In God We Trust: How False Religion Poisoned America

Ekaterina Belinskaya 1

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“Since mankind’s dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We’ve seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse.”

Alan Moore

I am ecstatic to be sitting in front of my computer with words ready to flow out of me, I have been unable to get anything more than a few sentences out since Retrograde started.

It felt like I was put on pause, thrown into a storm, unable to handle the waves of emotions or control my ways of communication. The topic for this post hit me out of nowhere this morning before dawn, as I was trying to get back to sleep. I had been thinking about the article I posted in regards to a group of Atheists bringing up a Lawsuit against the U.S Treasury to remove “In God We Trust” from our paper currency. The story was trending on Facebook, and as most of you know I love to check out the trending section.

Sharing a story such as this, especially when it was trending was not the best decision I have ever made.

I wrote an intro saying that I do not personally have a problem with the slogan being on our money, but my point of posting it was to open up a dialogue (I thought with my readership, didn’t realize the entire world would join in) and to say my piece that the Conservatives who said the suit was “without merit” were wrong; the suit does indeed have merit, whether it will actually go anywhere is another story.

The thread of comments proved to me that a majority of Christians have zero, and I mean zero tolerance for anything that is not “their way”. Within minutes that thread was full of bible verses, insults, verbal attacks, mockery, and people telling me “if you don’t like the laws here, then leave”. Firstly, “In God We Trust” is not a Law, let’s not even joke about shit like that. Secondly, the Cherokee blood in me, the fact that both my Grandfather’s served in the military (and my Grandmother), and losing someone in the Iraq war tell me that perhaps it is not I who should be “packing my suitcases” as my right to be here is well established; it’s them who need to leave, but, I as an American, would never tell anyone to leave this country. I especially would not do so primarily on the basis that we are different, otherwise the blood my family gave, all the way back to my Native Ancestors means nothing, and was in vain.

This country was built on the backs of Indigenous People of North America (Native Americans), Slaves (and not just African slaves, there were other ethnicities who experienced, and still experience slavery) and Immigrants who came by the boat load (literally) during the 19th century, specifically 1880-1920.

The Industrial Revolution had begun in the 1820’s, so there was an influx of demand because businessmen wanted to make profit off of this new wave of technology but there weren’t enough workers. By 1824 people of all ages were working in factories but they had no established rights, and the working conditions for many were appalling. It wasn’t until the larger waves of immigrants came did workers finally start striking, and creating Unions, the same Unions that protect millions of Americans today. It was Immigrants, primarily children, who helped give you that cushy pension when you retire.

Good ol’ right wingers should remember that when they turn Immigrants and Refugees away because…‘Merica.

Let me also just throw this out there, this is not a Christian nation. I agree that God is an umbrella term to some but to many it’s not. It is the Christian God, and I think having it on our currency doesn’t represent the melting pot, and multiculturalism that is America. Also, as I learned during the debate, the term itself was basically a “Fuck You” to the Russians (Soviet Union at that time) during the Cold War. We do not need to hold onto remnants of that time period.

The term was originally put on coins starting in the 1860’s, though that didn’t last long, I will link you to the full history at the bottom. It was not until 1956 that the slogan was reintroduced, and then modified again in 1957.

For 4 straights hours I sat there moderating this thread, having to ban many because they just couldn’t have an adult conversation. I was called a devil worshiper, people swore I was an atheist, and I was told that I couldn’t handle a challenging opinion; which is proven to be false by just glancing at that thread right now. Thing is, no one came there reading my introduction or bothered to ask me about my Philosophy, everyone came in with their false presumptions.

I am known for losing my cool, being passionate and a bit hot tempered, but for some reason I can control these aspects of myself much better when dealing with someone who is completely opposite of myself than I do when someone within my community shows their ignorance. I think that is an interesting thing to point out.

There is this misconception that a Witch—a Luciferian Witch at that, has to be a disrespectful person, that we have to be confrontational, that we cannot use logic, or have heated debates without insulting another. I used not one single insult towards an individual, or their belief throughout the entire thread, not once; yet the slurs and derogatory terms coming from people telling me to leave my country were of abundance, all coming from “good Christians”. I do not generalize, or at least I try not to, but to the masses “a Witch is a Witch is a Witch”. And, somehow all Witches are associated with no God, and being in cahoots with the Devil.

When in fact most Witches do not even believe in the Christian Devil. As for not having a God, that couldn’t be further from the truth in many cases. Most Witches do have a patron deity(s) that they pay their respects to, some even worshiping (depending on RHP or LHP). In my opinion Witches are some of the most spiritual beings in existence, but we are demonized, persecuted, and stigmatized. Even still, the Christians want to cry about their struggles, how they are under attack; last time I checked it was not Witches, or Luciferians who were instilling their beliefs on the general population, and Government.

As for the Satanic Temple, and certain Atheist groups who wish to push the limits, they are doing so to prove a point: we are not equal, Christians absolutely have the upper hand in this country, and the only ones denying that are THE CHRISTIANS!

 

“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

Malcolm X

 

Look at how Houston did not accept the Greater Church of Lucifer (regardless of how you feel about them) ; what about the protests in Detroit when the statue of Baphomet was erected, or the Satanic ritual that took place on Capitol grounds in Michigan?

Truth is, we are all Americans, not just the Christian Conservatives; they have this deluded mentality that any and every thing different from their belief is an infringement on their rights or somehow it lessens their ability to practice, believe, worship or pray. Referring back to the thread, a few Christians asked, “If Atheists have no religion, why are they so worried about ours”? My immediate thought was to ask them the same, “If your God and Religion are so great, why are you threatened by others not having a religion, or asking for equality”?

Of course I got no answer, but this type of religious extremism is a direct result of mass amounts of people believing that a book meant to be taken as a collection of allegories is factual. Christ is an Archetype of how one should conduct themselves, and yes connections can be made between Christ and Sun Gods throughout history, the fact remains that a majority of Christians do not acknowledge the connections, let alone the existence of anything other than their one God.

I will continue to say this, monotheism is a poison and until we start teaching truth instead of fables we will continue to suffer as a collective. I rarely see a Christian who is the embodiment of what it means to be Christ-like, in many cases it is the Witch, the Occultist, the Luciferian, the Satanist, or the Atheist who conduct themselves in a respectful manner, who treat others as equals, as fellow human beings, and not as “enemies to their cause”.

Humans crave more, they have been seeking the existence, or non-existence of Gods since the beginning of time; I will even go so far to say that an established personal Philosophy is a necessity but that is all that it is, personal. You cannot shove your belief down other people’s throat, especially when that belief is based upon words in a book claimed to be “God’s”.

Yet I get called crazy? Funny how that works.

If our currency should say anything, if there is to be any slogan attached to this once great country it should be, We The People, and that goes for ALL the people within these beautiful borders.

Resources:

http://americanhistory.about.com/od/industrialrev/a/indrevoverview.htm

https://www.treasury.gov/about/education/Pages/in-god-we-trust.aspx

Fight for Equality: A Luciferian’s Take on The Satanic Temple

Larkin

Image: Larkin, aka larkin-art, DeviantArt

“Consequently, if you believe God made Satan, you must realize that all Satan’s power comes from God and so that Satan is simply God’s child, and that we are God’s children also. There are no children of Satan, really.”

Anne Rice


My track record with the Satanist community is iffy, at best, so to find myself here writing about an issue that affects the entire Occult world, but specifically Satanists is kind of surreal for me. I want to take this time to say, I do not have ANYTHING against the Satanic community, they are my Brothers and Sisters of the Left Hand Path, however, it has been my personal experience with the majority I have encountered that they can be completely amazing, or complete douchebags–there is no in-between. I say this having some really close Satanist friends, whom I enjoy debating, and joking with all the time.

To be honest, there really is not much of a difference between Luciferianism and Satanism. One core Philosophy is almost a mirror of the other and both groups fall victim to the same reaction of the ignorant masses when asked about our belief systems; half the time I can’t even finish the word Luciferian before a gasp, eye roll, or prayer is started.

I guess it’s time to tell you the story.

It was 4 am, and after a horrid night of tossing, turning, and Astral traveling galore, my cat decided it was time that she be fed. My cat, Bean, and I have this love hate relationship, and at 4 am it is absolutely more hate than love.

After feeding her, and her brothers, I found my way back to bed and grabbed my phone, as any phone addict/fb admin does. After that I checked what was trending on Fb, this is a weird habit of mine; I follow the trending topics daily. I don’t watch the news, and I restrict what is put into my head from my environment, for me the trending section is a way to see what’s important, or at least what my peers think is important. I find myself often shaking my head at the popularity of one topic over another, how Hollywood seems to always take the cake, even when world disasters, and/or political events are occurring.

I could rant about that all day, so before I get too off track, let’s go back.

I check to see what was trending, and notice that The Satanic Temple is on the list, I click and there it was in all its beautiful glory:

‘Satanic Temple wishes to erect statue of Baphomet next to Ten Commandments on the Capitol grounds in Arkansas’

What the what?!

I read the article, and was filled with such joy that finally there is a group willing to go against the Christians (and win) for religious equality. I find it so amusing that Christians scream about “religious intolerance” every day, but the focus is always on Christians, this entire country is based around Christianity, even though it was never meant to be.

Fun fact: It was not until 1956 that the “under God” portion was added to the pledge of allegiance. Our ‘founding Fathers’ were Masons, sure, but they were very clear that this is not, and never was intended to be a Christian nation. Masonry may be based upon Christian text, but the original Masons were the definition of Occult (secret, hidden) and much knowledge can be found along the Masonry path. I have both Mason’s, and Eastern Star’s within my own family.

As I began to read the comments attached to the article, it was a bloody battle and the Satanists were losing. The thread itself was filled with prayers, and people saying that they would destroy the statue if it was put on state grounds. Can you imagine the outcry, and civil war that would break out if a Christian statue was destroyed, or even threatened to be destroyed?

What makes one statue more important than another? Why is one statue allowed, on Government property, mind you, but not the other? Why is it that when a Christian is offended it is to be taken seriously, but if I as a Luciferian am offended by religious text/symbolism/art on state/federal grounds, it is not taken as seriously? Am I less of an American? Do my family’s tax dollars matter less? Why is my voice silenced? Why do they fear me?

Religious equality does not just work when it is in favor of Christianity, in case anyone out there was wondering.

Satanists do not wish to convert you, or your children, the point being made is that there is a separation of church and state for a reason, but since that line wants to be blurred, or erased for the Christians, it has to be blurred, or erased for Satanists, and any other group who wishes to challenge it.

I say again, this is not a Christian nation.

I also saw more comments than I could count with people who think Satanism is Devil Worship.

Ok. Look, there is only so much stupid I can handle. You have the internet at your fucking fingertips (like what I did there?) and you still remain ignorant.

I want to make a few points: regardless of what the pictures of certain rituals, rites and especially the Black Mass look like, Satanism is not now, nor has it ever been “Devil Worship”. In fact, a majority of Satanists believe in Satan as a metaphor, and the story itself an allegory for life. There are theistic and atheistic Satanists, and those titles are pretty self-explanatory. They use the symbol of Baphomet (no matter how terrifying some may find it) because Baphomet represents equality, and duality (balance).

But, these people wouldn’t know that because they don’t care to look outside of their box, or shall we say their book. They refuse to live, and let live, always worried about another person and their belief system.

Believing in Satan, an energy or deity, does not take away from your God, any God, or lack of God; one belief does not negate another, one does not trump another. I may be anti-religion, but other people are entitled to believe how they want, as long as those beliefs are not pushed upon me, and my life dictated according to them; which is exactly what has happened since, well, forever.

We are all Americans, we are all free, and we are all equal–THAT is what the founding fathers wanted us to remember, wanted us to build this country on.

Instead our country was built on the backs of slaves and Indigenous People of North America (Native Americans), our soil soaked in blood, our money tainted, and our Government infiltrated with religion.

These Religious zealots want to scream about patriotism, and how the founding fathers would be “rolling in their graves at these statues of ‘the Devil’”.

They would be rolling in their graves for many reasons, and I can say with almost certainty that their first line of business would not be a statue of Baphomet.

Repeat after me: This is not a Christian nation.

I leave with you some quotes and some links, enjoy:

“If I could conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded, that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.” -Founding Father George Washington, letter to the United Baptist Chamber of Virginia, May 1789

“Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by a difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought to be deprecated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society.” -Founding Father George Washington, letter to Edward Newenham, October 20, 1792

“We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition… In this enlightened Age and in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man’s religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining and holding the highest Offices that are known in the United States.” -Founding Father George Washington, letter to the members of the New Church in Baltimore, January 27, 1793

“The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.” -John Adams, “A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America” 1787-1788

“The Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” -1797 Treaty of Tripoli signed by Founding Father John Adams

“Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind.” -Founding Father John Adams, “A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America” (1787-88)

Source, and to read more quotes:

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/04/35-founding-father-quotes-conservative-christians-will-hate/

The Satanic Temple Facebook page, they update daily and are posting about the Arkansas story regularly:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Satanic-Temple/220538341415523?fref=ts