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Article ID: 4796
Age Group: Adult
Posted: November 11th. 2002
by Kerr Cuhulain
In 1989 Larson revised Larson's Book of Cults. The original edition had no direct reference to Wicca at all, since Larson had lumped it in with Satanism. Larson's New Book of Cults has a new chapter: "Witchcraft." This chapter starts with the following statement:
"An estimated 9 million women and girls met death by fire between the years of 1300 and 1700 for practising witchcraft. In the eighteenth century, 19 suspected witches were killed in Salem, Massachusetts. Despite such extreme countermeasures, the occult rituals of witchcraft are widely practised today around the world. No longer threatened with death, witches enjoy a degree of respectability in America's lenient New Age society."(15)
It is pretty clear from this statement that Larson thinks that practising Wicca should be a capital offense. Having set the tone with this opening, Larson makes several other statements:
- "Witches insist their Pan, even though horned and cloven-hoofed, is not the same Lucifer condemned in scripture."(16)
NOTE: Lucifer, a Latin name meaning "bringer of light" ("lucis" ("light") and "ferre" ("to bear")) first appeared in the Bible in Isaiah 14:12: "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!" The original word translated as "Lucifer" in the Bible was "Helel" in the Hebrew texts. Some scholars argue that this indicates that it was, in fact, a reference to the King of Babylon, who was compared to the morning star. Others point out that the story of Helel, a Canaanite diety, was very similar to the later story of Satan. Fundamentalist Christians have mythologised Lucifer as a rebellious angel who fell from grace and took the name Satan. Satan originally appeared in the Bible as a serpent. Christians added the goat attributes much later. Pan is a Greek pastoral God. There is no connection between the two.
- "Ceremonial activities include hexes and healing by the laying on of hands. Love spells can be cast upon reluctant suitors. Spirits are called upon to answer questions and speak through mediums. Animal sacrifices may end the ceremonies, though most mainstream 'respectable' witches deny such activity."(17)
NOTE: We deny it because it isn't true.
- "Witchcraft denies biblical doctrines of heaven and hell, original sin, and the denunciation of demons. Scripture repeatedly denounces witchcraft (Lev.19:26,32; Deut. 18:10-11; Gal. 5:20). The elemental forces conjured are demons, and the horned deity revered is the devil. Though white witches claim to be benevolent, all such association with the spirit world is forbidden by the Bible."(18)
Larson has done little research on Wicca, as is immediately obvious from his very short list of "background sources" for this chapter. Larson's list of background sources consists entirely of five newspaper and magazine articles, and reads as follows:
"Insight Northwest, October-November 1984; Calgary Herald, 22 October 1983; Moody Monthly, January 1983; US, 23 June 1983; US News and World Report, 7 November 1983."(19)
In this "Witchcraft" chapter, Larson quotes two brief sentences from Margot Adler's Drawing Down the Moon, but as Adler's book is not listed in Larson's list of "background sources" it is likely that this quote was obtained from one of the aforementioned articles. Larson's treatment of other beliefs in this book isn't any more detailed.
In 1989 Larson sponsored a "Satanism Symposium" through his "Compassion Connection." Vicki Copeland of Cult Watch Response attended this presentation and reported back to me. The speakers at this conference were both discussed by me in earlier articles in this series:
- Lt Larry Jones.
- Jack Roper of CARIS.
Some of the content of this conference I reported in my discussion of Roper and CARIS in an earlier article.
Jones began his presentation at this conference by saying that this was one of the largest audiences that he had attended for quite a while. Jones said that he had developed his Cult Crime Impact Network to provide training information to law enforcement and to develop resources for the media, education, mental health, and churches. In reference to Satanism, Jones said, "It's happening right in your own living room", and in a manner reminiscent of the style of evangelist Phil Phillips, went on to suggest that children's cartoons and horror films were proof of this statement.
Jones claimed that 50,000 - 60,000 human sacrifices occurred every year. Jones obtained these numbers from Dr Al Carlisle of the Utah State Penitentiary System in 1985. You'll remember my discussion of Carlisle in an earlier article in this series. Carlisle questioned inmates about involvement in human sacrifice cults. Carlisle arrived at these figures by taking the number of alleged cults and multiplying it by the number of alleged sacrifices per year per cult. Carlisle never offered any studies or statistics as proof to corroborate his findings.
Jones went on to say that 2.5 million children went missing yearly. Jones claimed that many of these missing children had been abducted by "paedophiles, Satanist cults, and white slavers." Jones described large numbers of these missing people as being "untraceable." By this, Jones explained that he meant the criminal element (drug dealers, prostitutes, etc.) and transients (the senile, the homeless and the "street people"). Jones referred to such people as the "availability pool."
When asked where the bodies were, Jones stated that they are disposed of in many ways, including:
- Being eaten and the bones used for ritual implements.
- Being fed to animals such as hogs or dogs.
- Burial at sea.
- Being dumped down abandoned mine shafts.
- Cremation, the ashes being saved for ceremonial purposes.
Jones then quoted Ken Lanning as saying that the FBI only has statistics on 20,000 murders a year. Jones said, "This controversy over statistics is making me ill." It made him ill because Lanning's statistics were easy to prove and those cited by Jones cannot stand up to such scrutiny. Jones characterized Lanning as having a "bureaucratic mentality" and said that no area wants to be known as the area that has satanic crimes. Jones took Lanning's comments about conspiracies out of context in an attempt to support his claims: Lanning had said that if the outrageous claims of people like Jones were true, it would run contrary to the normal pattern outlined in conspiracies and that this alleged Satanic Conspiracy would have to be the greatest conspiracy in the history of the human race. Jones omitted to mention the context and saved the "greatest conspiracy of all time" part. Jones genuinely believes that Satanism is the world's greatest conspiracy.
Jones stated that things will not be satisfactory until, "we get to the point where every uniformed officer is trained to the point where they can legitimately identify Satanic involvement and there is a system in place to handle it."
Jones said that Satanic cults are all based on power, control and revenge. He defined a Satanist as "people worshipping a deity other than the God of the Bible," and commented that in the occult, "all roads lead to the middle." Jones then said, "We're not trying to cram the Bible down everybody's throat." You could have fooled me. According to Jones, "subtle new age" philosophies in music and the schools are making children more susceptible to Satanism. Eventually, Jones said, the worship of Satan requires blood, either one's own, the blood of an animal, or the blood of a human victim. "The type of death must be prolonged and painful," Jones told the audience.
Jones advised the police in attendance to get used to the terminology used in "occult crimes" and stated that there is no constitutional protection if there is a crime committed during the practice of Satanism. According to Jones, "you cannot be a dedicated Satanist without violating the law of the land." Remember how Jones includes Pagans in his definition of Satanist? Jones next gave suggestions on how police could justify obtaining search warrants and charges against people involved in "occult groups." Suggested charges included ritual sex with juveniles, ritual abuse, drug use, and animal cruelty. Jones claimed that Satanists have bragged openly of their ability to commit capital crimes without being caught.
A question and answer session took place between Jones, Larson and the audience. This included the following dialogues:
LARSON: What can the average person do with this information?
JONES: "Maintain a healthy scepticism. Back the stories with facts." Jones advocated self education and recommended videotapes, particularly America's Best Kept Secret as a way to do this [You'll recall the awful booklet America's Best Kept Secret, produced by the Calvary Chapel of West Covina, from an earlier article in this series].
FEMALE ATTENDEE (From the Task Force on Occult Crime from East Tennessee): "Why are reports with evidence not made public? Is there a suppression of evidence?"
JONES: "You're talking conspiracy theory here." Jones then refused to elaborate on this, citing instead the resistance a community might have to bad publicity. Jones touched on what he called the "credibility wars" between "experts".
LARSON: "What about accusations that the police in communities are involved in the cults?"
JONES: Jones stated that he knew that some of the police were involved with cults because his File 18 mailing list ended up in the hands of Witches, and posted on some Wiccan computer bulletin boards [It was me that obtained that list from Jones- he was handing it out to anyone who asked him for one]. Again, the implication here is that only Christian cops are to be trusted.
REV STANTON (Jake, Texas): "How do you handle scepticism from the public?"
JONES: "Press for corroborative evidence and pray that the Lord will expose it."
CRAIG (California): "How do you bring this information to the churches?"
JONES: "Point out examples on videotape. I recommend America's Best Kept Secret as a good reference. Remember, it's spiritual warfare first."
REBECCA (Tampa, Florida): This person alleged that they were a "former cultist." "What do you do about what you know?"
JONES: "Fear is the most used tool of Satanism. Write your experiences down in a journal and document it with photos."
CINDY (Cincinnati): This lady indicated that she had a friend who was involved with some form of Satanism, and that she had read Maury Terry's book The Ultimate Evil. She also commented on the "fear factor" which is used by destructive cults.
JONES: "Satanists use fear as a tool. Collect as much documentation as you can and keep it under lock and key." Jones went on to suggest making it known to the public at large that such documentation exists, and that it would be made public in the event of anything untoward happening to the person that collected it. Jones suggested that persons holding such information have private meetings with the police.
PAM (Dallas, Texas): "What about rumours such as cults attempting to kidnap children? How can individuals approach the police?" Pam stated that when she had contacted the Dallas Police about rumours that cults were seeking to kidnap area children as possible human sacrifices, the police had not treated it in a serious manner, and had indicated to her that the whole thing was hysteria from a misinformed public. She was quite upset by this attitude.
JONES: "Before you meet with the police, have your facts in order. Follow the chain of command and document everything."
LARSON: "Your publicity is your protection."
After this lecture, Copeland went up and eavesdropped on Jones' conversations with conference attendees. Many wanted to subscribe to his File 18 newsletter. Jones' reply to them was to get into a working relationship with a cop that they trusted who could subscribe and pass the information on to them (his policy, as you will recall from my earlier article, was to only give his newsletter to police, although we saw that he made many exceptions to this rule). Jones commented that many journalists had approached him requesting subscriptions to File 18. "Yeah, I'll just bet they would," Jones remarked, "Maybe they should contact the Witches?"
During lunch break, Copeland and her companions introduced themselves to Jones. The conversation (after Jones picked up his jaw from the floor) went as follows:
JONES: "Ah, the loyal opposition showed up."
COPELAND: "You bet. You don't think I'm going to let you get this close and not hear what you have to say, do you?"
JONES: "Well, we told folks that if they didn't like what we were printing to start their own newsletter."
COPELAND: "Yes, and we took you up on the challenge. By the way, thanks for the free publicity. We can use it."
Moonstone reports that Jones looked ill during this exchange. When asked about the C.H.R.I.S.T. letters (a series of letters threatening the Pagan community then in circulation), Jones replied that although they had been attributed to CCIN by many folks, his organization had nothing to do with them. Jones stated that CCIN did not advocate violence in any form.
The next speaker was Jack Roper of CARIS. Roper immediately recognized Copeland's name on her name tag when they met at the break:
ROPER: "Vicki Copeland. I know you."
COPELAND: "Jack Roper. I've got a lot of your material in my files."
ROPER: "Oh, yeah, where did you get that?"
COPELAND: "Oh, I have my sources."
Copeland's source was me.
This conference featured a teen panel consisting of 5 juveniles live and Sean Sellers via phone hookup from McAllister Prison in Oklahoma. At the time Sellers was the youngest inmate on death row for murder in the US. As I have pointed out numerous times elsewhere in this series, I believe that this is an attempt by Sellers to save himself by putting on the appearance of conversion to Christianity to improve his chances of getting a reprieve. Those familiar with his story are sceptical about Seller's claims to have been involved in a Satanic ritual when he killed a convenience store clerk in the commission of a robbery. If it is true, it is the only case on record of such a ceremony.
(Continued... Click HERE for page III)
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