Falsely accused of satanic horrors, a couple spent 21 years in prison…

Falsely accused of satanic horrors, a couple spent 21 years in prison…:

Never be fooled into thinking that religious belief remains personal to the believer…that blind religious faith is benign…that there is no such thing as religious collateral damage…

There is great harm done to the community…by the self-righteously religiously deluded irrational…the supercharged religious/superstitious…the religious-imagination-empowered ignorant…the “hallowed” hyper-hysterical…

The greatest threat, comes from the religious feeling emboldened to behave hysterically towards others, based on major delusions:

  • that whatever stories they were indoctrinated with, or ideas that they can imagine…is the same as basing their actions on actual evidence, of things that actually happened…
  • That a thought that occurs to them, was implanted in their minds, by an all-knowing god…and is therefore completely reliable, and not requiring skeptical, rational analysis…or any physical evidence…
  • when deluded for a long time, the religious cease to be able to distinguish between fact and fiction…wishful thinking from rational expectation…irrational fears from reality…

Fran and Dan Keller served “21 years in jail for the alleged crime of subjecting
children in their daycare to sexual abuse and torture as part of satanic
rituals. They were released in 2013 and their conviction was overturned in 2015, but it was only in June that they were declared “actually innocent” by law. Their lawyer, Keith Hampton, has worked with the Kellers to establish
their innocence since their release. Hampton cited the “satanic panic*”
sweeping the country at the time the Kellers were convicted for abusing a
three-year-old at their day care.

Many respected authorities, including their neighbors and the Austin
Police Captain, supported the accusations of children and ignored
testimony from kids who stated nothing was wrong at the facility.
Therapists interviewed the three-year-old, and a taped recording of the
interaction is now used as an example of what not to do when
interviewing a child:

The Keller case made national
news after three children accused them in 1991 of leading ghastly
satanic rituals that supposedly included desecrated graves, videotaped
orgies, dismembered babies and tortured pets. No evidence of such
activities was discovered at their in-home day care facility, and the
case against them collapsed about two decades later when the only
physical evidence of abuse was acknowledged as a mistake by the
examining physician.

http://jezebel.com/couple-wrongfully-imprisoned-for-21-years-for-alleged-s-1798355498

The first child, whose testimony began the investigation against the
Kellers, claimed that no abuse had actually taken place, but she had
been coached to claim that abuse had occurred.
The only physical
evidence of abuse in the case was presented by Dr. Michael Mouw, an
emergency room physician at Brackenridge Hospital who examined the
3-year-old girl in 1991 on the night she first accused Dan Keller of
abuse. Mouw testified at the Kellers’ trial that he found two tears in
the girl’s hymen consistent with sexual abuse and determined that the
injuries were less than 24 hours old. Three years after the trial, while
attending a medical seminar, Mouw said a slide presentation on “normal”
pediatric hymens included a photo that was identical to what he had
observed in the girl.[1][3] The Kellers were found guilty and given sentences of 48 years each.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_Hill_satanic_ritual_abuse_trial

Children from their day-care center accused them —
variously — of serving blood-laced Kool Aid; wearing white robes;
cutting the heart out of a baby; flying children to Mexico to be raped
by soldiers; using Satan’s arm as a paintbrush; burying children alive
with animals; throwing them in a swimming pool with sharks; shooting
them; and resurrecting them after they had been shot.
” 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/08/24/accused-of-satanism-they-spent-21-years-in-prison-they-were-just-declared-innocent-and-were-paid-millions/

* “The Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults, available for viewing on YouTube
under the tag “Occult Hilarity.”…features input from “experts”
like blatantly homophobic “former Satanic priest turned Christian” Eric
Pryor who interprets graffiti and sets up altars,
presumably for the benefit of the wide-eyed police officers who
suspected their communities were being overrun by a Satanic menace…
the widespread fear that a battle of good versus evil was raging just below the surface of American culture…” Read http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-first-reactions-to-it-are-scary-good-1798448397