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  • “1) Excellent paper, well written and organized. 2) Not enough people are made aware of South Africa and SRA   propaganda. . . for this I commend you.” – Etu Malku, Ordo Luciferi (Luciferian)
  • “My friend, let whoever you lecture know that an official media rep from The Church of Satan gave you their support….VERY well done!” – Corvis Nocturnum, occult author, publisher (Atheistic Satanist)
  • “I think this is a fine resource. I appreciate the acknowledgement of my small contribution in the end. I hope it helps with the situation in South Africa and beyond, and I look forward to seeing the final product. I will promote it when that is appropriate.” – John W. Morehead – MA in Intercultural Studies from Salt Lake Theological Seminary, Director of the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy and Director of the Western Institute for Intercultural Studies.
  • “The entire document looks very interesting and informative. Excellent!” – Dr D.J. Williams, MSW, PhD.
  • “As a goth, and as the founding member of the South African Gothic Society, I have been privileged to review this lengthy document produced by the Alternative Religions & Subculture Demystification Project, and more specifically the gothic section. The writer/ editor/ compiler has done a marvelous job in researching, clarifying and providing a deeper look into the culture and lifestyle of gothdom, sharing information which is valuable not only to goths, but to the general outsiders who lack sufficient information about what it is to be a goth. This project provides an in-depth look into the various different styles that exist in the gothic lifestyle/subculture, bringing forward much needed information to the uninformed, the ill-informed, and the misinformed. This project has the full support of the South African Gothic Society.” – MGR, South African Gothic Society (SAGS).
  • “What an amazing document you have written! We look forward to obtaining your book. I am located in Canada where we experienced a lot of anti-Wiccan and SRA panic back in the 1980’s until the mid 1990’s. I started up our web site www.religioustolerance.org in early 1995, when the fear and panic was still very strong. Reading some of your essay transported me back to that era.” – Bruce Robinson, Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (Religious Tolerance.org)
  • “This paper is well written, accurate, and captures the essence of the Vampire Community. It explains the basics in a clear, logical way, demystifying the subculture for those really interested enough to learn about us.” – Davis Campbell, founder, Canadian Co-operative Vampire & Otherkin Alliance.
  • “This is a very informative document and goes straight to the point, very well written.” – Ethereal Dark, Manchester Vampire Guild.
  • “I saw it cited in a newspaper article and hunted it down. Wow, so well written. Shew you have said this all so well. Exactly what I have covered in my classes. Drawing on anthropology and sociology we explore how symbols are differently interpreted by different communities and how this becomes the source of discrimination and violence. On the humorous side, my students were completely freaked out when I started. I had them explore different meanings behind “Satanism”. They looked at me with big eyes as if I had completely lost it. But they accepted the challenge because they realized that as prospective teachers they could not contribute to the satanic panic. But ‘Satanism: the Acid Test’ is brilliant. The conflation of Paganism and spiritual Satanism is difficult to deal with because people are so quick to label anything they don’t understand as “Satanism”. It’s one thing educating my students but we hit the wall when we go into schools. When I first saw it, my thinking was that this is a long overdue work. So congratulations.” – Dr. Rene Ferguson, Lecturer in Religion, Human Rights and Citizenship Studies at the Wits School of Education.
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