Wednesday 15 August 2012
An ugly rerun of the Satanic panic
"British officialdom’s war on ‘faith-linked’ child abuse echoes its earlier hysterical belief that men in black cloaks were eating babies.
Do you remember the social worker-led accusations of ‘Satanic ritual abuse’ that ripped families and communities apart in the late 1980s and early 1990s?"
"This state-driven creation of a problem is as dangerous as it is reckless. By identifying certain rare-but-infamous examples of child abuse with a culture or a faith-based community – by making faith or belief responsible for crimes instead of individuals – that culture or community is now being transformed into a legitimate object of suspicion and pre-emptive intervention. (The borderline racist undertones of such an approach ought to be clear.) Far from learning the lessons of the Satanic ritual abuse scandal, officialdom seems intent on repeating its mistakes."
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