One Step Closer to Law: Could a California Bill Ultimately Lead to the Banning of Bibles?

04-20-2018 – Talia Wise, Donna Russell
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A pro-LGBTQ bill is quickly making its way through the California state assembly after it was approved on the floor Thursday. The bill now goes to the state Senate for a vote.

If passed, Assembly Bill 2943 could ultimately threaten free speech and freedom of religion for Christians.

It uses the state’s consumer fraud statute to restrict religious freedom and free speech when it comes to issues of homosexuality and gender identity.

This means the bill would make it illegal to distribute resources, sell books, offer counseling services, or direct someone to a biblically based model for getting help with gender confusion and homosexuality.

Randy Thomasson with SaveCalifornia.com says the bill is very broad and could affect just about anything helping people overcome same-sex desires.

“So, this is a pastor speaking, you pay a ticket to hear him speak. He speaks about overcoming same-sex desires. Hey, that could be outlawed. A church sells a book about overcoming same-sex desires. There’s a sale, there’s a transaction, that could be banned,” Thomasson said.

“This is very expansive, very tyrannical and absolutely squashing free speech, religious freedom and basic choice of people. This is an anti-freedom, anti-American bill,” Thomasson told CBN News.

Essentially, churches and Christian schools that share biblical teaching on the subject would be open to a lawsuit.

CBN News asked Thomasson if this bill could eventually lead to a ban on Bibles or even books from other faiths like the Koran.

“Well, you could see this law going into effect. A church bookstore selling the Bible, of course, selling a book about marriage or sexual purity or overcoming homosexuality or overcoming trans-sexuality. You could see a member of the public or even a member of the state government coming and saying, ‘Hey, that’s illegal,'” Thomasson answered.

“Even the Muslim community should be against this, too, because of what is said about sexual perversity in the Koran,” Thomasson also said.

If AB 2943 clears California’s Senate and is signed into law, it would negatively impact Christian counselors, bookstores, church conferences, as well as medical and health professionals.

The bill also seeks to ban biblically based counseling for those wanting to get help.

It comes six years after California deemed it illegal for minors to receive counseling for same-sex attraction, even if they and their parents wanted help. Now, this bill would also address adults.

“AB 2943 would start by saying, ok, nobody can get counseling to overcome same-sex desires… ok, so no help for adult children, adults who were molested as kids and now they are adults and they say I want help to overcome these feelings. No help for you,” Thomasson explained.

The bill states that “contemporary science recognizes that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is part of the natural spectrum of human identity and is not a disease, disorder, or illness.”

Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, told CBN News that what makes this bill especially dangerous is that California often leads the charge in pushing the LGBTQ legislative agenda.

California was one of the first states to ban “conversion therapy” for minors. Shortly afterward, Oregon, New Jersey, and Vermont passed similar laws.

“People have the right to seek the counsel of their choice, but this bill substitutes the government for personal choice. The implications are staggering, and the result is harmful,” Staver said in a statement to CBN News.

Liberty Counsel further explains, “This bill would also make it unlawful for any person to sell books, including the Bible, counseling services, or anything else that directs people to trust in Jesus Christ to help them overcome unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion.”

“Imagine a church not allowed to sell Christian books, or even Bibles, that help people overcome same-sex attractions. This bill will do the unimaginable if passed. If it does pass, we will immediately file suit,” the religious liberties organization states. (Click to Source)

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PROPOSED CALIFORNIA LAW WILL MEAN BANNING THE BIBLE

GARY DEMAR – 16 APR 2018

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was. (2 Timothy 3:1-9King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

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California is about to enact a law that will ban any form of speech or written material that is critical of same-sex sexuality. The following is from Robert J. Gagnon:

The bill in question is California Assembly Bill 2943. It would treat as a criminal violation of the state’s consumer fraud act “the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer” that consists of “advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.” Don’t be misled into thinking that this bill bans only professional counselors from trying to alter same-sex attractions. It goes well beyond that.

The new law would outlaw anything that states that same-sex sexuality is not innate. It would deny anyone from saying or counseling that people choose their sexual actions. This would include counseling someone who wants to leave the same-sex lifestyle or offering them literature to that effect.

Is this an exaggeration? Not according to what the bill proposes:

“‘Sexual orientation change efforts’ means any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.”

The bill in its present form is draconian enough. Wait until the courts get their hands on it and start extrapolating on all the implications of such prohibitions. Dr. Gagnon offers a peek into the future of what such a law would mean:

To sell any materials or offer any counseling for a fee that present homosexual practice and transgender identity as wrong or a sin, including all commentaries on the Bible and theological or exegetical treatments that affirm the biblical position on these matters (perhaps even the Bible itself) is to incur criminal sanctions in the state of California.

What kind of books and articles (whether in print or online) can be banned? Books by me, Robert P. GeorgeSherif Girgis, Ryan Anderson, Tony EsolenNancy PearceyMaggie GallagherAndrew ComiskeyJennifer Roback MorseDenise ShickDenny BurkEdith M. HumphreyRosaria ButterfieldMichael L BrownAnne PaulkKaren Swallow PriorAndrew Walker, and anyone else that anywhere suggests the value of a “change of behaviors or gender expressions” away from homosexual practice and transgenderism. Any books or articles that indicate that the Bible and the church have a role in encouraging people not to engage in such behavior or self-identification can be banned.

Consider Rosaria Champagne Butterfield who “was a tenured English professor at Syracuse University, a skeptic of all things Christianity, and in a committed lesbian relationship. Her academic specialty was Queer Theory, a postmodern form of gay and lesbian studies. Today Butterfield is a mother of four, a homemaker, and wife of a Presbyterian pastor named Kent. They live in Durham, North Carolina.”

What made the difference? It came by way of a letter in response to an article she had written in a local newspaper. The letter was written by Ken Smith, then-pastor of the Syracuse Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Would Ken Smith be punished under this new law since he engaged in a discussion of same-sex sexuality that resulted in Rosaria leaving the homosexual lifestyle? Would Rosaria Butterfield’s books The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert and Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ be banned in California? Would she be prohibited from speaking in California on the subject of homosexuality?

The answer to all these questions is “Yes.”

The Bible itself could and most likely would be banned. First, because it is very clear that the Bible teaches that same-sex sexuality is a sin and not a “gift from God.” Second, the Bible shows that people in the early church left the same-sex sexuality lifestyle when they were confronted with God’s Law on the subject and the hope they encountered in the Gospel’s message of forgiveness and redemption:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God (1 Cor. 6:9-11).

We’re seeing more direct attacks on Christians and the Bible, especially when it comes to the subject of same-sex sexuality. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is the latest example. The churches in California better get on the stick. For years they’ve stayed out of politics, but now politics is about to bite them. (Click to Source)

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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Exodus 20:15 – April 22, 2018

Exodus 20:1-26

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And God spake all these words, saying,

I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lordwill not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

13 Thou shalt not kill.

14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

15 Thou shalt not steal.

16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.

19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

22 And the Lord said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.

23 Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.

24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.  (Exodus 20:1-26) King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

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DEVELOPING: Multiple earthquakes have been felt beneath volcanoes across the world

Volcano ERUPTION WARNING: Tens of volcano earthquakes RUMBLING around the world

A LARGE number of earthquakes have been felt beneath volcanoes across the world, sparking fears of major eruptions, so are any volcanoes erupting and could there be a violent explosion?

By AMANI HUGHES

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In Hawaii a total of 18 earthquakes have been measured under Kilauea volcano during the last 18 hours.

The largest earthquakes measured on the Big Island was a magnitude 2.2 earthquake measured on Wednesday, 6km southwest of the volcano.

Kilauea is showing increased signs of activity, as the summit lava lake remains at a high level and continues to rise.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory spokeswoman Janet Babb said: “Overall, it’s been on the high side. With this latest inflation, it’s just pushing up even higher.”

According to the HVO, the lava level is continuing to rise and there has been a slight increase in seismicity on the East Rift Zone near the summit area.In Mexico the Cerro Prieto volcano is showing an increase in activity with a magnitude 2.4 earthquake measured.

The volcano is located in the Mexican state of Baja California ad the quake measured might be volcanic in original at a depth of 12km.

A volcano tectonic earthquake is an earthquake induced by the movement – either injection or withdrawal – of magma. These earthquakes do not indicate the volcano will be erupting but can occur at anytime.

Volcano ERUPTION WARNING:

A swarm of earthquakes has been detected under the Clear Lake volcano in California – 16 have been measured during the past 21 hours at depths ranging between 4.4 and 0.2km.Clear Lake Volcanic Field is located about 90 miles north of San Francisco and the most prominent volcanic feature is 300,000 year-old Mount Konocti.

The volcanic field has not erupted for several millennia, sporadic volcanic-type earthquakes do occur and the numerous hot springs and volcanic gas seeps at in the area point to its potential to erupt again.

Across the world, in Greece, a magnitude 2.7 earthquake was felt beneath the Nisyros volcano which may have been volcanic in its origin.

Volcano ERUPTION WARNING:

The Greek Island is in the Aegean and is the youngest volcano along a rift in the Southern Aegean and has experienced at least three major eruptions in the past 45,000 years.

One of these, around 16,000 years ago, was particularly destructive, blanketing a wide area with volcanic ash.

The Sakurajima volcano in Japan has recently been showing high levels of activity.

At the beginning of April, there were between two to four vulcanian explosions per day, increasing the total number for recorded explosions this year to 32 so far.

Volcano ERUPTION WARNING:

Volcano ERUPTION WARNING: Could the earthquakes trigger a volcanic eruption?

The volcano has been showing weak to strong ash emissions since the beginning of the month.Despite these recent earthquakes, there is no suggestion it will lead to the volcanoes erupting, as only a few historic large regional earthquakes – greater than magnitude 6 – are considered by scientists to be related to an eruption or unrest at a nearby volcano.

As the earthquakes measured at these volcanoes have been magnitude 2 or less, it is not expected to lead to volcanic eruptions. (Click to Source)

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70-Hour Long Celebration Of Israel’s 70th Anniversary Begins Today

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Today marks the beginning of Israel’s 70th anniversary celebrations.  On the Gregorian Calendar the end of Israel’s 70th year coincides with May 14th, but on the Hebrew Calendar the country’s 70th anniversary begins today and ends tomorrow.  Israel will be holding official celebrations for 70 hours, running all the way through Friday.

The 70-hour long celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary will include a beach party extending 70 kilometers along the Israeli coast.  The celebrations will also feature the largest fireworks display in the nation’s entire history.

Yet the largest celebration in Israeli history is happening at the same time the war in Syria is reaching a crescendo and there is now, for the first time, a real threat of a direct assault by Iran.  It’s also happening only months after the incredible Revelation 12 Sign and last week’s prophetic symbol on the Temple Mount.

The partying and revelry remind me of one of the most infamous prophecies of all—that of 1 Thessalonians 5:3:

While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

As we’ve learned so clearly from Revelation 12 and other prophetic scriptures, Israel is that pregnant woman.  Israel must enter into a period of hard labor in order for the country to finally recognize that Yeshua is the long-awaited Messiah.  Yet while the “they” of 1 Thessalonians 5:3 will not escape (namely Israel and the world’s unbelievers), the male child—the Body of Christ, the Church—most certainly will.

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Remember the Trump-Cyrus coin that Israel’s Sanhedrin minted in preparation for the Third Temple?  Now they are minting a second coin with Trump’s image emblazoned on the front—this time in commemoration of Israel’s 70th anniversary: (Click to Source)

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Shalom, New Moon – April 17, 2018

Shalom,
New Moon

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The New Moon has been seen in Israel! We enter into the Biblical Second Month!
Look toward the western sky at sundown tonight and celebrate the goodness of HaShem in our lives.

Celebration Tips
Lighting of the Menorah
Reading Psalms
Sounding of the shofar
Celebration dinner
Special time of thanks and blessing.
Prayer for peace of Jerusalem (Ps 122:6) and regathering of the family of Israel.
(EZ 37)
May HaShem open His floodgates of blessing upon you in this new month.
Chodesh Tov. (Good month)
Be Strong,
Mike Clayton
Joined To HaShem
 
Disclaimer: This email is not intended to set a calendar or appointed time. It is only to announce the sighting of the New Moon in Israel. It is to be a reminder to those in exile that Jerusalem should be the focus and center of all we do.

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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Exodus 20:8 – April 18, 2018

Exodus 20:1-26

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Then God spoke all these words:

I am the Lord your God, Who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

You shall have no other gods before or besides Me.

You shall not make yourself any graven image [to worship it] or any likeness of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;

You shall not bow down yourself to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me,

But showing mercy and steadfast love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.

You shall not use or repeat the name of the Lord your God in vain [that is, lightly or frivolously, in false affirmations or profanely]; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

[Earnestly] remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (withdrawn from common employment and dedicated to God).

Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

10 But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, your domestic animals, or the sojourner within your gates.

11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it [set it apart for His purposes].

12 Regard (treat with honor, due obedience, and courtesy) your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land the Lord your God gives you.

13 You shall not commit murder.

14 You shall not commit [a]adultery.

15 You shall not steal.

16 You shall not witness falsely against your neighbor.

17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.

18 Now all the people perceived the thunderings and the lightnings and the noise of the trumpet and the smoking mountain, and as [they] looked they trembled with fear and fell back and stood afar off.

19 And they said to Moses, You speak to us and we will listen, but let not God speak to us, lest we die.

20 And Moses said to the people, Fear not; for God has come to prove you, so that the [reverential] fear of Him may be before you, that you may not sin.

21 And the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.

22 And the Lord said to Moses, Thus shall you say to the Israelites, You have seen for yourselves that I have talked with you from heaven.

23 You shall not make [gods to share] with Me [My glory and your worship]; gods of silver or gods of gold you shall not make for yourselves.

24 An altar of earth you shall make to Me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I record My name and cause it to be remembered I will come to you and bless you.

25 And if you will make Me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stone, for if you lift up a tool upon it you have polluted it.

26 Neither shall you go up by steps to My altar, that your nakedness be not exposed upon it. (Exodus 20:1-25Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

Footnotes:

  1. Exodus 20:14 Observe here the expansion of the meaning of the seventh commandment in many catechisms to include whoredom in all its forms, as well as unchastity [premarital relations, sexual impurity, and lustful desire under whatever name] (J.P. Lange, A Commentary). Not only is adultery forbidden here, but also fornication and all kinds of mental and sensual uncleanness. All impure books, songs, pictures, etc., which tend to inflame and debauch the mind are against this law (Adam Clarke, The Holy Bible with A Commentary).

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WITCHES, FROG-GODS, AND THE DEEPENING SCHISM OF INTERNET RELIGIONS

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IN ITS FOUR decades, the internet has seen a lot of conceptual alchemy, but there’s nothing quite so odd as the Cult of Kek. The maybe-maybe-not religion is the brainchild of the so-called alt-right, some of whom claim to believe not only in white supremacy, but also in the supremacy of an ancient Egyptian deity called Kek.

The logic goes thusly: There’s Pepe the Frog, the unofficial mascot of the alt-right. There’s also an ancient (and real) Egyptian chaos-god named Kek who happened have a frog’s head. And then there’s “kek,” a World of Warcraft-derived word that became part of 4chan’s trolling toolbox. Alt-righties mashed the two things together to create the Cult of Kek, a catch-all ism that can invoke the power of Kek via “meme magic.” All those Trump/Pepe memes you saw during the 2016 presidential election? That was trolling, but it was also the Cult of Kek memeing the Trump Presidency into existence. Well, in their eyes, anyway. And maybe not even then.

On its face, it seems like prime fodder for Poe’s Law, which states that it’s impossible to know if someone online is joking or not. But when a user on notorious subreddit r/The_Donald asked asked if “any of us actually worship Pepe,” the responses were … mixed.

Meanwhile, on the other end of internet culture’s ideological spectrum, you have the witches of Tumblr. Witchblr (a real thing) isn’t so much a community of Wiccans as much as it is a millennial-pink confection, studded with crystals and presented by tea-drinking women in flower crowns twirling through meadows—served alongside recipes for patriarchy-strangling tincture and a few choice emoji hexes guaranteed to ruin President Trump’s day. It was also Tumblr’s 11th-largest community last year, at least ranked by the number of hashtagged posts it spawned. (Tenth-largest? Retiblr.)

The Witchblr is in many ways the Cult of Kek’s opposite—it’s predominantly female, it’s not overtly racist, it prizes self-care over “triggering normies”—but both manage, despite their cheek-rooted tongues, to take on a spiritual affect.

The internet giving birth to new religions, or new versions of existing religions, is just another sign of it becoming a real place. But what ties Witchblr and the Cult of Kek together, despite their diametrically opposed viewpoints, is that each is dissatisfied with the real world and their inability to change those circumstances, and thus each has created its own sheltering cosmology. Followers of both send violent or violence-connoting images to their enemies (who are, at least in part, each other). And because each seems to comprise a mix of ironic and genuine believers—and because the internet is overrun with that nihilistic, post-truth “lol nothing matters” point of view right now—each has the potential to be a little dangerous. And that makes them hard to know what do with.

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If your brain is still trying to process the fact that millennials think they’re witches and worship the Egyptian deification of primordial darkness, let’s back up. Belief is fundamental to human culture. If you’re being purely objective, there’s very little difference between spreading the word of Kek and proselytizing for a more socially acceptable prophet. “The consensus is that the internet speeds up the same processes that always made up folklore,” says Jeffrey Tolbert, a folklorist at Bucknell University. “Think of it as the telephone game. All of that happens a lot faster on the internet, and it’s a lot more visible.”

Which makes sense, as long as you don’t think of technology as the opposite of spirituality, as many people tend to do. But actually, the supernatural and (to the non-technical) the mysterious black box of technology mesh together quite well. Tech can either lend a kind of scientific authority, or provide a blank digital canvas welcoming of screwy new ideas. “As soon as there’s tech, people will incorporate it. Look at ghost hunters,” says Lynne McNeill, a folklorist at Utah State University.

But, McNeill says, there’s a more interesting comparison to make: “The best example of the ability to embody a fictionalized world on the internet is probably fan fiction. Suddenly fiction is no longer something you can only access from the outside. We can redraw the boundaries of reality.” That’s the kind of flexibility the supernatural needs to flourish.

Even the communication medium of the internet is ripe for the occult. According to McNeill, the internet’s focus on the visual—think: emojis, memes and gifs in place of text alone—has brought back symbolic communication, something most religions are steeped in.

Kek worship and Tumblr’s version of witchcraft aren’t the first religions to burst forth from the internet’s skull, and all of them are similarly shining examples of Poe’s Law. The realest of them is probably Pastafarianism—the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which started as a satirical protest against teaching intelligent design in schools, then became a meme and acquired thousands of followers. (You may have even seen a car bedecked with its Fry Guy-meets-Sebastian emblem.)

Then there’s Cthulhu, who started as a monster in HP Lovecraft’s fiction and became a quasi-ironic demonic cult leader who contacts (and brainwashes) followers in their dreams. Many of the octopus-headed god-things followers admit they’re roleplaying, but also that not everyone is.

But the quasi-belief that really shows how these things can go sideways is Slender Man. The now-iconic internet boogieman got his start as an online game that boiled down to “come up with the scariest photoshopped image possible.” Still, the slippage between irony and genuine belief started almost immediately. Some of the users mentioned tricking people into believing in their new hoax image, but as Slender Man’s popularity grew, reality got blurrier. Users thought they may have created a tulpa, an entity they’d brought to life by thinking about it hard enough.

“They would start to say things like, ‘I scared myself so badly I can’t sleep,” says Tolbert, who has written papers on the Slender Man phenomenon. “Or, ‘I think I see Slender Man outside my window.’ But with text-based communication and this quasi-belief, quasi-irony, there aren’t any hard and fast answers.”

Still, Slender Man was real for at least two people: Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, who at 12 years old lured a friend into the woods and then stabbed her 19 times, all to impress Slender Man. (Both have since been committed to mental institutions.)

Something Wiccan This Way Comes

Back to our two current-day phenomena—both of which are, in their own ways, surprisingly traditional. For example, this isn’t the first time a group of women has turned to witchcraft as a form of protest. In the 1960s, a coven calling themselves W.I.T.C.H (Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell) set about hexing Wall Street and beauty pageants and generally hanging around being creepy.

Witchblr is the internet version of that, with similar goals. They use the space to swap advice about meditations and sigils and altars, and compliment each other in the giddy, deeply ironic way that’s become Tumblr’s calling card. But they’re also—at least sort of—witches. They’ve got Tumblr names like “The Cutest Death Witch Around.” And the spells they cast range from woo-woo and harmless to good-humored-but-still-kinda-threatening:

Originally posted by Tumblr user birdywitch

And then there’s Pepe-headed “meme magic” like this:

From the annals of pepethefrogfaith.wordpress.com

“By saturating the web with these images of Pepe, they were trying to somehow make reality reflect the net,” says Gary Lachman, cultural historian and author of Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump. But do they actually believe that by flooding the internet with Rare Pepes that they influence the election? Obviously, not even the users on r/The_Donald agree.

Yet, even this bad-faith faith has precedent. “It wouldn’t be the first time that extreme right conservative groups have employed the supernatural,” Tolbert says. “The Nazis did exactly that. Creating a narrative and associated belief system has always been used as propaganda.” (And, say what you want about the alt-right, but its members are savvy propagandists.)

Ultimately, any religion—or propaganda, or mythology—is a form of worldbuilding, a way of creating the appearance of influence on the world around you. And neither Witchblr nor the alt-right can deal with the world right now: the rules don’t make sense anymore, and nobody’s following them anyway. The certainties that used to hold the world together are gone. So why not start hexing people, or spreading your magic talisman to mark your territory and lift your chosen candidate to office?

“The reality is a lot of people don’t want to deal with the diversity of the real world,” McNeill says. “There are people who are going to use the internet to shrink their worlds rather than grow them, and scholars did not see that coming.”

What happens now? Does Witchblr go all Slender Man on the alt-right? Doubtful. And after the tragedy at Charlottesville, the alt-right hasn’t been nearly as visible at real-world events. Yet, by retiring to their own corners of the internet, both groups’ worldviews will only get more entrenched, and potentially more extreme. Foundational myths are what society is built upon, but nobody knows what will happen when myth creation is so easy—and so easily transmissible. “There used to be a time where you had to be really lucky to meet another pagan or practitioner of the occult,” McNeill says. “People know that they aren’t alone now, but I don’t think we yet know the power or the price of that.”

Buckle up, internet. It’s going to get spooky around here. (Click to Source)

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The Russians Are Being Instructed To Prepare For Armageddon

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Evidently, the Russians are being instructed to prepare for Armageddon.

Russia’s State TV is broadcasting instructions for survival in a bomb shelter.

Will you ever hear or see this on American mainstream news? No. Never. However I found it surreal to watch/listen to what the Russians are telling their citizens today (actually yesterday). Yes this is really happening.

(Read on for transcript translation)

First,

The situation in Syria may soon turn into lots more that just a situation.

Trump has promised missiles. Putin has promised to strike back. The MIC Deep State may have false flagged the trigger – in want of this war.

Ships, subs, and aircraft are being positioned by all sides.

I have a gut feeling that Russia won’t back down if Syria is fired upon. So if US missiles launch on Syria, and Russia strikes back, this would be very, very bad indeed for all. Quick escalation likely.

There’s lots going on behind the scenes at this very moment. Let’s prepare as though the worst might happen. Are you doing anything different about it right now? Or do you feel that this is just more bluffing and posturing?

A big concern is how quickly it could ramp up. It could be dizzying. There probably won’t be much time ‘after’ to finalize your preps, depending on what actually happens.

Do I think that this is going to turn into a shooting war (or worse) with Russia? This time I’m really not sure. Trump appears to have been swallowed up by the military industrial complex / deep state. It has seemed evident since he signed the budget. And this indicates (if true) that he may indeed fire those missiles.

Here’s the transcript / translation form the Russia TV broadcast (video link below).

So, what should one bring to a shelter?

The basic kit for Judgement Day includes many items.

But the main rule to follow when packing a survival kit is ‘fewer sweets’, ‘more water’.

By the way, not all food is worth bringing along.

For instance, the most lasting grain is rice, which can be stored for up to 8 years.

Oats can be stored for 3 years, but buckwheat can’t be stored for more than a year.

You can live off of canned meats for a rather long time, they can be stored for up to 5 years.

Canned fish can be stored for up to 2 years.

Also it would be hard to go on without milk, even if it’s the dry kind, as well as sugar and salt.

Russian tradition suggests to stock up on pasta in case of any disasters. However professional survivalists don’t advise stocking your bomb shelter with this product. Pasta must be stored in sealed containers, otherwise, it grows damp and goes bad quickly.

Those with a sweet tooth won’t have a sweet life in the underground world. All chocolates, candies, and condensed milk will have to be left behind. Sure, glucose is an unrivaled energy source, but sweets will make you thirsty.

And water will be the most valuable resource for bomb shelter residents.

Load up on water. You can go 2 – 3 weeks without food, but only 2 – 3 days without water. You even need water to digest your food, so you must think about water first.

Here are the norms for water consumption for the population.

An adult male needs no less than 2.5 quarts of water per day.

Children and nursing mothers need twice as much.

About 3.5 quarts of water per person per day is used for cooking.

21 quarts are required for hygiene and cleaning purposes.

Water consumption greatly depends on the microclimate of one’s living accommodations.

If the ventilation system is weak, and the air in the bomb shelter gets hot, it’ll quickly affect the water supply.

If the temperature rises to 85 F, water consumption increases 2-3x.

If the room is extremely hot, at 98 F you’ll need four times as much water.

I’ll add that, obviously, you’ll need more than just food in the shleter.

Experts, or people who believe they are such, recommend loading up on medical supplies, especially those containing iodine.

They help the body cope with radiation.

Luminescent and chemical light sources may come in handy underground, as well as large sealed containers for waste storage.

You might also want to grab a few liters of chlorine to disinfect your new home.

What do you think about all this? Will the US back down? Will Trump launch missiles? If he does, will Russia shoot them down? Or will Russia sink the ship that fired them? Will it be tit for tat? Or will it become more than that? Or nothing at all… (Click to Source)

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