The Committee Against Satanic Panics is a task force of New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry.
The purpose of our September 25 meeting will be to prepare for the Pagan Pride event on Saturday, September 27. At the latter, we'll be distributing literature with the following aims:
1) To alert Pagans about the "Illuminati" claims (with accompanying anti-Pagan bigotry, among other kinds of bigotry) and other religious right wing propaganda that is now being spread within otherwise secular political movements such as the 9/11 Truth movement and the antiwar movement, and in popular culture, e.g. in hip hop. To invite Pagans to join us in opposing the spread of "Illuminati" claims in pop culture and within various political movements.
2) To counter the tendency of some Pagans to scapegoat Satanists. (Exactly what we'll be doing along these lines will depend on who is scheduled to speak at the Pagan Pride event, which apparently has not been finalized yet, according to their website.)
3) Do the above in such a way as to avoid undermining political causes we otherwise support (e.g. the call for a new investigation of 9/11). (To those interested, we will also give copies of the literature we distributed at We Are Change's 9/11 anniversary events (http://nyarbb.com/c911a/pdf/).)
For information about the Pagan Pride event, please see:
For more information about New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry and its task forces, please see:
Newcomers are welcome. Diane, the organizer, will make a point of welcoming all who arrive.
The nearest subway stop is 23rd Street on the E and C lines. Please ask a waiter about "New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry."
Note: The diner where we're meeting now charges a $5 per person mininum.
Please RSVP as soon as you can, with at least a "maybe" if you can't yet say "yes" or "no." The more people RSVP early, the bigger and better our meetups will be, because a reasonably large number of early RSVP's will let other visitors to this site know that we are indeed a live group that actually meets.
If you RSVP "maybe," we would appreciate it very much if you could then change your RSVP to a "yes" or "no" by no later than at least a few days before the event, so that we can have a better idea how big a table to reserve. DV will be calling the diner to researve a table two or three days before the event.