"Burning Man: Satan's Birthday Party"

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"Burning Man: Satan's Birthday Party"

Postby consumer » Wed Sep 17, 2003 2:05 pm

I'm know this was posted before on the old e-playa, but I'm sure there are thousands who've never read this harsh critique, complete with 'evil' midi music playing in the background, by a chrisitan fundamentalist who attended in 2001:

http://poweredbychrist.homestead.com/BurningMan.html

I found it hilarous, but also very insightful.
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Postby madmatt » Wed Sep 17, 2003 5:12 pm

Dude, that is so cool! I mean, I thought Burning Man was so cool already, but now I think it is way cooler, cause, like it all makes sense now. Before I always had this feeling of wonder, like I couldn't understand what Burning Man was really really about, but now I finally get. That is so cool! :roll:
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Postby Niacin » Wed Sep 17, 2003 5:34 pm

Even though I found myself snickering, I can admire the author's faith in writing this. :D

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Postby Badger » Wed Sep 17, 2003 6:04 pm

I can admire the author's faith in writing this.


I admire nothing about spiritual or ecclesiastical myopia.

The 'doomy' sort of soundtrack is a laugh though.
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Now it all makes sense!

Postby WarmFuzzy » Wed Sep 17, 2003 6:37 pm

Now I understand why I came home and have been mindlessly carving pentagrams in my children's foreheads!

Glad that mystery is cleared up!
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Postby clandyone » Wed Sep 17, 2003 8:27 pm

Niacin wrote:Even though I found myself snickering, I can admire the author's faith in writing this. :D

Oh please. That's not faith, that's fear.... fear that if the author does not walk the very straight and very narrow, Gawd will plunge him into Gehenna. Follow the link in the OP! SEE Pascal's Wager tarted up like a streetwalker! Blecch.

Conspiracy theory and freaked-outtedness do not faith make.

And I said it on the Late, Lamented Old Eplaya (heretofore known as the LLOE,) but here it is again. What amuses me about that article is that it ISN'T ENOUGH for the writer that Burning Man features sex, drugs, dancing, art, fun, nudity, more sex and more art, and all those other great things that the fundies hate. He also has to throw in all that bizarro secular-conspiracy Indian-burial-ground claptrap. Just amazing. Some people have no idea how to think.. which may explain why they let their invisible skydaddy think for them.
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Postby Kinetic » Wed Sep 17, 2003 8:32 pm

What's scary is that article is still around, recirculating among the religious fundamentalist types. I know people that if they saw it would consider every bit of it true just because it's in print. They would eat it up, never question the source, it would become absolute fact in their minds.

If I get to become a regional coordinator, this is the mindset of the people who will work against me. It's going to be interesting!
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Postby precipitate » Thu Sep 18, 2003 11:18 am

> I know people that if they saw it would consider every bit of it true
> just because it's in print.

I heard an interview about electronic fraud on the radio yesterday - just
caught the end of it, so I'm not sure what the entire point was. But the
guy they'd been talking to had received some (spam) e-mail for some
kind of pills, went to the web site, and ordered some.

He said he felt safe because the web site had the "As Seen On TV!" logo.

Of course, his credit card has been charged and he never received the
product. Idiot tax.
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Postby Ivy » Thu Sep 18, 2003 11:25 am

I heard it too, on "The World" (I'm pretty sure) on NPR. It was a segment about how it's possible that people complain so much about SPAM yet it's a heartily thriving industry. It was a very interesting segment.
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Postby OregonRed » Thu Sep 18, 2003 11:41 am

Reprobate? Hmmmm.....I like it.

Seriousy, this is some scary shit. Isn't it amazing how mwny "christians" aren't? (For those of you that don't know christian means Christ-like) Do you think this person has really been to BRC?
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Postby Last Real Burner » Thu Sep 18, 2003 12:06 pm

I Say We Have A Good Ol' Satanic Barbque...

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Postby notthat1 » Thu Sep 18, 2003 11:31 pm

*shrugs* to each his/her own.The writer brings up some interesting points. I dunno...I'm more into the ART,and the people who make ART,but that's just me...
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Postby clandyone » Thu Sep 18, 2003 11:55 pm

notthat1 wrote:The writer brings up some interesting points.

Such as?
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Postby notthat1 » Fri Sep 19, 2003 5:44 pm

Summer Solstice(witchcraft holiday)
city layout/Wiccan Symbol
And then that whole thing with NAMBLA/American Youth Sodomy Organization.I was like whoooooo,ok.

But don't get it twisted,i didn't say i agreed with everything he wrote,i just found some of it interesting,thats all. I choose not to take things too seriously,and i think that the dude who wrote that is.Like i said,to each his/her own.
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Postby PJ » Fri Sep 19, 2003 5:49 pm

So, if it's Satan's birthday, do we get to spank him?
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Postby clandyone » Fri Sep 19, 2003 5:59 pm

notthat1 wrote:Summer Solstice(witchcraft holiday)
city layout/Wiccan Symbol
And then that whole thing with NAMBLA/American Youth Sodomy Organization.I was like whoooooo,ok.

But don't get it twisted,i didn't say i agreed with everything he wrote,i just found some of it interesting,thats all. I choose not to take things too seriously,and i think that the dude who wrote that is.Like i said,to each his/her own.

Aight -- I think he's completely fabricating the NAMBLA thing. I'm only a demi-vet, but in six years attending I've never seen any evidence that NAMBLA is out there. There is Nambla the Clown... but COME ON, anyone who would confuse Nambla the Clown with NAMBLA the organization has all the brains of a roll of fiberglass insulation. I don't think the American Youth Sodomy Organization even exists (unless it was a parody-type thing, which is possible.). Google revealed nothing either way.

The Summer Solstice occurs at the end of June. Quite a distance from Burning Man, which happens over Labor Day for the simple reason that people have an extra day off work. There is a minor-ish pagan festival called Lughnasa, which happens at the very beginning of August, but it ain't the Summer Solstice by a longshot.

The "Wiccan symbol" he depicts is nothing like a universal symbol. Wicca has a number of symbols, like the pentacle, but I did some fairly serious dabbling in Wicca in my tortured youth and never ran across anything like that green thing.

This guy is full of shit. Soup to nuts. Good for a chuckle, but his facts are bogus.
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Postby TestesInSac » Fri Sep 19, 2003 6:02 pm

clandyone wrote:Conspiracy theory and freaked-outtedness do not faith make.


I definitely agree, and I think the same can be said of lots of different types of activists.

Oh, and I like listening to the MIDI from that site. I find it perky.
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Postby Guest » Fri Sep 19, 2003 7:20 pm

Ok Clandyone,sounds like we agree,for the most part.I didn't take the guy that seriously.I'm going next year,so i'll see for myself.

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Postby notthat1 » Fri Sep 19, 2003 8:01 pm

forgot to sign in,the Guest is me ,notthat1
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Postby clandyone » Fri Sep 19, 2003 8:31 pm

Anonymous wrote:Ok Clandyone,sounds like we agree,for the most part.I didn't take the guy that seriously.I'm going next year,so i'll see for myself.

Yes, definitely see for yourself before you take the word of people who're such bible-beaters that the Book of Job has a restraining order against them.

I am a bit irascible on this subject. These people do far, far more harm than good, and the (thankfully pretty rare) anti-Burning Man sentiment is the least of it.
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Postby notthat1 » Fri Sep 19, 2003 9:18 pm

"the book of Job has a restraining order against them" thats funny!!Yeah,like i said,i'll see for myself.If i see you,i'll buy you a drink?

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Postby RebA! » Fri Sep 19, 2003 9:28 pm

TestesInSac wrote:Oh, and I like listening to the MIDI from that site. I find it perky.


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Postby clandyone » Fri Sep 19, 2003 9:53 pm

notthat1 wrote:"the book of Job has a restraining order against them" thats funny!!Yeah,like i said,i'll see for myself.If i see you,i'll buy you a drink?

Buy?

ummmmmm....

Thanks, I appreciate the offer. I do think you need to read up on this Burning Man thing a bit more. From sources that do not originate with hysterical fundies.

Let's see... if I see you, you are welcome to gift me a drink.

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Postby notthat1 » Fri Sep 19, 2003 10:00 pm

Oh yeah,that's right,i remember reading that when i joined.My bad,i'll "gift" you a drink.

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Postby DogBoy » Sat Sep 20, 2003 1:41 pm

Clandyone sez-
but I did some fairly serious dabbling in Wicca in my tortured youth and never ran across anything like that green thing.


That green thing is a goddess figure, variations of which have been around since before humans started writing history down. Long before Christ was even born.

And then she said-
who're such bible-beaters that the Book of Job has a restraining order against them.

I have not laughed so hard in weeks!

notthat1 sez-
Summer Solstice(witchcraft holiday)
city layout/Wiccan Symbol


Summer solstice...how is the longest day of the year Satanic?
For that matter, how is a circle Satanic?
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Postby PJ » Sat Sep 20, 2003 2:30 pm

DogBoy wrote:Summer solstice...how is the longest day of the year Satanic? For that matter, how is a circle Satanic?


If on the midnight of the solstice you draw a big circle in the dirt, tie a virgin to an altar in the middle of it, and have a billy goat mount the virgin while drummers around the circle chant Satan's praise, that ought to do it. At least, as far as your neighbors are concerned, which after all is what really matters.
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Postby OregonRed » Sat Sep 20, 2003 2:35 pm

If on the midnight of the solstice you draw a big circle in the dirt, tie a virgin to an altar in the middle of it, and have a billy goat mount the virgin while drummers around the circle chant Satan's praise, that ought to do it. At least, as far as your neighbors are concerned, which after all is what really matters.



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Postby clandyone » Sat Sep 20, 2003 3:05 pm

That green thing is a goddess figure, variations of which have been around since before humans started writing history down. Long before Christ was even born.

Yes, I did know that. Goddess figures vary widely, which brings me to my original point -- that that figurine is not the universal symbol that Holy Joe described it as being. I'm sorry if that wasn't clear.
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Postby TestesInSac » Sat Sep 20, 2003 5:10 pm

PJ wrote:If on the midnight of the solstice you draw a big circle in the dirt, tie a virgin to an altar in the middle of it, and have a billy goat mount the virgin while drummers around the circle chant Satan's praise, that ought to do it. At least, as far as your neighbors are concerned, which after all is what really matters.


Dood, where's the wine? And howcome the goat has all the fun? Would a guy in goat leggings do?
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Postby madmatt » Sat Sep 20, 2003 11:42 pm

Niacin -
I have to fall in in Niacin's support here. The more seriously you take people like that, the more power and legitimacy you grant them. The people you really have to be scared of aren't the fringe freakos (look who's talking) but the mainstream people who have power and influence and money and voices and control other peoples' access to resources.

Conversely, the more shit like that article that those weirdos produce about BM, the more power and legitimacy they give us.

All the shit that weirdo was saying about BM - If I woulda read that on the net before going there, I would've looked it up on the net out of curiousity and totally wanted to go there. Mock Egyptian death rituals? I'm going.
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