This file has been reprinted with permission from MARANATHA MANNA A publication of WOLC ra

---
Master Index Current Directory Index Go to SkepticTank Go to Human Rights activist Keith Henson Go to Scientology cult

Skeptic Tank!

This file has been reprinted with permission from: MARANATHA MANNA A publication of WOLC radio. Princess Anne, Md. Sysop's Note: In the text, Delmarva, refers to the penninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, made up of the Eastern Shores of VA. Md. and the state of Delaware. ----------------------------------- November 1987 MARANATHA MANNA P.O. Box 528 Berlin, Md. 21811 A publication of WOLC Radio...102.5 FM =================================== Is Belief in the Occult A Threat to Delmarva? by Randy Walter Are there really people who cast spells and worship Satan? And if so, is there reason for concern? According to retired Delaware State Police Major Skip Venable, such activities are directly responsible for crime. He is spreading the word: Police officers need to become aware of the belief system behind these rituals so they can recognize evidence of the occult at crime scenes. Skip has made an indepth study of this subject. In his present capacity as an instructor with Wor-Wic Technical Colleges criminal justice program, he conducted part of a two day seminar last month under the auspices of the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy in Salisbury [Maryland]. His topic was the relationship of the occult to crime. When Skip first examined the subject, he consulted people who knew about or were involved in the occult. He was surprised at the amount of activity on Delmarva. There is at least one authentic witch's coven in each county on the Eastern Shore, Skip believes. They meet in the kind of remote locations found on Delmarva. A coven normally consists of 13 members. When it becomes too large, it multiplies. Initiates are known only by nicknames so they cannot identify each other in case of investigation. What is there to fear from a coven? "Looking at it from a logical standpoint, if I have a group of people who believe that evil is good (the scripture says, 'Woe to them who call good evil and evil good'), I wouldn'T want those people in my neighbor- hood. "As a police officer, is it beneficial to have this going on in your community? Is it a threat to your kids? When you get a rash of runaways, or teen suicides, or you go to crime scenes and nothing explains why they happened, see if you recognize any indica- tions of occult activity which may give you some type of a motive," Skip responded. ALL KINDS OF CRIMES During Satan worship on occult holidays such as Halloween, a murder/sacrifice is demanded, usually of an animal. Pets left outside may be stolen for this purpose. Ritualistic criminal activities also include rapes and fires. Among the other dangers posed by occultists are use of violence, drugs, and deviant sex, not only in their rituals but to recruit new members. These things Especi- ally threaten children, who are easily enticed. "Yes you can have drugs without a Satanist cult, but you can't have a Satanist cult without drugs," skip said from behind the desk in his office. He was reviewing photo- graphs taken at a location near Salisbury [Maryland], where evidence of Satanic activities was discovered. Teenagers had been chased from the site. Inside an abandoned outbuilding was a ritual table, obviously used to practice curses and put pins in voodoo-dolls. Evidence of drugs was found. Written on the walls were Satanic symbols and threats like "Leave Or Die" and "Redrum" ("murder" spelled backwards, as in a violent film called The Shining). Young experimenters like these have not yet graduated into practices which involve animal (or on some occasions, human) sacrifices and other crimes. But there is a growing body of evidence that some of the sensational crimes which headline the news are connec- ted with occultic activities. An example is the "Son of Sam" killings in New York many years ago, now believed to be ritualistic murders. Law enforcement officials are largely uninformed in this area according to Skip. Understanding the motives behind the practice of occultism and their connection with crime was the objective of his portion of the seminar. THREE BELIEF SYSTEMS "I thought I would develop a course which would elaborate on the three basic belief systems from which all religions stem: the Judeo-Christian biblical view (and I separate that from people who just call themselves Christians), the humanist/communist view of no supernatural, and the occult of Eastern mysticism view. "I wanted to show how people were desensitized to traditional value systems and made receptive for recruiting purposes to Satanic activity. The farther we move into the occult, the more we become receptive to hard core Satanic activities," he stated. As people get involved in seemingly harmless activities, they become susceptible to more danger- ous things. Occultics screen prospects to see how open they are to occultic philosophy. They begin with milder lures such as tarot cards, Ouija boards, psychic read- ings, astrology, reincarnation, and other mystical experiences. Another aspect of Satanism Skip wanted to convey is how dedicated participants are to their beleifs. Often blood oaths are sworn. Pictu- res of family members are required to keep initiates true to their vows, under threat of harm to loved ones. All this shows that Satanists are not just acting out deviant behav- ior, they are committed to a belief system. Many are highly educated people who strive for power - something not as characteristic of average persons. "We're talking about power andego here," Skip described. Does that mean that Satanit are better criminals, thus harder to catch? Not necessarily. But it is more difficult to prove a conspi- racy, which is why police officers need to recognize patterns of Satanic activity when crimes result. "I told them not to look for Satanists under every rock," Skip remarked, acknowledging that not all criminal activities like those he described are commited by Satan worshippers. His purpose was to show that the conflict between the occult and Christianity needs to be taken seriously. SATAN IS REAL Not only police officers but Christians need to be more aware of Satanic activities, Skip states. Many who say they believe the Bible are not convinced that Satan exsists as the character of evil it describes. To some, he represents more a folk anti-hero whom Christians blame for their own shortcomings. "I think the Christians, if they do believe in Satan, think he's going to show up in a red suit with a pitchfork," Skip remarked. He noted that the occult as a form of religious expression is not against the law. But, he added, "Once your religious practices start bordering on criminal acts, then we have a problem." Skip continued, "For the occultists, their ultimate goal for the individual is power." This is the same goal of for which the New Agers and humanists strive. The New Age Movement ia a decep- tive and faddish indoctrination agent which funnels many adherents into occultic beliefs and prac- tices. Skip has an interest in the New Age Movement, he says, "because I came out of it and I recognize it's dangers." He lists it's goals as a one- world government, one-world economic system, one-world religion and one-world leader. Religious as well as social and political philosophies, can be seen confor- ming to this man-centered response to the world's problems. An attempt to implement such a system was demonstrated in Nazi Germany. "Hitler's was a good example of an occultic, Eastern mysticism type of belief system," says Skip. "A lot of people look at Hitler as a Christian.' Some of the (Nazi) officers had 'In God We Trust' on their belt buckles. But when you look at their belief system - not what they said but what they actu- ally believed - their writtings revealed an occultic belief system," he described. "Thats what allowed him to kill six million Jews. He (thought he) was just transporting them back to another dimension, so to speak, where they are purified and re- incarnated and sent back." OFFICERS CONFIRM TEACHING Initially, Skip said, his stu- dents were alittle skeptical. But as he explained the relationship between occultic beliefs and crimes some officers told of complaints in their jurisdictions which resembled what Skip described. Because this occultic belief system is based on the character of Satan, Skip had to teach where that character comes from - the Bible. It was also necessary to explain both the Christian and occultic views to illustrate what occultist oppose. Here the philosophies of the New Age and occultism interlock. Satanists commit crimes to create terror and confusion. This coin- cides with a New Age concept of "critical instability." Critical instability is when the public responds to converging crises with increasing panic. Eventually they reach a point where they are willing to trade thier personal liberties for the promise of security and comfort. Lawlessness helps propel a society to this theoretical situa- tion, along with famine, war, plagues, poverty, and natural desasters. When the media play on the sensational nature of such events, they help these anti- Christian elements promote fear and set the stage for a world system which promises to end despair. "Into that power vacuum will step someone who will probably look very benevolent, even religious. He will solve those particular problems for us," Skip stated. SELLING A MESSAGE "We have to understand that we are being sold a message," he added. "What happens is this: Say you and I are nice people and we never get involved in Satanism. But the harmonic convergence and peace movement - we like that." The entertainment media also advance the goals of the occult by portraying their activities in a way which instills their values in the minds of the viewers. According to Skip, this is largely responsible for the dramatic increase in young people becoming involved in the occult. More significant to Skip than conspicuous occultism, he says, is what he calls the underground Satanist church, which operates most effectively when it keeps a low profile. "That's the one were really concerned with. Some who get involved are just kids, and they're playing around with it. You have to understand, kids are a good recrui- ting ground," he notes. Other prime recruiting areas are college campuses and military bases. Skip concluded, "I believe the Bible, and I believe Jesus Christ is coming back. Do I believe I can stop any of this stuff? I don't believe I can stop it, but I believe that everybody should be informed so they can look for it and make their own decisions." =================================== End of Article =================================== Sysop's note: I wish to thank Randy Walter for permission to reprint this article. NU ATLANTIS BBS 301-632-2671 24 Hours/Day 300/1200 Baud

---

E-Mail Fredric L. Rice / The Skeptic Tank