Joseph P. Laycock



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Speak of the Devil: How the...

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The Penguin Book of Exorcisms

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“feel I have to comment on the comic relief of these flabby old men who fashion themselves the master race. They may not be fine physical specimens, but they’re not fine intellectual specimens either. Nor were they able to rally a good counter rally. But I’m sure your mommies thought you were handsome little boys.”
Joseph P. Laycock, Speak of the Devil: How The Satanic Temple is Changing the Way We Talk about Religion

“the Randazza controversy as a “purity spiral.”47 Sociologists Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning define a purity spiral as a phenomenon in which members of ideological and religious movements “strive to outdo one another in displays of zealotry, condemning and expelling members of their own movement for smaller and smaller deviations from its core virtues. . . . The result is an ever-increasing demand for moral purity, and ever-greater effort to meet the standards of the group.”
Joseph P. Laycock, Speak of the Devil: How The Satanic Temple is Changing the Way We Talk about Religion

“One June 5, Brian Lynch, a Catholic priest from Belle Plaine, gave a five-minute address to the City Council urging them to reject TST’s monument. Lynch argued the monument was illegal because it constituted an “offense against decency.” Furthermore, he speculated that the monument would attract Satanists, making Belle Plaine, “a place for theistic Satanic ritual activities that victimize our children.” Lynch testified that Satanic ritual is “known” to include sex with children. Since the monument was in a public park, Satanists could use it to “groom” children for abuse. After his address, Lynch led some thirty of his parishioners from the City Council to church to pray the monument not be installed.”
Joseph P. Laycock, Speak of the Devil: How The Satanic Temple is Changing the Way We Talk about Religion

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