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Today’s College ‘Rape Culture’ Panic Recapitulates the 1980s Satanic Child Abuse Scares

Christina Hoff Sommers reveals the roots and predecessors of today's campus witch hunts.

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May 20, 2014 - 1:00 pm

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I am an old lady who does not remember "FREE SPEECH" during most of the last century.
23 weeks ago
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A lot of people had lives ruined by that Satanic cult scare,,,,and i had one big family argument. It's amazing what garbage people will believe.
23 weeks ago
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Yeah, and according to Ann Coulter's "Demonic," this sort of Satanic cult scare, especially the bit about the psychiatrists manipulating the memories of various kids to believe they were molested, actually victimized Michael Reagan. I remember in that book that Coulter pointed out that Reagan ended up being victimized by psychologists into thinking his father sexually molested him.
22 weeks ago
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Excellent video.
First, the College administrators must grow a spine and start pushing back against groups like the one shown in the video who think disrupting a meeting and shouting down anyone they disagree with is "free speech." Suspend these students, expel them if they continue to act like tantrum throwing children who don't like to be told no. College campuses are the only place where this ridiculous behavior is not only allowed, but goes unpunished.
If you stood up at a weekly meeting and kept shouting at your boss, you'd be fired and thrown out into the street. Do the same to these groups who continue to rant and rave and make demands yet never give anything in return. Get rid of the anarchists and take back the campuses.
23 weeks ago
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Hope you're right. Unfortunately, many of these guys were emulating what the Free Speech Movement did way back in the mid 1960s, starting with 1964. It also didn't help that the California University system's president was a spineless liberal at the very least.

Nor does it help that what they are doing is more likely than not what Voltaire, the inventor of free speech, had planned when he invented it, basically act enough like a spoiled child that Christianity is destroyed. I know that three of his six steps in dismantling Christianity involved not only the ridicule and falsifying of Christian beliefs, but also suppressing any Christian thought. Read Timothy Dwight's speech if you don't believe me. It's because of Voltaire's "free speech" (which was more like suppressing Christians in favor of his and his philosophes' atheist agenda) that many of us were massacred during the French Revolution.
23 weeks ago
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Voltaire did not "invent" free speech. I suggest you read Milton's Aereopagetica for an earlier, and better, defense of free speech.
23 weeks ago
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Well, invented it or not, he is most certainly most associated with it, to such an extent that either FreedomWorks or Foundation for Liberty utilized one of his quotes on their Facebook page despite his role in the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror, not to mention his actually suppressing Christian thought in the French Academie as well as his own private university.
23 weeks ago
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There is not a “crisis” of rape on the college campus and there is not a “crisis” in the military on women either. This is propagated nonsense and victim creation once again from the Progressive. I have been on campus and in the military. This crisis that the hysterics keep spewing doesn’t exist any more than the day to day crime that periodically occurs.
But the feminist has to portray herself as a victim in every scenario. The “War On Women” is a good example. “Women paid 77 cents on the dollar to men in a lifetime.” Never mind the actual facts of time taken off for raising children. A fact isn’t important to the Progressive. Creation of victim is all that concerns the Progressive.
Here is the bottom line for women. You’re not victims nor oppressed. Every opportunity exists for you. Quit taking extreme examples and trying to convince us it is norm. As I’ve predicted in my own writing the nation that continues to create victim groups is a nation that falls. In Germany they blamed the woes of the country on the Jew. If we continue this anti reasoned philosophy then we can expect the same result in the end. A nation that lives on anti reason is one that cannot last.

Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL. An offbeat story of Armageddon. And creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE

23 weeks ago
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If they don't like it here they should move to Saudi Arabia, Iran, or any number of countries throughout the world that just love feminists.
23 weeks ago
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Agreed overall with your premise, except for the McCarthy bit (the Venona wiretaps and KGB archives more than proved McCarthy's claims. And Blacklisted by History even indicated that McCarthy was right on all his accusations). However, we've also got people glorifying the free sex of the 1960s (which is closer to an actual rape culture) on the College campuses. And besides which, although the mob hysteria on College campuses is new in this specific instance, the general events of such hysterias are not new at all. Aside from something similar being practiced by the 1960s, Voltaire and his fellow Philosophes whipped up a mob via brainwashing when they took over the French Academie and various literary places, not to mention writing the Encyclopedie.
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