Any time people get worked up about a menace they believe in but can’t actually see – demons, Commies, jihadis, hordes of hoodie-wearing thugs — they’re likely to take it out on the weakest and most vulnerable people in society.
— Andrew O’Heihr, at Salon, reviewing the film The Conjuring.
And this is why I read Slacktivist, because he takes wonderful quotes like that and examines them.
This wholesome demonization of marginalized women is expected to “appeal to faith-minded audiences.” And it does.
Here’s Fred Clark on Christianity, horror films, and conservative social roles:
- The Amityville Horror is not based on a true story.
- The Conjuring reminds us that the only way to stop Satanic baby-killers is to punish women.
This film is a pep rally for a witch hunt. Witch hunts do not lead people toward God. Witch hunts and witch-hunters lead people, instead, toward the lethal notion that it is their job to identify and destroy the enemies of God. The stories witch-hunters tell are never true stories, but the victims those stories produce are all too real. And there is nothing “wholesome” about that.
And so it goes.