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DON’T DISCOUNT CLAIMS OF RITUAL ABUSE

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To the editor:

Your coverage of the ritual abuse issue has been very frustrating and disheartening. Whenever findings are reported of those confronting the violence being perpetrated against us as a people - particularly our children - you neutralize their statements by quoting from cynics who claim that this is "mass hysteria" and that there is no "hard evidence.Responsible cynics play a vital role in the open discussion of any controversial public issue. However, when you consistently insert their negating statements, you unduly weaken the credible observations of those who are trying to awaken the populace and warn us of a frightening enemy they have discovered at the battlefront.

The public should be informed that a "lack of hard evidence" cannot be used as "evidence" that this menace is imaginary. The number of reports confirming the existence of widespread Satanism is continually increasing. Lists of alternative explanations for the memories of torture victims should not be used to lull the public into a false sense of security.

Most Utahns believe ritual abuse is real. Those who wait for a consensus of professional may wait until it is too late. Even the most casual observer can check to see if there is a correlation between large scale violence and full moons, equinoxes and other church of Satan holidays. If we insist on positive proof before we act, we may very well end up literally buried in the circumstantial evidence.

Jerry McMullin

Salt Lake City