I'm catching up on my DVR'd episodes of A Haunting, and I have to say, I'm really rather disappointed and disgusted at their direction this season. Suddenly, everything is demons and needs an exorcism. And at least two of the purported demonologists they've employed have been people that were students of Ed and Lorraine Warren. If I recall, the Warrens were made famous by their investigation of the Amityville Horror and the Smurl House. Unfortunately, most of their work (especially the Amityville case) has been quite thoroughly discreditied.
The two episodes that irritated me the most were alleging that "Satanic activity" caused demon possession of people who subsequently moved into the house or investigators trying to deal with disturbances in the building after the alleged Satanic activity ceased. In one case, in the episode entitled The Possession, their main "proof" of Satanic activity was a pentagram drawn on the floor, and they alleged that the pentagram in and of itself was dispositive evidence of Satanic activity.Later edit:
It's been pointed out to me, quite correctly, that these people are insulting the Satanists as well. Satanism isn't what it's portrayed to be on these shows anymore than paganism is Satanism. They aren't the same thing, and neither one involves stupid hysterical nightmare scenarios straight out of bad movies and heavy metal videos. Really, I should have chewed the "demonologist" out for ignorant prickness in general because it's obvious he's completely ignorant about all occult activity.
I've been involved with Wicca and various forms of paganism for most of my adult life. I own several pentagrams, and I have friends who wear them daily and who would be outraged if someone associated them with Satanism. (Also added later:
And really, what we all ought to be outraged and appalled at is that this stereotype of the occult in any form is still being barfed into our culture.)
I was appalled by this piece of bigotry, and I emailed the "demonologist" and told him that I was sure he knew better than to say such things, and remonstrated with him rather strongly for fostering bigotry. (I try not to have a persecution complex, but guys like this bring it out in me.)Hi (Waterlilly) they did not what to go into the differenceson the show and there was a lot more we wanted them to go into that I know itwas Satanism but networks will not accepts that I personnel have friends thatare Wiccan and Pagan for many years and never seen or do I feel they are on anegative side of things and I did footage for the show on that but as you cansee that did not air that
All I've changed is my name. The rest is exactly what he emailed to me, complete with odd spacing and a complete lack of normal punctuation. I have to confess that I'm not real impressed by this reply, and so far what I've seen from the Warrens' students is superstition, hysteria, and proselytizing disguised as psychic research.
Don't get me wrong. I'm all for calling on your clergy of choice if you think you've got a plague of Things that Go Bump in the Night. But is there really that much of a problem with demons out there these days? Have I missed something? What happened to simple "Dead Guy Needs to Go to the Light" episodes?
As for the sudden alleged onslaught of old Satanist sites, I have no bone to pick with Satanists as such. I've met some, and I found them to be somewhat arrogant but no worse than that. (I've met fundamentalist Christians who were much more objectionable dinner companions, to tell you the truth.) I've read some of their literature, although I haven't used any purported Satanic rituals. But seriously speaking, I don't think the fact that a former owner of a house was a ::gasp!:: Satanist makes the place a Portal to Hell. That just strikes me as ludicrous. But I'm willing to admit that I might be missing something here.
So, I'm asking all of you: What do you think? Does Satanic activity in a house leave some kind of portal that can cause subsequent owners of the house to become possessed by demons, or is this just the result of too many people staring for too long at old Ozzy Ozbourne album covers and watching The Exorcist
too many times?