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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:10 pm    Post subject: Ouija, Pokemon, occult, playing with the devil  Reply with quote





Pokemon has always been demonic

Symbol of Satanism, witchcraft - upside down broken cross
Occult Pagan revival signals death of America and the West

January 18, 2011  By Linda Kimball
80 years ago, America began moving away from its' founding Biblical-based worldview to what President Calvin Coolidge identified as "pagan materialism." Fearing for the future of our Constitutional Republic he said in a speech delivered on the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 5, 1926:

"Democracy is Christ's government in church and state," said Coolidge as he quoted John Wise (1710). "Here was the doctrine of equality, popular sovereignty, and the substance of the theory of inalienable rights....When we take all these circumstances into consideration, it is but natural that the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence should open with a reference to Nature's God and should close...with an appeal to the Supreme Judge of the world and an assertion of a firm reliance on Divine Providence...In its main feature the Declaration of Independence is a great spiritual document. Equality, liberty, popular sovereignty, the rights of man — these are not elements which we can see and touch. They are ideals. They have their source and roots in the religious convictions. They belong to the unseen world. " (Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance No Longer Tolerates Religion, William J. Federer, pp. 270-271)

The "pagan materialism" Coolidge warned against is evolutionary materialist scientism, also known as Secular Humanism. Materialism is neither new nor scientific. In the main, it is ancient Epicurean Atomism revamped and dressed up as modern science. Materialism teaches that all that exists is merely material or energy which is impersonal, totally neutral to any moral system or any interest in man as man. In this view, there is no basis for law, and no basis for man as unique and important.

Materialism is of the world view of monism which teaches that all that exists is "one self-creating, self-sufficient substance" which may be divine spirit (pantheism) or spiritless substance (materialism).
Monism is held in common by materialism, pantheism, and spiritualism and dates back to pagan antiquity and was or is taught by all non-biblical thought systems from Buddhism to Epicureanism, Gnosticism and today's New Age Cosmic Humanism.

Monism teaches that all things, including mankind, are merely diverse parts of the one-substance. God is acceptable to this monistic frame of mind only if He is not something outside of and superior to the one-substance but one with it. In other words, God must be dispersed throughout the whole substance.

In his book, "Utopia: The Perennial Heresy," Thomas Molnar explains that evolution, whether Darwinian or a spiritual conception such as Teilhard's idea, serves as an imaginary mechanism of perfection for both man and the one-substance:

"Through evolution the world substance becomes progressively pure, homogenous and perfect until the terminal point is reached..." (p.235) At that point, there is either a perfected non-spiritual substance (materialism) or a perfectly spiritualized substance (pantheism). For utopians this means a heaven on earth ruled by perfected god-men.

In that materialism excludes the transcendent Creator, angels, demons, heaven, and hell it must also explain away man's God-given individual spiritual endowments — soul, mind, free will, and conscience — attributes defined by the Founders as self-evident truths, for it is self-evidently true that all men think, choose, and feel guilt. In short, in denying the existence of God the Father and man's supernaturally endowed attributes, materialist scientism abolishes our unalienable rights, thereby making worthless both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

It was for this reason that Coolidge warned against pagan materialism:
"Unless the faith of the American in these religious (Biblical) convictions is to endure, the principles of our Declaration will perish. We cannot continue to enjoy the result if we neglect and abandon the cause." (ibid, p. 265; emphasis added)

Despite the valiant efforts of Pres. Coolidge and many other men of integrity to edify Americans, the consensus in contemporary America and the western world is no longer Biblical but pagan, that is, Cosmic Humanism (Eastern/Gnostic occult New Age) and Secular Humanism (materialist scientism).

In practical terms, this means that through the goetia (black magic) of Darwinian transformism "we the people" have been speculatively reduced to aggregates of matter, subsumed into the "one substance" and now have solidarity (oneness) with apes, rocks, trees, fish, tumblebugs, pond scum, and dirt. Individual salvation has become collective salvation, individual rights are now group rights, male-female created distinctions have been melted down into androgyny, and monogamous marriage has become a sexual free-for-all.

Law, foreign affairs, taxation, politics, immigration, morality and all other important decisions are now decided by a small group of "elites," many of whom are New Age spiritists led by spirit guides and Transcended Masters, and what they decide at any given moment is supposedly for the common good of society. These all-powerful individuals are America's Ruling Class, and in back of them, the U.N., NGOs, and other powerful global organizations.

The Return to Paganism
C.S. Lewis observed in The Abolition of Man (1947) that Cosmic and Secular Humanism appeared in Western history in the heart of Christendom during the Renaissance. The Renaissance reawakened a magic view of the world closely connected with pagan Gnostic sectarianism, Eastern pantheism as well as alchemical-scientism. Along with Eastern pantheism came spiritual evolution, reincarnation, karma and occultism, which means that evolutionary conceptions existed long before Darwin.

Early on Lewis understood that Cosmic and Secular Humanism were merely two sides of the same revival of pagan monism. Thus he argued, Cosmic and Secular Humanism are not enemies in principle but rather cooperating philosophies united against the transcendent Creator, Christianity and Christian-based civilization.

Brooks Alexander also identifies both Cosmic and Secular Humanism as the two sides of pagan monism. And because they are from the same root they tend to cross-pollinate and:

"mingle, producing a brood of offspring that exhibits the genetic heritage of its parents in a confused and confusing array. Soon it becomes impossible to say whether a given movement, trend or school of thought is a secular impulse that has absorbed Eastern/occult values, or an Eastern/occult teaching that has dressed itself in secular language." (The Rise of Cosmic Humanism: What is Religion?" Brooks Alexander, SCP Journal, 1981-82, p. 2)

"Ye Can Be As Gods"
The powerfully seductive Big Lie underlies both Cosmic and Secular Humanism. This thought is expressed openly in the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and Dr. Beverly Galyean, leading exponent of occult New Age confluent education:

"The Buddhists and the Jains do not depend on God; but the whole force of their religion is directed to the great central truth in every religion: to evolve a God out of man." (Inspired Talks, Ramakrishna Vivekananda Center, 1958, p. 218)
"Once we begin to see that we are all God, that we have the attributes of God, then, I think the whole purpose of human life is to reown the Godlikeness within us...So my whole view is very much based on that idea." (Galyean quoted by Francis Adeney, Educators Look East, Radix 12, No. 3, Nov-Dec. 1980, p. 21)

This same idea expressed in secular terms such as self-realization and self-actualization (a term coined by Abraham Maslow) underlies many contemporary psychotherapies.
In carefully couched terms, the "Humanist Manifesto" (1973) also declares autonomous man's godhood:
"We affirm that moral values derive their source from human experience. Ethics is autonomous and situational...life has meaning because we create and develop our futures."
The conclusion of both Cosmic and Secular Humanism is the same: human beings can be as God and invent their own "ten commandments."

Another key point at which Cosmic and Secular Humanism intersect is evolution. Secular Humanism adopted the Gnostic myth of biological (Darwinian) evolution as an explanation both for the origin and development of life as well as for the perfecting of the one substance and mankind. Cosmic Humanism springboards off of Darwinism into imaginary spiritual conceptions such as Teilhard de Chardins' idea. The apostate French Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) taught that God emerges from matter. According to him, this evolution of God from the world results in evolution becoming "conscious of itself" and ultimately, in the transformation of all matter into "Christ consciousness" or "pure spirit." He called this final stage the "Omega Point" or "the cosmic Christ."

New Age techniques to get in touch with the "Christ consciousness" include physical exercises, special diets (especially vegetarianism), biofeedback, chanting, psychodrama, consciousness-raising strategies, hypnosis and self-hypnosis, centering, body disciplines and therapies such as hatha yoga and aikido as well as sensitivity groups and encounter groups, Zen, Tibetan Buddhism and transcendental meditation and yoga. Former guru Rabindranath R. Maharaj, now a committed follower of Jesus Christ, describes his former transcendental meditation ritual and its' terrifying consequences:

"Nothing was more important than our daily transcendental meditation, the heart of Yoga, which Krishna advocated as the surest way to eternal Bliss. But it could also be dangerous. Frightening psychic experiences awaited the...meditator, similar to a bad trip on drugs. Demons described in the Vedas had been known to take possession of some Yogis. Kundalini power, said to be coiled like a serpent at the base of the spine, could produce ecstatic experiences when released in deep meditation — or...it could do great mental and bodily harm. The line between ecstasy and horror was very fine...During daily meditation I began to have visions of psychedelic colors, to hear unearthly music, and to visit exotic planets where the gods conversed with me, encouraging me to attain even higher states of consciousness. Sometimes in my trance I encountered the same horrible demonic creatures...depicted by the images in Hindu, Buddhist, Shinto, and other religious temples. It was a frightful experience, but the Brahmacharya explained that it was normal and urged me to pursue the quest for Self Realization. At times I experienced a sense of mystical unity with the universe. I was the universe, Lord of all, omnipotent, omnipresent. My instructors were excited at this. I was obviously a chosen vessel, destined for early success in the search for union with Brahman. The Forces that had guided my father were now guiding me." (Death of a Guru, Rabindranath R. Maharaj, pp. 56-57)

Dying Materialism Opens Door To Occult Forces
"Unless we are mistaken...the twentieth century...is to witness a gigantic conflict of spirits...More serious and fiercer than ever before, the conflict is between the old and the new worldview." Herman Bavinck, Christian theologian, 1901

Materialist scientism has always been utterly repugnant to more spiritually sensitive people. With its' nihilism, mindless mechanistic universe, reductionism, moral anarchy and irrationalism, it has generated its own crisis of credibility. However, as a universal alchemical-solvent that has broken down the West's Biblical-based worldview, it has served to throw wide the door to equally irrational but far more dangerous occult New Age Cosmic Humanism, which as a spiritual force began to emerge in the United States around 1965.

By the mid-1980s, a bright "new" spirituality began to seductively beckon demoralized, restless, narcissistic, consumerist Westerners. Promising personal "spiritual" power, peace, unending pleasure, and oneness with the Divine, it enticingly whispers, "you can become god."

In Marilyn Ferguson's book, "The Aquarian Conspiracy," she identifies the "new" spirituality as New Age and says that this movement of spirit is poised to radically transform our culture. Western society is at a pivotal point, said Ferguson in reference to what she called the "Emergent Culture" of New Age.

Ferguson called it the Aquarian Conspiracy for two reasons. First, astrology foretells the end of the Age of Pisces (the fish). Astrologically the fish symbolizes the Christian Age, which is finally giving way to the New Age of Aquarius. Second, she calls it a conspiracy in recognition of a spiritually-cohesive, vast interlocking-network of individuals, grassroots initiatives, and thousands upon thousands of formal New Age organizations at every level of society, from the lowest level to the highest global corridors of political, spiritual, and economic power that link this movement both nationally and internationally.

As occult spirituality moved with great speed and force over and across post-Christian America, mainstream media took note and reported:
"Neopaganism Growing Quickly: Numbers Roughly Double Every 18 Months in United States, Canada, and Europe." Denver Post, June 26, 2008 (How Evil Works: Understanding and Overcoming the Destructive Forces that are Transforming America, David Kupelian, p. 115)

"Sorcery Sells, and the Young are Buying" Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 10, 2007 (ibid)
"Wicca is Believed to be One of the Fastest-Growing Religions Among High School and College Students" National Public Radio, May 13, 2004 (ibid)

In his book, "America's Schools: The Battleground for Freedom," Allen Quist warns:
"New Age religion is now aggressively being taught in our nation's public schools
." A model curriculum has been developed that "is clearly centered on pantheism." "Much of what passes for environmental education and multiculturalism is really indoctrination in pantheistic/New Age theology. The ACLU and other similar organizations have no objections to (pantheistic indoctrination). It is only Christianity that these organizations object to." (p. 51)

Tom DeWeese, President of the American Policy Center, has also been following the rise of occult pagan spirituality. In a work entitled, "Teachers, Preachers and Greens: The Unholy Alliance to Transform America," DeWeese reveals the existence of a well-funded yet covert effort to paganize American society through an assault on schools and churches. He reveals that the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City is the home of the enormously influential Gaia Institute as well as the Temple of Understanding — a politically influential U.N. Non-Governmental Organization. DeWeese describes a pagan "church service" at St. John the Divine:

"As the congregation sit in their church pews in the great Cathedral of St. John, the Divine in New York City, the priest stands at the alter, ready to receive a procession of animals for the annual Feast of Saint Francis blessing. Down the aisle comes a procession of elephants, camels, donkeys, monkeys and birds. These are followed by members of the congregation carrying bowls of compost and worms. Next, to the sounds of music, come acrobats and jugglers. In the pulpit, former Vice President Al Gore delivers a sermon, saying, "God is not separate from the Earth." (http://www.federalobserver.com/2010/11/14/teachers-preachers-and-greens-the-unholy-alliance-to-transform-america/)

Men Have Souls ...and Demons Exist

Today anthropologists, scientific psychiatrists, and other professionals from the counseling and medical field take very seriously the fact that something frightening and unexplainable by Western science is going on here in America and throughout the West. In their search for answers they are jettisoning as useless materialist explanations. A "new" consensus is emerging: Men have souls and demons exist:

"...we need to understand a number of different concepts in order to comprehend the worldwide phenomenon of possession and exorcism. On the psychological level, we have come to know the notion underlying all possession, namely, that the body is a shell, inhabited by a soul, and that this shell may on occasion be surrendered to an intrusive alien entity. " (How about Demons? Possession and Exorcism in the Modern World, Felicitas Goodman. IndianaUpress:1988)

"Dr Frank Lake in a talk on the demonic recalled the occasion when 'Hans Rudi Weber was giving a talk on Christ's Victory over the Demonic Powers to this large gathering of psychiatrists and theologians. It was quite amusing to see how uncomfortable the theologians were at this strange exhibition of what I think they regarded as Medievalism from a distinguished member of their own theological group. It was as if they were apologizing to the scientific psychiatrists present that a theologian had returned to the era of demons and evil possession. By contrast the psychiatrists were in fact leaning forward eagerly recognizing that the collective demonic is something with which they are continually dealing. As they said afterwards, 'Why didn't some theologian tell us about this before? We know what he's talking about, we live with it'" (But Deliver us From Evil: An Introduction to the Demonic Dimension in Pastoral Care, John Richards, London, Dartman, Longman and Todd,1974)

Possession takes two forms, communal and individual:

"...central possession is communal, strongly institutionalized, and ritualistically induced, but peripheral possession is more normally individual and spontaneous." (Demonic Possession: A Medical, Historical, Anthropological, and Theological Symposium, John Warwick Montgomery (ed.), Bethany,1976)

"In later life, Jung admitted that he was open to the ideas that all these metapsychic phenomena could be explained better by the theory of spirits ....in the long run (he said) I have to admit that the spirit hypothesis yields better results in practice than any other." (The New Age Movement and the Biblical Worldview: Conflict and Dialogue, John P. Newport, Eerdmans,1998)

Dr. Carl Raschke also notes with alarm America's downward spiral into the madess of occult spirituality. He points out that the decadence, pornography, mass murders, criminality, the 'new religions,' and Satanism in American culture have certain social and spiritual ties that bind them together, revealing that they are part of a similar spiritual genus. In "Satanism and the Devolution of the 'New Religions,'" Raschke notes that Satanism is so widespread today that there are even U.S. military personnel who are members of secretive Satanist groups.

Raschke concludes that the "upsurge of Satanist practices...must be interpreted not as some kind of odd wrinkle...but as a culminating phase of the "New Age" movement...The Satanist mindset is not "religion" in the regular sense of the word, but a mystification of the most corrupt secular passions and values...Satanism is but the spiritual Frankenstein created by a social order that has attempted to sustain itself without God." (Satanism and Witchcraft: The Occult and the West — Part 6, Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon)

"All the gods of the pagans are demons" Psalm 95:5
New Age Cosmic Humanism has infused and spiritualized secular materialism, transforming it into an agency for the transmission of ultimate values and revelations from the unseen realm....from powers and principalities. As a result, in the space of a few short decades, occult pagan spirituality has made profound inroads. Its upsurge manifests itself in the form of everything from UFO channeling cults, ghost-hunting, necromancy, goddess worship, shamanism, light-bearers, spirit guides, goddess worship, transcendental meditation, contemplative prayer, labyrinth walking, yoga, Wicca, revitalized Norse paganism, the annual Burning Man Festival (now televised) and the proliferation of Satanic cults.

From England to Australia, from New Zealand to South America, Canada and the United States, occult New Age spirituality is quickly becoming the West's dominant orthodoxy.

The End of the West?
Evolutionary conceptions, monism, empiricism, reductionism, determinism, positivism, materialism, pantheism, socialism, and the 'new religions,' in the words of Calvin Coolidge, are not "elements which we can see and touch," but religious convictions, aspirations, ideals, and ideas in the minds of men. As the great apocalyptic prophet Fyodor Dostoevsky clearly understood, they are a madness-inducing "fire in the minds of men" that comes from the "unseen world."

This being the case, political fixes and Republicans in control will not cure what ails America because Americans, by and large, are spiritually diseased. This means that our primary battle is spiritual, for we are not "contending against flesh and blood, but against the (evil spirits)....against spiritual wickedness in the high places." (Eph. 6:12)

Occult spirituality always surfaces at the end of a civilization. It heralded the end of Babylon, Rome and the Aztec civilization. It came at the end of the medieval world and now it has come at the end of the post-Christian West..." a social order that has attempted to sustain itself without God."

During Rome's darkest, most evil hours, early Christians — thousands of whom were cut in half, used as human torches, and crucified upside-down — nevertheless successfully forced occult forces underground, thus allowing for Christendom and later on America to arise.

America is the West's last best hope. But do contemporary Christians and like-minded Americans possess the undying faith, unfaltering courage, love of Truth, rock-solid conviction, perseverance and will to engage this spiritual war?

Additional Sources:
Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future, Fr. Seraphim Rose
Spirit Wars: Pagan Revival in Christian America, Peter Jones
"...is there evidence for the existence of "spirits" and some "spiritual dimension"?
http://christianthinktank.com/eyesopen.html
http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/kimball/110118

Related Reading:
The Original Lie: Basis For America's Ruling Class Barbarians
Darwinism: Devilish Gnostic Myth Dressed Up As Science
Evolutionism: The Dying West's Science of Magic and Madness
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California may have to hire Wiccan chaplain
2/20/13  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California prisons hire full-time chaplains and spiritual leaders to serve Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Protestant and Native American inmates.
On Tuesday, a federal appeals court gave new life to a decades-long battle by Wiccan inmates for access to their own full-time chaplain.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a trial judge's dismissal of a Wiccan prisoner lawsuit seeking the same rights as the five other religious practices. The appeals court said the Wiccan prisoners make a compelling argument that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation may be unconstitutionally showing preference to the five religions in violation of the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees religious freedoms.
http://news.yahoo.com/california-...re-wiccan-chaplain-192919904.html


No exams on Wiccan, Pagan holidays at University of Missouri?
2/18/13  Students at University of Missouri don’t need to cram for exams that fall on Wiccan and Pagan holidays, now that the school has put them on par with Christmas, Thanksgiving and Hanukah.
The university’s latest “Guide to Religions: Major Holidays and Suggested Accommodations” — designed to help faculty know when and when not to schedule exams and other student activities — lists eight Wiccan and Pagan holidays and events right alongside more mainstream occasions. It’s all part of the school’s effort to include everyone’s beliefs, although some critics say listing every holiday associated with fringe belief systems is a bit much.

“The holidays and accommodations section of this guide is provided to faculty, staff and student leaders as an educational resource for the myriad of religious holy days celebrated at Mizzou,” the guide reads. “Not only does this section offer crucial information about dates and practices, we also hope that the information about recommended academic and food accommodations will be valuable to those planning classroom activities and other academic and co-curricular events.”
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The shady origins of 5 popular board games
Quaker extortionists and Monopoly? The Civil War and The Game of Life? We usually associate board gaming with family time, but several of the most popular games out there have some not-so-family-friendly origins.
So if you're looking to spark some interesting conversations next time you gather 'round the table for an evening of dice and fake money, here are a few of the lesser known tales of history's biggest board games.

Monopoly and the Quakers
You may have heard the legend that an unemployed salesman named Charles Darrow invented the game of Monopoly during the depression, somewhere around 1935. That's not entirely true.
A Quaker named Lizzie Magie, in fact, first created the game in 1904 to showcase the evils of property ownership (the original title was "The Landlord's Game".) Magie was a supporter of the Quaker tax reformer Henry George, and the game focused on players extorting one another.

It was a hit in the Quaker community -- a big one. One enthusiastic fan was a hotelier named Charles Todd, who would sometimes play with his guests. One regular visitor was (you guessed it) Charles Darrow, who asked Todd to write up the rules for him.

Once the game took off, Parker Bros. learned its true origins and had to do some damage control. It bought the rights for $500 from Magie, who believed her original game -- and its anti-property philosophies -- would finally be distributed to the masses. And it was, though only for a couple hundred copies, at least, before it was discontinued. Turns out people had more fun with Darrow's tweaks to the game.

The Hard Life
On the surface, Life seems like a pretty happy-go-lucky game. You get a job, have kids and can't wait for payday. Even if things go south, you’ll still find plenty of good events as you inch towards retirement.
The original game was a lot darker, though. Created by Milton Bradley himself, the game was originally sold under the name of "The Checkered Game of Life" during the Civil War. Less a whimsical journey and more a moralistic lesson, it was meant to teach virtue and principles to children.

Before there was payday, there were squares that included poverty, disgrace, and gambling to ruin. The game even came with a "Suicide" square -- which, if landed on, marked your last turn. Way to bum us all out, Milton.

The darker side of Clue
Anthony E. Pratt was a fire warden during World War II. While walking his beat one day, he thought back to a favorite pre-war game he and his friends used to play called "Murder!"

"Between the wars," he once said, "all the bright young things would congregate in each other's homes for parties at weekends. We'd play a stupid game called Murder, where guests crept up on each other in corridors and the victim would shriek and fall on the floor."

He transformed that somewhat morbid real-world distraction into a board game. The original version, though, was a bit harsher than what we play today. In addition to the gun, rope and other murder weapons, it included an axe, syringe, shillelagh, poison, and even a bomb. Not sure that’s the most inconspicuous weapon, but it’s probably effective.

Scrabble’s Poe past
If it weren't from his love of master of the macabre Edgar Allen Poe, Alfred Butts might never have developed Scrabble.
The game, which has been a valuable resource in teaching spelling and vocabulary to kids, was born when creator Butts was reading Poe's "The Gold Bug," a story that involves figuring out a code based on how frequently letters are used. Butts decided to tweak that a bit and sat down to count out how frequently letters appeared in an issue The New York Times, which was quite the undertaking.

He called the game Lexico and spent more than 16 years waiting for it to take off. It wasn't until 1952, when Jack Strauss, manager of Macy's, played the game on vacation that things exploded. Strauss loved it so much that he demanded to know why it wasn't on Macy's store shelves. An order was placed and a classic finally found its audience.

Chutes and Ladders (and Murder and Lust)
If it seems like this immensely popular children’s game has been around forever, there's a reason: it has. The concept has been traced back to an Hindu game called Leela -- a game of self-knowledge -- as well as an Indian game called Daspada.
Leela was created by Hindu scholars with the intention of teaching moral values. Daspada came about in the second century with a similar purpose, but using ladders [size=10pt][size=14pt]to represent virtues and snakes to represent vices (hence the title ‘Snakes and Ladders’ in the U.K[/size].)[/size].
Those vices were serious business, too. Included among them in Daspada were Vulgarity, Drunkenness, Murder and Lust. Yikes.

One thing's for certain, though. The game's a lot easier than it used to be. As society has become more focused on accentuating the positives for children, the number of ladders (which you use to progress in the game) has increased, while the number of chutes/snakes (which send you back several spaces) has gone down.
http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plug...opular-board-games-202719027.html
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9th Circuit Orders Judge to Re-Hear Case that Could Force Prisons to Hire Wiccan Chaplains
2/27/13  California prisons could be forced to hire Wiccan chaplains to serve inmates who practice modern pagan witchcraft, thanks to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which has ordered a federal judge to take another look at the case.
Two female inmates at the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) in Chowchilla are suing the state, claiming the lack of a full-time Wiccan chaplain results in “infringements, violations, and burdens.”
The lawsuit had been dismissed in 2011 by a district court, but the Ninth Circuit remanded the decision on Tuesday, forcing the lower court to take another look at the case.
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/9...prisons-hire-wiccan-chaplains?utm


Prisoner Requests Dragon's Blood for Wiccan Faith
Daniel LaPlante is serving a life sentence in Massachusetts for murdering a teacher and drowning her two children more than 20 years ago. Now he is suing the state's Department of Corrections and a prison superintendent, claiming that he has been denied access to items he needs to practice his Wiccan faith. The list of 121 items he has requested includes dragon's blood, dandelion, carrot cake with frosting, and pens in seven different colors.
The Wiccan faith is a neo-pagan religion that focuses on nature using “mysticism, and natural magic or ritual.”

He also wants access to medallions such as "Thor's Hammer" and "Phases of the Moon." Of course, taxpayers would foot the bill as prison authorities hunt down such esoteric items and provide them free of charge to LaPlante. In addition, the prisoner wants outdoor space rather than the prison basement to perform Wiccan rituals, and a communal meal on feast days.
http://www.christianpress.com/ind...s-dragon-s-blood-for-wiccan-faith
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The War on Christmas Is Losing in Texas: Teachers Can Now Say 'Merry Christmas'
5/22/13
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/na...s-teachers-merry-christmas/65485/

For those of you worried that government can't be proactive, good news out of Texas. On Monday, the state's legislature sent Governor Perry its "Merry Christmas" bill, which would authorize schools to refer to the holiday in non-generic terms. Perry is expected to sign it.

The bill was introduced shortly before Christmas last year by Rep. Dwayne Bohac. Bohac describes his motivation for the legislation at a site created to advocate for the measure, MerryChristmasBill.com.

Quote:
This bill originated when I picked up my first grade son from school last year and asked him how his day went. He told me that his class had decorated their holiday tree with holiday ornaments. When I asked what a holiday tree was, he told me it was the same as a Christmas tree.


It's isn't just Bohan. The site also features a number of stories apparently from regular citizens, all of which center around the exclusion of Christmas (but no other holidays) from school celebrations. In Bohan's case, he asked school officials why they didn't use the word. The officials told him that they were "fearful of litigation."

House Bill 308 was meant to assuage those anecdotal concerns. The legislation is brief. There are four elements. One, schools may educate students about the history of traditional winter celebrations. Two, students and teachers can offer "traditional greetings," like "Merry Christmas," "Happy Hanukkah," and the dreaded "Happy holidays." Three, schools can put up displays if they either include multiple religions or a religion and some sort of "secular scene or symbol." Four, the display can't include a message "that encourages adherence" to a religious belief. According to the Fox News report on the bill, that third point includes nativity scenes.

During debate on the measure, the Texas House held a hearing in its Public Education Committee. The case for the bill was presented by a group called Texas Values, which advocates for issues like religious freedom and against domestic partnerships. (Today the group is holding a rally to protest the Boy Scouts proposal to allow openly gay boys to participate.)

The Huffington Post reports that the bill will soon become law.

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Asked for comment on whether the governor would sign the bill, Perry spokesman Josh Havens told The Huffington Post, "This bill is about the freedom of religion, not freedom from religion, and Gov. Perry supports it."


A recent Gallup survey indicated that at least three-quarters of Texans are some denomination of Christian. Despite the timidity of school officials, that figure has largely remained consistent over the past several years.
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^

Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Gal 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As regards to so-called shady origins of board games, does it really matter?

Is it any different from the "don't you know this meat has been given to an idol?" mentality or as Paul calls it - A WEAK CONSCIENCE!

Whether or not the meat had actually given to an idol was irrelevant - it was a completely useless peice of knowledge as Paul ate the meat by faith, for what was an idol to him? He refused to be intimidated by this so-called "knowledge".

This "knowledge" comes from the tree of knowledge of good and evil which produces FEAR. God said to Adam and Eve "Who told you you were naked?" In other words, wha a completely useles piece of information. So what if they were naked? It never bothered them before, why should it now? God might as well say "Who told you that meat was given to an idol?" or "Who told you that board game had civil war origins?"

All this "knowledge" is irrelevent. If you want to play a board game, play it by faith without question of conscience. To the defiled all things are defiled, but to the pure all things are pure.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.contendingfortruth.com/?p=5302
End Time Current Events: 6-9-13–Part 2

Table of Contents:  

» Kanye West’s “Yeezus”: New Album Mocks Jesus Christ – Pays Tribute To The Antichrist?  Jay-Z & Aleister Crowley Exposed
» Celebs are now Falling for an Even More Sinister ‘Religion’ than Scientology – Introducing the Satanic Sex Cult known as the Ordo Templi Orientis – AKA the OTO – Attracting Hollywood Stars

Audio: http://www.contendingfortruth.com...uploads/363.2-6-9-13-DS300013.mp3


http://www.contendingfortruth.com/?p=5295
End Time Current Events: 6-9-13–Part 3

Table of Contents:  

» Ex-Satanist Details Illuminati Spiritual Plan
» Todd Bentley’s Kundalini Calling to Open the Stargates / Portals for Satan & How this is a major goal for this sect of pseudo-Christianity

Audio: http://www.contendingfortruth.com...uploads/363.3-6-9-13-DS300014.mp3


http://www.contendingfortruth.com/?p=5290
End Time Current Events: 6-9-13–Part 4

Table of Contents:

» Halo’s / Nimbus – SANTA Claus – Nimrod – Semiramis – Tammuz – The Babylonian Mystery Religion and Sun-god Worship Exposed

Audio: http://www.contendingfortruth.com...uploads/363.4-6-9-13-DS300015.mp3


PDF: http://www.contendingfortruth.com...nd-Time-Current-Events-6-9-13.pdf
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There’s an Actual Pagan Academy in NYC Training Adults to Become Real-Life Witches
6/17/13
Those who dislike or are relatively unfamiliar with the occult will likely be surprised to learn that a witchcraft school — like an adult version of Hogwarts — is in full operation in the center of New York City. The Wiccan Family Temple Academy of Pagan Studies, while certainly different from the fictional school that Harry Potter and his friends attended, does provide some intriguing elements that will serve as a surprise to those with little familiarity with Pagan beliefs and witchcraft.

The academy, according to information on its web site, offers affordable training, which includes coverage in the “Path of Wicca,” Starlight Vision Series, Herbal Intensive Series, tarot and pendulum use and many other elements important to the practice of Wicca. The educational facility claims to be the first of its kind in New York City.

“The Wiccan Family Temple Academy of Pagan Studies prides itself on it’s affordability and in-depth nature,” its website touts. “We truly enjoy teaching, sharing and experiencing the Craft with others. Our courses are well thought out, wonderfully written and very comprehensive.”

In a New York Times article over the weekend, the Wiccan Family Temple Academy of Pagan Studies was profiled, with its leader making some intriguing comments about the school’s goals.

more: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2...ults-to-become-real-life-witches/

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