Rightwing Voucher school history book: Hippies didn’t bathe, worshipped Satan
This sound familiar to me because I did a study on how the evangelical right wing in America was saying things like rock music was satanic and that the peace symbol was really a witchcraft symbol with the upside down cross having its arms broken (this is a fact - I have books from the 70s from such evangelicals claiming this is the case) In reality the peace symbol is a combination of the semaphore signals for the letters “N” and “D,” standing for “nuclear disarmament”.
There was of course also from these evangelicals fears of black culture mixing up the whites so a lot of the “satanic” rock influence was linked to “African ritual” music. The famous story is that there was a white missionary family in Africa and the missionary’s kid started to play a rock song and the black natives who had become Christians came into the house and told the ignorant missionary that this music was like the music they used when they practiced their African paganism.
These stories I am sure still continue on the evangelical right but I am sure not as much as they used to with probably their last big push being during the late 80s and early 90s “Satanic Panic” and then after that I did not find much on this theory being pushed by prominent evangelicals.
These stories were before my time but are there any Lizards on here from these eras that recall evangelicals making such claims?
School textbook: Hippies were rude, didn’t bathe, worshipped Satan
A textbook used in one of Louisiana’s voucher schools has a lot to say about the 1960s counterculture
BY KATIE MCDONOUGH
PS: There was also a right wing claim not linked to religion that the hippie and peace movement was somehow a KGB anti-west operation. After the fall of the USSR there was no evidence the USSR ever was involved in peace groups and in fact they were scared of them coming over and influencing their youths (Thus the Beatles were considered subversive music).