US Law Enforcement protects Satanism
US Law Enforcement protects Satanism
Sat Jan 3 12:04:55 2004


by Carol White,EIR

How deeply have U.S. law enforcement agencies been infiltrated by opponents of the Judeo-Christian tradition on which this nation was built? The FBI's leading "cult expert," Kenneth Lanning, has written articles for publications associated with the witchcraft- practicing Wiccan Church. His articles and public statements reveal, at very best, an ignorant, moral relativism which cannot distinguish between Christian liturgy and the ritualized abuse of human beings by a Satanic cult. Similarly, Wicca's news service is now circulating two articles by an FBI-connected criminologist, Robert Hicks, revealing the same ignorance (shall we call it?).

The Wiccan Church is a pagan occultist "religion," whose members style themselves as witches, rather than Satanists. The deities whom witches claim to worship are personified natural forces, which they seek to control through magic ritual. While many witchcraft groups deny the use of animal and human sacrifice, historically such sacrifice has been a part of these rituals, as has the use of ritualized group sexual activity. Typically, these witchcraft ceremonies also include the use of drugs and the invocation of trance-states in participants. They deny being Satanic, since the religion which they practice predates Christianity. Of course, this is nonsense. Satanic evil existed, long before Christianity -- for example, in the blood sacrifice of Baal against which Biblical prophets polemicized.

More to the point, "white" witchcraft groups are frequently used as a way of profiling those individuals suitable for recruitment into "black" witchcraft and overtly Satanic cults. The connection of these groups to murders, youth suicide, and the criminal practices of drug and pornography rings is well documented. What makes such recruitment from "white" to "black" witchcraft easy, is the nature of Satanism itself. The British Satanist, Aleister Crowley, who avowed himself a frequent engager in blood sacrifice of children, summed it up in his motto: "Do What Thou Wilt." Satanism elevates the principle of animalistic passion, universalizes the principle of hedonism. By contrast, Christianity aims to elevate man above the level of beastly passions. Yet, the FBI's Lanning and criminologist Hicks, cannot make that distinction.

What Hicks Has to Say

Robert Hicks works with the Law Enforcement Section of the Department of Criminal Justice Services in Richmond, Va. Criminal Justice Services in turn uses the forensic services of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Pollicy of the University of Virginia. Lanning is directly connected to the Institute, which allows course credits for classes given by the FBI at the Academy in Quantico, Va. In the two articles now being circulated by Wicca, Hicks goes so far as to defend Crowley's "Do What Thou Wilt," as merely a call for self-development!

One article, "Satanic Cults: A Skeptical View of the Law Enforcement Approach," is adapted from a 1988 speech which Hicks gave before the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. He begins in a way reminiscent of Kenneth Lanning's remark that Christians have killed more people than Satanists ever have: "I wish to alert you to a dangerous cult that has implanted itself not only in Virginia but throughout the country. This group, called the Tnevnoc cult, is a 'communal, sectarian group affiliated with a large and powerful international religious organization." "...The cult aims to recruit young women, either teenagers or young adults, and does so openly at schools and colleges.

"Following indoctrination into the cult, young women eventually lose any power of will, succumbing entirely to the regimen of the cult." Cult members must abandon their former lives, even surrendering their outside friendships and personal possessions. Cult members' activities, then, involve the cult exclusively. Members must arise at 4:30 in the morning, wear prayer beads attached to their wrists, engage in long, monotonous chants and prayers, and in one of the most bizarre activities, members consumed food they were told represented the dead cult founder's body...." "But the most shocking ritual of all required members to become brides to the dead cult leader."

"I hope that I have sufficiently aroused your curiosity, if not your indignation and anger that such activities could happen in the United States. In case you haven't figured it out, Tnevnoc is Convent spelled backwards. I have just described the socialization of young women into Christian convents." Thus, by puerile ridicule, he creates the perception that Satanism and Christianity are essentially the same.

Protecting the Satanists

One of Hick's stated intentions is to debunk the effort of law enforcement officers and others, what he calls "cult cops," who are trying to combat growing influence of Satanism among children. Thus he gives the other article the title, "Kids, Cults, and Common Sense." He cites Lanning, David Bromley, and Gordon Melton, the later two being professors in the social sciences who are active in a grouping known as The New Religions Project, to substantiate his case against what they would term a witch-hunt against non-Christians.

The "cult cops," says HIcks, assume that "two or more kids who hang out together and wear upside down crosses, pentagrams, and Ozzy Osbourne buttons might be cult members."This kind of cult in former days we called a clique. Now, we are to assume that such kids have gotten sucked into a black hole of mind control, manipulation by Satanic recruiters, all unwarranted assumptions."

Hicks lumps the racist Aryan Nation, with other groups (which this author never heard of) -- all of which call themselves Christian -- with Christianity. He writes, "But some cults we know to promote violence. Let me name a few: The Covenant, Sword, and Arm of the Lord; The Christian Conservative Church of America; the Church of Christ of Christian Aryan Nations (all described in Melton 1986). Sorry though: I couldn't come up with any Satanic groups which promote the militarism of these Christian organizations."

Hicks and Lanning have the constitutional right of free speech, but what they have to say casts severe doubt, to put it mildly, over how they are carrying out their obligations to law enforcement.

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