People who are frightened of Satanists may call us extremists, but I see anti-Satanists holding the truly extreme positions. Satanism, by contrast, depends on the kind of nuance that fundies can’t muster.

Billy Graham was a bigot and a fool. But I can’t call him pure evil; that would just undermine the severity of his real misdeeds, as if they’re not enough to condemn on their own.

We have to be smart enough to take the world on as it really is. Deferring to zeal and wrath is fun, but you can end up fighting against phantoms you’ve created yourself, just like the conspiracy kooks sticking it to “Satanist” Billy Graham.

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