Talk:Satanic ritual abuse

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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Many of these questions have been raised in the scientific and popular literature, and are summarized here for ease of reference.

The main points of this FAQ can be summarized as:

  • Satanic ritual abuse is considered a moral panic by most scholars in psychology and sociology
  • Only a tiny minority of scholars, publishing in low-impact journals or vanity press support the idea that there was any reality to the SRA moral panic.
  • Wikipedia:Neutral point of view requires that minority views not be given undue emphasis.
  • This is the result of long-standing consensus, with many, many discussions covering the same topics and arguments repeatedly without any new information being added or progress being made.
  • The extensive, repeated abuse editing privileges of sockpuppets by an editor banned for POV-pushing means there is little tolerance for new editors bringing up these same points.
Past discussions

For further information, see the numerous past discussions on these topics in the archives of Talk:Satanic ritual abuse and related pages:

reverted 2 on Cheit[edit]

Reverted 2 additions on Cheit.

1 - his assertion that "Lanning's distinction between conspiratorial claims and individual cases is overlooked" is nonsense. The Satanic Ritual Abuse panic was specifically a panic about a world-spanning Satanic conspiracy, and it was never a panic about any individual case where some mentally ill individual committed crimes and said "oh PS I love Satan". That is why the distinction is used, and oh by the way this very article does explicitly highlight that distinction.

2 - He agrees "there is no evidence for vast networks of Satanic or ritual abusers", therefore his work does not disagree with this article. This article is limited to the Satanic Ritual Abuse moral panic that occurred in the US in the 80s and 90s (and spread to other parts of the world afterwards): it is *not* an article about murderers or sexual abusers who said "oh PS I love Satan".

3 - If he contends that disbelief in a world-spanning Satanic cult causes people to also disbelieve real cases of child sex abuse, then please provide the links to the methodologically-valid quantitative statistical studies that are the empirical basis for his contention. Hint: I doubt you'll find any. AllGloryToTheHypnotoad (talk) 14:12, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

Should Dungeons and Dragons be mentioned here?[edit]

in the 80's many Christians in the USA thought that D&D was "Satanic". — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:52, 17 December 2017 (UTC)

You're right. However, we'd need both a reliable source discussing this topic (D&D Christian controversies) as well as one making the link between that particular moral panic event and the belief that there could be a relation between D&D and alleged increased Satanic ritual abuse (this article's topic), to avoid original research. Thanks, —PaleoNeonate – 19:53, 18 December 2017 (UTC)