“FAMILIES in crisis that are preyed upon by charlatans with faith magic and false solutions”: A Scary Scene from the Film “Poltergeist”—with an Ironic Admonition to Use CRITICAL THINKING

As we head into a recession (or worse) a lot of religious charlatans will be out preying upon people who are hitting bottom—and bamboozling them with thought magic, simplistic reasoning, and threats of hell.

This scene (from the movie Poltergeist) has long been a creepy-film favorite of mine, and seems to match our era of economic uncertainty, religious fundamentalism, and slick and professional public relations generated propaganda:

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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