Saturday, August 18, 2018


Sen. Rapert says 'very cold day in hell' before Baphomet statue allowed on capitol grounds 
We spoke to State Senator Jason Rapert and the Satanic Temple's Lucien Greaves as the Baphomet statue arrived in Little Rock today.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The group known as The Satanic Temple temporarily unveiled its goat-headed Baphomet statue during a rally outside of the Arkansas capitol building on Thursday in calling for equal representation in light of the installment of a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds.
Supporters cheered as the covering was removed from the homage to Satan, which was tied to a flatbed trailer—trucked in to make a statement about pluralism and equality during the two-hour event. The eight-foot bronze image features the goat-headed figure Baphomet making the sign for the occult as he sits upon a throne with a pentagram overhead. Children flank both sides, fixing their eyes upon him.
“We do not bring Baphomet here in hopes of replacing the Ten Commandments monument. It is not the purpose of our monument or our efforts to erect this monument to impugn or silence the beliefs of others,” Satanic Temple Co-Founder Doug Messner, who goes by the name Lucien Greaves, said at the “Rally for the First Amendment.”
“Despite what you have probably heard, the truth is The Satanic Temple never asked for the Ten Commandments monument be taken down, nor do we ask that Baphomet be erected to the exclusion of any other monuments of religious significance,” he told those gathered. “In fact, from the beginning we were clear: We only want our monument on public grounds where other monuments are pre-existing.”
“We have as little interest in forcing our beliefs and symbols on you as we do in having the beliefs of others forced upon us.”
Messner contended that the event was not a protest against the Ten Commandments, nor was it meant to be seen as Satanists versus Christians, but a “rally for reason in the face of prejudice.”
“Conviction enforced by coercion is subjugation,” he stated. “It has also been said that when tyranny comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross. This is because the tyrant knows that through fear he can manipulate a people away from their principles, so long as he appropriates the proper symbols, repeats the appropriate soundbites, and claims to represent a purer form of the values he manipulates, deforms and ultimately inverts.”
Five speakers were stated to have addressed attendees, and the group reportedly filed a lawsuit following the event, as it believes that all religions should be represented or none at all. The American Civil Liberties Union, the American Humanist Association, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers have already filed suit to challenge the monument’s presence.
According to local television station KATV, a smattering of Christians peacefully gathered on the public sidewalk to take a stand against the Baphomet statue. Most held signs citing Scripture, including, “You shall have no other gods before Me – Exodus 20:3,” “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people – Proverbs 14:34,” and “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life – John 3:16.”
Sen. Jason Rapert, the lawmaker who had proposed the 2015 bill for the Ten Commandments monument to be erected, said in a statement that while he upholds the right of citizens to speak their mind, he also believes the monument is entirely constitutional as is.
“The people of Arkansas have exercised their rights to place a monument on the state capitol grounds which honors the influence of the Ten Commandments as an historical and moral foundation of law,” he said. “The U.S. Supreme Court upheld this same right in 2005 for the people of Texas in Van Orden v. Perry when it held that an exact replica of the Ten Commandments monument which we have on our capitol grounds was appropriate in the state of Texas.”
“I have personally visited the Ten Commandments monuments located on the Capitol grounds of Colorado and Arizona, and I am told Missouri also has a Ten Commandments monument somewhere on their Capitol grounds,” Rapert added. “Many times I have entered the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. and personally taken photographs of the Ten Commandments engraved on the doors entering the court chamber and beheld Moses engraved above the chair in which the chief justice sits.”
“If the display of the Ten Commandments is appropriate for the U.S. Supreme Court and these other states, it is also appropriate for the good people of Arkansas,” he declared.
Rapert also expressed his opposition to the effort to erect an homage to Satan on the capitol grounds. Lawmakers have reportedly ignored The Satanic Temple’s request to propose legislation that would allow the Baphomet statue to be erected, just like the Ten Commandments.
“No matter what these extremists may claim, it will be a very cold day in hell before an offensive statue will be forced upon us to be permanently erected on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol,” he said. “Our Supreme Court ruled in the 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision Pleasant Grove v. Summum that no group can force a government body to do such a thing.”
The first Ten Commandments monument had been toppled last year by a man who struggles with mental issues, who states that something inside told him to “destroy it tonight.” Supporters donated funds for a new decalogue display, which was erected in April.
As previously reported, while The Satanic Temple contends that it is a religious group, it also notes on its website that it is “non-theistic” and does not believe in Satan or the supernatural at all, but only views the devil as a metaphor and a “symbol of the eternal rebel.”
“[W]e do not promote a belief in a personal Satan,” its FAQ section explains. “To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions.”
Some, therefore, consider the group as essentially an atheist effort to make a point about what it views as the government’s preference for Christianity.
The Satanic Temple had likewise called for equal representation when a Ten Commandments monument was installed outside of the capitol building in Oklahoma, raising funds to create a Baphomet statue to place on the grounds. It abandoned its demand for placement after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the decalogue display violated the state Constitution’s prohibition on using government property to support a religion.
It first unveiled the statue in Detroit, where attendees shouted “Hail Satan” as two shirtless men pulled off the cloth that covered the figure and then embraced and kissed each other in front of the image.
The group has likewise fought against an abortion waiting period law in Missouri, and launched its “After School Satan” effort to counter Good News Clubs in public schools. It has additionally sought to present invocations at city hall gatherings in opposition to the predominance of Christian prayers, and asked its followers to call Christian bakers and order a cake to honor Satan.


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More than 300 newspapers joined the Big Cry in publishing self-righteous editorials to justify their ideological disposition and take yet another shot at The Donald: Trump is Bad. We are not “Enemies of The People.”
But after the foot-stomping tantrum, nothing much happened. Americans woke up Friday to the same great country — and the same awful media — as they did Thursday.
Globe Leads the Charge
The leader of the gang was The Boston Globe, the liberal media’s Mrs. Grundy, which opened with what logicians call the straw man: arguing against a point no one made:
A central pillar of President Trump’s politics is a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather “the enemy of the people.” This relentless assault on the free press has dangerous consequences....
Replacing a free media with a state-run media has always been a first order of business for any corrupt regime taking over a country. Today in the United States we have a president who has created a mantra that members of the media who do not blatantly support the policies of the current US administration are the “enemy of the people.” This is one of the many lies that have been thrown out by this president, much like an old-time charlatan threw out “magic” dust or water on a hopeful crowd.
One might ask what the media would call the daily, relentless attack on this president if not a “sustained assault,” and why he should not fight back. But more importantly, the president has neither called for “replacing a free media with a state-run media” nor demanded that the media “blatantly support” his policies. Perhaps those are two small examples of “fake news” he decries.
Purple with rage ever since November 8, 2016 but carefully avoiding Trump’s name for some reason, The New York Times claimed that “in 2018, some of the most damaging attacks are coming from government officials,” without telling us what “damage” was done and by whom.
And another straw man:
These attacks on the press are particularly threatening to journalists in nations with a less secure rule of law and to smaller publications in the United States, already buffeted by the industry’s economic crisis. And yet the journalists at those papers continue to do the hard work of asking questions and telling the stories that you otherwise wouldn’t hear. Consider The San Luis Obispo Tribune, which wrote about the death of a jail inmate who was restrained for 46 hours. The account forced the county to change how it treats mentally ill prisoners.
What Trump has to do with a newspaper in San Luis Obispo we are not given to know, but again, neither Trump nor any of the “government officials” who supposedly “damage” the media have said journalists should refrain from pursuing pressing stories important to local voters and taxpayers, at least in the sense the Times suggests. And “government officials” have always preferred to operate in the dark. Long before Trump, they were hiding misdeeds and trying to stop reporters from finding out.
Commenters on these editorials weren’t fooled by the generic “government officials” locution; the Times meant Trump, and they knew it.
But anyway, speaking of the newspaper in San Luis Obispo, it explained that its reporters and columnists inspired local politicians to clean up a beach, an anonymous Good Samaritan to donate a kidney, and a coroner to change a wrongly decided cause of death.
“That’s not fake news from enemies of the people,” the newspaper opined. “That’s real news, and it’s coming to you from real journalists.”
Other newspapers talked about high-school football, zoning boards, and public schools, and what the coverage those newspapers provide means to a community.
Which misses the point of Thursday’s Two Minutes of Hate: to mount a full-throated attack against the president of the United States.
LA Times Declines
The Los Angeles Times declined to join the ranting mob. “This is not because we don’t believe that President Trump has been engaged in a cynical, demagogic and unfair assault on our industry,” the Times wrote.
Rather, concluded the paper:
The president himself already treats the media as a cabal — “enemies of the people,” he has called us, suggesting over and over that we’re in cahoots to do damage to the country. The idea of joining together to protest him seems almost to encourage that kind of conspiracy thinking by the president and his loyalists. Why give them ammunition to scream about “collusion”?
Trump Responds
For his part, the president answered the media using his favorite unfiltered platform, Twitter, where he allows readers to bash him quite freely.
“The Boston Globe, which was sold to the Failing New York Times for 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS (plus 800 million dollars in losses & investment), or 2.1 BILLION DOLLARS, was then sold by the Times for 1 DOLLAR,” Trump wrote. “Now the Globe is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press. PROVE IT!” Trump continued,
There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. The fact is that the Press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people. HONESTY WINS!
Which is precisely the point. Americans woke up Friday morning to the same fully-functioning, anti-Trump leftist media.