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Re: “Opening Tonight: Peter Brook's The Suit at OZ

saw this last night: outstanding story, top shelf acting, really great music. Go see The Suit.

Posted by Pancho on 05/23/2014 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Cinephile Red Alert: Marion Cotillard-Joaquin Phoenix Drama The Immigrant Opening Friday at Green Hills

I love both WE OWN and TWO. Thanks for this!

Posted by Joe Nolan on 05/22/2014 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Recapping the Wild West Comedy Festival, Part Two [Bill Burr, Demetri Martin, The Lonely Island and more]

Jorma constructed the puppet during Land of the Lost, not Hot Rod.

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Posted by Ryan Horn on 05/21/2014 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

this article is well written and informative. I wish the title had less of the mainstream pre notion about Paganism, which is untrue, Paganism isn't devil worshipping. It's something far from the truth. I hope more articles like this appear to educate the public about what this mysterious religion is about.

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Posted by Julie Hitch on 05/21/2014 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

Casting a spell to get something means that you are moving energy to bring about something you want. YOU are doing it. Praying for a miracle involves a second party, the one you're praying to, and it's out of your hands. There is a big difference. Awesome article, though. You covered a lot of things people are confused about. Kudos!

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Posted by Maya Luna on 05/21/2014 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

Being Pagan generally means never using the words "we believe". I know many pagans and we agree to disagree. I follow my path and encourage everyone to follow on their own path. I don't believe in organized religion of any kind. It always seems to end up with people fighting about who's right or wrong. I believe ALL life is sacred and should be treated equally. I believe in a higher being, to whom I involve in my entire life not just when I'm casting. I believe "God" puts everyone exactly where they should be. A more appropriate title might have been "There's no devil in paganism.". And I can't wait to get out of the mid-evil mid west and back around people that question everything they were taught never to question. The sheep here are the most judgemental and hypocritical people I've ever met! If you really want to raise awareness about just how harmless pagans are then do a story on how we are treated by christians in 2014. You'd probably be surprised. I had to take my daughter out of school because the students wouldn't stop bullying her. The teachers watched and did nothing. The principal said it was her fault. All she did was speak her mind about all religion at lunch one day. Being pagan, to me, also means allowing your children to find their own path. Even if it's one I disagree with. But no one deserves having to hide their beliefs because they would lose their job, get bullied, lose life long friends because they found out you believe what they were taught from birth is evil. My favorite comeback to people that tell me I'm wrong is to ask them how many religions they studied before they found the one that suits their personal beliefs. The answer is always, I'm sorry to say, "i was born and raised in my religion.". (and they're proud of it! Holy shit.). Then I say "So you believe what you were told to believe?". Most will keep arguing but you can see something change in their eyes. Most won't have the courage to change but for those that do....Enlightenment!

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Posted by Shelley Caster Ross on 05/21/2014 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Recapping the Wild West Comedy Festival, Part Two [Bill Burr, Demetri Martin, The Lonely Island and more]

Marc Maron's stand-up show at Zanies Friday night was a highlight for me. Say what you will about comedy club shows, that was HIS audience & it was great.

Posted by ChadRiden on 05/21/2014 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

I like the title you chose. My parents, sister, grandparents have often accused me of inviting "the devil" into my life as I have persued my search for a spiritual path. I am one of thos eclectic pagans and I remember when I mentioned to someone I was pagan one pf the first questions they asked me was if I was going to sacrifice their cat. Really?! Paganism is so often reviled and called Satanism of "a trick of the Devil" and it bugs me so much.
People really need to learn to research and not jump to conclusions. I enjoyed this article.

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Posted by Angela Hutchins on 05/21/2014 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

I think it was well written. I'm glad the author got to get out and see what we are really like. Peoples perceptions are so skewed now a days its unreal. So kudos for going and staying and giving it a chance, and opening your mind a bit, it does wonders.

As for the misleading title, well, yeah, its an "OOOOO click there click there" attention grabber that works well but, even myself as a Wiccan, am not offended by it because there are some important facts in here that people NEED to read. The pagan umbrella term being one of the most important ones.

I know for MY practices, I always use the Wiccan pentacle (right side up star in a circle). I've never heard of use of the inverted pentacle in use in Wicca, but, hey, neo pagans and Wiccans do what they want, they borrow from whatever they think is best for them and work with that and if that's what they do, that's what they do, I WILL say though, that Satanists, are NOT all they are painted to be. NOT All Satanists are "devil worshipers." Actually, its quite the contrary, satanists simply believe that THEY are their OWN gods. They have their own "bible" and beliefs and are not all HORRID people like most people think. It's the ones who claim to be "devil worshipers" and like, slaughter things in the name of the devil that causes Satanists to get a bad rap.

It all boils down to people. In all religions, there's good and bad, there's dark and light, you cant paint them all with the same brush just because you ran into one who was dark colored. Everyone deserves a fair chance.

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Posted by Ashley Jo Patterson on 05/21/2014 at 2:49 AM

Re: “Aziz Ansari Returns to TPAC May 15; Tickets On Sale Now

I liked his leadoff guy. Jerrod?, I was expecting much more from Aziz, Boring. I was falling asleep. $100 for 2 of us was wasted. Dang. Sorry, Aziz, you're better on Parks and Rec.

Posted by Julie Satterfield Leggio on 05/21/2014 at 1:16 AM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

One must be Abrahamic to be a Satanist, period. Most neo-pagans, as the ancients, do not follow any kind of Abrahamic belief system. The pre-Christian God, Lucifer, never had his name in original biblical texts. Translators of these texts used his name in place of the Abrahamic 'devil' in western language texts. This was done in an effort to demonize a popular pagan God in the region.
I've found this to be a very good article! I felt a sense of the writer's own calling back to the earth while reading. Although I had flash of fury at the title, it was a rather clever attention-grabber.

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Posted by Patrick Weber on 05/21/2014 at 1:05 AM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

There indeed are "devil worshipping" Pagans - they are Lucifarians. Pagans are always in such a hurry to not be associated with the "devil" that they will try to erase this path completely. There are also Abrahamic or Christian Pagans.

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Posted by loveydovey on 05/20/2014 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

Love the article, Beliefs are beliefs all deeply spiritual and deeply personal in nature (no pun intended). Everyone feels within themselves what works and is their path, diversity isn't something to be judged or ostracized. I'm only new to being pagan (about 3 months) and came from a heavily brought up christian belief. I have to say that i look no different at the inverted/upright pentacle, as i would the star of David or christian cross it's powerful symbolism. A lot of people hide from their faiths and i guess to some part hiding can be seen as with holding something dark, people always fear what they don't understand. Hopefully this article will shed some light on a perceived darkness. My only downside to this is the festival is not down here in Australia. Blessed be to one and all.

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Posted by Andy Wilden on 05/20/2014 at 11:12 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

"an upright pentagram, often mistaken for its inverted, Satanic counterpart"

An inverted Pentagram is no more Satanic than an inverted cross is, sorry. *See Cross of St. Peter if you don't understand.

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Posted by Ilthirial on 05/20/2014 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

Great Article! I was concerned when I saw the interviews going on as to how the story may be spun. Living as a pagan in the south is not only difficult but can be scarey at times when you don't know how people will react. But I believe this report to be very fair and accurate. So thank you!

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Posted by Christy on 05/20/2014 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

I know Pagans who do worship the devil, or Satan, or both (Some people consider a devil and Satan 2 different entities.) and they aren't bad people. So they worship a deity that is perceived as being on the darker side of things, so what? If they aren't harming anyone, who cares who they're devoted to. We should never throw satanic pagans, or any other Satanists and devil worshipers under the bus just to make other pagans look better to pacify christians.

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Posted by Lacee Marie Hartman-Code on 05/20/2014 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

I'm so glad that you used that title. Hopefully you can help open the minds of people who were looking to have their biases and bigotry confirmed. Good on you.

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Posted by Matthew Bo on 05/20/2014 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

Nice article, Angela. I certainly appreciate your open-mindedness and frankness. The world is full of all kindss of people with all kinds of beliefs. We Pagans are just another small segment. Please kick the editor who picked the headline.

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Posted by Star Bustamonte on 05/20/2014 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

"Simply put, Paganism, like Christianity, is an umbrella term, with many different puddles of belief pooled beneath." This may be the most accurate one line description of paganism I've seen in my 50 years of being one.

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Posted by Ashleigh on 05/20/2014 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

The article is very good, but the title about "Devil Worship" was misleading and unjust. Some people won't notice the quotes around the term and won't read the article, so it will just confirm their false belief that pagans worship the devil. The title does us a disservice.

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Posted by Lumara on 05/20/2014 at 4:22 PM

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