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Quickies: Critiquing skepticism, the start of the Satanic panic, and the Nebula awards

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  1. Oh please. The ‘Satanic Panic’ was NOT just about D&D. While that’s certainly a worthwhile focus for study, decades of bogus multiple personality stories, persistent witchcraft notions in fringe Christian sects, the creeping awareness of the prevalence of child-abuse coupled with unwillingness to question religious or parental Authority…

    • Yep! It went at least as far back as the Michelle Remembers hoax, probably back to the moral panic about comics. Certainly it existed in the late 70s with people playing records backward. (And even before that, Manson said that was why he murdered Sharon Tate.) And even in the 90s, there were Satanism rumors about Magic and Pokemon, not to mention alternative music as a whole.

      • And Harry Potter, and rap music, and the list goes on and on.

        My favorite version of this was a preacher who was railing against a Queen song that, when played backwards, sounded like it said “it’s fun to smoke marijuana”.

        What song was it in which Freddy Mercury extolled the wacky weed in back-masking? Another One Bites the Dust, a song that when played forward is literally about gunning down your rivals on the street.

        Gotta love those priorities.

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