CNN: Nike’s Support of Colin Kaepernick Protest Has Some Destroying Their Shoes

Wow—just when I thought there was nothing else Trump supporters could do to surprise me. You know, if you really want to protest something, it usually works better if you DON’T give the company you’re protesting any money. Refusing to buy the company’s products is how most people usually do it. But if you buy the company’s products and then destroy them on camera for all to see, you are accomplishing nothing. The company still gets its money, you have still made a purchase, and you have destroyed your own property to boot. The only person who loses in this situation is the “protester,” who is actually still behaving as a faithful customer.

Additionally, there is no reason for these people to be protesting Nike in the first place. Colin Kaepernick’s actions have nothing to do with veterans, the Armed Forces, or even President Trump. The entire purpose of taking a knee during football games was to raise awareness about police brutality against black Americans, which was already an issue long before the current White House Administration came into play. Kneeling before the flag doesn’t even qualify as a “disrespectful” gesture in my book. If Kaepernick had wiped his ass with an American flag on the field for everyone to see, that would have been one thing; but historically, kneeling has always been considered a gesture of respect (like when knights kneel before their queens). Hell, I often kneel before Set when I invoke Him during formal rituals, so I fail to see the problem here.

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Rest In Peace, John McCain

I am saddened to hear of Senator John McCain’s passing yesterday. Gods bless you, Senator McCain, for all your excellent service to this great country, both in the military and in Congress. Regardless of what your detractors might say, you are a true man of principle, and you will not be forgotten. May all the gods bless your family and keep them strong in the days ahead.

Set’s Little Photobomber

This story is from 2017, but I just saw it today and I had to share it. Has anyone else been following the story of Fiona, the precious little baby hippo they have over at the Cincinnati Zoo? Well this wee Typhonian sweetheart decided to photobomb a wedding proposal the other day, and it’s just the nicest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Here’s something to evoke a smile for your Saturday! DUA SUTEKH, DUA TAURT!

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Religion News Service: Celtic Spirituality Draws Pagans and Christians Alike

I saw this on the news today, and I just had to share it for all my Celtic friends:

Slowing down and taking in the ancient ways of Celtic Christians might be just what harried Americans crave in order to deepen their spiritual lives and find ancient grounding. That’s the premise of a flurry of books coming out this fall. At least four publishers are venturing into Celtic spirituality with new titles that seek to strike a chord with both Christians and pagan groups. The latter reconstruct pre-Christian Celtic religions built around the notion that spirits exist in living organisms.

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The Wild Hunt: HexFest 2018 Met With Protests From Catholic Groups

Hemelt wrote, “Please help us pray for the end of all witchcraft and occult practices and rituals that offend [the Abrahamic g]od and that the HexFest will be stopped, all rituals be rendered useless, and that the evil one may be thwarted in his efforts to lead souls astray.”

Wow. It’s good to know the Catholic community in New Orleans has nothing better to do right now than harass Pagans. I mean, they could be writing letters and sending gifts to all their fellow Catholics in Pennsylvania whose lives have been destroyed by pedophile priests. They could be donating money to all those families to help them pay their legal fees or their therapy bills. But no, clearly that isn’t a priority. Clearly, slipping flyers under hotel room doors to try and convert Pagans (or make them feel unwelcome) is much more important. Clearly, we are a much greater threat to these people than the real monsters that lurk within their own confessionals.

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CNN: Priest Abuse Victims Detail Lifetime of Trauma and Broken Trust

It’s been 70 years since Robert says he was sexually abused by a priest. And in the decades since, his wife and family suffered every day.

“I couldn’t show any affection with my wife,” said Robert, now 83. “My children, I couldn’t hold or hug.”

This is the kind of lifelong trauma endured by hundreds of victims at the hands of Pennsylvania priests.

There isn’t a whole lot I can say about this. I think the situation speaks for itself. But my heart goes out to the victims here. As someone with a family member who has only recently come to terms with being abused while they were a teenager, I can testify that crimes like this do continue to effect people for decades afterwards.

And whenever she hears the word “God,” Carolyn said, flashbacks of abuse keep coming back.

“The word ‘God’ makes me think of him,” she said. “I just feel like my whole life has been a lie.”

Even though Carolyn’s alleged abuse happened decades after Robert’s, she said it was still incredibly difficult to speak up.

“It’s very lonely, especially when it’s your word against God’s,” she said.

BY SET, reading that just makes me want to track down this woman’s tormentor and put a major hurtin’ on him myself! I pray that each of these victims will be vindicated, and that the offending priests who are still alive will all be excommunicated and made to pay dearly for their atrocities. And if I were the Pope, I would decree that the corpses of the abusers who are already deceased should be exhumed and immolated. Yeah, I realize that’s pretty draconian, but the Church has been doing much more awful things to the living for centuries. Burning heretics, fighting the Crusades, de-culturalizing or even eradicating native peoples…and now, covering up the crimes of human predators. Bearing this in mind, digging up a bunch of dead crooked priests and lighting them on fire hardly seems inappropriate in comparison.

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