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CONTENTS

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      INTRODUCTION

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INTRODUCTION


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.

Although there are a number of Witchcraft Anti-Defamation Leagues and Earth Religion Legal Assistance organizations throughout the country, there does not seem to be a central resource for substantial information concerning Earth Religions from a Law Enforcement perspective. Thus, the Religious Freedom Coalition of the Southeast (RFCSE) has compiled this information to provide an overview of Neo-Pagan and related religions such as Witchcraft, or Wicca, as well as discussing other religions and common misunderstandings by Law Enforcement when dealing with Neo-Pagan faiths.

The information herein was collected from material previously prepared by Rhuddlwm Gawr,  Mike Nichols,   Robert Hicks,  The Church of Y Dynion Mwyn Inc, The Covenant of the Goddess, The Religious Movements Homepage of the Univ. of Virginia, and  The Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance, as well as a host of investigative web sites.

We have included sections on Witchcraft, Wicca, Neo-Pagan religions, Satanism, Santeria, Voodoo, Recommended Books, and On-Line resources.

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BOOKS

book 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.


 

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(4th edition)


Written by Kerr Cuhulain, Horned Owl publishing
132 pages, 6 x 9, perfect bound, notes, $9.95
ISBN 0-9696066-3-X

Written for law enforcement professionals by a veteran police officer who is also a Witch, this definitive manual has been revised and expanded for its third edition. It offers an exceptionally clear and concise definition of what Wicca (Witchcraft) is and is not. Resource materials include a glossary of Wiccan terms, numerous runic and magical alphabets, an extensive bibliography, and a case study of a relevant crime (including solution). The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca is used as an educational tool by local law enforcement agencies and correctional facilities. There is simply no other book like it.

"Cuts through the fairy tales about Witchcraft and shows it as the nature religion that it is. Kerr, a police officer for over 20 years, uses plain English to explain the practices and holidays of the religion we know as Wicca. I highly recommend this book not only to Police Departments but to schools and businesses, to help them understand a student or co-worker who is Wiccan." - Frodis Hallucinations magazine

"This booklet is a good resource to give to local police or social service agencies." - Circle Network News

"Very highly recommended. Buy a couple of copies for your local police department." - Songs of the Dayshift Foreman

Horned Owl Publishing
3906 Cadboro Bay Road
Victoria BC V8N 4G6
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Witchcraft, Satanism & Occult Crime
Who's Who and What's What (4th Edition)

Written by: Oberon G'Zell, Phoenix Publishers
24 pages, Softcover, 8-1/2" x 11",   $4.00
ISBN 0-919345-86-7,

Subtitled: A Manual of Reference Materials for the Professional Investigator, this is a collection of articles and letters rather than a `text' book. Originally produced as a guide for law enforcement agencies and others inquiring into allegations of occult crime, the letters and articles are penned by recognized experts in their fields and help to clarify the differences between Wicca, Satanism and cult activities.  There is only one criticism to this manual and it is that while it shows the reality of Paganism, it does very little to call attention to the falsehood of Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA).   The booklet is well illustrated with annotated magical and occult signs and symbols explaining the meaning of each.

To Order Click on the Title above and go to Amazon.com

Phoenix Publishing
phone: 360-366-2204
fax:360-380-1859
email: info@phoenixpublishing.com
regular mail: Phoenix Publishing
P.O. Box 3829
Blaine, WA 98231
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wpe11D.jpg (4092 bytes)In Pursuit of Satan: The Police and the Occult .

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.

As a result, we are beginning to reap the whirlwind of self-fulfilling prophecy, while innocent day-care  providers still languish in prison on false molestation charges and any kid who dares to wear black to school is set upon by legions of counselors and shrinks.

This book is the first and best rebuttal to the Satanic Network Theory that we have come across.  If it were widely read it could do a lot towards helping law enforcement officials avoid making tragic errors due to religious prejudice.
The book is easy to read, logical, and highly recommended.

Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive
Amherst, New York
14228-2197, USA

Phone: (716) 691-0133 or Toll Free: (800) 421-0351
Email: marketing@prometheusbooks.com
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By Robert Boston
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You might be wondering what a book on fundamentalist right wing Christianity is doing in a Web site devoted to Witchcraft and Paganism.  We are not only trying to educate Law Enforcement personnel about Paganism and Earth Religion matters, but to also expose the misconceptions, false teachings and out-right fraud that is occurring in our society regarding Religious conspiracies and Paganism.

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

PAGES: 257 pp; COMMENTS: (Appendices, Index);
BINDING: Paper; PRICE: $17.95; SIZE: 6 x 9
ISBN: 0-87975-834-1  CATEGORY: Church & State

Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive
Amherst, New York
14228-2197, USA

Phone: (716) 691-0133 or Toll Free: (800) 421-0351
Email: marketing@prometheusbooks.com
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ONLINE RESOURCES

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.

  • Lady Liberty League -  A special network within Circle Network provides a national and global referral and information exchange network of Pagan religious freedom activists.
  • Church of all Worlds.   Neo-Pagan organization which produces an excellent Occult workbook.

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


OTHER RESOURCES

  • G.S. Goodman et al "Characteristics & Sources of Allegations of Ritual Child Abuse", Clearing House on Child Abuse & Neglect Information, Suite 350, 3998 Fair Ridge Dr, Fairfax VA, 22033. [Free summary available by calling (703) 385-7565]
  • 2. John Earl, "The Dark Truth About the 'Dark Tunnels of McMartin'", Issues in Child Abuse Accusations, Vol. 7, #2, 1995 Spring, Institute for Psychological Therapies, 13200 Cannon City Blvd., Northfield, MN 55057. An expose on the McMartin day care center underground tunnel myth. $15 USF; $20 USF (foreign).
  • 3. Ellen Bass & Laura Davis, "The Courage to Heal, Harper Collins, New York NY, (1992). The book accepts all memories uncovered during recovered memory therapy as true.
  • 4. Paul & Shirley Eberle, "The Abuse of Innocence : The McMartin Preschool Trial", Prometheus Books (1993). ISBN: 0879758090. The authors attended the court sessions lasting over many years, and concluded that there was no case against the accused.

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.

  • "Report on the 'Satanic Ritual Abuse' Witchhunt", This report contains pertinent excerpts from the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (OCRT) website and the report by Kenneth Lanning (see below); constructed for the purpose of diffusing the misinformation surrounding the 'Satanic Panic', it combines careful citation with specific restatements of fact.
  • "Does Satanic/Sadistic Ritual Abuse Exist?" (OCRT), by unknown author/editor
  • 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

  • "The Satanism Scare", by Gerry O'Sullivan
  • 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.

  • "Investigator's Guide to Allegations of 'Ritual' Child Abuse", by Kenneth V. Lanning (FBI) This is the nail in the coffin of "satanic ritual abuse" and its absolutely fictional character; debunks "occult crime" and makes clear that more crimes have been committed in the name of "God" or "Christ" than ever for "Satan".  Of essential value to the Investigator who wants to provide convincing evidence to the interested or confused.
  • "The JET Report" (excerpts)by the Nottinghamshire County Council Revised Joint Esquire.   This is of meager interest to the Investigator.  It reproduces debunking in a localized region as has already happened in the US and other areas.  It contains no appreciable reference to Satanism as a modern movement, only reflections on Christian nightmares and condemnations.
  • Nevada Search and Seizure Example
  • 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.

  • "What Is a Cult?", by Bob and Gretchen Passantino
  • 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.

  • A Parent's Guide to Satanic Cult Ritual Abuse (Humor), by LMNOP (X-Rated)
  • 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.

  • Excerpt from RA Home Page Bibliography on Teenage Motivations, by an unknown author.  This is a sample from bibliographies below indicating the type of attitude which a Law Enforcement Investigator might expect from those who have been convinced of the 'satanic ritual abuse' "problem".

"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.

  • "Ritual Abuse Home Page Book Reviews", by Bob and Gretchen Passantino.   These are reviews of "The Black Mask: Satanism in America Today" by John Charles Cooper and "Painted Black" by Carl A. Raschke, as well as a number of books on 'spiritual warfare'.  The Passantinos are some of the more coherent Christian book reviewers, eyeing critically the wealth of schlock and flim-flam that passes for reputability. Investigators will find examples of Satanic Panic text as reviewed by Christians with some scruples.

LINKS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT WEB SITES

Law Enforcement

Missing Children

Most Wanted

Crime Reporting

Law Enforcement News and Planning

Florida State Agencies

Federal Agencies

Law Information

Emergency Contacts

Forensic Sciences

References

Other Links of Interest

YOUTH/JUVENILE and DELINQUENCY PREVENTION INFORMATION

GANGS


STATISTICAL INTERNET RESOURCES

CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION

ALCOHOL & DRUGS

PREVENTION

CHILD ABUSE INFORMATION

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

STATE OF CALIFORNIA RESOURCES

POLITICS

LEGAL RESEARCH RESOURCES

NATIONAL INTERNET RESOURCES

CULTURE & DIVERSITY

HATE CRIMES, HATE GROUPS and TERRORISM

VICTIMS

OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES

VIOLENCE/SEXUAL ASSAULT

FRAUD

 

 

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DISCLAIMER: The Religious Freedom Coalition of the Southeast (RFCSE) is a non-advocacy Religious site paid for with volunteer labor and edited by non-affiliated U.S. citizens.  The RFCSE site was published beginning on February 1, 1999.   No Permission is required by the RFCSE, for reprinting.  But permission by originating authors may be needed.  The duration of the working links are not under our control.  RFCSE has not reviewed all of the sites linked to our site and is not responsible for the content of any off-site pages or any other sites linked to our site. Your linking to any other off-site pages or other sites from our site is at your own risk.

All articles and descriptions of persons or organizations on this page, are the resposibility of  the submitter.  The Religious Freedom Coalition of the Southeast, the Association of Cymry Wiccae and all others who provide hosting for this page, bear no legal responsibility for any errors.   But we will immediately investigate all claims of mistakes or errors, and if such a claim is found to be with merit, we will remove an error.  But, if the claim of an error is found meritless, we will bill the the claimant for the cost of researching the claim, and if warranted, seek redress in the court system.  Any attempt to interfere with our first amendment right of opinion and free expression will be met with the full force of the U. S. Court system.

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