TRUTH BOMBS: No doubt that there has been a huge increase in pagan religions around the world. This is a dangerous trend because there is evidence of it involvement in human trafficking and other criminal activities.
ARTICLE: Pagan Priest Wins Right to Wear Goat Horns in License Photo for Religious Reasons
A debate over religious freedom has led to a Satanist leading an invocation at one Alaska borough’s assembly meeting.
(Article by Ashley Rae Goldenberg)
Following a discussion over whether to do away with invocations entirely, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly decided to open invocations up to all religions.According to Assembly President Blaine Gilman, a group of pastors used to previously lead the assembly’s invocation. Under the new rules, however, anyone can choose to lead an invocation in the name of his or her religion.During Tuesday’s assembly meeting, Iris Fontana led an invocation in the name of Satan on behalf of the Satanic Temple.
KSRM reports Fontana said:“Let us stand now, unbowed and unfettered by arcane doctrines, born of fearful minds in darkened times. Let us embrace the Luciferian impulse to eat of the tree of knowledge and dissipate our blissful and comforting delusions of old. Let us demand that individuals be judged for their concrete actions, not their fealty to arbitrary social norms and illusory categorizations.”
The number of exorcisms has been rising sharply in Italy, with some 500,000 Italians requesting an exorcism each year and not nearly enough exorcists to meet the rising demand, according to recent reports.
Article by Thomas D. Williams
The archdiocese of Milan in northern Italy has doubled the number of its exorcists, while an exorcism hotline has been launched in Rome, but those in the field claim it isn’t nearly enough.
“There are only nine of us left and many more are needed,” he said. “We need other priests like me to meet the needs of so many families.”
Last month, an Italian documentary on exorcism called “Liberami” won the award for “best film” in the Venice Horizons category at this year’s Venice Film Festival, drawing still more attention to this rapidly growing industry.
In her film, director Federica Di Giacomo’s explores the exorcism efforts of Father Cataldo, a veteran exorcist in Sicily who is sought out in increasing numbers by Catholics who suspect they may be tormented or possessed by the devil.
TRUTH BOMBS: This is the rise of Pagan America. There is a distinct increase in the influence of paganism in our culture. From school clubs to the “Burn Man” festival. The worship of self and false gods are becoming the norm. And you thought that the Christians were just panicking back in the 80s when we warned this would happen.
ARTICLE: BOSTON, Mass. — The Boston chapter of the Satanic Temple recently sought to offer an invocation during their city’s council meeting, but the request was rejected.
“The religious oppression felt by those outside the Christian community in Boston is a blight on an otherwise liberal state,” the request letter, written by chapter head Travis LeSaffre, read. “Consider what your actions could do to increase the diversity of the city council’s current invocation schedule and the light it can shine on religious plurality within the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”
He told reporters that the purpose of the mission was to ensure that various religions are represented during city council meetings—not only Christianity.
“Our goal in this specific endeavor is to either receive equal religious protection from the city of Boston or to prove the inequity and hypocrisy of the city’s leadership,” LeSaffre explained to the Boston Globe.
His plans were to use the invocation time to outline the tenets of the Satanic Temple and to speak about the separation of Church and State.
LeSaffre told the Boston Herald that he believes the city council misunderstands the Satanic Temple, as members are not conventional Satanists, but rather “non-theistic Satanists.”
“It is the position of The Satanic Temple that religion can, and should, be divorced from superstition. As such, we do not promote a belief in a personal Satan,” the group’s website reads. “To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions.”
The national organization views Satan as a metaphor for rebellion rather than an actual living entity.
“Satan is symbolic of the Eternal Rebel in opposition to arbitrary authority, forever defending personal sovereignty even in the face of insurmountable odds,”the group outlines. “Satan is an icon for the unbowed will of the unsilenced inquirer—the heretic who questions sacred laws and rejects all tyrannical impositions.”
He sent requests to three entities to ask for sponsorship—Councilors Tito Jackson and Mark Ciommo, and City Council President Michelle Wu—but Jackson and Ciommo did not respond, and Wu declined.
“It’s individual councilors’ choices who they invite,” Wu told the Boston Globe. “It’s not based on anyone’s religious preference, but it does often recognize figures that have done work in the community and are representative of the district.”
As previously reported, in July, Satanic Temple member David Suhor was permitted to deliver a Satanic invocation during the Pensacola, Florida City Council meeting. He delivered a loud song, belting out, “That which will not bend must break” and “That which is destroyed by truth should never be spared. Its demise, it is done. Hail Satan!”
Suhor admitted that the invocation was offered to combat what he saw as “Christian privilege.”
“Adopt some [expletive] rules. Stop pandering for votes. Quit pushing Christian privilege as we’ve seen with the Bayview cross and so many other issues and instead go to a moment of silence, that lets everybody pray or not according to their own conscience,” he declared to councilors, angrily smacking his notebook on the podium.
TRUTH BOMBS: The rise of paganism in America as we move away from the founding objective principles of truth and morality found only through God, we will begin to embrace anything for the sake of feelings.
“When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.”― G.K. Chesterton
ARTICLE: SALEM, Mass. – The Satanic Temple will be opening its international headquarters in Salem this fall at the Salem Art Gallery on Bridge Street.
The group came under fire this summer when they offered a tongue-in-cheek after school program promoting the separation of church and state in public education.
“We’re not the boogeymen, we are here to help, here to discuss and help learn,” Travis LeSaffre, the founder of the Boston chapter of the Satanic Temple, told FOX25.
The headquarters will also feature a permanent exhibition dedicated to witch hunts past and present, and a media room for film screenings and other events.
The Satanic Temple international headquarters will open to the public Sept. 23.
TRUTH BOMBS: So much of being the modern intellectually enlightened beacon of the world that made our ancestors seem like ignorant fools! Nope we are embracing the same paganism they did and we are no different. If fact, the more you try to remove the truth of the Christian God from society the more pagan you become. This is the natural process.
ARTICLE: Elementary schools forced by the government to allow “Satan Clubs” on school grounds. Statues of Baphomet are erected in major American cities. And a national headquarters for the “Satanic Temple” in Salem, Massachusetts, famous for its “witch trials” during colonial times.
Has America gone to the devil? Christian leaders are speaking out – and they are reluctantly saying it has.
Karl Payne, pastor of leadership development at Antioch Bible Church and the former chaplain of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, said the rise of devil worship is an ominous development.
“Historian Arnold Toynbee famously declared countries crumble from within,” he said. “I believe we are nearing the end of that same course in our country that once represented a light of hope and freedom to the world.”
Payne, the author of “Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization and Deliverance,” said America is no longer a Christian nation. And Christians need to wake up.
“For a country and people who have historically valued life more than death, truth more than deception and the rule of law and common sense more than tyranny or hedonism, the rise of Satanism probably comes as a shock,” counseled Payne. “But for those who have watched the promotion of occultism, spiritism, demonism and hedonism in the media in the name of ‘pluralism’ are not surprised. It is simply more evidence of our culture’s fascination with narcissism, death and rejection of common sense.”
Of course, the Satanic Temple says it does not literally worship the devil. Instead, Satan and demonic imagery are used as a “formidable weapon to fight for separation of church and state.”
However, Jonathan Cahn, the bestselling author of “The Harbinger” and the new blockbuster “The Book of Mysteries,” said the use of this kind of imagery is not innocent.
“It is yet another manifestation of America’s fall from God,” he told WND. “It is no accident that we are seeing more and more displays of Satan in America’s public life. This is an unprecedented development in American history. This could not have taken place in earlier days. And it’s no accident that this is happening in the same America that is increasingly removing any display concerning God or faith from the same public square.”
Rabbi Cahn argued no society can simply become “secular.” Instead, as a society declines, it calls what was once evil good and good evil. The result is nothing less than a total societal transformation.
“It is another sign of the increasingly powerful position and brazen stance of evil, immorality, ungodliness and anti-Christianity in the new America,” Cahn thundered. “That which in former days existed only in the shadows and in the periphery of American culture is now in the spotlight and center stage – and seeks to drive that which was formerly in the spotlight and center stage of American culture to the periphery and into the shadows.”
And Cahn warns it won’t stop there.
“In the judgment template of ‘The Harbinger,’ when ancient Israel turned away from God, it turned to the god Baal. One of the names of Baal was ‘Baal Zevuv,’ or ‘Lord of the Flies.’ When that Hebrew name was translated into Greek and then English, it became ‘Beelzebub’ – the name of Satan. So it is no accident that we are now seeing in America the same thing. When one drives God out of one’s life, when a nation drives God out of its national life – it opens the door to the devil.”
Carl Gallups, a pastor and author of the new book “When the Lion Roars: Understanding the Implications of Ancient Prophecies for Our Time,” long has warned Christians are going to be “targeted” for persecution. And he noted acidly the Satanic Temple is targeting school districts that host Christian after-school programs.
Gallups says there is a link between the increasing secularism of American culture and the rise of demonic activity.
“As the culture of the United States, the largest Christian nation the planet has ever known, becomes increasingly secular, and as much of America’s church slips progressively into apostasy, the intensity of demonic activity will only increase,” said Gallups. “This is not only a biblical prediction, but also a current reality that, with growing frequency, is reported upon practically every week.”
According to exorcists, there is unprecedented demand for services in expelling demons. Pastor Gallups argues this reported increase in demonic activity and the growing acceptance of Satanic imagery is nothing less than a sign of the last days.
“There can be no doubt that the Word of God speaks of a demonic outpouring occurring in the days just before the return of the Lord,” he said. “The implication of those prophecies is that the deluge will be on a global scale. Although we have always had the influence and impact of the demonic realm to deal with, never before has that sphere of existence had such a platform from which to manifest itself and to so boldly proclaim its seductive message. The intense focus given to this ‘Satanic Temple’ is just another example.
“But even this group is just a symptom and a sign. The problem is that man’s sinful nature is running amok, and this is now being celebrated. The world continually acquiesces to the growing evil and abject mockery of God’s Word that now surrounds it.”
Besides serving as a pastor and chaplain, Payne is also an experienced exorcist who has personally helped believers suffering from demonic attack. He also stated the growing acceptance of demonic symbolism is a dangerous sign for the future.
“These events have end times significance,” he told WND. “This world is ripe for the acceptance and ascension of a Satanically inspired global leader who will promise peace and freedom while he systematically eliminates all who disagree with him. A temple honoring Satan is just one more step towards that end.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/09/rise-of-satanism-another-sign-of-americas-fall-from-god/#Z8wrLkTHASgIt8yx.99
A replica of the Temple of Baal arch is scheduled to be built in New York City this month.
CBN News reports that a replica of the Victory Arch was scheduled to be built in Times Square earlier this year, but its construction was later cancelled. At the time, many Christians protested the arch’s construction.
The new plan is to build the arch in New York’s City Hall Park. The Institute for Digital Archaeology is in charge of the project.
The original Victory Arch at the Temple of Baal was built 1,800 years ago in Palmyra, Syria. In 2015, terrorist group ISIS destroyed the arch which had been a popular tourist attraction.
The Institute for Digital Archaeology explained why erecting a replica of the arch is significant: “There are few cities in the world as much defined by their architecture as New York. The Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge — all symbols of the audacity, strength, technical prowess, diversity and optimism of what Ezra Pound called ‘the most beautiful city in the world.’ It is also a city that has known terrible loss — first and foremost the loss of life, but also the loss of familiar landmarks that helped inform the city’s identity,” read the IDA’s statement.
“The Triumphal Arch, a symbol of resilience in the face of loss, will be a fitting tribute to America’s great metropolis,” the statement continued. “The arch will stand in City Hall Park, surrounded by buildings adorned with classical features suggesting the common cultural roots of East and West. We hope that you will visit us this fall to consider the relationship between people and the places they inhabit.”
TRUTH BOMBS: Plain and simple paganism in mainstream society. This is the attraction of the world. Naked people walking around, promiscuous sex, and pagan rituals. The attraction is to much for young people uneducated in consequences and Christianity.
ARTICLE: When his ship, The Beagle, docked in Southern Australia in 1831 on the way to the Galapagos Islands, Charles Darwin, one of the leading intellectual skeptics of his day, witnessed naked Aboriginal natives dancing themselves into delirium all night long. In his diary, Darwin wrote that he found this animistic display “a most rude, barbarous scene.”
Times have changed. This year 70,000 people have thronged to the annual countercultural Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert. Leading hi-tech worthies like Google founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and chairman Eric Schmidt, and Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, along with celebrity visitors like Katy Perry (31), socialite Paris Hilton (35), and British actress and model Cara Delevingne (24) now find such “rude, barbarous scene[s]” totally normal and perfectly cool. These contemporary definers of popular culture have thrown off even the outward standards of public decency dear to Charles Darwin. Burning Man sets the agenda for popular culture. In acts of shameless self-expression, they abandon all inhibition and wander around naked in the desert doing ecstasy and acid, visiting the anonymous-sex-orgy dome (open 24/7), joining in fire dancing, yoga, and meditation. No one is allowed a hint of judgmentalism.
Indeed, the right to define one’s self-identity has become the ultimate moral touchstone. A sophisticated and clean version of the Burning Man philosophy came from Supreme Court Justice Kennedy: each person has “the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” Such a definition gives every individual the right to declare: “I am whatever I say I am and you must accept my assertion and behave accordingly, otherwise you are a bigot who is oppressing me.” Past ethical norms are obsolete. The new norms are on display at Burning Man in vivid Technicolor.
This temporary city in the desert is equipped with an airport, radio stations, daily newspapers, a postal service, an overnight courier service, taxicabs, a drive-in movie theater, bars, clubs, yoga classes, hair salons, pancake houses, and – no government. It claims to be an “annual utopian experiment in temporary community, dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance.”
It is founded on a decidedly Oneist ideology. The founder of Burning Man, Larry Harvey, a self-described atheist, says: “I do not believe in a supreme being but I believe that being is supreme.” It is like the title of a progressive spiritual book, by Gabrielle Bernstein, Nature Has Your Back. Burning Man seeks to create its own mythology since, as one spokesman says: “All mythologies were created by humans…no god rushed down from wherever to ‘give’ a human some special message. Therefore, what really matters at Burning Man is imagination.” The meaning of Burning Man seems to be impermanence (as the 70 foot “Man” being burned at the end of the week seems to suggest), a principle deeply entwined with Buddhism. Impermanence becomes for burners an annual reminder of the transience of life, the eternal return of Osiris. Jewish/Buddhist “gay” rabbi, Jay Michaelson, an avid burner, gives meaning to the burning of the “Man” when he states: “if religion creates boundaries, mysticism and spirituality efface them.” All boundaries, all binaries must be burned up.
Is such a utopian life possible except for one week in the desert? Alas, it is not even possible there. This year in “Black Rock City” a sad event happened. A band of burners attacked “White Ocean,” an upscale camp for the very rich who fly in on private jets, stay in luxurious air-conditioned RVs and are served elegant cuisine by full-time employees. In this utopia, the unthinkable happened. In the words of one luxury camper, “A band of hooligans raided our camp, stole from us, pulled and sliced all of our electrical lines leaving us with no refrigeration and wasting our food and glued our trailer doors shut, vandalized most of our camping infrastructure….This is evil. This should not happen at Burning Man…This is supposed to be about love, happiness, sharing, giving and appreciating.”
As the burners celebrate liberating impermanence, real sinful humans need help to sustain life. What can a Oneist world do with evil except live with it? If Nature is “supreme” or “has your back,” how trustworthy is it? Perhaps, after all, we need “a god rushing down” to “give us a special message”; a God who tells us that only Jesus can overcome evil by bearing the consequences of our evil on his back. That unique, perfectly just, loving man, is the real “burning man,” who was consumed by the fiery judgment against our sin, but was raised by the justifying, life-giving power of God the loving Creator of Nature. In him, we overcome evil and gain eternal life.
In a Satanic ritual planned for public view in August at Civic Center Music Hall, sulfur, menstrual blood and the ashes of blasphemed and burned Quran pages will be used to “corrupt” a plaster statue of the Virgin Mary.
The ceremony, known as The Consumption of Mary, is part of a ticketed black Mass hosted by Oklahoma City’s satanic Church of Ahriman Aug. 15 at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. A black Mass is a dark parody, or inversion, of a traditional Roman Catholic Church religious service.
Church of Ahriman religious leader Dastur Adam Daniels has drawn local and national enmity for his organization’s public ceremonies and demonstrations. Archbishop Paul Coakley of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City issued a media statement calling the group’s 2014 black Mass “a satanic inversion and distortion of the most sacred beliefs not only of Catholics, but of all Christians.”
Daniels said this year’s celebrations include The Consumption of Mary as a way to illustrate black magic and his church’s teachings and distinguish them from atheistic Satanism. He also wishes to dispel misconceptions others generally believe about the Church of Ahriman.
According to the ritual, the corrupted Mary statue is placed into the center of a Solomonic triangle, which “entraps” her. Celebrants dance counter-clockwise around the statue before a spirit severs the statue’s head, unleashing a hellmouth, or opening to hell.
Inside the statue is an actual pig’s heart, Daniels said. After the statue has been smashed, a priestess pulls the heart out of the rubble and eats it, thus “consuming” Mary and ending the ritual.
“You’re basically going to have three rituals going on at the same time,” Daniels said. “We’re trying to show people how chaotic we are in nature and how chaotic our religion is. It’s all based on chaos.”
The federal government recognizes The Church of Ahriman as a legitimate religious organization, Daniels said. Therefore, while considered offensive by many Christians and others, its practices are protected by the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, which guarantees the right to the free exercise of religion.
“We’re not doing anything against the law,” Daniels said. “Against canon law, sure. But the United States’ law? No. We’re not doing anything wrong.”
Daniels said his church’s practices draw from the occult, Zoroastrianism and elements of Eastern theologies such as Tantrism and Hinduism. Daniels said some satanic magic and rituals traditionally call for animal sacrifices and eating human flesh, but his church finds alternatives. For example, his congregation uses human menstrual fluid instead of animal blood.
“I just want people to understand that there is no danger in coming to our show,” Daniels said. “It’s public, there are going to be police officers there, it is fully protected. Everyone is going to be safe, and it is an opportunity to learn.”
Daniels extended an open invitation for any religious leader in the city to attend the ceremony free of charge. He added that the black Mass is not a time for church members to judge or personally attack anyone who attends, but to demonstrate who they are and what they believe.
“We don’t judge,” he said. “Hell, we’re trying to get damned. We’re not trying to get judged.”
Daniels began studying the occult in 2001. The Church of Ahriman has had several disputes with the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the Catholic Church in the last several years, some of them — like 2014’s black Mass — high-profile.
Daniels claims their perceived feud is a fight launched by the Catholic Church in an attempt to infringe upon his religious liberties by blocking his ceremonies and rituals.
“They’re the one who started this fight; I’m just bringing it to them,” he said.
Christians and church officials like Coakley often argue that Daniels’ practices extend beyond religious freedom.
“If someone had come to them to rent the Civic Center to stage a burning of the Quran or to hold an event that was blatantly and clearly anti-Semitic, I think they might find a way to prevent it,” Coakley told Fox News in 2014.
Daniels said while the two faiths have differing goals and values, both could theoretically live in mutual peace.
“If they want to issue a full-blown apology, if they want to say they’re sorry and they’re going to leave us the fuck alone, then we’ll leave them alone,” he said. “But I don’t think that’s ever going to happen.”
Church of Ahriman members said its teachings offer them true enlightenment in a city and state caught in a Christian bubble. Daniels said these practices helped him find a fulfillment that had eluded him most of his life.
“There’s a certain element of truth, there’s a certain element of beauty in the darkness that you don’t find in the light,” he said. “It’s cold and stark; it’s right up in your face, and if you can’t deal with it psychologically, you’re going to have repercussions. But that doesn’t mean there’s still not a stark beauty in the darkness.”
Coakley and the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City did not respond to Gazette requests for comment.