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Re Halloween outfits: when my nieces and nephew were kiddos my wardrobe was their go-to for any representation of a hobo, farmer, grunge musician, hobo clown (jeans, tee shirts and plaid flannel shirts are still staples of my wardrobe) , gypsy (the love beads and gaudy prints of the 70s are no longer staples) and the occasional call to use my good long black skirt and my favorite black long sleeved Qiana blouse for a witch.

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(please no g-word.. use fortune teller instead. Roma if you want to refer to the people).

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I had heard that Hocus Pocus was very popular and watched it on Disney+. Very disappointing and cringe inducing in the same way as so many other Disney kids movies, but nothing in the least bit "Satanic" about it. The only magic involved was making 96 min of my life disappear.

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Or, it could turn you into Bette Midler in a Mermaid costume.

https://www.livinglifeboomerstyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Bettes-Bridge.jpg

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Hocus Pocus is children's entertainment.

Christianity is child abuse.

I know which one I'd want to limit my kid's exposure to.

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Some people got a lot of time on their hands.

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Stay off of witchy women; they'll spit a loogey right in your eye.

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It must be a very strange world people who believe in the devil must live in. Always on the look-out lest they get be possessed by a demon or flatulence. It must be very exhausting for them.

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Consider this - Would you rather be in a crowded elevator with someone possessed by a demon or someone cursed with flatulence?

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I'd take flatulence over a potentially homicidal loon any day.

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What about the demon?

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Despite having screwed around with a Ouija Board (TM) in my youth, I have yet to be possessed by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, *or* Kathy Najimy.

Some Prince of Darkness you are, Mr. Satan. IF THAT IS YOUR NAME.

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I think Sarah got me once, if you know what I mean.

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before i even read the article i am going to guess this "ex-Satanist" was a "high priest"... they are ALWAYS a high priest.

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Who wants to repent over being some little nobody Satanist?

Go big or GTFO.

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Yeah, he'd have to high.

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It’s “hoc est enim corpus meum,” if you want to get all liturgical about it.

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And for that matter:

Abra Cadabra

Tontus Talontus

Vade Clariter Jubeo

..tho I no longer recall which stage mage came up with that one.

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That has a beat and you can dance to it

Same cadence as

"fa who dor ey fa who dor ey

WELCOME CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS TIME"

so there, yeah

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Hey, that thing your kids like that isn’t specifically financially benefitting a (my) church: IT’S EVIL.

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Oct 28, 2023·edited Oct 28, 2023

These people are definitely anti-Catholic as can be, and it usually goes hand-in-hand with being uneducated/ignorant - hence having no idea of the origin of hocus pocus (about which you are correct, Robin).

The interesting thing is how much magic of the folk variety was used by devout people in the Middle Ages through the early modern period. Petitions to saints, mixed in with obscure "magic words" to heal illness or injury, e.g.

Catholics who mix in with these evangelicals need to keep in mind that they think Catholics are apostates and that they're going to hell. They're not averse to using their papist "friends" to get what they want politically, though.

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John's bio says he died in 1999, went to Hell, met Satan, was returned to his body and then formed his own evangelical church.

Uh huh.

Well, John, Occam's razor would suggest that Satan returned you to Earth as a fake zombie pastor to trick God-fearing folk into following you to Hell! I'm onto you, John. You can tell Beelzebub that all of Wonkette is onto his sinister plan.

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I'm betting more like had too many black Russians at the office Halloween party, luved up on the Alice Cooper impersonator.

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You can't legally operate a business after you have died.

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He got better!

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I wonder what demon was summoned when Desi Arnaz sang Cuban Pete.

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Jim Carrey in “The Mask”

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"I was a satanist but I got better!" (narrator: he was not a satanist and still needs help.) In my older age I realize just how much the religious right relies on the testimony of clearly unwell people and it sickens me.

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Some Christian fanatic was lecturing on my university campus and he went into an extended riff about how, before he met Jesus, he was chanting ŌM on a beach in North Africa. You have to imagine this in a southern accent. I pointed out that it is actually pronounce aaah ooo mmm. He was undeterred.

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GET BETTER! PLEASE!

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It’s ok to say the words because they don’t count if you mumble them: Klaatu Barada Ni...bhmmm...to

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