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Article ID: 4610
Age Group: Adult
Posted: August 19th. 2002
Reel to Reel Ministries 
by Kerr Cuhulain
Holmberg's film The Massacre of Innocence is a slick production full of very gory scenes of abortions and aborted fetuses. The first part is rather technical, not mentioning alternative religions. In the first part Holmberg does give us his opinion that Rock and Roll gives society a mental attitude that sanctions abortion. The second part of The Massacre of Innocence is extremely anti feminist and specifically anti-Pagan.
In the second part of The Massacre of Innocence, Holmberg blames religions involving Goddess worship as the source of ideas on abortion, which he very clearly believes is a form of child sacrifice. Holmberg states that the "enemy is not abortionists, the Supreme court or those who are advocating abortion." The enemy, in Holmberg's opinion, is Satan. Holmberg states: "Is it just a coincidence that the hottest sub movement within the feminist movement 10 years after the Roe vs Wade decision is Goddess worship?" There is a grain of truth in Holmberg's statement. He is correct in stating that Goddess worship and feminist spirituality is popular today and that this popularity is growing. This is probably because traditional, patriarchal Judeo-Christian religion has excluded and derided women for years. In Goddess oriented religions women are now finding recognition that Christian churches like Holmberg's have denied them for years. In Pagan religions women are finding a legitimate outlet to express and explore the spirituality previously denied to them.
But Holmberg believes that this came about as a result of the practice of abortions, using some rather peculiar logic. Holmberg states: "The spiritual heritage of the Moabites and the Amonites is passed down to our own day through abortion. Today the church is fighting against the same forces of darkness for the very survival of our nation. Without all out spiritual warfare, what are our chances of victory when the demon's lust is being gorged on the blood of not one, but 1.5 million children being killed each year?"
Holmberg's argument that abortions create Goddess religion hinge on his claim that Astaroth is the "demon of fertility and erotic love and is known by many other names (Astarte, Aphrodite, etc)." Holmberg calls Aphrodite "the goddess of child sacrifice." He cites the Chambre Ardente incident involving Madame de Montespan in Louis XIV's court as proof of his claims. Curiously, Holmberg does not call it Satanism or a Black Mass. Instead Holmberg dwells on the fact that during one of the Black Masses the participants called upon "Ashtaroth", which he says is proof of the link between Witchcraft and child sacrifice.
The Chambre Ardente affair involved the mistress of Louis XIV, the Marquise de Montespan, a Catholic priest, the Abbe Guiborg, and a clairvoyant, Catherine Deshayes. De Montespan attempted to use the Black Mass and assassination through poisoning to eliminate rivals for the kings affection. Guiborg was reported to have conducted a parody of the Catholic Mass, culminating in the sacrifice of a child by cutting its throat and collecting the blood in a chalice. A wafer was made from the blood and some flour. De Montespan acted as the altar, lying on the altar naked while Guiborg performed the sacrifice over her. Finally the king got wind of what they were up to and ordered an inquiry, the Chambre Ardente. Deshayes was burned at the stake, Guiborg died three years later in prison, and De Montespan was allowed to go free. Authors such as Russell Hope Robbins have suggested that this ritual was heavily influenced by the writings of the Marquis De Sade, who popularized similar hideous practices in his novel Justine. Thus the Chambre Ardente incident was a parody of the Catholic Mass, based on Christian liturgy and not on ancient Pagan practices.
Astaroth is a Hebrew name, "OShThRvTh", meaning "flocks", "crowds" or "assemblies". It was used as an alternate name for Astarte in some Hebrew works, including the Bible. It also appears as Ashtaroth, Ashtoreth and Astarot. Astaroth is found in 1 Samuel 7:3, 4, 1 Samuel 12:10, 1 Samuel 31:10 ("Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians..."), Judges 2:13 and Judges 10:6 ("And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord, and served Baal-im, and Astaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the Lord, and served not him"). Astarte was a Caananite version of the Goddess Ishtar, a fertility Goddess. Aprhodite was a Greek Goddess of fertility and love. Contrary to Holmberg's pronouncements, the worship of these Goddesses did not involve child sacrifice at all. Holmberg is wrong about magical grimoires connecting Astaroth with sacrifice too. Astaroth appears in grimoires variously as an angel, spirit, duke or demon. In a fashion typical of these Judeo Christian magickal texts, Astaroth is turned into a male entity. The powers usually attributed to Astaroth in these grimoires involves the ability to divine the location of hidden wealth or create storms. None of these aspects involves sacrifice. Holmberg is obviously basing his entire premise on the Chambre Ardente affair, an invention of renegade Christians, not Pagans.
Holmberg's primary objection to these Goddesses and to Goddess worship seems to be that they represent female sexuality, which seems to be repulsive to him. Holmberg confirms this by stating in The Massacre of Innocence that his first child was a result of "two immoral young people fornicating" and says that this child was aborted. Later Holmberg was "born again". Holmberg is now married and has two children. Perhaps one of the motivations behind Homberg's actions is his guilt about this abortion.
Holmberg quotes from the first book of Kings and links Jezebel to Baal and Astaroth "the demons of child sacrifice." Holmberg then quotes from Revelation 2:20: "But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads my bond servants astray, so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols."
Here again is that pre-Biblical Phoenician vegetation and storm God, Baal. Baal is mentioned many times in the Old Testament. In some cases Baal is mentioned in connection to Ashtaroth, an example being Judges 2:13: "And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth". In some places in the Bible Baal has become a demon. In other instances the Bible uses the name Baal simply as a synonym for "Lord", as in the name Baal zebub ("Lord of the Flies"). In one verse, Jeremiah 19:5, Baal is mentioned in relation to sacrifice: "They have built also the high places of Ba'al, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Ba'al..." Yet this is the only place. In the Zohar Baal is another name for the angel Raphael. In none of the grimoires in which Baal is named (the Grand Grimoire, the Pseudo-Monarchia, the Dictionaire Infernal, Levi's Transcendental Magic, and De Givry's Witchcraft, Magic and Alchemy) is Baal listed as a demon of child sacrifice.
Holmberg cites Numbers 33:51-52 as a model for the Christian response to child sacrifice in our era. This verse is where Jehovah tells the Israelites to cross into Canaan and destroy all of the inhabitant's images and high places, and drive out the inhabitants.
In The Massacre of Innocence Holmberg depicts a cover of an issue of MS Magazine which has a feature article on feminist spirituality. Holmberg states: "Much space was given to Goddess worship, where adulation of the various demons associated with child sacrifice has already been noted." Holmberg then remarks that this feminist spirituality is a "gross deception of men and women alike." Holmberg then shows us the following excerpt from MS Magazine: "But to the women in feminist spirituality, Witchcraft had an even more fundamental meaning, it is a women's religion, a religion of the earth, vilified by patriarchal Christianity, and now, finally, reclaimed..." Holmberg says that this is proof of his assertions because, as he puts it: "The earth is, throughout scripture, a symbol of a fallen and degenerate realm. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthy, natural and demonic." Holmberg cannot bear the thought of women having any spiritual power.
Holmberg several times refers to 1 Samuel 15:23, which he quotes as: "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, " and paraphrases in phrases like "Rebellion is called Witchcraft" and "Biblically, Witchcraft is linked to rebellion." While Holmberg makes these pronouncements, he is showing the following in the background:
Holmberg then goes on to say: "The only alternative is, as these women claim, to choose one's will, one's own fate, and this is rebellion, the foundation of all Witchcraft. As Christians when we consider the word 'Witchcraft', one Bible personality immediately comes to mind: Jezebel." Holmberg obviously considers any woman who dares to object to the male oriented philosophies of his denomination of Christianity to be "Witches."
- A pamphlet entitled "The Reformed Congregation of the Goddess."
- The book: The Rose Cross and the Goddess by Gareth Knight.
- A copy of the "Big Apple Dyke News", featuring articles on "The Great Goddess."
- A photograph from Margot Adler's book Drawing Down the Moon, depicting the Wiccan ceremony of Drawing Down the Moon.
Photos of Goddess bumper stickers and buttons.
- The book Woman Guides: Readings Towards a Feminist Theology, by feminist author Rosemary Reuther.
In The Massacre of Innocence Holmberg slams various feminists, lesbians, the Episcopalian and Methodist Churches and the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights. Referring to the Coalition, Holmberg states: "Most of the Protestant denominations in America are either represented directly, by membership, or indirectly, by their unwillingness to take a prophetic stand against this national sin." Holmberg then advocates spiritual warfare against anyone representing women's rights: "God's command is that we repent of her deeds and drive Jezebel out of the Church and from our nation. Just as Jezebel was Elijah's greatest challenge, we too must confront and defeat the forces of Witchcraft that have manifested through abortion. And just as Elijah was almost defeated by Jezebel and John was killed by the witchcraft of Herod's wife, we must also realize that this battle is a deadly one. There can be no victory without the radical commitment to fight." With people like Holmberg exhorting their followers to commence a Holy War or Jihad, is it any wonder that some Christian extremists have been shooting doctors at abortion clinics?
Holmberg then expands his original premise in The Massacre of Innocence, blaming all of societies ills on abortions. Holmberg claims that the US is under a blood curse and that "only God knows" how many of America's economic, social and moral problems are caused by human sacrifice. Holmberg claims that abortion empowers demonic spirits, binds those involved in abortion to demonic forces, and locks women into "perpetual travail." Holmberg concludes by asking everyone to pray for an end to abortion. Holmberg then adds: "And a word of caution: I've shared a lot with you on the spiritual realities behind abortion that will be very helpful in direct intercessory warfare against the enemy. But don't try to take on these forces of Witchcraft by yourself. As we have seen, these are major principalities that should not be trifled with. Save the direct warfare for corporate prayer meetings."
As credits roll past at the end of The Massacre of Innocence you are treated to a background picture of a bonfire on which someone is burning plastic baby dolls. Certainly no regard for the environment here.
So you can see here one of the ways in which disseminators of urban legends about Satanic Conspiracies make up for the lack of evidence of human sacrifice that they so often claim is happening: Simply turn abortion clinics into temples of Baal and describe abortions as child sacrifice.
1. "About" section, Reel to Real web site, http://r2rministries.com/.
3. "The Profits of Baal", Reel to Real web site, http://r2rministries.com/.
5. Videos section, Reel to Real web site, http://r2rministries.com/.
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