Though a bit tedious, I thought it was important that I talk a little bit about what I meant in the previous article by good and evil. To begin we should define the terms themselves. For the purposes of this article good should be defined as that which is morally just, while evil is that which is morally unacceptable. However these definitions by themselves are not enough. Morality is a natoriously ambiguous term. Morality varies not just from culture to culture, but also individual to individual. The fact of the matter is that morality is, to some extent subjective. I’ll cite the classic example of the man who steals bread in order to feed his children. Now is this man morally unjust and therefore evil because he stole? Or were his reasons mortally acceptable, making him by extension good? Well the answer to that depends largely on who you are…
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The Other Side of Sensationalism October 15, 2012 | BRONWYN KATZKE. Satanists! The new boogeyman in a post-1994 South Africa. According to alleged ‘occult experts’ there are currently 80000 Satanists in South Africa; and these are not of the LaVeyan, … Continue reading
October 2, 2012 | FRANCISCO FUMAROLA.
How do we even begin to debunk the years of accumulated nonsense and propaganda against Satanism, Occultism and Witchcraft in South Africa? The fact remains, all the information is already out there and available to anyone with a desire to seek it out and determine the truth for themselves. The phenomenon of Satanic Panic has been thoroughly examined and largely debunked in diverse academic fields including Anthropology, History, Sociology and Folklore. The FBI investigated claims of Satanic Ritual Abuse and the conclusion was made that the evidence was lacking. There was no evidence found of wide-spread satanic conspiracy or vast organized satanic cults perpetuating crimes or ritual abuse.
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After the leaked memo from the SAPS concerning the establishment of a new occult related crimes division, South African Pagans have been expressing their concerns. Yet, I have found that these concerns were for the most part brushed aside in the media and by comments from the SAPS. It would even seem that people generally feel as if the SAPS know what they are doing and in the end that they have everyone’s best interest at heart. “They are going after criminals and crimes committed. The memo clearly states that they will not persecute religious groups.” This is a common statement to brush aside our concerns and even imply that we are somehow being crazy or exaggerating the whole thing. The memo has a lot of cringe-worthy, shocking and outright ridiculous statements conveniently overlooked…
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