Monday, October 3, 2011
Knox Acquitted. Expect Religious Fanatics To Freak Out.
Amanda Knox has been acquitted of murder and freed from prison. Expect religious fanatics, and evangelicals to freak out momentarily. Extremist Christian whack jobs have long tried to vilify Amanda Knox, and her trial, more reminscent of a witch hunt than a careful examination of the evidence, produced the same kind of (in)justice one might expect of a religious inquisition. Many insisted that, in addition to being a sexually liberated woman, Knox was a Wiccan, and therefore, via the slippery slope of misconceptions, a "Witch", and a "Satanist". Of course, Wicca has nothing to do with Satanism, but one can't expect bible-thumping fanatics to care much for truth, or subtle distinctions. Therefore, it is only a matter of time before this rhetoric is trotted out again and rehashed ad nauseum. Throughout the 1980's religious extremists in the US fomented similar "Satanic Panics" as with the McMartin Preschool case, where increasingly ridiculous testimonies were solicited from or falsely suggested to young children. In the end, people were wrongly convicted of "satanic ritual abuse", until the fraud of the whole system was revealed. When religious people get ahold of the justice system you can expect it to be anything but just to anyone who does not think like they do.