Tuesday, April 19, 2016

"Can a burgeoning satanic movement actually effect political change?"

"Robert Eggers' period horror film “The Witch” has been one of the surprise hits of 2016. It’s even gained a second wind since its February 23 release: the first weekend of April it played on 666 screens around the country, raking in an additional USD$465,000.

The tale of a Puritan family turning on each other as they attempt to root out the supernatural evil plaguing their farm, the film won Eggers the award for best director at Sundance – and even frightened horror master Stephen King.
But neither of these accolades has generated as much buzz as an endorsement from The Satanic Temple (TST), a satanic political movement that first appeared in 2013.
In December, TST and A24 studios began collaborating on a four-city tour called The Sabbat Cycle, which consisted of screenings of the film followed by politically driven satanic rituals. The stated goal of The Sabbat Cycle was to inspire a “satanic revolution.”
TST believes that the separation of church and state is currently under attack by radical religious conservatives. They also believe there is a silent majority that opposes this agenda, but remains too apathetic to do anything about it.
The Sabbat Cycle was an attempt to raise political awareness by piggybacking on “The Witch”’s appeal. This is part of larger PR model the group has used since its inception, in which the shocking and the frightening are used to lure media attention to their cause.
As a religion scholar, I find TST fascinating. Not only do their campaigns raise serious questions about the First Amendment and religious pluralism, they also challenge the public to think about what counts as a “religion.”
To learn more, I attended the Sabbat Cycle at its Austin stop, and spoke with attendees about their religious and political views..."


ndspinelli said...

Speaking of Satan. Rex Ryan announced he is a Trump supporter.

deborah said...

Phew! I had to look him up. I was worried he was someone political I should know. Makes me think of Rex Reed.

edutcher said...

Actually, sounds more like the Cruzzers.

Trooper York said...

Rex Ryan really should support Cruz. He has the same foot fetish that he had to indulge with prostitutes to satisfy.

I here that Rex can fit a whole foot in his mouth.

ricpic said...

There are some faces you dislike instinctually. For me it's Rex Ryan. I don't even have to know all the insanity he pulled coaching the Jets. His face is enough. Florence Henderson is another one who sets me off. I'm sorry but it's true. Instinctual animus. That's right, I segued from Ryan to Henderson when there's no possible segue there. What, I'm supposed to make sense?

ndspinelli said...

deborah, He's Rickey Branch's grandson.

deborah said...

Ricpic, I'm sure I have mine, just can't think of any now, but I'll keep it in mind. Florence Henderson?? Odd. Maybe it's the beauty mark?

Thanks, Nick. I'll go look him up now :)

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

The VVitch was a very good film, but it hardly portrays witchcraft and Satan in a positive light.

No one wants Rex Ryan's support! This is Trump's big night, no losers like Ryan need jump on board!

Trooper York said...

"Burgeoning Satanic Movement?"

Somebody tell Ed this is the Trump thread.

deborah said...

Otherwise he'd think your Metamucil had kicked in.

Guildofcannonballs said...

All the new age foolish assholes who claim Buckley didn't do enough, give enough, achieve enough, please remember why Buckley was troubled by association with Jew Haters.

One quote sums it up.

This has nothing to do with the nasty Jewish influence on culture and media, and it doesn't make a claim to and never did, which has become some sort of depressed point of rally among the discontented both rationally and otherwise.

Ready for your lesson?

"This summer he wrote an especially contemptible essay on Muslims, arguing crudely that terrorism is encouraged by the Koran itself. I knew where he got that stuff. It was right out of the Zionist agitprop manual. I was reading the same sort of thing in the New York Post, The New Republic, and suchlike rags. I wondered who’d clipped the Koran for him; I doubt he’s ever opened it in his life. Citing the injunction that wives obey their husbands, and apparently unaware that St. Paul says the same thing, Bill suggested that this explains the miserable plight of women in the Islamic world; adding humorously, “To all appearances, the only time men and women get together in Islamic society is when they copulate.'"

This is an article intending to show Buckley is an Isreal-first drugged-up money-grubbing plutocrat whore, and this is part of their evidence.

Think of what Buckley's Catholic truth did to these weak souls unable to separate themselves from Buckley's reputation.

Look upon their arguments and despair for them.


Guildofcannonballs said...

The strongest argument against Buckley, originating in envy or maybe even not, degrades the arguer (one who argues?) in a type of fragging incedent: if he was so smart he wouldn't have employed me for decades now would he have?



You fool, Sobran attempts to write, about why Buckley should have thought different and changed everything to suit Joe's notions at the the time, including Jews bad, Muslims not bad but demonized by Christians pedistalizing Jews.

Think of all the truthful but harmful things Buckley didn't say to Sobran, and you will see the small hand of Jesus not at play, but working.

Buckley could have had hundreds of moments daily where a subversive America hater calls him a Nazi again and Buckley without reserve responded unBuckley.

Thank God I use the word unBuckley without irony.

Guildofcannonballs said...

I dislike John Podhorerz more than almost anyone in media, for what it's worth, starting with his proudly-assholish jpod Corner posts back in the day.

Fuck Norman too.

I don't give a shit about them.

Why do they make shit about them if not their shitiness contained within?