Date: 26 Feb 1998
The next time someone recommends a book on Satanic ritual abuse and a conspiracy of Devil-worshipping Witches here in America, you ought to check out a very unique site: Answers In Action at http://answers.org/
Now, before you click on that URL, let me warn you: this isn't a pro-Pagan site. Answers in Action is a fundamentalist Christian web-page, run by Bob and Gretchen Passantino. It contains a lengthy "Special Section" on Satanism, "cult", and Satanic Ritual Abuse.
Contrary to what you might think, I'm not recommending this page to raise your blood pressure. The Passantinos do first-rate investigative journalism. Absolutely brilliant stuff -- a credit to the journalistic field. Their particular area of concern is (naturally enough) the fundamentalist press and media. And they've done a stunning series of exposes on some of the most famous modern Witch hunters, including Mike Warnke, Laura Stratford, and Rebecca Brown. Exposes that demonstrate that many of these people are fakes and psychologically unbalanced.
Take Dr. Rebecca Brown, the author of _He Came to Set the Captives Free_. Reading her best-selling book on how a devil-worshipping conspiracy of Witches, vampires, and werewolves are destroying America might lead you to suspect that she's not right in the head. And, if you check out the Passantinos' page, you'll find your suspicions confirmed. "Dr. Brown" is a pseudonym for Ruth Irene Bailey. Ms. Bailey used to be a doctor before the state of Indiana revoked her license for drug abuse and procuring drugs for her patients. In addition, during testamony Dr. Bailey showed acute signs of mental imbalance. The state had a psychiatrist examine her, and she was diagnosed as "paranoid schizophrenic".
So if _He Came to Set the Captives Free_ sounds crazy to you, that's because it is. It's the fantasy of a paranoid schizophrenic, whose delusions are colored by her religious beliefs. Unfortunately this is a best-selling text, one highly recommended by many fundamentalists. I only hope that the Passertinos have good luck spreading accurate information in the fundamentalist community.
Answers in Action offers valuable information, stuff you won't find anywhere else. It's not Pagan or Pagan-friendly, but it's accurate and well-researched. I check it out every couple months, to see what they have to say about the lastest Witch-hunting manuals.