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Before Russia attacked Ukraine, a deeper game was underway

Reading Time: 3 minutes The military invasion of Ukraine takes place in the context of a different kind of campaign: Putin’s recent use of the Russian Orthodox Church to expand Russian influence. This campaign isn’t limited to Ukraine, and that’s a problem. The Donetsk Region of Ukraine where Russia initially sent “peacekeeping forces” is majority ethnic Russian. In an […]

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The Allentown ‘Black Mass’ of 1985

Reading Time: 4 minutes When The Satanic Temple (TST) brought its first annual SatanCon to Scottsdale, Arizona last week, many detractors said they were going to perform a black mass and (through whatever supernatural mechanism) bring harm to the city.  Black masses aren’t really a thing People have been doing Satanic rituals like the ones done by TST and […]

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SatanCon 0: The truth laid bare

Reading Time: 3 minutes SatanCon 0 was a historic event. In my vocation, it is exceedingly rare to be a party to such an occasion. Inside the hotel grounds and convention, everything was entirely pleasant and jovial. Many of the attendees were reuniting with good friends they hadn’t seen in almost a decade. Others had been online friends for […]

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6 years of Satanism in Arizona

Reading Time: 4 minutes SatanCon is set to take place next weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona. Calls for prayer rallies are many. The local Catholic Diocese are all advising their flocks to come to church and pray there, but they’re still calling it “spiritual warfare”.  Candidates for office, Megachurch wannabes, and Catholics oh my They can pray if they want […]

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Religion and the Ukraine conflict

Reading Time: 3 minutes We find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic with our civilization in peril due to a changing climate. Much of the discussions of the day focus on the viciously tribal groups that are all vying for (often artificially-) limited resources. Now we have to deal with all the Washington drama that comes with […]

Posted inBooks, Religion

Glycon: Better know a deity

Reading Time: 3 minutes Paradoxically, if all the gods are made up then perhaps the best choice is Glycon, who is demonstrably so. Glycon is entirely made up Basically, Glycon sprang into being when a cult leader named Alexander convinced his followers that a hand-puppet was the reincarnation of a Greek god of medicine. That may sound very silly, […]

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Interview: Rogiérs Fibby on the demonization of African culture in the West Indies

Reading Time: < 1 minute International artist, singer-songwriter Rogiérs Fibby grew up on St. Croix before moving to Washington D.C., where he is a member of Black Nonbelievers DC. We talked with Rogiérs about attempts by Christian slavers to suppress the indigenous culture and music of slaves, and how African traditions persisted and evolved for those living under slavery in […]

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We’ve got everything here

Reading Time: < 1 minute We’ve got meds for your head  when the going gets tough  We’ve got taurine in cans  when caffeine’s not enough. We’ve got porno and politics, cartoons and stuff So you don’t have to think  when you’re down in the dumps Now this little pill,  you can take when you’re ill And it makes you feel better like that And we’ve got plenty more  for when you […]

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A letter from Jackrabbit Springs

Reading Time: 4 minutes Hello again! Well the big move is finally over and I know it’s been a while since you heard from me but now that we’re settled in I wanted to catch you up with all the goings-on out here in Jackrabbit Springs.  And is there ever a lot of Spring in Jackrabbit Springs these days! […]