Sermon: Set and the Greek Typhon: Are They the Same?

The name Typhon originally belonged to a Titan in Greek mythology who appears as a giant with a hundred serpents for his heads and legs. The Titans were primordial beings who existed before the Olympians (Zeus, Hera, Aphrodite, etc.) and who were ruled by a god named Kronos. After Zeus dethroned Kronos and took control over the universe, Typhon led the Titans to war against the Olympians. But Zeus overpowered him in battle and buried him alive beneath the Earth, from whence he now sends lava and volcanic eruptions. Typhon’s mate is the gruesome snake-woman Ekhidna, with whom He sired such terrible chaos monsters as Cerberus and the Chimaera. So far, I haven’t seen any evidence that the Greeks ever worshiped Typhon (though if anyone out there is aware of such evidence, please let me know). It would seem that he was only ever worshiped against, much like Apep in Egyptian religion.

Yet the name Typhon also became strongly associated the Egyptian Set after the New Kingdom fell to foreign invaders during the 8th century BCE…

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Congratulations to Representatives Omar and Tlaib

Congratulations to Ilhan Omar, Democratic Representative for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, and to Rashida Tlaib, Democratic Representative for my own state of Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, for their historic achievement of becoming the first Muslim Americans ever to be elected to Congress! I’m glad Muslim women and girls here in the States have two strong new role models they can now look up to. Here’s wishing all the best for Representatives Omar and Tlaib as they work with the rest of Congress to keep America from totally going down the crapper. (All of us here in Detroit are rooting for you, Rashida!)

CNN: Satanists Settle Lawsuit With Netflix Over Goat-Headed Statue

The Satanic Temple has just settled a lawsuit against Netflix. In its new series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix has apparently included some scenes involving a Baphomet statue. I haven’t actually seen the show myself, but I’m assuming something nasty must happen in one or more of those scenes, because the Satanic Temple took issue with it. Specifically, they sued the company for violating their copyright on a Baphomet statue that was specially designed by the Temple for its campaign against a 10 Commandments monument in Oklahoma. Netflix must have felt they had a pretty strong case, because they caved and agreed to make a settlement.

Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves had this to say:

“I’m amazed that anybody is confused as to why we would seek legal remedy over Sabrina using our monument. Would they be as understanding of a fictional show that used a real mosque as the HQ of a terrorist cell? A fictional Blood Libel tale implicating real world Jews?”

No doubt many readers will consider this hyperbole, but Greaves has a point here. Whenever you see a Satanist character in a movie or a TV show, that character is always an evil, bloodthirsty psychopath, and audiences just blindly accept it. But if this type of caricature were being promoted against Jews or Muslims, the outcry would be astronomical (and rightfully so).

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CNN: Doctors Start Movement in Response to NRA, Calling for More Gun Research

Earlier this month, the NRA tweeted this:

Someone should tell the NRA to shut the fuck up and let the medical community do its job. Nobody bats an eyelash when doctors advise their patients to quit smoking; I fail to see how gun ownership should be treated any differently. Newsflash, assholes: our gun culture has now become a major public health crisis. With all the mass shootings that keep happening across this country every week (including this week), there is simply no way to deny this fact anymore. And something clearly needs to be done about it, because this situation just isn’t sustainable. At the current rate, we’ll be lucky if any of our future generations make it to their high school graduations alive. Honestly, it’s getting to a point where I don’t ever want to leave my house anymore, because the world outside has become even more unpredictable and dangerous than it was before.

The NRA has no business telling the medical community what to do. These people are doctors, nurses, and other medical experts; they’re the people you want by your side when you have a fatal gunshot wound and mere minutes to live. And as far as I can tell, none of them are talking about banning guns altogether. They’re only calling for more intensive research on gun violence, and for talking to patients about the dangers of gun ownership. That’s it. And just like smokers who continue to light up after they’ve been advised not to, gun owners won’t be under any obligation to listen. They can keep their guns and perform fellatio on them for all anyone cares. The NRA is just bristling about this because it doesn’t even want the issue to be discussed, and that is an extremely dangerous position to take. I don’t care how much you dislike the idea of gun control; if you think doctors shouldn’t be discussing this issue at all, then perhaps you should forego calling an ambulance the next time someone shoots your ass.

Hats off to all the ladies and gentlemen who work in medicine and who have been reacting to the NRA on their social media. Now is not a good time to be silent.

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CNN: Dan Crenshaw and Pete Davidson’s Sincere Plea for Unity

I was delightfully surprised this morning to learn that Pete Davidson of Saturday Night Live apologized to Dan Crenshaw for his crude joke at the military veteran’s expense last week. In fact, Davidson didn’t stop there; he actually invited Crenshaw to appear with him on SNL while it was being broadcast this past Saturday night (November 10). I must say, I think this was literally the best thing Davidson could have done. Watching these two men joking with each other on live television was a truly inspirational thing to see. I hope that more liberals and conservatives will both follow their example.

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