How to stop the satanic panic

Last week we mentioned a conference in Dundee, attended by über-fundamentalist Christians Thomas Dunn and Russ Dizdar. Speakers at that conference included Sarah Nelson, author of Tackling Child Sexual Abuse: Radical Approaches, who spoke on the topic of satanic panics. Actually, her topic was titled, “The Myth of the Satanic Panic”. Ironically (or perhaps not), in…

Melanie Shaw verdict rouses Tommy Robinson crew

In our post yesterday about Melanie Shaw’s conviction on three counts of arson, we alluded to, but did not elaborate upon, the Tommy Robinson/fringe right wing  connection. Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) adopted the #FreeMelanieShaw mantra last month, which initially puzzled a great many people who failed to see the connection between Robinson’s case and…

Are we giving undue attention to nonentities?

Over the past few days, we have devoted considerable time and attention to a rather ordinary (if louder and more poorly groomed than most) American evangelical Christian from Ohio, named Thomas Dunn. Dunn, who styles himself a “filmmaker”, first came to our attention thanks to Angela Power-Disney nearly three years ago, and we’d probably have…

Tom Dunn: Profiteering from children’s pain

Abraham Christie and Ella Draper have pretty much exhausted their welcome with their former UK co-conspirators. It’s all just a bit much, facing arrest, police cautions, trials, and even prison time, for two people who can’t even be arsed to come home and face the music. However, of late Abe and Ella have been tapping…

Charles Seven’s court case: Not quite as advertised

Like many of those determined to spread their particular brand of personal fiction across the internet, Wendy John-Charles, aka “Charles Seven” repeats the same untruths loudly and frequently. She lives, it seems, by the maxim that a lie, repeated often enough, will become the truth. It was no surprise to discover, in her latest video…