Category: religion

Religion, Rebellion and Zionist Infiltrators

To begin, the person who caused me to write this post is the African American rap singer Azealia Banks. She’s known for being an activist promoting causes of black people and causing online controversy for her opinions. Also, she’s into the neo-pagan Wicca thing.

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Once I mentioned Wicca on this blog in a post about The Mists of Avalon. It’s one of those neo-pagan New Age religions that were created in the 20th century and that mix magic with rituals and practices from many religions out there and create new faiths which appeal to hippies, fantasy/sci-fi fans, radical environmentalists and teeny girls who want to rebel against Christianity. Some followers of those new faiths claim that they were the “Old Religion” where the society was peaceful and matriarchal before Christianity came and imposed patriarchy. The truth is that the church did impose patriarchy, but before it was EQUALITY, not “matriarchy” or whatever…

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Azealia with a Wiccan symbol behind her in one of her music videos. Source

Now let’s get back to the singer Azealia Banks. To quote her:

“I wonder if most of the black American Christians in the US know WHY they are Christian. I wonder if they even consider for a SECOND that before their ancestors came to the Americas that they may have believed in something ELSE.”

“But really, it’s all about magic. The most magical people are the ones who have to deal with oppression, because the non-magical are jealous. That’s why Jews and Blacks have been persecuted over and over again throughout history. because they have the most magic … all I’m trying to say is that black people are naturally born SEERS, DIVINERS, WITCHES AND WIZARDS. we have REAL supernatural powers, and the sooner we ALL learn to cultivate them and access them, the sooner we can REALLY fix sh*t.”

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Okay, okay…First of all, yeah, most likely they weren’t Christian before they were brought to the American continent on ships. But “naturally born SEERS, DIVINERS, WITCHES etc…”?  This is a plain cultural stereotype. What’s the difference between saying that and saying “all Muslims are terrorists, all Asians are nerds, etc…”? You might consider that which Azealia said not as a negative stereotype while others are, but stereotypes are stereotypes, whether positive or negative, and they’re all racist.

Second, this is NOT empowering to black people! Azealia is basically saying that black people can’t be empowered unless they embrace the New Age mumbo jumbo and they need it to be able to overcome oppression and without it they can’t. No dear, to overcome oppression they need to be aware of their situation, embrace their cause, struggle for it and follow the example of their respectful leaders such as Malcolm X, NOT follow the New Age thing which was NOT their religion before Christianity. If they wish to find out about their pre-Christian religion then they have to trace their ancestry back to Africa, which is difficult.

Third, why make parallel between black people and Jews? This is an agenda to promote Jews as an oppressed group so that the world may forgive them and excuse them for the atrocities they’re committing against the Palestinians. And before I get showered with the “omg ur so anti semetic” comments, I have nothing against Judaism as a religion. Inciting religious hatred would make me no different than ISIS.

And what Jews was she talking about? Does she mean Kabbalists? Those were rejected by the rest of the Jewish sects BECAUSE its followers practiced magic! So next time dear Azealia, educate yourself.

Azealia just exposed herself to be a Zionist infiltrating the African American cause (and the sad thing is that she’s not the only one). She wants African Americans to rebel against Christianity. Just to make one thing clear, rebelling against Christianity incites religious hatred which would make one no different than ISIS. What should be done is to rebel against colonialism that was committed in the name of Christianity. Otherwise, let’s also hate Islam as well due to what ISIS is doing. No religion commits atrocities. Only people do. Converting to a newly created religion wouldn’t solve anything. Reforming the currently existing religions would.

And Merry Christmas! 🙂

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Reply to those who say “God Is A Woman”…

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This graffiti was written by the protesters in Beirut which I previously talked about; from the “You Stink” campaign as well as others.

Some religious people (Christians mostly) view God as a male, and in other religions a female Goddess is worshiped. Pagans worship male as well as female Gods, and sometimes those Gods are half-human and half-animal. Whether all this is wrong or right is not my concern here. Religious people sometimes face difficulties in finding a spiritual connection with a divine entity or a creator that is neither male nor female, which they can’t identify with or be close to. So they give this higher power a personification: a name, a gender, and some humanitarian characteristics, whether in a one God/Goddess or several deities.

However, those who write slogans as the one above do not have a religious or spiritual purpose; they just want to use the shock method to rebel, and they don’t even specify what exactly they are rebelling against: some day it’s religion, another day it’s corruption, then it’s the garbage crisis (in Lebanon), another time it’s the politicians/party leaders…nothing particular, no specific aim to be achieved, just rebellion for the sake of rebellion.

The Difference Between Celtic Paganism and Its Depiction in “The Mists of Avalon”

“The Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley is a novel; a retelling of the Arthurian legend from the point of view of the women behind king Arthur’s throne. However; its portrayal of the pre-Christian paganism in the British Isles isn’t accurate. My fascination with Celtic paganism lead me to find out that it’s depiction in that novel is different than what it really is.

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note: this is in no way a criticism of Marion Zimmer Bradley – as a writer myself, I highly admire her writing skills, and the way she makes the characters so real and complex.

(the nice photos below are from the 2001 movie based on the novel, and no spoilers, so don’t worry and keep on reading)

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The differences between Celtic old religion and its portrayal in The Mists of Avalon is in the following aspects:

1.Priesthood 

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You think the Celts had female priestesses like in The Mists of Avalon? Only in your dreams. The Druids (class of educated people and priests among them) were all males, and there’s no evidence that suggests otherwise.

However, this is not to say that women had no important role in the Celtic society. Women were warriors (Boudica for example), NOT priestesses.

2.Beltane 

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In “The Mists of Avalon”, Beltane is celebrated by performing a fertility rite where males represent the Horned God and females represent the Goddess; and thus ensuring fertility and the growing of the crops, four times per year.

In Celtic beliefs, the Horned God, aka “Cernunnos” (who is half man and half deer, and symbolizes fertility, animals and hunting) marries one of the Celtic Goddesses at Beltane.

Beltane was, and still is, in some areas, celebrated on May 1st. It is one of the four major Celtic celebrations in a year: Beltane (May 1st), Lughnasa (August 1st), Samhain (November 1st), and Imbolc (February 1st). In Beltane, Celts lighted two Bonfires and made the cattle pass between them to ensure their fertility; because touching the fire flames means being touched by the Sun God. People also passed between the two Bonfires to drive away barrenness and hard luck.

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Cernunnos carved on a cauldron…

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…and Cernunnos on an album cover of Celtic metal band Eluveitie

3.Beliefs

The Mists of Avalon gives an impression that the Celts worshiped just one God and one Goddess. However, in reality, they had a huge pantheon of Gods and Goddesses. The saying which frequently appeared in The Mists of Avalon that “all the Goddesses are one Goddess, and all the Gods are one God” is a quote from the esoteric occultist Dion Fortune who wasn’t even alive during the time of this old religion. In short, Celts were polytheists, not duotheists.

What Bradley portrayed in her novel resembles more the neo-pagan religion Wicca than the ancient Celtic paganism. Female priestesses is a Wiccan thing, and so is duotheism. A sect of Wiccans (Dianic Wiccans) even believe only in the Goddess and no God, and those are often associated with radical feminism. As for Beltane, some Wiccans celebrate it by fertility rites the way they did in The Mists of Avalon.

Update: I found out even more info about the Celtic religious beliefs thanks to further research, and again; noticed a difference with how it was presented in that novel: 

Sun and Moon: in the novel, the Sun represents the male gender (and the God; the Horned One), and the Moon is female (representing the Goddess/Great Mother). However, according to ancient Celtic beliefs; the Sun and the Moon changed sexes based on the function. The Moon wasn’t always the female and the Sun wasn’t always the male. Again, the “Old Religion” in the novel = Wicca and the permanent Sun/Moon, Male/Female dualities are Wiccan beliefs.

Elements: In the story, it is clear that the followers of the “Old Religion” based their beliefs on the four elements: fire, wind, water and rock, and performed their rites by those elements.

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However, Celts divided the elements into three: Land, sea and sky; NOT four! And it actually makes sense because almost everything to them was divided into 3; they had triadic Gods and Goddesses (triadic=having 3 forms), and 3 realms: This World, The OtherWorld and The UnderWorld (which not necessarily evil as a monotheist might think). However, Wiccans divide the elements into fire, wind, water and rock.

Afterlife: I promised that no spoilers; but just a tiny teeny example. In the story a lady meets someone who was her lover in a past life. The thing is, the ancients in the British Isles did not believe in reincarnation and past lives and all that. Their view of the Afterlife was similar to the monotheistic one: good people become happy in the Afterlife and bad ones suffer. Reincarnation is a Wiccan belief which Wiccans themselves most probably borrowed from the Hindu or Buddhist beliefs. But as the religion of the ancients in The Mists of Avalon is Wicca then you see why it goes this way.

I don’t blame Marion Zimmer Bradley for portraying Wicca as the “Old Religion”. After all, no matter how much we research, little do we know about the Celts and their beliefs. I recommend the book because it’s great; just don’t take it as an accurate portrayal of the Celts.