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Guatemala Awaits Anti-Christ

April 25, 2007

Lust, Gummo:10, 6006 YD

The Associated Press

He calls himself the Antichrist, wears the number 666 tattooed on his arm and claims a following of 2 million people.
And, Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda is coming to Guatemala whether it wants him or not.

The Central American country has banned the leader of the Florida-based Growing in Grace church, arguing he is a security risk because he provokes conflict with Roman Catholics and evangelicals. But Miranda still plans to fly in on a private jet today to celebrate his 61st birthday and meet with thousands of followers from around the world. “It has been predestined, and angels will make it happen,” said Axel Poessy, Miranda’s media director. “He is, after all, God himself.”

It is the Puerto Rican-born former evangelical priest’s latest attempts to expand his following in Central America. Most of his supporters are in Miami and Colombia, but Miranda holds a congress every year in the Americas. He has a 24-hour Spanish-language television network and a radio program on 287 stations.

He often takes aim at the Catholic Church — the most powerful faith in Latin America — calling all priests child molesters and saying chastity vows go against the Bible’s teachings. Members of his church have torn up images of saints and other religious symbols in El Salvador, and marched in Guatemala and Honduras.

He preaches that sin and the devil do not exist. In January, he revealed tattoos of the numbers 666 on his forearms and declared that he and his followers were Antichrists because their beliefs supersede those of Jesus Christ. The Bible describes the Antichrist as someone who will fill the world with wickedness but be conquered by a second coming of Christ.

Guatemala’s Congress labeled him a terrorist, and immigration officials have been instructed to refuse him entry. Honduras and El Salvador also have banned him. “Many have told me that I shouldn’t pay attention to a crazy man like him, but Hitler was also crazy, and look what he did,” said Julio Morales, the congressman who proposed the resolution calling Miranda a terrorist. “We took this measure because they have burned crosses, images of Christ in other countries and demonstrated in front of an evangelical church in Guatemala, just to create confrontation.”

It was not clear, however, if the government would be able to block Miranda’s private jet from landing. His right-hand man, Carlos Cestero, said Miranda has been in Guatemala at least 14 times in the past decade — before he declared himself the Antichrist. Followers see Miranda as a savior. Critics say he is a dangerous cult leader. “What is more evil than all the exorbitant titles associated with him is the power he exercises over his followers,” said Daniel Alvarez, a religious-studies instructor at Florida International University. “He wants attention, shock value, and he’s always trying to top what he did before.”

Miranda, who lives in Miami, founded the Growing in Grace church in 1986 and based the church in suburban Doral. Hundreds have followed his lead by getting “666” tattoos. The number often is associated with the Antichrist or the devil.

In an upscale Guatemala City neighborhood, Andrea Recinos, 18, hunched over as a tattoo artist carved “666” on her back, along with angel wings. “I wanted to show my love to the apostle,” she said, referring to Miranda. “I wanted to show the whole world that I am an Antichrist.” Other followers get “SSS” tattoos, referring to Miranda’s motto of “Salvo, siempre salvo,” or “Saved, always saved.” He believes sinning is impossible because Christ died for the sins of mankind.

Original story here.

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Lust, Groucho:48, 6006 YD

Reasons Why Nobody Takes Wicca Seriously

March 8, 2007

Lust, Groucho:34, 6006 YD

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For those of you who have never heard of it, and I expect there are many, Wicca is one of several new-age “religions” with myriad traditions, some that date to prehistoric animism, others that were made up last week by a hairstylist in Oregon. Unenlightened types typically misidentify them as witches and shun them for being satan worshipers, whereas enlightened types correctly identify them as pretentions cretins and shun them for being gullible, obnoxious, shallow, and self-centered.

Kinda like Valley girls with no fashion sense.

Luckily, it’s a do-it-yourself kind of cult, so they don’t gather en masse for their rituals and then descend in smaller masses upon any restaurant that offers a buffet for under two dollars. Instead, they sit at home and chant over a bowl of something the cat coughed up after smoking whatever happened to be in the spice rack – as if people whose daily feeding ritual includes peeling back foil to expose the ‘tater tots could have any other use or tarragon or chervil – all the while hoping that one day, maybe one of their “spells” will work.

Eko, Eko Zomilak
Warts begone and come not back

All the same, it’s interesting to know that all you need is a second-hand bathrobe and a Bead-dazzlerTM to start your own religion and proclaim yourself Most Laureled Goat-Boy of the Night Goddess Beulah-Mae, and if you can find a pack of pinheads who will be impressed, you’re on your way to becoming an institution.

I think that’s how the Pope got started.

Lon Milo Duquette

January 25, 2007

Envy, Chico:66, 6006 YD

I stumbled upon this site thanks to Teh Mang on EB&G: Lon Milo Duquette I haven’t had time to look through everything yet, but it looks very promising . . . also, I just realized Mr. Duquette is conducting the Maybe Logic Crowley Thoth course in August, which I am looking forward to – in the immortal words of Mr. J: ‘O, Happy Day.’