Title: Paint Remover The Official Journal of the Alliance for Magical and Earth Religions,
Title: Paint Remover
From: AMER Intelligence
The Official Journal of the Alliance for Magical and Earth
Religions, Volume 1, Number 1.
copyright 1991 by AMER and the respective authors. All rights
reserved. (Permission to reprint has been granted by AMER.)
AMER member Michael A. Aquino has won a legal battle with Harper
Collins Publisher over their recent publication of the
anti-Satanic hate book _Painted Black_: "From Drug Killings to
Heavy Metal, the Alarming True Story of How Satanism is
Terrorizing our Communities." The book's author is Carl Raschke,
a religious studies professor at the Methodist Church-sponsored
University of Denver.
_Painted Black_ includes a chapter filled with defamatory lies
and distortions concerning Aquino and the Temple of Set.
Aquino's attorney has concluded an out-of-court settlement with
Harper Collins Publishers. As a result of this settlement, all
future editions of _Painted Black_, including the paperback
edition scheduled for current release, are required to indicate
1. Raschke's statements that charges were brought against Mr. and
Mrs. Aquino in the Adams-Thompson affair must be eliminated or
corrected to state that there have never been any such charges.
2. Future editions will no longer claim child-abuse allegations
were made against Aquino. These were actually made against a
Baptist minister, Gary Hambright, with whom Aquino had no
3. The text has been amended to acknowledge that the Aquinos were
living in Washington, DC during the time period in which the
chaplain alleged that they had abused his stepdaughter in San
4. The text has been amended to acknowledge that the
Adams-Thompson allegations were not the cause of the Army
undertaking an investigation of its day-care centers.
5. The text has been amended to acknowledge that Dr. Aquino was
never transferred from any Army assignment because of the
6. The text has been amended to correct Raschke's allegation that
Aquino was unconcerned about the tragic inmates as the
Niederhagen concentration camp in Nazi Germany. Aquino had
expressed his concern over that tragedy.
A number of similarly false and defamatory passages will remain
in the chapter as Raschke's opinions rather than "statements of
fact", since U.S. libel laws do not prevent people from
expressions of opinion, only from lying about indisputable facts.
The Aquinos do not plan to pursue further legal action, as they
feel that such a suit would be "repulsive, time-consuming, and
expensive." Aquino says, "I made a decision that neither my time
nor that of the Temple was worth such an undertaking,
particularly if the major falsehoods could be corrected now via a
_Painted Black_ still has trouble in store for Raschke and Harper
Collins. The Ordo Temple Orientis now has commenced formal
litigation concerning the book, and _Painted Black_ is achieving
a reputation as the last gasp of the "Satanic Crime" scam of the
1980's. Responsible readers nationwide have expressed revulsion
over the book's coarseness, bias, and persistent falsehoods.
In spite of its overall sleaziness, _Painted Black_ is being
widely recommended by psychiatric social workers who specialize
in "ritual child abuse". AMER urges our members and readers to
spread the word of the book's errors and to speak out whenever
they see it being cited as a reliable source.
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