Religious liberty goes both ways

I have read the full text of 45’s Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty. It is one long dog whistle that translates as, “It’s okay to discriminate against women who have sex and anyone gay, as long as you say it’s about your religion. Oh, and if your church wants to endorse me or give money to my campaign, the IRS will look the other way.”

The thing is, though, that the wording – thanks to the actual First Amendment of the Constitution – is not about any specific religion. Therefore this EO could be the perfect opportunity to hoist the Christian Extremists/Christian Supremacists behind it (like Pence) on their own petard. You see, there are thousands of officially recognized, non-profit religious organizations in the US *that aren’t Christian*. This means that the Church of Satan is now just as free to finance and promote a candidate as the Westboro Baptist Church. I sincerely hope that some of these non-Christian organizations will be brave enough to thoroughly test this EO. If not, I’ll have to found one myself.

Sympathetic Magic – Part II — Spell Hub. Bringing the occult to life.

Edgar Allan Poe Museum (Richmond, Virginia) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The idea behind the Law of Contact is that we imbue things with our personal energy or essence. The longer we handle an item, the greater the amount of energy is stored in it, and the longer the energy remains. Part of the thrill of seeing…

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Sympathetic Magic — Spell Hub. Bringing the occult to life.

English: ‘Clootie’ Well, Munlochy, Black Isle. The rag well at Munlochy is one of two in the district, the other being at Culloden. More common in Ireland, these wells are still resorted to as ‘sympathetic magic’ destinations whereby an afflicted person leaves strips of clothing in hopes that their ailments will be cured by substitution.…

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Growing Magic — Spell Hub. Bringing the occult to life.

English: Herb garden seat Sissinghurst castle garden seat planted with herbs (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Vernal Equinox has come and gone, and at this time of year, many people feel the urge to grow something. Those interested in herbal magic might fantasize about an herb garden of their own, where they can harvest what they’re…

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The Shepherd’s Crown

Last night, I finished The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett’s final novel. The witch books in his Discworld series have always been my favorite, and I’m so sad that there won’t be any more. A great mind was taken from us far too soon. Alzheimer’s sucks!

Well, there’s nothing for it but to read all the Discworld novels again.