by Ary Scheffer
Date painted: 1854
Oil on canvas, 222.5 x 151.6 cm
Collection: National Museums Liverpool
FRANCKEN, Frans II
The Damned Being Cast into Hell
Oil on oak, 47 x 32 cm
“La plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu’il n’existe pas.”
― Charles Baudelaire
The story is here. I just pulled out the customer’s quote. I call this the ass-kissing “non-judgmental” quote of the day:
“I am in no way judging his beliefs or dis-meriting his beautiful artwork, I am however judging his lack of professionalism and respect for others.”
What? Beautiful artwork? Being so careful not to be perceived as judging this moron’s ‘beliefs’? You think this guy is expressing his legitimate religious views on coffee foam?
I can imagine, in todays climate, if this customer dared to judge the barista, she would invite a Facebook or Twitter hate-storm. She’d be branded a bigot. Accused of “Satanist-shaming”, or “Art-shaming”. A mob would rise up to defend the barista. They would find her home address, her work address, protest on her lawn, threaten to burn her house down.
I interviewed Orin Miller, an actual Satan worshiper in San Francisco, to get a response. Here’s what he said:
“That woman should feel free to judge his beliefs. And feel free to call him an idiot, and a poser. As a Satanist, I’m offended. I wouldn’t want some coffee-jerk drawing a picture of Jesus on my cappuccino foam. Why should she have to be careful not to insult him? “
— Orin Miller, Church of Satan, San Francisco
Then I asked Orin, how should have she reacted? What would have been a more appropriate response?
“Look. I’m probably the wrong person to ask, but here’s what I think. If she spit hot coffee in his face, or burned his eyelids off with a cigarette lighter, or cut his thumbs off with a knife and fed them to pigs under a full moon, I wouldn’t blame her”.
That was harsher than I expected, but that’s what I get for asking.
Okay, well, there is no guy named Orin Miller in San Francisco, I just made that up. But you get the idea, right? This is not the time to indulge misplaced tolerance. Be intolerant. Don’t tolerate jackasses. Nobody has to be a doormat. She got played.
On statues, statutes, and civil society
Jonah Goldberg writes: The Constitution is powerless against Satan.
Earlier this month, the state of Oklahoma received a proposal from New York–based Satanists to build near the state capitol a seven-foot-high statue of Baphomet, a goat-headed pagan idol. The Satanists’ letter boasted that “the statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.”
Now, while the Satanists are real, there’s a lot of fakery involved. It’s a stunt — a clever one — exploiting the constitutional injunction against governmental favoritism towards religion. The Oklahoma capitol has a statue of the Ten Commandments on its grounds, and that vexes atheist activists and Satanists alike. It’s a version of the old rule about bringing candy to school. If you didn’t bring enough for everyone, then no one can have any. If Christians and Jews can have a statue of the Ten Commandments on public property, so can everyone else. And if they can’t, no one can.
‘I Think A Lot Of The Privacy People Don’t Understand That We Still Occupy The Role Of The Great Satan’Posted: January 19, 2014
From NRO’s The Corner, Betsy Woodruff writes: Dianne Feinstein decried NSA critics on Meet the Press this morning, saying the government is much less intrusive than corporations and that privacy advocates don’t understand the extent of the threat that terrorism poses to the United States.
Satanists’ Statue Design for Oklahoma Capitol Stirs Controversy
Cheryl K. Chumley writes: Members of the Satanic Temple have unveiled their design for a 7-foot-tall statue of the devil they want to locate at the Capitol building in Oklahoma, right next to a monument of the Ten Commandments that has stood since 2012.
And to many, the design may prove shocking.
The Associated Press reported an artist’s depiction shows Satan as the goat-headed and horned figure of Baphomet, complete with wings and a long beard. The Satan figure is shown sitting on a throne decorated with pentagrams, in the middle of a few smiling children. Read the rest of this entry »