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Satanic Ritual Abuse
SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE (SRA, sometimes known as RITUAL ABUSE, RITUALISTIC ABUSE, ORGANISED ABUSE, SADISTIC RITUAL ABUSE, and other variants) was the subject of a moral panic that originated in the United States
United States
in the 1980s, spreading throughout the country and eventually to many parts of the world by the late 1990s. Allegations of SRA involved reports of physical and sexual abuse of people in the context of occult or Satanic rituals. In its most extreme form, SRA involves a worldwide organisation including the wealthy and powerful of the world elite in which children are abducted or bred for sacrifices, pornography and prostitution . Nearly every aspect of SRA was controversial, including its definition, the source of the allegations and proof thereof, testimonials of alleged victims, and court cases involving the allegations and criminal investigations
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Devil
The DEVIL (from Greek : διάβολος or diábolos slanderer or accuser) is, according to Christianity
Christianity
, the primary opponent of God . Christianity
Christianity
identifies the Devil
Devil
(" Satan ") with the Serpent who tempted Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve
to eat the forbidden fruit , and describes him as a "fallen angel " who terrorizes the world through evil, is the antithesis of Truth
Truth
, and shall be condemned, together with the fallen angels who follow him, to eternal fire at the Last Judgement
Last Judgement
. Islam identifies the Devil
Devil
("Shaitan") with all those who oppose Allah
Allah
. Some non-Abrahamic religions contain figures similar to the Devil, such as the Buddhist demon Mara and the Zoroastrian spirit Angra Mainyu
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McCarthyism
MCCARTHYISM is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence. The term refers to U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy
Joseph McCarthy
and has its origins in the period in the United States
United States
known as the SECOND RED SCARE, lasting roughly from 1947 to 1956 and characterized by heightened political repression as well as a campaign spreading fear of influence on American institutions and of espionage by Soviet agents
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Fundamentalism
FUNDAMENTALISM usually has a religious connotation that indicates unwavering attachment to a set of irreducible beliefs. However, fundamentalism has come to be applied to a tendency among certain groups—mainly, though not exclusively, in religion—that is characterized by a markedly strict literalism as it is applied to certain specific scriptures, dogmas, or ideologies, and a strong sense of the importance of maintaining ingroup and outgroup distinctions, leading to an emphasis on purity and the desire to return to a previous ideal from which advocates believe members have strayed. Rejection of diversity of opinion as applied to these established "fundamentals" and their accepted interpretation within the group is often the result of this tendency
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Moral Majority
The MORAL MAJORITY was a prominent American political organization associated with the Christian right and Republican Party . It was founded in 1979 by Baptist minister Jerry Falwell and associates, and dissolved in the late 1980s. It played a key role in the mobilization of conservative Christians as a political force and particularly in Republican presidential victories throughout the 1980s
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Incest
INCEST is sexual activity between family members or close relatives . This typically includes sexual activity between people in a consanguineous relationship (blood relations), and sometimes those related by affinity , stepfamily , those related by adoption or marriage , or members of the same clan or lineage . The incest taboo is and has been one of the most widespread of all cultural taboos , both in present and in many past societies. Most modern societies have laws regarding incest or social restrictions on closely consanguineous marriages. In societies where it is illegal, consensual adult incest is seen by some as a victimless crime . Some cultures extend the incest taboo to relatives with no consanguinity such as milk-siblings , stepsiblings, and adoptive siblings
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Eucharist
The EUCHARIST /ˈjuːkərɪst/ (also called HOLY COMMUNION or the LORD\'S SUPPER, among other names) is a Christian
Christian
rite that is considered a sacrament in most churches and an ordinance in others. According to the New Testament
New Testament
, the rite was instituted by Jesus Christ
Christ
during his Last Supper
Last Supper
; giving his disciples bread and wine during the Passover meal , Jesus
Jesus
commanded his followers to "do this in memory of me" while referring to the bread as "my body" and the wine as "my blood". Through the Eucharistic celebration Christians remember Christ\'s sacrifice of himself on the cross. The elements of the Eucharist, bread (leavened or unleavened) and wine (or grape juice ), are consecrated on an altar (or table ) and consumed thereafter
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Religious Abuse
RELIGIOUS ABUSE is abuse administered under the guise of religion , including harassment or humiliation , which may result in psychological trauma . Religious abuse may also include misuse of religion for selfish , secular , or ideological ends such as the abuse of a clerical position. CONTENTS * 1 Psychological abuse * 2 Against children * 3 Physical abuse * 4 Religious violence * 4.1 Human sacrifice * 4.2 Initiation rites * 4.3 Modern practices * 4.4 Witch-hunts * 4.5 Psychohistorical explanation * 5 Spiritual abuse * 5.1 Background * 5.2 Characteristics * 5.3 Research and examples * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 Further reading PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSEOne specific meaning of the term religious abuse refers to psychological manipulation and harm inflicted on a person by using the teachings of their religion. This is perpetrated by members of the same or similar faith, and includes the use of a position of authority within the religion
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Cannibalism
CANNIBALISM IN HUMANS is the act or practice of humans eating the flesh or internal organs of other human beings. A person who practices cannibalism is called a CANNIBAL. The expression cannibalism has been extended into zoology to mean one individual of a species consuming all or part of another individual of the same species as food, including sexual cannibalism . The Island Carib people of the Lesser Antilles , from whom the word cannibalism derives, acquired a long-standing reputation as cannibals following the recording of their legends in the 17th century. Some controversy exists over the accuracy of these legends and the prevalence of actual cannibalism in the culture
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Torture
TORTURE (from the Latin tortus, "twisted") is the act of deliberately inflicting physical or psychological pain in order to fulfill some desire of the torturer or compel some action from the victim. Torture, by definition, is a knowing and intentional act ; deeds which unknowingly or negligently inflict pain without a specific intent to do so are not typically considered torture. Torture
Torture
has been carried out or sanctioned by individuals, groups, and states throughout history from ancient times to modern day, and forms of torture can vary greatly in duration from only a few minutes to several days or longer
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Anti-cult Movement
The ANTI-CULT MOVEMENT (abbreviated ACM; sometimes called the COUNTERCULT MOVEMENT) opposes any new religious movement (NRM) that they characterize as a cult . Sociologists David Bromley and Anson Shupe initially defined the ACM in 1981 as a collection of groups embracing brainwashing -theory, but later observed a significant shift in ideology towards pathologizing membership in NRMs. As part of the ACM, Christian
Christian
counter-cult organizations oppose NRMs on theological grounds and spread information through church networks and printed literature
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Cult
The term CULT usually refers to a social group defined by its religious , spiritual , or philosophical beliefs, or its common interest in a particular personality, object or goal . The term itself is controversial and it has divergent definitions in both popular culture and academia and it also has been an ongoing source of contention among scholars across several fields of study. In the sociological classifications of religious movements , a cult is a social group with socially deviant or novel beliefs and practices, although this is often unclear. Other researchers present a less-organized picture of cults on the basis that cults arise spontaneously around novel beliefs and practices. The word "cult" has always been controversial because it is (in a pejorative sense) considered a subjective term, used as an ad hominem attack against groups with differing doctrines or practices
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Child Abuse
CHILD ABUSE or CHILD MALTREATMENT is physical , sexual , or psychological maltreatment or neglect of a child or children, especially by a parent or other caregiver. Child abuse
Child abuse
may include any act or failure to act by a parent or other caregiver that results in actual or potential harm to a child, and can occur in a child's home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with. The terms child abuse and child maltreatment are often used interchangeably, although some researchers make a distinction between them, treating child maltreatment as an umbrella term to cover neglect, exploitation, and trafficking . Different jurisdictions have developed their own definitions of what constitutes child abuse for the purposes of removing children from their families or prosecuting a criminal charge
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California
Native languages as of 2007 * English 57.4% * Spanish 28.5% * Chinese 2.8% * Filipino 2.2% DEMONYM Californian CAPITAL Sacramento LARGEST CITY Los Angeles
Los Angeles
LARGEST METRO Greater Los Angeles
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Plea Bargain
The PLEA BARGAIN (also PLEA AGREEMENT, PLEA DEAL, COPPING A PLEA, or PLEA IN MITIGATION) is any agreement in a criminal case between the prosecutor and defendant whereby the defendant agrees to plead guilty to a particular charge in return for some concession from the prosecutor. This may mean that the defendant will plead guilty to a less serious charge, or to one of the several charges, in return for the dismissal of other charges; or it may mean that the defendant will plead guilty to the original criminal charge in return for a more lenient sentence. A plea bargain allows both parties to avoid a lengthy criminal trial and may allow criminal defendants to avoid the risk of conviction at trial on a more serious charge. For example, in the U.S
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