Friday, October 07, 2011

Feminist Hypocrisy over Knox Acquittal

Amanda Knox acquittal: It isn’t the Catholic Church that is unhealthily obsessed with mythical Satanic sex – it is radical feminists and social workers

A subtle rewriting of history is taking place on the back of the Amanda Knox acquittal. Reading feminist commentary on the case, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Catholic Church and its weird obsession with Satanic cults are ultimately to blame for Knox’s sorrows. Apparently, the Church, being stuck in the fifteenth century, is still obsessed with devils, especially she-devils, and somehow its poisonous beliefs invaded the courtroom in Perugia and helped to turn everyone against Knox.

This idea that the modern-day obsession with Satanism and crazy sexual degradation springs from somewhere within the Vatican is completely mad. It wasn’t Catholic officials or men of the cloth who in recent years rehabilitated the Middle Ages view that there are evil people out there who worship the devil and have sex while they’re doing it – no, it was radical feminists and social workers, in fact some of the same kind of people currently shedding tears over the witch-hunting of Knox. Across Western Europe and America in the 1980s and 90s, it was implacably atheistic, supposedly “Left-wing” activists who spread the idea that Satanism was making a comeback and that children were being raped and killed as a result. It was writers like Beatrix Campbell, a feminist and contributor to the Guardian, who argued in 1990 in Marxism Today, the then bible of the chattering Left, that Satanists were “organising rituals to penetrate any available orifice in troops of little children; to cut open rabbits or cats or people and drink their blood; to shit on silver trays and make the children eat it”. It was feministic social workers who, with the help of police, kidnapped working-class children from their families on the bizarre basis that they were being ritualistically abused. It was people like Oprah Winfrey, echoing academic feminists, who hosted TV shows claiming that some families in America were involved in "human sacrifice rituals and cannibalism" – watch the clip here.

Even in Italy, that alleged hotbed of backward religious beliefs and woman-hating insanity, the Satanic scares of the past 10 to 20 years have been pushed by radical activists rather than Church officials. In fact, the Church has on many occasions told these Satan-obsessed secularists to get a grip and to stop torturing innocent families. So when in 2007, three schoolteachers, two of whom were grandmothers, were arrested in a school near Rome on suspicion of having had Satanic sex with 15 toddlers in a nearby forest, it fell to Church spokesmen to point out that the women were victims of “malicious tongues”. Priests pleaded for people to recognise that the women were good, honest teachers and that it was bizarre to arrest them simply because some of their pupils had drawn pictures of a person wearing a black hood. There have been many Satanic scares in Italy in recent years and pretty much all of them have echoed those that rocked Britain and America in the 1980s: that is, they have been fuelled as much by warped modern-day “liberal” beliefs as by old-fashioned Catholic ones.

If there really was a propensity to believe in Satanic sects amongst some people in the Knox case, then they are far more likely to have been influenced by this powerful secular obsession with demented and mythical sex abuse, which has exercised a tight grip on various parts of Europe for the best part of two decades, rather than by crazy-eyed priests. They are more likely to have been inspired by very recent Satanic panics in Italy, which the Church actually took a stand against. Perhaps Knox was a victim, not so much of backward Italian beliefs, but rather of the ripples still being made by the deranged Satanic panic set in motion by feminists and their fellow travellers 20 years ago.