Many of the tropes we take for granted about Satanism have roots in anti-Jewish bigotry, although like the appeal of George Burns, they can be hard to place.
Science tells us that people who believe irrational things are not necessarily stupid. But just for the hell of it, let’s give that idea some air anyway.
Why do people believe these obviously wrong things? Many of them are stupid or sincerely troubled, but so are lots of people who never fuck up this bad.
No, the Eye of Sauron atop Salesforce Tower on Halloween was not a Satanic ritual, and we were not behind it. But good luck convincing the credulous.
Billy Graham is dead, although his vicious homophobia, chauvinism and anti-Semitism live on. As does the urban myth that he was a secret Satanist.