Project Witch Hunt Watch for September 1992 (Fall Equinox) In June there was a +quot;news+

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Project Witch Hunt Watch for September 1992 (Fall Equinox) In June there was a "news" item on "The 700 Club" about evangelist Jeff Fenholt (host of "Highway to Heaven" on Trinity Broadcasting Network) and his planned speaking engagement at Salem, Massachusetts. The report noted that local occultists, especially wiccans, were most upset about it and were doing everything they could to prevent Fenholt from speaking. Fenholt specializes in his own brand of "anti-satanism" (i.e., fomenting anti-occult hysteria), and while one might concede that people who don't like occultists also have free speech, one cannot help noticing that Fenholt showed bad taste in speaking in Salem to observe the three-hundredth anniversary of the infamous witch trials, lending them some apparent legitimacy despite the fact that the accused were innocent of the "crimes" for which the good but hysterical people of Salem executed them. Moreover, freedom of speech does not include the right to misrepresent oneself. Fenholt, who often claims in his pitches for Jesus to have been a former lead singer for the "satanic" rock group Black Sabbath, was the subject of an MTV News item in May of 1991. Fenholt's claims had forced Tony Iommi, the group's guitarist, to give a press conference and state that Fenholt had only auditioned for the group. A trip to the record store to peruse the Black Sabbath albums will reveal that Fenholt, who sings acceptably but is no match for either Ozzy Osbourne or Ronnie James Dio, never recorded with Black Sabbath, casting even further doubt on his claims. And Jeff Fenholt is not the first neo-inquisitionist to give legitimacy to the Salem witch hunt. In Mike Warnke's humorous, hokey, and highly dubious 1972 book _The Satan Seller_, there is a high ranking female witch (or satanist; Warnke makes no distinction) named Bridget Bishop, who has the same name as the first of the Salem women to be hung for the crime of "witchcraft" in the 1690's hysteria. This is most interesting, as Warnke claims that he did not always use the real names of the people mentioned in the book. Those who have been following the growth of the myth of "satanic ritual abuse" will be pleased to read that the beginning of the end of this lunacy may be in sight. Earlier this year in Pittsburgh a sixteen-year old girl who had accused her parents and other adults of abusing her in this manner decided not to testify against her parents, resulting in the dismissal of all charges. Prior to this decision her credibility as a witness had severely deteriorated anyway when it was discovered that she could not describe the interiors of the houses where she claimed the abuse took place, or that she could not recognize or identify some of the people she had accused, and that her story had over fifty parallels with _The Diaries of Laura Palmer_ (a book based on the "Twin Peaks" television series, which an adult had recommended to her when she began making her accusations). Also, a mid-July broadcast of the "Sally Jessy Raphael Show" dealt with the topic of "false memory syndrome". It seems that many of the "therapists" who treat these "victims", often turn out to be lacking in any qualifications or credentials and are actually brainwashing their patients into believing they've been victimized. As Ms. Raphael is one of the many so-called "tabloid TV" hosts who have helped spread the "ritual abuse" nonsense in the first place, we are glad to see her take a role in undoing the damage which she and others have done to the occult community's reputation and religious freedoms. -- from the _Whiskey Rebellion Camp Newsletter_, Issue 9, Autumn Equinox 1992.


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