Come Sit on Satan’s Lap

Satan, as drawn by Gustave Doré, in John Milton's Paradise Lost.
Satan, as drawn by Gustave Doré, in John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost.’

Did the kids miss out this year on telling Santa what they wanted for Christmas? Why not sit have the children sit on Satan’s lap instead?

Apparently, there is a satanic group out there that has raised money and presented designs for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan to put at the Oklahoma state Capitol, where a Ten Commandments monument was placed in 2012. According to the Associated Press, the drawing “depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard that’s often used as a symbol of the occult.” Satan sits a throne below a large pentagram with smiling children next to him.

The Satanic Temple spokesman, Lucien Greaves, even mentioned that “the statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.” Continue reading “Come Sit on Satan’s Lap”

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“K” is for Karma कर्म

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Writers of Kern Blogging Challenge (A-Z)

When a bird is alive, it eats ants. When the birth is dead, ants eat the bird. One tree makes a million match sticks. Only one match stick needed to burn a million trees. Time and circumstance can change at any moment. Do not devalue or hurt anyone in life. You may be powerful this time, but remember, time is more powerful than you. So be good and do good.
–Buddha

I’ve seen it before, someone putting money in the hands of a homeless person who is sitting on the sidewalk and then going home to find some money that they had forgotten they had. Then there was another tale of a friend standing by and watching a thief steal a cell phone at a party only find out the next week that someone at party they were at had stolen their cell phone from them as well. It becomes even more apparent as time goes on that whatever someone puts out into the universe comes back to them, hence why you should treat others the way that you would like to be treated. Continue reading ““K” is for Karma कर्म”

Yoga is the Work of the Devil?

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By photostock, published on 07 March 2011 Stock photo – image ID: 10033155

As published by Miss Millennia Magazine.

The title above this article is completely false. Many people also assume that Harry Potter conjures up Satan as well, but no, yoga is not the work of the devil, and quite honestly, I didn’t know how this thought crossed anyone’s mind until I had a conversation with a concerned exercise enthusiast. Apparently the veil of this mysterious foreign practice still frightens some religious individuals living in Western culture, and for some odd reason I find this to be hilarious.

I spoke before in a previous article about how yoga is actually incredibly beneficial to those looking to ease stress and how it is focused on disciplining the mind through yoga sutras and health and purity of the body through Hatha yoga, however, some find it stressful to even think about yoga. Continue reading “Yoga is the Work of the Devil?”

Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

It’s as peaceful as peanut butter and jelly with the way that the two separate parts come together to create something new with the combination of its tart and sweet flavors while still being two very different things. Somewhere along the cool refreshing and slowly moving Volga river in the heart of Russia, the republic of Tatarstan has brought together two religions that has also stood side-by-side one another in its history.

The small town of Tatarstan, located approximately 800 kilometers east of Moscow, has had its fair share of war and exploration along Russia’s largest river, which has and is still being used for transport. “The Volga helped us to conquer new lands in the Middle Ages and its importance as a connecting thread between the centuries and civilizations, between the people, cultures and religions of those who live on its banks, is invaluable,” Yevgeniya Novikova, a Tatarstan tourism expert explains, but the river has shaped the land around it in another way as well. Continue reading “Like Peanut Butter and Jelly”

Religion In Politics: Why Is This Even A Thing?

“I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party candidate for President who also happens to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my Church on public matters – and the Church does not speak for me…No one asked me my religion [serving the Navy] in the South Pacific.” President John F. Kennedy addressing fears that his being Catholic would impact his decision-making to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association on September 12, 1960

More than fifty years ago, during a very memorable presidential election campaign, the American people were concerned about the religion of their possible president. Though many people regarded Catholicism as another sect of Christianity, many people believed that the leadership of the church would take over control and ruin everyone’s lives. The problem with this assumption is that it heavily influenced the opinion by the American people of then presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. The belief was that if Kennedy was elected then the Pope, or the Bishop of Rome and the spiritual head of the worldwide Catholic Church, would then become a partial ruler of the United States by influencing Kennedy’s decisions. Continue reading “Religion In Politics: Why Is This Even A Thing?”

Why I Hate Religion

The favorable face of politics has usually been rich older white male protestant lacking diversity and limiting the progression of all the rest of the population.

The Right-winged Christians and other extreme religious people have denied the civil rights of the minority, whether it was the enslavement of a race or the continued denied marital rights of the LGBT community.

So many wars have been started (the holy wars), lives have been taken (those of the LGBT community who have been killed or have committed suicide from religious fueled gay-bashing), and the future progression of knowledge has been stifled (by those who jailed Galileo for his realization that the earth revolved around the sun, and creationists who teach children that the theory of evolution is a lie).

And I don’t like how everyone has missed the whole point of religion. It’s about relating our humanity to spirituality and to following moral values that establishes one should be treated like you would like to be treated. Religion is about finding peace, loving one another, and being better living beings in the process, but no one ever practices religion in this way. Instead, they use religion as a weapon to build higher barriers and to keep anyone who is different from them away. I mean—who cares if she’s black and he’s white, or if that guy is gay and she’s straight. We’re all people and we should treat each other like people regardless of what any one religion has told you.