A school district in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin decides to re-open but mandates face masks. In a contentious public hearing a white evangelical stands up and proclaims how face masks and social distancing are from Satan. For white evangelicals are face masks going to be the next Satanic panic? This situation also comes as overwhelming majority in Wisconsin’s largest mega church are upset about mandatory face mask requirements.
“Only Thing We Have To Fear Is Fear Itself.“
FDR in 1932
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and of spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God.
2 Corinthians 7:1 NLT
Elmbrook School District votes for in-person learning.
The other day someone shared something with me that I found troubling. It bothered me because it happened in my old stomping grounds of Milwaukee. It has to do with white evangelicals and face masks and has implications in many ways.
Elmbrook School District Vote and a White Evangelical Heidi Anderson’s Comments on Face Masks
The Elmbrook School District is located in Brookfield, Wisconsin. This is in the Milwaukee suburbs. The Elmbrook School District serves the communities of Brookfield, Elm Grove and a part of New Berlin. Elmbrook School District at one point used to use Elmbrook Church for all graduation ceremonies. Elmbrook Church is the largest mega church in Wisconsin. However a lawsuit from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State ended graduation ceremonies inside Elmbrook Church. The Supreme Court eventually declined an appeal. As of this writing school graduations are not being held inside Elmbrook Church.
On August 11, 2020 the Elmbrook School District voted to re-open to in-person learning. The school district will be open for five days a week. The decision came after a lively debate for three and a half hours by the public before school board members. As a part of re-opening students are required to wear face masks. Social distancing will also be enforced. Its a mix of full in person learning verses going full virtual. Parents are being given the option to make decisions about in person or virtual learning. But a member of the Elmbrook School Board acknowledges that people are going to get sick. “There is no perfect solution. People are going to get sick. They are going to spread it,” said Glen Allgaier.
During this discussion and open hearing about re-opening the schools white evangelical Heidi Anderson dominated some of the debate. Representing white evangelicalism Heidi went to the microphone and proclaimed that social distancing is from Satan and its origins are pagan. She also claimed that face masks are Satanic. This is what she proclaimed to the school board. “Six-foot distance and wearing masks are pagan rituals of satanic worshipers,” said parent Heidi Anderson. “My kids are Christian they are not subject to wearing masks.” If you want to read more you can do so here and here.
For White Evangelicals are Face Masks Going to be Satanic Panic 2.0? Will it be Led by Heidi Anderson of the Brookfield, Wisconsin Area?
The Satanic panic’s roots go back to the 1970’s when evangelical fear took root. In 1972 “The Satan Seller” was published by Mike Warnke. Warnke claimed that he was a high priest in the Church of Satan who found Jesus and converted and then eventually established a counter cult organization. Warnke gave rise to the claim that he was involved in ritualistic sexual orgies and gave presentations and spoke about the experience at churches and music festivals. Evangelicals drank it up faster than an alcoholic can reach for liquor. Much of this grew out of Southern California and other alleged former Satanists came forward to warn about the movement and spoke about their conversion to Christ. Included were John Todd, Hershel Smith and David Hanson. John Todd was supported by Jack Chick who created evangelism pamphlets. During this time mass murders by people such as John Wayne Gacy in Chicago, Zodiac Killer in San Francisco and Northern California, Ted Bundy in Florida and David Berkowitz in New York City also played on people’s fears.
In the 1980’s claims of ritualistic sexual abuse began to feed the concerns over Satanism. Books like “Michelle Remembers” by a Canadian psychiatrist fueled further fears of Satanic abuse. It led to suggestions of false memories leading to false accusations. Copycat books soon followed. During this period a panic in Kern County, California led to social workers reporting on ritual abuse and the county prosecuting a number of people. At least 26 people went to prison on unfounded allegations, and many of them were later overturned. People gave false testimony and were coached into naming crimes that didn’t happen. This also led to assertions about pre-schools being locations for Satanic ritual abuse. It actually led to the longest, and most expensive trial in California history – the McMartin Preschool case. Allegations came forward about satanic abuse that took place underground in a Manhattan Beach, California preschool. Kee MacFarlene who had a shady past and was not professionally licensed in psychiatryled the investigation. MacFarlene’s team claimed that out of 400 children 359 were sexually abused. It led to 321 counts of child abuse against seven workers at the McMartin Preschool. The case lasted from 1983 until 1990. Eventually all were acquitted of ritualistic sexual abuse. Shortly after the McMartin Preschool trial ended Cornerstone magazine did an expose on Mike Warnke and after two years of research found that he had fabricated his claims. He was not involved in Satanism and manufactured the allegations and profited off them. You can read more about that here. This blog wants to point out that after thirty years of Warnke being revealed as a fraud evangelicals are still buying his book off Amazon and leaving glowing reviews. If you would like to read more about the Satanic panic Vox did a good article about it in, “The history of Satanic Panic in the US — and why it’s not over yet.” Also Gizmodo wrote about the history of the panic as well in, “A Brief History Of “Satanic Panic” In The 1980s.”
Vox implies in its article that we’re due for another Satanic panic and this blog would like to ask, will people like Heidi Anderson lead the way? I have noticed that some evangelicals are describing face masks in a pandemic in Satanic terms and description. I was troubled to see in my old stomping ground in Wisconsin how Heidi Anderson claimed tat face masks and social distancing are Satanic. This blog is curious to know where Heidi Anderson attends church. The largest and most influential church in Brookfield is Elmbrook which has ties a history of ties to the school district in question. Does Heidi Anderson attend Elmbrook? This blog is putting out a call for information. If you know the answer to this question please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org But are we to see wild and crazy accusations from white evangelicals about face masks? Are we going to hear about sexy and steamy orgies by people wearing face masks? Will we hear about underground tunnels where children are abducted and made to wear a face mask? Will we hear about conspiracies about face masks and their pagan origins? In this new mob mentality when it comes to face masks will Heidi Anderson from the Brookfield, Wisconsin area lead the charge and claim she is a warrior for Christ!! Will there be burnings of face masks in her backyard in a bon fire? If anything like that does happen please by all means keep this blog writer informed.
Where Do Attenders From Elmbrook Church Stand on Face Masks?
This leads to another question that this blog wants to raise. Where is Elmbrook Church when it comes to face masks? Elmbrook makes face masks mandatory. The issue is not up for discussion. You can read the high school ministry on face masks here. But what about Elmbrook over all? Where are they on face masks? According to information that this blog has obtained a majority of people who attend Elmbrook about 60% of the congregation is upset about face masks being required. So what does that translate to? According to the database by the Hartford Institute of Religion there are over 7,000 people who attend Elmbrook. So after doing some quick math that means that at least 5,834 people are upset that face masks are required. What a glorious witness for Christ! This blog is putting out a call for more information on this topic and asking for more people to come forward to discuss this topic.
Dedicating a Video to Heidi Anderson
If a Satanic panic is coming and if people like Heidi Anderson are going to lead the way this blog would like to ask why stop there? Let’s go for something truly disturbing and even more evil for a white evangelical. What could be more Satanic than face masks and social distancing? How about the dreaded Disney Corporation! What could be more stomach churning and a source of contempt for Jesus than Julie Andrews playing Mary Poppins!!! So as Heidi Anderson in Brookfield, Wisconsin barks and bitches about face masks this blog would like to remind her that Disney is much worse. And a larger source of the world’s ills. Meanwhile if Heidi Anderson takes this seriously this blog would recommend that she go see a psychiatrist in Brookfield. Mental illness is treatable.