Rev. Warlock DRACONIS BLACKTHORNE (dblackthorne) wrote,

Devil Worship: The Rise of Satanism

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Devil Worship: The Rise of Satanism
XXIV A.S. Jeremiah Films. Genre: Satanic Panic, Religion, Cults.

Devil Worship: The Rise of SatanismThis presentation is a product of the Satanic Panic era, produced by this company notorious for these types of terror shows, fundamentalist christians at the height of the paranoia, and in the apparent guise of exploiting this predominant societal fear, demonstrate every inaccuracy possible to generate the maximum amount of unfounded concern in their congregations, and society at large.

Half of the name is ironically correct - the first half, as in 'devil worship' christian heresy, while 'Satanism' is a completely different philosophy which seems purposefully distorted by the fundies in a mishmash of fictional horror scenarios, with any of these isolated would-be devil worshippers taking cues from their mythology. Of course, it has since come to be widely known that many of these allegations are committed by christian clergy in actuality.

The usual misinformation is presented, such as the alleged 'types' of devil worship, like "dabblers" {high school kids, stoners, petty criminals, and otherwise cheap thrill-seekers}, "Religious" {as accurate as they will get in their meager comprehension of real Satanists; ergo, the only real Satanists are those who live the Satanic philosophy as reflected in the pages of The Satanic Bible, with the only legitimate Satanic organization being The Church of Satan}, & so-called "Generational" {a complete judeo-christian fabrication of nightmarish conspiracies, clandestine criminal monster cults, etc.}.

The misconception that Aleister Crowley was a Satanist remains incorrect. As a member of the O.T.O., which has its roots in Egyptian-type ceremonial "magick" and Masonry, he founded his own personal order based on his stylized brand of theories & practices called "Thelema", heralding "Aiwass" as its primary deity.

With commentary by "Occult Cop / Satan Sleuth" Sergeant Randy Emon, & others of the mythological literalist persuasion {including one who recommends the invasion of privacy}, are also several erstwhile "survivors" interviewed, those who were either brainwashed by christian therapists, and/or attention-starved mentally-ill people given a justification for their condition. Watches like an Aristocrats joke gone wrong and taken too far. No actual Satanists are interviewed, just ersatz "former-satanists", who as we recognize, were never Satanists to begin with, but merely reverse blindlighters, black sheep for sure {"washed in the blood of jesus" and bled whiter than snow}, who have returned to the other side of their unbalanced paradigm.

Board games, Heavy Metal music, and horror movies are also typically scapegoated. Board games tend to be Dungeons & Dragons, and the Ouija board; Heavy Metal bands such as Venom, Slayer, Possessed, Bathory, Celtic Frost, Megadeth, Mercyful Fate, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, & others {most of whom are just admitted entertainers, not actual Satanists, but whose art and performances can be appreciated by Satanists in the correct context of amusement or aesthetic inspiration}; and just about every horror movie is blamed for influencing the gullible into committing gruesome crimes. When the fact is that only about less than 1% who engage in such recreational activities also happen to enjoy these forms of entertainment.

While not as outrageous as "America's Best Kept Secret: A Look At Modern Day Satanism", which is probably the epitome of these paranoia-inducing christian devil-exploitation flicks, or extensive as Geraldo's "Exposing Satan's Underground", "Devil Worship: The Rise of Satanism" carries all the usual suspects, like Sean Sellers, Richard Ramirez, Pete Rowland, Scott Waterhouse, the Matamoros cult killings {which were actually Santeria-based practices customized to murderous extents}, & others, with the usual mention of Ricky Kasso excluded.

This presentation should be considered in an historical sociological context, to observe the consequences of superstition, erroneous data gathering, half-truths in an attempt to support a fiction, cultivated hysteria which breeds stupidity, & mass neurosis. ∞

* For those interested in Satanism, please see The Official Church of Satan website for factual information.
* For those interested in the psychology of the Satanic Panic hysteria, read: Satanic Panic: The Creation of A Contemporary Legend by Jeffrey S. Victor.

Doorways to Satan is essentially an 'infomercial' for Devil Worship: The Rise of Satanism, displaying scenes from the presentation with slick new graphics included, the addition of a co-host, and direct proselyting at the conclusion. In a castle setting, this version is a more palatable made-for-TV variation, probably created for a TBN audience. The scenes included in the above review are all demonstrated, presented in a newer frame with additional graphics & effects. A couple of interviewees are revisited, and otherwise, much of the material herein is rehashed. This is part of The Pagan Invasion series, which were apparently curtailed to fit into briefer segments. ∞

Tags: abnormal psychology, christinsanity, crime, criminology, cults, devil worship, history, hysteria, mythology, occult, satanic panic, sociology, superstition

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