Beyond The News Commentary
June 10, 2005
Acclaimed psychiatrist M. Scott Peck recently offered a unique perspective on the political power of George W. Bush, suggesting that Satan himself put the president in the White House.
Peck's new book, "Glimpses of the Devil," details his participation in several exorcisms, but provides no names or specifics on these incidents.
When asked by Salon about verifiable incidents of demonic possession in the real world, he came up with two examples: citing Hitler and his henchmen, along with apparent Satanic capture of five U.S. Supreme Court justices in the case of Bush v. Gore.
How else, Dr. Peck wondered, could jurists participate in an act he considered so unmistakably "evil"?
Peck's comments demonstrate ongoing media double standards-if some religious conservative dared label liberals as "possessed by the devil," it would have become a national scandal, but journalists hand a pass to an unhinged, best-selling celebrity like Scott Peck.