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God of the Bible has lied, cheated, manipulated, genocided, been sexist, racist, homophobic – been absolutely awful in every way, but you hate Satan? Who the fuck are you to talk about Satan – with that piece of shit you call God? Also, Jesus himself reaffirmed slavery. Fuck you talking shit about Satan. Clean your own house first. Because, when I read the Bible, and I read through it from time to time – it seems to me, that the biggest fucking Evil, the biggest douche, is God Himself, not Satan. That’s the primer to the primer of Satanism – which is atheist. No offense, but I’m fucking sick of your Satanic Panic à la Geraldo 80’s daytime talk to QAnon baby eating definition. Satanists have no need for virgins or children – as Satanists are not sexually repressed. Have some sympathy for the Devil, because, – I never heard of him doing half the shit God does in the Bible – or his so-called followers. That is my preamble for Satanism. But, indeed, he keeps the churches in business as a great distraction from their own sins. What would Christianity be without Satan? Also, i hate to inform you, the earth does in fact orbit around the sun. Sorry. I know you forgive everying that challenges the truth eventually after burning them on the stake and a couple centuries. Satan understands. It’s never popular to stand up for new ideas and progress. But yeah, Satanists are out there listening to Ozzy backwards – or Helter Skelter for a Race War – so focus on that – maybe you’ll see them on Maury Povich testing who the real father of Rosemary’s Baby is! Because, you know what Satanism is, not me. Also, Sarcasm, big thing in Satanism, we accuse. But I confess, you know more than me… You are all too holy and smart.

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What seems quite apparent now is that many alleged “Christians”, many who are white and male, love the Old Testament God because of the sadism. Come for the self-righteousness, stay for the sadism.

This is not to say that other Christians aren’t genuinely reverent of the teachings of peace and love by Jesus, many get the point. But also as you point out, even Jesus, as portrayed in The Bible (no knowing what is fabricated or not) does ot always do the right thing.

As for the Satanists I’m far from an expert on them. Some strike me as the outcast type, like the religious version of Punks who have issues that make them want to shock and intimidate the “norms”. Others no doubt are true believers in it, hateful and destructive but again, I find the issue of motivation most interesting. Why did they choose this? Why do they see this as something they want for themselves?

Religions and cults can be puzzling to those on the outside of them. Some are very corrosive and problematic. There is an ugly history to nearly all of them because nearly all have been absolutist currently or in the past and require an “us vs. them” sensibility.

Some have a nihilistic theme as Satanism appears to. As for Sarcasm, I’m a believer and contribute every time they pass the plate around.

Khirad
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Is my first attempt at an explanation of Satanism still in limbo. I may have wanted to format and spend more time on it, but I feel I got a lot into these questions. My point was never to offend Christians – though I suppose that’s part of it – it’s a negation of Christianity – or at least – its hypocrisy.

Perhaps showing up looking like Marilyn Manson is counterproductive, and you don’t want to be the Nihilists from the Big Lebowski, but I find Satanists are sardonic above all. There was a cutural aspect I want to expore more. Especially me growing up listening to rock and goth music. I felt like we were the ones being picked on just for being different. At the same time I identified with Jesus being a rebel, but thought all his followers today would have denied him because the status quo.

I have nothing to tell me Satanism is a cult. At least, not the groups I wrote on. Might there be some leader like Charles Manson? Sure, not that he was a Satanist, but sure. That’s like saying the Branch Dividians and Hare Krishnas and horrible things. Nowhere on the Cult chart have I seen Satanism. The moment a Satanist is being manipulated a Satanist will tell you to fuck off.

If I need to rewrite it I will. I lost the draft. This is my thing right now. I just need to explain why. The crux of it [irony intended]. Sometimes, I felt like the symbol of Satan was my only friend. I did not talk to him, I did not believe he existed. I still do not believe Satan exists. But I saw self-righteous assholes, hypocrisy and what I’d consider evil and awful people wear a cross and be part of church groups. This mythological character challenged God. Was almost the conscience of God when not God’s executioner.

I feel the same way about society as Satan felt about God’s reign. And there’s a lot to unpack there. I know people still think God is good, but he was never good to me.

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Happy to say your article was just published.

I am interested to learn more about your insights and experiences with Satanism as mine are very limited. If it came off otherwise, sorry about that.

I agree that generalizing about those who follow any religion or belief system can be flawed because each individual can have their own perspective. The only ones I’ve seen try to terrify people about Satanism have been people in the “Religious Right” who have used them as boogie men and tagged political opponents and groups as Satan worshippers to frame them as evil. Take Qanon for example, it is a core belief for those cultists that their political opponents are “Satanists” who perform evil rituals like drinking the blood of terrorized children.

I don’t personally believe in The Devil, Hell or short DMV lines so those who try to leverage them to frighten and manipulate always look like the truly devilish ones.

Khirad
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Also, I want to apologize for my language. I was pissy. I found a better weed dispensary with better service and product. I may have had too much too drink but, I will get pissy even if someone is wrong about Christians or Muslims. Criticize all you want, just get it right, about what you are criticizing. At least about the basic gist. Sometimes I don’t have the patience, and I’m working on it. I just have to remember – “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

Martin Luther King Jr said that, and he stole a lot of ideas from Gandhi (I’d say plagiarism sometimes). Both Gandhi and MLK were womanizers. Does that change the message? No. But they were not perfect. I still think they are great and flawed men.

Whereas, a Satanist could be perfect and never good enough because they didn’t pretend to be in an established religion.

AdLib
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Glad you found a good dispensary for the Devil’s Weed.

Must be driving the Religious Right crazy to see marijuana legalized around the country…along with black people voting.

Khirad
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It just confirms my theory that Mr. Show was really Satan TV.

I mean they are right, people just don’t take Satan seriously enough.

Kalima
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Perfect!

And today, when Chauvin’s supervisor declared that he should not have kept jamming his knee into George Floyd’s throat after he stopped resisting and lost consciousness, that should be the nail in the coffin for Chauvin.

Unjustified excessive force, refusing to stop even after he had killed George, the lame defense that the justifiably outraged crowd was a threat that distracted him (how? He was terrified of a 9 year old girl, an old man, teenagers and a female firefighter?) has already failed.

I have worried that Chauvin could escape justice and if so, I absolutely expect America to burn and descend into violence and havoc…but watching this case and the damning testimony of the police (the police chief is testifying against Chauvin tomorrow), I think Chauvin will be convicted.

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And here it is.

Chauvin ‘absolutely’ violated policy while restraining Floyd, police chief says

“Clearly when Mr. Floyd was no longer responsive — and even motionless — to continue to apply that level of force to a person proned out, handcuffed behind their back, that in no way, shape or form is anything that is set by policy, is not part of our training, and is certainly not part of our ethics or values.”

By Holly Bailey and Mark Berman

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/04/05/derek-chauvin-trial-2/

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They have now had several police officials testify that Chauvin’s knee on George Floyd’s neck was not an authorized police tactic, was not permitted by policy, was wrong to be applied after Floyd was handcuffed and controlled and was definitely wrong once he lost consciousness.

And Chauvin’s defense continues to be, “but angry black people were filming him and upset that he was killing Floyd so he couldn’t help but kill Floyd.”

Maybe one or two semi-racist jurors would buy into that enough to vote not guilty on 2nd Degree Murder but there’s no way that I can see how this BS prevents at least a 3rd Degree Manslaughter at least, if not also 2nd Degree Manslaughter.

Chauvin is going to prison…or the judicial system will be torched along with many parts of this country.

Khirad
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I just sent this to Senator Kyrsten Sinema. I’m usually trolling Ms Lindsey, gosh b’gosh Hawley, or Creepy Cancun Cruz, or Packin’ that Johnson tight like a brat up our UP; but this was meant with love and care. Like they went after her for being bisexual and shit. So, yeah, let’s not compare her to Manchin….
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Sen. Sinema,

I’m one of those that might benefit from a $15 federal minimum wage. I’m not too into the weeds how that will affect all Arizonans, I’ll admit that. I would like to do more research on that, because I do not know why you are opposing it. I get it that we’re in Arizona so you may feel one thing in your heart and have to moderate. On the other hand, I don’t understand how when over a quarter of Arizonans believe the Big Lie, anything matters. You could hand out AR-15s and ‘become straight’ and they’ll still hate you. So, I don’t get the chess here. And, I don’t like you being compared with Joe Manchin. I know he’s got it tough, but look more to Montana or something in how to be blue in a red state. I haven’t even checked where he is, but, c’mon. As to means testing for Covid checks? Why not? I’m sorry if I don’t feel sorry for a household making 100,000 not getting a check. Maybe a tax credit to open a business or something, but they aren’t hurting like me, who was just getting into being an apprentice chef – before that cratered. So yeah, call me selfish, but I’m on medicaid and do need that check and could also really benefit from $15. I think I read a bit of your history. You have to know how big that little thing is. I will vote for you again, because, Arizona. But, I try to explain it to people on the left that you’re a Senator for all of Arizona. I get that. Just give me some reasoning, however arcane, for opposing $15 unless you think it should be $20.

Regards.

Faithful Democrat, because there is no true left party; however, that’s its own diatribe against first-past-the-post,

Kurt Singer, Oro Valley

[I actually don’t care if people know my name and stuff – it’s prety much out there already]

AdLib
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Your letter to her is very thoughtful, respectful, and reasoned. I would hope that she has some other explanation than what we’ve heard so far and the carefree manner in which she thumbs-downed it made her look even worse and uncaring.

And her office’s first response to these criticisms? Branding everyone as “sexist” who was upset by her playful thumbs down to oppose what is deadly serious and desperately needed income. It is more typically the act of a Republican to instantly claim victimhood when caught doing the wrong thing, decent Democrats don’t sling the BS and demagoguery like that to legit criticism. After all of this, I now see Sinema as disingenuous. Maybe I’m wrong but she’s got a long road to go down to change my and many other people’s opinion of her.

How else can one square this tweet from Sinema previously in 2014 with her opposition to hiking the minimum wage yesterday?

Not to mention how she buddied up with McConnell just before and tapped him on the shoulder so he would see her give the perky thumbs down.

I absolutely don’t want a Republican to win her seat so I would not support an “anyone but Sinema” mentality. But Mark Kelly was elected by the same AZ voters and ran against the same GOP opponent (McSally) and he voted for the $15 minimum wage so I have a lot of trouble accepting that she has a legit reason for voting no.

I would support a Dem opponent to Sinema in 4 years if that Dem would be competitive in a GE against a Repub (McSally again???) and was more honest and dependable in support of basic Dem platforms like raising the minimum wage.

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People with extremist views less able to do complex mental tasks, research suggests

Cambridge University team say their findings could be used to spot people at risk from radicalisation

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/feb/22/people-with-extremist-views-less-able-to-do-complex-mental-tasks-research-suggests

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So…people who are woefully ignorant enough to have extremist views are not very bright. No one’s head will explode from that conclusion but it’s always good to see scientific studies that document what seems apparent.

I mean…they can’t even spell simple words in comments or protest signs, shoot themselves accidentally with their own guns, wear jackets and shirts that prove their identities when mounting an insurrection and post selfies and videos of themselves on social media committing federal crimes.

I honestly think it will be a needed thinning of the herd if these morons continue to refuse to be vaccinated for COVID while the rest of us are vaccinated and safe from it.

Evolution knows best!

Kalima
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A great anchor who was pushed out by Zucker at CNN for a white woman. She took no bs.



AdLib
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I’ve really liked her responses on social media along the way and I liked her as an anchor. CNN however sticks with the the whiter-than-white hack, Dana Bash who often spins stories to the Repub/Trump side.

Kalima
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Dash is a whataboutism peddler for the most part but at least condemned trump and called him a liar on the air. Not a fan.

Anderson Cooper had an interesting program about the Qanon cult. It was creepy and gave me a sore throat from swearing too loud.

CNN bosses also launched Dobbs and that crazy Glenn Beck.

Soledad was replaced by Erin Burnett.

I don’t have many options here so it’s either the Beeb or CNN. The rest of the news I go to reputable internet news sites for.

AdLib
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Topping off President Biden’s big night with a smile:

AdLib
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Oh yeah, it’s official. The Trump Era is dead. The Biden-Harris Era has hit the ground running.

Champagne anyone?

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For Kalima (and everyone else):

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There continues to be strong support for The Senate to act against Hawley and Cruz but it takes a 2/3 vote to expel a Senator so I doubt that will happen. But the 14th Amendment would only take a majority, maybe 60 votes to override a filibuster. Could happen but if I had to bet, it probably won’t.

Kalima
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Fun!

Another Fiddler on the Roof song that Trump will soon be singing, “If I Was a Rich Man”.

Kalima
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Espionage? Wonder how many spies working for Russia mingled freely in the chaos?

AdLib
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Sure is interesting too that an influx of Bitcoin flooded into these racist groups. I know the FBI is investigating, I fully expect converted rubles to be involved.

Kalima
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41 minutes of fear: A video timeline from inside the Capitol siege

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2021/01/16/video-timeline-capitol-siege/

Kalima
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Yes, Congress should impeach Trump before he leaves office

The House would be fully justified to use this drastic remedy.
Opinion by Laurence H. Tribe and Joshua Matz

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/laurence-tribe-joshua-matz-impeach-trump-before-he-leaves-office/2021/01/08/70d7246c-5206-11eb-bda4-615aaefd0555_story.html

Kalima
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Took them long enough.

Twitter Permanently Suspends Trump

Twitter, the president’s preferred megaphone, cited “the risk of further incitement for violence.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/08/technology/twitter-trump-suspended.html

AdLib
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He was a huge profit generator for them, this was a bit of self-sacrifice required that conflicted with their greed. Also, they offered a lame excuse for years that went like this, “Even if he tweets things violating our rules, because he is a world leader, we think whatever he says is newsworthy and will keep it posted.”

Then they added disclaimers as it got really horrible but still left his terrible rule-breaking lies and sedition up.

Finally, after he tries to use these years of Twitter posts that helped him build a seditionist army to overthrow our country’s democracy and government, then it’s, “Well…I guess that’s a bit much I suppose.”

At least Trump has lost his primary organizing tool along with Facebook, Instagram and many other social media sites. Sure, he’ll resurface like swamp ooze usually does but it won’t be on a major platform, likely something just geared to his defective cult followers and without broader influence, his movement will wither down to the dregs.

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These are real American heroes! We should know their names and be able to thank them as a nation. They sure deserve the Medal of Freedom more than seditionists Rush Limbaugh, Devin Nunes, and Jim Jordan.

However, it wouldn’t have necessarily made the day end in disaster, all the states could text/email/fax copies of the electoral votes to be read but it would have made it a bit crazier, that’s for sure.