And people think I’M weird for digging an Egyptian god and reading inspirational themes into old monster movies. I forget; peddling bullshit miracle cures on the masses (with a tax-exempt multimillion-dollar media empire at your disposal) is what “normal” religions do. 🙄
A religious cult has been apprehended in Panama for murdering seven people as part of some bizarre ritual, including a pregnant woman and five of her children. The report does not go into much detail about the cult’s beliefs, but they appear to have identified as evangelical Christians of some sort. Both the perpetrators and the victims were members of the indigenous community in Ngabe-Bugle, and the victims were instructed by their captors to “Repent or die.” Most of the victims were children, I will reiterate, and it even appears that one of their murderers was their very own grandfather.
The cult refers to itself as “the Church of God” (how original). My guess is that they are one of those “non-denominational” charismatic churches that refer to their leaders not as pastors or priests, but as the Second Coming of Christ himself. You might think I’m making this shit up, but just look at men like José Luis de Jesús Miranda. There are all kinds of whackos in that part of the world, claiming to be Jesus or other prominent figures from the Bible, and driving their followers to engage in bizarre and dangerous behaviors. Hell, National Geographic wrote about this very subject just a couple of years ago. There is not enough information to be certain at present, but my Spidey Sense tells me this is the kind of cult we’re dealing with here, and I’ll be interested to learn more about the actual leader of this outfit (because there’s always just one).
But most importantly, I’d like to say a prayer for that poor mother and her children. What a horrific way to die, to be tortured and bludgeoned for the sake of “salvation after death,” and by one’s own family members no less! Sweet Anubis, O Friend and Opener of the Ways, please guide these poor souls to safety in the paradise of their choice.
Christianity Today has issued the following statement against President Trump:
Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency. If we don’t reverse course now, will anyone take anything we say about justice and righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come? Can we say with a straight face that abortion is a great evil that cannot be tolerated and, with the same straight face, say that the bent and broken character of our nation’s leader doesn’t really matter in the end?
The answer to this question, unfortunately, is that the damage has already been done. By defending Trump’s insane and immoral behaviors for so long, evangelical America has succeeded in alienating itself from the rest of the entire population. By their actions (and inactions) over the past couple of years, evangelicals have communicated to the rest of us that justice and righteousness are simply not important to them. Legislating women’s uteruses is more important than guaranteeing good lives for the children who have already been born. Treating people differently because of who they sleep with is more important than treating everybody as you yourself would like to be treated. Promoting homophobic and transphobic garbage is more important than finding safe homes and responsible parents for orphaned kids. Protecting your own retirement prospects is more important than ensuring your grandchildren will have safe water to drink and clean air to breathe. And of course, defending the character of a sleazy misogynist real estate tycoon is more important than holding him responsible for any of his own actions. I could go on, but I think you get the idea.
Granted, not all evangelicals are guilty of exhibiting this dubious two-faced morality of theirs, and some have spoken out against Trump from the beginning. But not nearly enough have done so, and while it’s good to see Christianity Today try and own up to this, the rest of their community needs to wake the hell up.
Just in case you weren’t already aware: Islam does not own a corner on the market of terrorism. Christian terrorism still exists, and it’s happening full-tilt in Latin America right now. There is simply no other word to describe it when people break into your Candomblé temple and force the priestess to destroy all of her sacred images at gunpoint (because “Jesus”). These people are terrorists, and they ought to be locked up in cages like the monsters they really are.
With all due respect, this is an anti-Christian trope that I happen to find extremely offensive, not only because it attempts to devalue Christianity, but also because it is rooted in total fabrications about Egyptian mythology that have no basis in fact. Yet it is even repeated at times by fellow Pagans who worship the Netjeru. By perpetuating this idea of “Jesus is just Horus repackaged,” the person who made this graphic is not only insulting Jesus, they are sticking it to Horus as well. Let me point out a few of the things I mean:
- Isis was not a virgin when she gave birth to Horus, in fact she resurrected Osiris and gave him a magical artificial phallus so they could have sex and conceive their son. This is not a “virgin birth,” it’s divine necrophilia.
- As far as I can tell, the claim that Horus was born on December 25 originates from the writer Acharya S. and has never been substantiated. More often, Horus’ birthday is considered to be one of the 5 Epagomenal Days (in July).
- Again, the three wise men claim begins with Acharya S., and has never once been substantiated.
- Um…Wasn’t Horus already living in Egypt?
- Is there a specific story about Horus being taught in “The Temple” as a child? And what temple is “THE Temple”? Surely we aren’t talking about the Second Temple in Jerusalem?
- Who is “Anup the Baptizer,” and why isn’t he mentioned in any reputable Egyptology resource that wasn’t written by Gerald Massey or Acharya S.?
- Which “twelve disciples” did Horus have? What were their names? Are we referring to actual human beings, or to gods? Again, nothing to substantiate this.
- I think we can all agree Horus performed miracles, but when did he ever walk on water?
- Horus only raised Osiris (not “El-Azur-us”) from the dead according to *some* versions of the myth. In others, Isis did the resurrecting.
- What mount was Horus “transfigured” on, and when?
- And again…No.
Horus’ mythology is already sacred and beautiful enough just the way it is, without needing to be historically revised and re-edited by raging atheists with anti-Christian chips on their shoulders. And it is incumbent upon Kemetics, Setians, and other modern followers of the Netjeru to speak out against such poorly researched propaganda whenever we see it. Or at least that’s how I feel about it.
That’s just my two cents.