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Summer Solstice Pagan Festival has Pahokee residents outrage

Postby The Spiral Future » Thu May 30, 2013 11:57 am

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PAHOKEE—Pahokee residents, church members, and pastors are outraged over an upcoming event at the Lake Okeechobee Resort and Marina. The marina will be hosting its first Lake Okeechobee Summer Solstice Festival – a program that organizers hope will become an annual event.

The event will be held June 19-23.

Pastors from various churches in Pahokee attended Tuesday night’s city commission meeting to express disappointment in city leaders for allowing the event to come to Pahokee. The crowd cheered in agreement as, one-by-one, pastors from around the area admonished city officials for allowing festivals containing witchcraft and occult practices into the city.

“I just found out about this today. I am disappointed in the city of Pahokee for allowing this group to come,” said Pastor Brad Smith, Florida Director of Kids for Christ. Smith called the event “an abomination”.

“We don’t need this in our town. Not now. Not ever,” said Rev. Raul Rodriguez, of Church of God Door of Jesus Christ.

His daughter, Ruby Rodriguez said that this came as a shock to her. “We do live in a free country but of all of the cities in Florida, why would they choose Pahokee?” she asked.

The line of speakers from Pahokee, a city with a high concentration of local churches, seemed endless.

“We are opening ourselves up to things we should not, like belly dancing and magic spells,” said Daniel Mondragon. “We do not welcome these things. This is the first annual event, and it should be the last.”

“When I heard about this I immediately began praying,” said Bishop Jared Hines of New Destiny Community Church. “This event is not only detrimental to our city but to our county. What goes on at that lake will affect us all; it will move from the dike and into our homes.”

“We cannot expect our city to survive and prosper if we allow these things,” said Pastor Eugene Babb, of Harlem Church of God.

“God cannot heal our land if we have witches and warlocks violating our community,” said Evangelist Lillian Brown, of Saints on the Move.

Pastor Jorge Chivara of the Hispanic Nazarene Church addressed the commission through an interpreter, calling pastors of all faiths to unite against the festival. He invited everyone (pastors and residents) to join his church on Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m.

He plans to discuss the festival and its potential effects on the community.

“We want to begin praying about what’s taking place before the event, during the event, and after the event,” Chivara said.

But not everyone at the meeting agreed.

Jimmy Kellerher pointed out when the commission meeting began everyone stood and pledged to the American flag -- a flag that represents freedom.

“To say teaching kids magic tricks is evil, that’s stretching it,” Kellerher said. “Religious persecution no matter which way is wrong.”

Many residents questioned how city officials could allow the festival to come to town without the citizens’ knowledge and how the marina’s director, Wayne Gray, could be allowed to book such an event.

“I spoke with Mr. Gray regarding the festival and he stated that if any religious organization would like to rent the marina for a festival they are more than welcomed to do so,” said Derrek Moore, Pahokee’s city manager.

Residents quickly began to organize a march in protest of the festival.

“I cannot legally stop Mr. Gray from allowing the event but I also cannot stop the community from protesting it,” said Mayor Colin Walkes.

Wayne Gray defends the event.

“It’s business. I am trying to attract people to the marina and to Pahokee,” he said. “I cannot do that if I begin discriminating just because of someone’s religion. If any of the churches want to hold an event celebrating Jesus, they are more than welcomed to do so and I will market it just as we have with the Solstice.”

The Solstice will bring over a thousand people to the area, which translates into money being spent at many local businesses, Mr. Gray argued.

Mr. Gray listed various events he has booked at the marina.

“I have a book signing of a local man coming up. I recently had a young lady who is trying to get her modeling career off the ground,” he said. “Both were events I donated the facility’s use. If their careers take off because I have helped them, that is something I can be proud of.

“I have a power boat show and a jet ski race coming soon,” he said. “I am trying to do good things and help the community.”

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The sheer intolerance is frightening, I completely agree with the Mayor on this matter. Religious tolerance does work both ways, no one religion should be placed higher than another in any community.

I wonder if their is a summer solstice festival here in Ireland.......

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Postby Big Jim P » Thu May 30, 2013 11:59 am

Reminds me of the church that used to (and perhaps still does) protest That a Wiccan group would meet on Ft. Hood for their celebrations.

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Postby The Spiral Future » Thu May 30, 2013 12:00 pm

Big Jim P wrote:Reminds me of the church that used to (and perhaps still does) protest That a Wiccan group would meet on Ft. Hood for their celebrations.


Were they ever listened too?
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Postby Ensiferum » Thu May 30, 2013 12:00 pm

Tax their churches. Preaching hate is not religion, it's politics, and they are clearly preaching hate. I'd say a 100% tax on their income would be fair.

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Postby Ifreann » Thu May 30, 2013 12:01 pm

Any reports of people being turned into newts yet?
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Postby Greater Pokarnia » Thu May 30, 2013 12:02 pm

Boohoo, they don't practice the same religion as you. Fucking get over it.
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Postby Big Jim P » Thu May 30, 2013 12:03 pm

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Big Jim P wrote:Reminds me of the church that used to (and perhaps still does) protest That a Wiccan group would meet on Ft. Hood for their celebrations.


Were they ever listened too?


When I was there, no. The Wiccans obeyed every rule and met every condition set to use base facilities. The base CO pointed this out, and pointed out the the Army recognizes Wicca in its Chaplains regulations. Essentially he told the protesters to suck it.

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Postby Surfistan » Thu May 30, 2013 12:03 pm

Burn the Pagan, purge the heretic

Errm well, there's the First Amendment and yeah, that's pretty much it.

If the pastors wanted to critise it, they might as well organise a (better) festival, but nooo, let's just say they offend us with their magick.

It's harmless, some kids who believe in nature and want to dance around and have crazy magick sexy times. If they follow the law I see nothing juridically against it.

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Ifreann wrote:Any reports of people being turned into newts yet?


I can neither confirm nor deny any acts of transfiguration in the SW of Florida.
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Postby Gauthier » Thu May 30, 2013 12:04 pm

Ifreann wrote:Any reports of people being turned into newts yet?


But they got better.
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Postby Battenburgia » Thu May 30, 2013 12:10 pm

The Spiral Future wrote:
“We are opening ourselves up to things we should not, like belly dancing...


:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

What's wrong with these backward fuckwits......don't they know that half the stuff they do as Christians is bloody pagan in origin, from the date of their saviour's birthday to their easter eggs :palm:

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Postby Gauthier » Thu May 30, 2013 12:11 pm

Battenburgia wrote:
The Spiral Future wrote:
“We are opening ourselves up to things we should not, like belly dancing...


:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

What's wrong with these backward fuckwits......don't they know that half the stuff they do as Christians is bloody pagan in origin, from the date of their saviour's birthday to their easter eggs :palm:


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Postby Ifreann » Thu May 30, 2013 12:11 pm

Battenburgia wrote:
The Spiral Future wrote:
“We are opening ourselves up to things we should not, like belly dancing...


:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Don't laugh, Jesus spoke out against belly-dancing regularly in the Bible. It's a serious problem.
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Battenburgia wrote:
The Spiral Future wrote:
“We are opening ourselves up to things we should not, like belly dancing...


:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

What's wrong with these backward fuckwits......don't they know that half the stuff they do as Christians is bloody pagan in origin, from the date of their saviour's birthday to their easter eggs :palm:


We should always avoid the danger of belly dancing, it may cause lapses in thought..............................What was i saying?
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Postby Gauthier » Thu May 30, 2013 12:13 pm

Ifreann wrote:
Battenburgia wrote:
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Don't laugh, Jesus spoke out against belly-dancing regularly in the Bible. It's a serious problem.


Jesus also beat the shit out of money changers, yet we have Wall Street and megachurches running rampant to this day.
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Postby Phocidaea » Thu May 30, 2013 12:15 pm

They have every right to have their little festival, and the churchies should man the fuck up about it, since it's not affecting them in any way.

That being said, I just thing it's completely silly.
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Postby Big Jim P » Thu May 30, 2013 12:16 pm

Gauthier wrote:
Ifreann wrote:Don't laugh, Jesus spoke out against belly-dancing regularly in the Bible. It's a serious problem.


Jesus also beat the shit out of money changers, yet we have Wall Street and megachurches running rampant to this day.


Maybe we need the second coming after all. Jesus could beat the unholy shit out of them.

Of course someone would put it on Pay-per-view.

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Postby Battenburgia » Thu May 30, 2013 12:17 pm

Ifreann wrote:Don't laugh, Jesus spoke out against belly-dancing regularly in the Bible. It's a serious problem.



I wouldn't be at all surprised.....I'm quite prepared to find Moses speaking out about the Charleston to be honest :shock:

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Postby The Spiral Future » Thu May 30, 2013 12:31 pm

Battenburgia wrote:
Ifreann wrote:Don't laugh, Jesus spoke out against belly-dancing regularly in the Bible. It's a serious problem.



I wouldn't be at all surprised.....I'm quite prepared to find Moses speaking out about the Charleston to be honest :shock:


During the seventies, Catholics priests used to say disco's and modern music was ''pagan' here in Ireland and protested them.
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Postby Ifreann » Thu May 30, 2013 12:37 pm

Big Jim P wrote:
Gauthier wrote:
Jesus also beat the shit out of money changers, yet we have Wall Street and megachurches running rampant to this day.


Maybe we need the second coming after all. Jesus could beat the unholy shit out of them.

Of course someone would put it on Pay-per-view.

Ahem
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Postby The Spiral Future » Thu May 30, 2013 12:41 pm

Ifreann wrote:
Big Jim P wrote:
Maybe we need the second coming after all. Jesus could beat the unholy shit out of them.

Of course someone would put it on Pay-per-view.

Ahem


Deadly buzz, let's set him on them, see what happens when he declares that he will strike them down :p
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Postby Death Metal » Thu May 30, 2013 12:41 pm

Greater Pokarnia wrote:Boohoo, they don't practice the same religion as you. Fucking get over it.


EDIT- Also, not all of Florida is this backwards, folks. Just the rural parts. And Tampa. And Jacksonville. And the Governor.
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Postby Battenburgia » Thu May 30, 2013 12:42 pm

The Spiral Future wrote:
During the seventies, Catholics priests used to say disco's and modern music was ''pagan' here in Ireland and protested them.



nothing surprises me about the Catholic Church.....they once even banned the Bible :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

http://withchrist.org/archives.htm

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Postby The Spiral Future » Thu May 30, 2013 12:45 pm

Battenburgia wrote:
The Spiral Future wrote:
During the seventies, Catholics priests used to say disco's and modern music was ''pagan' here in Ireland and protested them.



nothing surprises me about the Catholic Church.....they once even banned the Bible :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

http://withchrist.org/archives.htm


:clap:

Well done you self defeating fools, well done. I'm so glad I lost belief faith while I was still young.
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Postby Lazssia » Thu May 30, 2013 12:46 pm

Part of me wants to laugh and the other part wants to hang my head and sigh. I'm a Christian and I couldn't give less of a shit what you practice or celebrate. The fact that there is still so much ignorance and intolerance present in some churches really makes me groan.

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