By Miguel Martinez
With reference to a paper by Massimo Introvigne presented at the annual conference of the Association for Sociology of Religion (ASR), Chicago, 5 August 1999.
Just after drinking my morning tea, I opened my e-mailbox and discovered that a document had been placed on a website in which I was called an extreme extreme terrorist. I suppose mainline terrorists are those who avoid killing children when they can help it; extreme terrorists couldn't care less, while the extreme extreme terrorists, like me, apparently specialise in child mutilation.
To my amazement, I also discovered that I belonged to an "anti-cult" conspiracy, involving "secular humanists" and members of the political Left, right-wing European Identity promoters, Islamic fundamentalists, Latin American guerrillas, defenders of free speech and American Evangelicals, a plot backed by the French secret services. For some reason, the Illuminati were not listed among my accomplices.
What makes this document peculiar is the fact that these allegations were made in what purports to be an "academic paper," on "Anti-Cult Terrorism via the Internet", presented on August 5, 1999, at the annual conference of the Association for Sociology of Religion (ASR) in Chicago, by Italian lawyer Massimo Introvigne.
Even more peculiar is the fact that Introvigne claims that the only source of money for CESNUR's studies is the Italian taxpayer, i.e. people like me, thanks to funds granted by the local (centre-right) government of the Piemonte Region.
If I believed in suing people, I suppose
I could live the rest of my life off the author of this allegation (and
possibly off the Piemonte Region).