Christian radio talk show host thrives on controversy over the rise in Satanism in America.

“Talk-Back with Bob Larson,” a Christian radio talk show broadcast live from Denver, has made a ministry out of being outrageous.

Dismissed as a “shock jock” and a Geraldo Rivera of religious radio serving up “Christian pornography,” Bob Larson, a 48-year-old ex-rock’n’roller, has thrived in an atmosphere of controversy over his abrupt radio persona and his persistent interest in Satanism, religious cults, sexual abuse, the occult, and teenage rage.

Many of his critics appear willing to overlook Larson’s unique, on-air expression of tough love, yet are not as understanding when Larson insists that Satanism is a growing and organized conspiracy that includes human sacrifice, cannibalism, bestiality, and sexual abuse of young children.

In addition, others are questioning whether Larson in his private and public life lives up to the standards he promotes on the air and in the 22 books he has authored.

Satanic conspiracy?

In the last two years, Larson has come under increased scrutiny in the news media. In late January, World, a weekly newsmagazine written from a Christian perspective, published an expose of Larson, suggesting that the talk-show host exploits victims of Satanism, abuses his own employees, and is consumed with raising money to remain on the more than 180 radio stations across North America that air his show.

A few days after the article appeared, Larson spent an entire, two-hour broadcast rebutting his critics and answering questions from callers. Larson said on the air, “A group of people involving Christians and non-Christians has banded together across this country with a stated purpose of destroying me and this ministry.”

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