult. These articles are not the work of Satanists, but were written by reporters, sociologists, and competing religions. Although they do not suffer the delusion of Satanic Panic, they may have helped to inspire it.
"Angels and Demons", from _Encyclopedia Britannica_ 1995
"Baphomet" from the Oxford English Dictionary, unknown edition
"Demons"/"Devil"/"Satan" from _The Anchor Bible Dictionary_,
"Devil"/"Devil Worship" from _Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology
"Devil"/"Devil Worship" from _New Catholic Encyclopedia_, 1967
"Devil", from _The Encyclopedia of Unbelief_, ed. by Gordon Stein
Excerpts from Lyons' _Satan Wants You_ on Satanism
Lyons Exerpts(2) on Satanism
Lyons Exerpts(3) on Satanis
'Ritual' Child Abuse" on Satanism
Pike Excerpts on Baphomet
"Satan"/"Devils", from _The Encyclopedia of Religion
"Satan and Satanism", from _The Encyclopedia of the Paranormal_,
"Satanism", from _Encyclopedic Handbood of Cults in America_,
"Satanism", from _Man, Myth and Magic_, RAS->SCI (16),
"Satanism Today" from _Witchcraft and Demonology_, by Francis X. King
Excerpt from _Demon Possession Handbook_, by J. F. Cogan
"Rock Music: The Devil's Advocate, by Terry Watkins
LINKS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT WEB SITES
Law Enforcement News and Planning
Florida State Agencies
Other Links of Interest
YOUTH/JUVENILE and DELINQUENCY PREVENTION INFORMATION
CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION
CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION
ALCOHOL & DRUGS
CHILD ABUSE INFORMATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
STATE OF CALIFORNIA RESOURCES
LEGAL RESEARCH RESOURCES
NATIONAL INTERNET RESOURCES
CULTURE & DIVERSITY
HATE CRIMES, HATE GROUPS and TERRORISM VICTIMS
OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES
VIOLENCE/SEXUAL ASSAULT FRAUD
IMPORTANT - READ BELOW
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