Penton Independent Alternative Media Blog

Adele Neveling a contemporary Occult/Satanic “survivor”

FRANCISCO FUMAROLA. Adele Neveling has been at it again, spreading misinformation about Satanism and the Occult. For some reason she was considered enough of an “expert” to advise Pennsylvanian police on a recent murder case. Apparently, if you have written a book and you have a story about being a former Satanist, you can be considered an “expert”. There is no need to check up on claims, claim you were a Satanist and you have now become a born-again Christian and it seems you are a serious source of information on the occult and Satanism – a pity Adele gets so many facts about contemporary Satanism and the Occult dead wrong.

MWEB apology and City Press

DAMON LEFF. City Press journalist Nokuthula Manyathi incorrectly alleged that MWEB had apologised to SAPRA, and attributed a false statement to SAPRA’s director. But the article highlighted another common offending error, one committed by virtually all South African editors – an editorial stylebook bias against Pagans.

Pagans petition Stylebooks to capitalize “Pagan”

OBERON ZELL. It is a matter of continuing frustration to modern self-identified Pagans that newspaper and magazine copy editors invariably print the proper terms for their religion (i.e., “Pagan” and “Paganism”) in lower case. Journalists who have been confronted about this practice have replied that this is what the Associated Press and Chicago Stylebooks recommend.

Threefold Charms

ROBIN ARTISSON. What follows is a reworking of a chapter from Robin Artisson’s book “The Coven Book of the Hollow Hill”, with further elaborations and explanatory notes on American folk magic to aid in this description of a powerful system of traditional conjury or charming.

A Farewell from the Editor

EDITOR. I have sat at my computer and written, tapped backspace and rewritten again and again; but none of it seems capable of gently leading you, dear reader to the place I wish you to see. Isn’t it always like that when you have news to share? You fidget and fumble with ways to tactfully break it to someone, but there is no simpler way than to just tumble the information out.

Family ties and growing pains

JACK MAURICE LESAGE. I think one of the main problems with definitions of Paganism, is that most tend to say what Paganism is not, rather than concentrating on what Paganism is. This may be a reason why so many non-Pagans and even Pagans are under the impression that everything and anything goes. Pagans should not see themselves as those who have merely excluded themselves from the Judeo-Christian-Islamic group of religions, but as those who have embraced very specific other beliefs.

The Devil Made Me Do It and Other Modern Day Fallacies

SAFFRON VAN HELSDINGEN BRINK. Very few subjects will stir up a room as much as the topic of Satanism, with fear and outrage comprising the majority of the reactions. It is very easy to run with the sensationalist tales of various Christian leaders and tabloid magazines when one hears allegations of dogs being sacrificed or the doings of morbid teenagers dressed in black burning down their local high school. The devil is a profitable scapegoat, and even ex-cricket captains can conveniently blame their downfall on his existence.