Faithful messengers will warn the sheep of these heretics, and identify them by name. It is not enough to broadly hint of their identity, for the young lambs will not understand and will be destroyed by the wolves.
In my reading on ancient religions and cult practices, I learned that there was a common belief that calling a god or a demon by its true name gave someone power over it. In the Bible (Genesis 32) Jacob wrestles with an angel and demands that the angel disclose its name (the angel refuses). We see remnants of this in folklore such as the story of Rumpelstiltskin, a magical creature who was forced to relinquish a claim when his name was learned.
I was reminded of this today when I read a string of comments on the GretaWire forum where one poster engaged in a paroxysm of dumping names, IP addresses and personal biographical information1 belonging to “Obots.” In conspiracy theory thinking, the thing the conspirators fear the most is exposure, and so I suppose a conspiracy theorist thinks they gain power by publishing personal information about the conspirators. In fact, there is no Obama eligibility conspiracy and people who think birthers are batshit crazy are just expressing a normal reaction, and perhaps some overdoing it in zeal. What I did fear when I was working was that these nut cases would try to threaten our jobs by telling lies to employers and messing with business deals. Fortunately, those things didn’t happen and the only embarrassment was that I felt obligated to notify the Executive Vice President of my company when I found out that Jerome Corsi was going to out me on WorldNetDaily. I don’t think anyone wants to be in the sights of hate groups and nut cases.
I see a common thread between primitive religions and conspiracy theories. In both, connections are considered significant without scientific evaluation. One year a virgin falls into a volcano and the weather is good for crops. The next year the weather isn’t so good, so the shaman decides it’s time for another virgin in the volcano. Confirmation bias sets in. When the weather is good, the virgin in the volcano caused it and when the weather is bad, the people did something else to offend the gods. In the same way curiosities in Obama’s long form birth certificate are seen as fraudulent rather than normal random variation. This is also the variable reward phenomenon that leads to gambling addiction.
For a diversion, I offer this YouTube video suggesting seriously that one should not call a demon by its first name.
1Some of the Obot biographical information dumped at GretaWire is not actually true. The information for the most part is, however, mostly harmless, but punctuated by a smearing question at the end.