As a member of TST I can specifically say that not a single person in the organization actually worships the devil. But, I mean, that analysis of the fun little cartoon logo we use for the After School Satan club was so spot on, I feel like I HAVE to, now. I mean, after all the work that crazy blogger put into quoting the bible to prove his insane conspiracy theory nonsense, if I DON'T sacrifice a virgin, I am just letting it all go to waste.
"One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason."
Reason? I doubt we will be seeing much of that. And the "war on women's reproductive rights," has also been called murder of the weakest amongst us.
That shoots the hell out of reason. And I thought you couldn't make this stuff up.
If you are against the war on womens' reproductive rights being waged all over the country by the conservative right - TST are the new Good Guys.
I would challenge anyone capable of critical thinking to read their 7 tenets. You will find they are very reasonable and there is nothing evil or Satanic about them. I'd suggest they are better aligned for humanity in this millennium than the 10 commandments.
Here let me get that for you.
-One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.
-The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
-Ones body is inviolable, subject to ones own will alone.
-The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo your own.
-Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.
-People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.
-Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.
Great article! Cleared up a lot of misconceptions.
I dig the First Amendment argument.
I know what it's like to be the "unpopular public speaker" who stands up to support rights for ALL of us.
Want to protect Facebook commentary from the "Devilish Judges" of the Pima County Court who won't tolerate diverse opinion critical of THEM?
Then read this: https://www.scribd.com/document/334951310/…
In the words of Flip Wilson, "The devil made me do it."
The devil's in the details.
Jimmy, instead of getting your facts from a wordpress account, how about consulting the Temple's actual website. It's from the horse's mouth and less ...clickbaity. TST's use of Satanic imagery and symbolism is not a sign of theistic worship. As they have stated MANY times, this imagery is used to evoke the literary archtype of Lucifer, the Eternal rebel, as proposed by Milton, Blake, et al.
Read more Milton, and less Buzzfeed champ.
The symbolism in the logo of their After School Satan clubs, I believe, shows that they really do worship the devil, that he is not just a metaphor to them. https://gpluslighthouse.wordpress.com/2016/10/10/after-school-satan-clubs-exposed/
"...says agencies such as his have such low budgets that they can't afford to increase their wages for employees."
Hmm, so in other words when these agencies originally drew up their operating budgets, way back whenever, they were counting on the minimum wage not changing significantly anytime soon, in effect banking on continued domination of the legislature by Republicans.
Hey, good luck with that. Since 60 million benighted souls voted for the human equivalent of a cancer cell to be President, maybe there's hope for Satan as well.
Yeah, lc69hunter, that's just what happened in Seattle when they raised the minimum wage there to $15.
OH, WAIT - just the opposite is true! With employees having more disposable income, business picked up, and unemployment went down. Inflation was not appreciably affected.
Check out what happened to the national economy when the minimum wage was increased from 40 cents an hour to 75 cents an hour in 1950. It was followed by a period in which the economy expanded, and unemployment went down.
Businesses will adapt. They will cut hours, cut employees, automate, or do whatever is necessary.
However, the small agencies that serve the vulnerable populations are subject to the same law. And they have no way of offsetting the costs, except for asking for more donations.
It is called the law of unintended consequences. Beware of what you ask for. You may get it.
I have never been able to fathom that, what should be a simple exchange of money for services, becomes a hazard for one party or the other, more often the woman, but occasionally the mugging and robbing of the other party. I guess there are men out there with a deep seated hatred of women, and see sex workers as easy targets, because we have pushed them to the fringes of society, and he thinks no one will care or miss them. It pisses me off.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Arizona has about 60,000 workers at the minimum wage or below. Now, we are going to find out how many of those jobs are going to be wiped out.
I'm pretty certain that crass title was no accident. It should be changed.
Old post, but I feel obligated to say this: after some of the horror stories I've heard about nutty, unprofessional, unethical counselors using unproven and dangerous therapies--this some six to eight years after the law was passed--I think the regulations probably helped patients more than harming them.
Yes, immigration reform has been set back by the recent election.
The new Congress will probably make it more difficult to become an American citizen.
Here are some factors that are likely to be counted in favor of citizenship:
Has anybody noticed that the more people we let enter the country, the worse global warming gets? Let's stop lying to ourselves and stop/solve this now.
Obama Administration Is Quietly Delaying Thousands of Deportation Cases
"The Obama administration is delaying deportation
proceedings for recent immigrants in cities across the United States, allowing more than 56,000of those who fled Central America since 2014 to remain in the country legally for several more years.
The shift, described in interviews with immigration lawyers, federal officials, and current and former judges, has been
occurring without public attention for months. It amounts to an unannounced departure from the administrations widely publicized pronouncements that cases tied to the so-called surge of 2014 would be rushed through the immigration courts in an effort to deter more Central Americans from entering the United States illegally."
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