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Lucifer. Satan. The Devil. Baphomet. Moloch.
He’s known by different names, and each one sounds worse than the last. But, what is the truth behind this being known as the ultimate evil? And what does it mean for us today?
In this episode, we delve into the topic of Lucifer and find the truth that is lurking in the shadows.
Other topics include the VA system, the rights of others, and employers being able to fire single mothers.
This is a don’t miss episode, and we are joined in the first half by special guest Bethany Lynn Robinson.
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Shootings at a pair of military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., Thursday, left five people dead, including four Marines and the lone gunman, officials said.
The shooter was later identified by the FBI as 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez. The Associated Press cited a U.S. official in saying there was no indication that the suspect was under investigation by the FBI or on the radar of federal law enforcement before the shooting.
“It is incomprehensible to see what happened,” Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. “This is a nightmare for the city of Chattanooga.”
Three other people, including a Chattanooga police officer, were wounded in the shootings, Berke said. They were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police say Abdulazeez then drove 7 miles to the Chattanooga naval reserve center, where a witness told CNN she saw a man with “a high-powered rifle” fire multiple shots from a convertible silver Mustang into recruiting offices at the center shortly before 11 a.m. ET.
Four U.S. Marines were killed at the naval center, Pentagon officials told CNN. Their names have yet to be released.
THE SAME DAY, James Holmes was found guilty of murder in the Aurora shootings. When the SC shootings happened, the SAME DAY, the Boston bomber was found guilty.
Comes alongside questions surrounding 240,000 deceased veterans on agency medical waiting lists…
The latest embarrassing episode for the Veterans Affairs Department comes alongside questions surrounding 240,000 deceased veterans on agency medical waiting lists and worries from senators that physician credentialing problems in Arizona may stop cancer treatments for veterans there.
Staffers for Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., said officials from the VA’s Inspector General’s Office confirmed they found key pieces of paperwork from veterans’ claims files “inappropriately placed in shred bins” at the department’s Los Angeles Regional Office.
VA officials said only 10 files were misplaced in the bins, and the items would have been subject to additional review before being destroyed. They downplayed the problem as a one-time mistake from a small number of workers, not “malicious intent.”
Full details of the findings won’t be released for several more weeks, and the exact number of cases affected has not yet been released by the VA Inspector General’s Office.
But Brownley and Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., have called for hearings and an immediate review of how the regional office handles documents.
“Such misconduct could have a devastating impact on the affected veterans and their families, resulting in the loss of critical information and adversely affecting the adjudication of veteran claims,” the two lawmakers wrote in a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald. “Simply put, this is unacceptable.”
Seven years ago, after similar allegations of improper document shredding hit the department, the Inspector General recommended a host of new controls to ensure critical paperwork was not being lost in the system.
Brownley and Ruiz questioned whether those suggestions have been properly implemented and whether new rules are needed.
VA officials insist these particular problems were corrected back in the spring, and added that all relevant personnel in the regional office have been retrained.
In light of recent tragedies across the country that have sparked impassioned debates on race relations, a public high school teacher in Seattle has developed curriculum to teach “White America” about racism.
Published to his blog — fittingly named Citizenship and Social Justice after the course he teaches at The Center School in Seattle, Washington — Jon Greenberg assembled anecdotes, admonishments and links to create the “Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston.”
“There are no doubt complexities that come with White Americans working for racial justice. White privilege can lead to a chronic case of undiagnosed entitlement, creating poor listeners, impatient speakers who talk over others, and people unaccustomed to taking orders.
Nevertheless, the movement for racial justice needs more White Americans to get involved. And it’s our responsibility to help each other get involved–and get involved productively,” Greenberg wrote, linking to a blog post that claims quoting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to black women is a violent and “cisheteropatriarchy” act.
Greenberg’s curriculum begins with an anecdote of a discussion he’s had with his students — admittedly several days into his lessons during which his students spend time “exploring the concept of White privilege and … the history of race and racism in the United States.” During the discussion, Greenberg asked his students who experiences the “societal-sized boot” of racism and oppression in society more (“people of Color”), who does the oppressing (a reluctant answer of “White people”) and whose responsibility it is to stop the oppression.
“Everyone has a role in ending racism, but the [boot] analogy shows how little sense it makes for only those facing the heel-end of oppression to do all the work,” he wrote. “It’s time for White America to take on a far bigger role in taking off the boot.”
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Greenberg then includes a series of links to reading material, the majority of which he said focuses on the “recent killings of Black men.” The links are organized by topics, which are: Reading Articles, Written Specifically for White Americans; Understanding Whiteness, White Privilege, Microaggressions, and a History of Racial Discrimination; Joining Groups; and Parenting Racially-Conscious Children.
“Instead of spending your energies on guilt, I encourage you to spend them seeking inspiration to act,” Greenberg wrote. “There’s no shortage of inspiration.”
In the name of fairness, congressional Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday that would put significant restrictions on how employers schedule their employees.
“This bill is about basic fairness,” Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said in a statement. “A single mom should know if her hours are being canceled before she arranges for daycare and drives halfway across town to show up at work.”
Nearly 80 lawmakers out of the House and Senate introduced the measure. The Schedules That Work Act will add restrictions on how employers can schedule their employees. If passed, it would ban employers from putting their employees on call, splitting their shifts, sending workers home with no pay, or punishing them for requesting schedule changes.
“Someone who wants to go to school to get an education should not be able to get fired just for asking for a more predictable schedule,” Warren continued. “A worker who is told to wait around on-call for hours with no guarantee of work hours should get something for his time. It’s time to end unfair scheduling practices that hurt workers and families.”
“This bill is extraordinarily intrusive in how it would direct employers to run their operations,” Marc Freedman, an executive director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said according to law firm Seyfarth Shaw’s Employment Law Lookout.
In wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage, Republicans are pushing legislation that aims to protect Americans who oppose these unions on religious grounds. But critics say the language is so broad, the bill creates a license to discriminate that would let employers fire women for getting pregnant outside of wedlock.
The First Amendment Defense Act prohibits the federal government from taking discriminatory action against a person — which is defined to include for-profit corporations — acting in accordance with a religious belief that favors so-called traditional marriage. This means the feds can’t revoke a nonprofit’s tax-exempt status or end a company’s federal contract over this issue.
The bill specifically protects those who believe that marriage is between “one man and one woman” or that “sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.” Ian Thompson, a legislative representative at the American Civil Liberties Union, said that in addition to targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, the bill “clearly encompasses discrimination against single mothers” and would hobble the ability of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal body that protects women from sex-based discrimination, to act.
This scenario isn’t merely hypothetical. There are a number of recent cases where religious schools have fired unwed teachers for becoming pregnant. A Montana Catholic school teacher who was fired for having a baby out of wedlock, for example, filed a discrimination charge last year with the EEOC. While the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized a ministerial exception to employment discrimination laws, that exception is somewhat limited, not necessarily covering educators employed by Catholic schools who teach about exclusively secular subjects.
James Ryan, a spokesman for the EEOC, said the commission could not comment on pending legislation in Congress.
At a press conference on Thursday, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), who authored the House bill, strongly denied that it could be used this way. “It’s just allowing people to continue to believe the way they do,” he told The Huffington Post.
His colleague, Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) said, “We’re not going to try to dance on the head of a pin here. This legislation protects an institution based on its sincerely held religious beliefs from persecution.”
When NPR asked Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who introduced the companion Senate bill, about a hypothetical university firing an unmarried woman for having sex out of wedlock, he said, “There are colleges and universities that have a religious belief that sexual relations are to be reserved for marriage” and they “ought to be protected in their religious freedom.”
The legislation is picking up steam, with pressure reportedly mounting on GOP leaders to call a vote this month on the bill. When House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was asked on Thursday what he thinks of the bill and whether he’ll bring it to the floor, he said, “The Supreme Court’s decision on marriage raises a lot of other questions and a number of members have concerns about the issues it raises.” He added, “No decision has been made on how best to address these.”
[Updated 12 p.m. July 11, 2015: The event, originally to be held at Bert’s Warehouse Theatre, has now been moved to an undisclosed location.]
[Updated 12 p.m. July 3, 2015: The Satanic Temple has taken issue with our description of the organization as an “atheist activist group.” We apologize for the misrepresentation.]
Originally posted June 18, 2015:
Atheist activist group The Satanic Temple is apparently making good on its mission to erect a statue of Satan, originally intended for an ultimate destination next to the Oklahoma State Capitol’s monument of the Ten Commandments. In fact, TST plans to unveil the completed statue for the first time in Detroit next month.
Why Detroit? Last year, the group chose Detroit as the location for its first national chapter house. “Detroit is our first and primary chapter,” spokesman Doug Mesner says by email. “We feel at home in Detroit.”
The group of culture jammers pushes for a separation of church and state by distributing Satanic literature and fighting to be included alongside displays of Christianity on state grounds. Last year, the group erected a small temporary holiday display on Lansing’s Capitol lawn when it was announced that a Nativity scene was being proposed for the location.
The finished Oklahoma sculpture depicts “Baphomet,” Satanism’s winged, goat-headed icon. In a press release, TST calls the bronze monument — which weighs one ton and stands at nearly nine feet tall — “already the most controversial and politically charged contemporary work of art in the world.”
While Oklahoma’s Ten Commandments statue was destroyed last year after being run over by a car, it was swiftly replaced in January. Meanwhile, the group’s request to place the Satanic monument on the same grounds has not been granted. Mesner tells us that the Satanic Temple is currently gearing up for a lawsuit against Oklahoma; it is expected to be officially filed before the unveiling event.
In the meantime, the statue will get an unveiling party on Saturday, July 25 in Detroit. The party starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $75 for VIP and available for purchase online.
VIP ticket holders get an exclusive opportunity to be photographed with the statue, receive a limited edition poster, and “an opportunity to meet and greet with TST Executive Ministry,” according to a press release. “Cocktail attire” is encouraged — “dress to impress the devil.”
Recently, in Lake Worth, Florida, the city council got together for their meeting and, before the meeting began, did, what some are calling an Invocation to Satan.
Let me play you the recording of it.