The terror attack on a mosque by some white supremacist numbskull sickens me to the core. These people were doing nothing wrong. All they were doing was worshipping their god in their way. Why commit this heinous act?
Much of the heathen community is concerned about the terrorists use of “Valhalla” as a means of stating his intended destination upon his death. I totally agree that his, and much of the white supremacist organizations out there, use of our sacred symbols is disgusting. Heathenry has no room for bigots and racists. However, my biggest concern is how callous the human race has become. This type of stuff should not be common place, but it’s becoming so at an alarming rate. Why? What has made humanity so callous and so narcissistic? Because let’s face the facts about this terrorist, he did this while live streaming via a GoPro and that my dear readers is a sign of narcissism. With the increase of social media and streaming technology, this has become possible to live stream such wanton disregard for human life. Should we ban such technology? No, of course not, but everyone should be asking this most important question: why have we human beings become so callous? This is indeed an uncomfortable question to ask, but it needs to be asked and answered. If we are expected to have a conversation on race, a conversation on guns and so forth, why are we not having a conversation for the root of everything that ails our modern society: human callousness?
I hope to the gods that the victims of this horrible act are comforted and are given justice. I hope that New Zealand is merciless in their doling out of the law against this terrorist. And I hope, from all this tragedy, we human beings can become less callous and start loving each other regardless of our so-called differences. We are 7 billion people living on Mother Gaia, none of us are going anywhere. Therefore, we need to learn how to cooperate and get along with each other or we are doomed as a species.
Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? – Ripley (Aliens, 1986)
Unfortunately, this is a question I ask myself everyday since after the Election. The more I see how Trump supporters are outing themselves for the misled minions of a mutant Cheeto with a toupee, the more I wonder how far has the national IQ dropped. People, Idiocracy wasn’t supposed to be a documentary of what is to come, but rather a funny movie. No longer is it funny. It’s depressing because the very aspects of the culture of Idiocracy is becoming more prevalent these days than ever before. Trumps election to the head seat of the United States just proves how close we are to an Idiocratic dystopia.
I leave you, my wonderful readers, with this example of anti-science rhetoric we will most likely have to deal with for four years. Buckle up, it’s going to be one hell of a ride!
It’s always funny to see Christians talk about persecution especially when they were last persecuted around 300 CE. Afterwards, they were the ones rampaging and persecuting against pagans for centuries. Now, they’re pulling the victim card while stating that “we need to get back to our Christian roots with Christian public school education.” Sorry to say, but theocracies don’t work out as they plan. Instead of providing Heaven on Earth, it becomes Hell on Earth when people believe they are doing “Gods” work. YOu can’t state you are for liberty and freedom while calling for the 10 Commandments to be the rule of the land. Commandment #1 especially puts a halt on that whole idea of freedom and liberty. If people aren’t given the right to believe in one God, many Gods or no Gods, then you don’t have freedom, you have tyranny.
Wild Bill for America is the prime example of one of those supposedly freedom loving Americans who deep down want a theocracy even though he denies such. When you vociferously call for Christian “education” in public schools and want the 10 Commandments to be the law of the land, I believe that’s proof enough of wanting a Christian theocracy in charge of our country.
With the ascendancy of the Trump Presidency, we ought to be vigilant about what takes place in the United States. How far will Trump pander to the evangelicals who helped him into power? If he wants to retain his position in American politics, it’s not inconceivable that Trump will do what it takes to keep his power. So, it’s up to us Americans to make sure that the swing to extremism doesn’t occur.
Jill Stein for President, some Libertarian for either Senate or House, and for local government I wrote in Aleister Crowley, Ragnar Lodbrock and myself. I kept true to my plan of NOT voting for ANY of the Kleptocrat party or commonly known individually as the Democrat and Republican parties.
Of course, there will plenty of people saying that I wasted my vote today. No, I didn’t. I voted based on my conscience rather than the rehashed nonsense of voting for the “lesser of two evils”. If more people surpassed that mentality, we would have more Third Parties in seats of government today. However, the Republicans and Democrats work in tandem to make sure that Third Party voices, such as Jill Stein, be drowned out. In fact, both Obama and Romney in 2012 both had NOTHING to say when Jill Stein was arrested for demanding that she be able to debate the Kleptocrats. She has that right as do ALL Third Parties have that right to debate the Kleptocrats on the issues at hand. This is why real change will never occur until people in this country change their mindset from lesser of two evils to Third Parties can create that change.
So come 2020, we’ll see if more people wake up instead of slumber peacefully ignoring the Kleptocrats stranglehold on power in the United States. The more ignorant people remain, the longer the hold on power is. Unfortunately, my optimism 8 years ago has waned. Now, pessimism reigns supreme as I watch people debase themselves with classless acts like booing a candidate they dislike on their way to vote to out and out violence or threats there of. Maybe, just maybe I’ll pleasantly surprised, but I’m not counting on it.
May the Gods keep our country peaceful during this heated time.
In this day and age of secularism and reason, a lot of us polytheists are stuck between a rock (monotheists) and a hard place (militant atheists). These two aspects of our society believe that our beliefs are silly and wrong, which is a statement of absolute truth according to their worldview. The problem with absolute truths is that they are always based on faith and not evidence. It’s faith to say that many Gods exist or only one God exists and it is also faith to state that no Gods exist because if the absence of evidence to prove either claim is considered faith then so should it be said of the atheist hypothesis of no Gods. Of course, atheists will argue that their hypothesis isn’t a hypothesis based on faith, but rather fact. In order to know the absolute truth of either God(s) existing or not would require a feat only a demigod is capable of: resurrection from death and thus far no one with these past few centuries can claim that mantle, so if no one among us, polytheists, monotheists and atheists, haven’t returned from the dead then none of us know the absolute truth of the existence or nature of the Gods and thus it’s based wholly on faith alone and nothing more. To say otherwise is intellectual dishonesty.
The militant atheists are no better than the militant monotheists who protest funerals of soldiers, who deny basic rights to the LGBT community and believe without any questioning that their beliefs are rooted in truth. When you put Richard Dawkins next to Pat Robertson, though their beliefs differ, their tactics do not differ in any way. They belittle the heretics and assume that the non-believers of their faith are nothing more than ignorant trolls that are better off hiding in caves. They question nothing of their own beliefs due to the fact that they believe they are right and rooted deeply into the truth of the matter.
I firmly question everything as someone that is a student in the sciences and sometimes I have my problems with my faith, but never can I become an atheist because nothing is certain. And never do I feel that because I’m a student of the sciences that means I should automatically become an atheist. That’s nothing more than a herd mentality that is also seen in many religious cults, believe this way and nothing else. I do, however, keep my religion separate from my scientific views. Since science can neither prove nor disprove the supernatural there’s no reason for my faith to be intertwined with my scientific views and vice versa. To anyone who would ever suggest that I should get out of the science field because of my faith I can only say, look inwards at the level ignorance you have shown and wonder, aloud, if maybe you need to step away from science and not tarnish it with your closed mind. Yes, no one should deny evolution, especially the teaching of, due to religious views, but one should not deny exploration of the world via science because someone believes differently than you. Isn’t this what Galileo and other early scientists faced when their facts conflicted with the monotheist world view? How dare you then do as the monotheists have done and become the ignorance you so rightly want to get rid of. Using ignorance to get rid of ignorance equates to nothing (1-1=0)
Ever since I swung to the Center I’ve made it my mission to reconcile issues between us pagans and the Christian/Jewish community. The history between all three faiths has been tense and bloody whether it were pagans brutalizing Christian and Jews or Christians brutalizing pagans and Jews and so forth. Christians and Jews have reconciled their past differences and Christians were forgiven for their past actions that resulted in deaths of Jews. They are now a united front against the Muslim incursion into Western civilization. I figure since it was the Popes job to put things into motion between Christians and Jews that it is my job to attempt to open the lines of communication between the Christians and Jews and the Pagans in order to fix our ailing society. Ultimately, what happens in this country doesn’t just affect them but also those of us who aren’t of the Judeo-Christian faith. If the Judeo-Christian faith is destroyed by militant Muslims or militant atheists that we are next on the chopping block and I use that as a literal term.
I believe in preserving the Judeo-Christian culture this country was founded on that has evolved to allow us heathens to practice openly our religion all due in part to the Constitution of the United States of America. The militant Muslims and militant atheists want eradicate ALL opposing beliefs because it doesn’t mesh with their worldview, so for us pagans who taunt Christians need to recognize that we need them just like they need us. Why on Midgard would they need us? Simple, we are the other side of the checks and balances that keeps them from engaging in bloody sectarian squabbles such as a theoretical war between Catholics and Protestants. With our freedom maintained to practice our pagan faiths the freedom to be Catholic among many other Christian sects is maintained as well. We’re all interconnected, but I’m sure there will be disagreements. That’s fine! Welcome to America where we be of differing faiths but not kill each other over it. So why remain divided over our differing faiths when the socialist thugs in power are goose stepping over everyone’s rights?
Pagans who are concerned about the vitality of our country both in it’s economic fortitude and the securing of the Constitution need to reach out to Christians and Jews with an open hand and an olive branch. So to should Christians and Jews reach out to pagans in order to form a better, more solid union within our country. Us pagans aren’t going away and a lot of us swing Libertarian and we are fiercely patriotic about our country. We can and will stand shoulder to shoulder with you to protect this country. Are you willing to do the same?