This week in Curiosities: The darker impulses of the Dirt-bag Left, Sarah Z on the infiltration of Doomer ideology into leftist and activist spaces, and Ezra Klein interviews Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows.Continue reading “Sunday Curiosities: Red Scare, OK Doomer, and The Shallows”
I’ve had the pleasure of appearing on the Satanic Temple TV a couple of times over the past few weeks to talk about protest, leftism, and my recent article Why I Haven’t Left the Satanic Temple. My first appearance was on The Devil’s Dispatch with Stu DeHaan, and my second appearance was on An Ongoing And Necessary Pursuit with Jack Matirko.Continue reading “Talking Leftism, Protest, and Activism on The Satanic Temple TV”
In this episode of Sacred Tension I’m joined by the hosts of Black Mass Appeal — the largest Satanic podcast on the planet — to discuss Satanism, cats, conspiracy theories, theism, and so much more. Find Black Mass Appeal at blackmassappeal.com.Continue reading “Sacred Tension: Hellfireside Chat with Black Mass Appeal”
When I was writing exclusively about LGBT issues within the church, many people new to the topic would ask me what they could do to help LGBT people. The first response of many straight people new to understanding LGBT experience was feelings of helplessness, and a desperation to do something.
My answer was always the same. There are 4 preliminary steps, I told them, to standing in solidarity with LGBT people: 1. learn, read, and listen as much as you can. 2. Get to know LGBT people personally 3. Be in the process of learning and engaging for the long haul — don’t opt out once you feel like you’ve learned “enough.” 4. Let it fuck up your life –let it disrupt your privilege, worldview, and theology.Continue reading “Learning to be Antiracist”
This episode of Sacred Tension is from my patrons-only podcast House of Heretics. My cohost Timothy and I discuss the recent protests, misguided liberal narratives about “violence,” how we as white people can elevate black voices, the Satanic Temple’s response to the protests, and much more.Continue reading “Sacred Tension: Protests, Racism, and Violence”
In this cross-over episode I’m joined by Will and Joe from the Common Creatives podcast to discuss the brilliant horror movie House of the Devil. We talk about religious horror, Satanism, The Satanic Panic, growing up Evangelical, and much more. If you love this show, please go check out their other episodes and subscribe to them on your favorite podcast app.Continue reading “Sacred Tension: House of the Devil, feat. Common Creatives”
I’ve been a member of The Satanic Temple (TST) since December 2017, and in that time there’ve been occasional accusations of crypto-fascism, alt-rightism, and Nazism against TST by both outsiders and former members. This article is about why I choose to remain in the Satanic Temple despite these accusations, and why I find these accusations lacking in credibility.Continue reading “Why I Haven’t Left the Satanic Temple”
In this unedited, stripped down episode of Sacred Tension I talk to Shiva Honey, author of The Devil’s Tome: A Book of Modern Satanic Ritual. We discuss her liberation from an abusive religious setting, the fusion of nontheism and ritual, how ritual can bring empowerment and catharsis into an individual’s life, and much more.
photo credit: Courtney Brook.Continue reading “Sacred Tension: Satanic Ritual, feat. Shiva Honey”
I am the person I am today, in no small part, because of social media. When I was a newly-out gay man and needed the queer community, I found them on social media. That alone probably saved my life. Ever since those first days of finding my queer community online, I’ve made innumerable friends, connection, and community on social media. I also truly adore my Satanic family on twitter. I start with all this, because I’m going to spend the rest of this post articulating the dark side of social media, how it has reduced my quality of life, and what I intend to do about it.Continue reading “On Being Better On Social Media”
In this stripped-down, unedited episode of Sacred Tension, I’m joined by my friend Priest Penemue for a long conversation about leftist politics, how we are practicing self care during the COVID-19 pandemic, and his insider perspective on digital privacy and big data.
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