REVIEWS OF TWO BOOKS CONTAINING SIGNIFICANT RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE
Monitoring of the Media
OCRT volunteers listen to a variety of radio and television programs of a religious nature on an
occasional basis. We also read religious books and articles. We have been recording instances of
religious hatred, ridicule, and misrepresentation.
Most of the books which we expect will be cited here are written by Evangelical or Fundamentalist
Christian authors. This is not intended to be an attack on conservative Christianity. It is just
that most books on the "evils" of the non-Christian religions are written by authors who happen
to be Evangelical Christians.
Liberal and mainline Christians generally view Satan as an evil principle. But many Evangelicals
believe in the existence of two powerful supernatural entities who play an immensely important
role in everyone's life: God and Satan. They often regard all non-Christian religions as
influenced or controlled by Satan. Indeed, other religions are sometimes referred to as Satanism.
A believer worshiping a Hindu God or Goddess is thus believed to be worshiping Satan or a
They often do not differentiate among the various forms of Witchcraft:
These unrelated activities are often viewed as being identical, and linked with Satanism.
We have analyzed the following books:
||Witchcraft, as mentioned in English translations of the Bible - a form of evil sorcery or
black magic used to harm others
||Witchcraft, as it was believed to exist during the Witch Burning Times, when Witches were
believed to worship Satan and sell their souls to him.
||Witchcraft, as it is practiced today by Wiccans and other Neo-pagans; often a reconstruction
of an ancient, pre-Christian religion.
||Witchcraft as is sometimes used to refer to Santeria, a syncretistic religion which combines
African aboriginal religion with Roman Catholicism.