Progress in Belle Plaine Veterans' Monument Lawsuit
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PROGRESS IN BELLE PLAINE VETERANS' MONUMENT LAWSUIT

In late November, depositions began as part of TST’s equal protection and breach-of-contract claims that were asserted against Belle Plaine, Minnesota, when they rescinded their promise to allow the display of our Satanic statue alongside a Christian statue on public grounds. The case began in 2019 when the Belle Plaine Veterans Club donated a statue with Christan imagery to be displayed in Belle Plaine Memorial Park.

This consequently opened a “public forum,” which permits the display of monuments from other faiths in accordance with the First Amendment.

Because TST has many members in the military, we thought it would be appropriate to participate. After months of construction and a great deal of expense, we created a reverent statue that honors those in Belle Plaine who have served in the armed forces. The monument was completed and plans were being made to transport the monument from Salem, Massachusetts, to Belle Plaine, Minnesota, when the city abruptly rescinded its invitation. The city refused to reimburse TST for the costs incurred, so TST sued Belle Plaine for religious discrimination and for breaking their agreement to allow the display of our statue.

The US District Court of Minnesota has allowed our case to proceed but requires that we elaborate on our equal protection claim. Our position is that if TST had been a Christian group, the permit would have never been rescinded, therefore constituting a violation of equal protection. The Court accepted that the invitation revocation could constitute a breach-of-contract claim as TST would not have incurred the costs for the statue if the promise to display it in the memorial park was not made.

The depositions will continue into the new year, and a teleconference hearing in front of a judge in Belle Plaine on Thursday of this week will further explore these claims.

We are incredibly pleased with the progress of our case in light of other unjust rulings that have plagued related complaints in other cities. The Court has thoughtfully considered our claims, fairly granted us the opportunity to more extensively argue areas that required further elaboration, and issued decisions that are based on established legal precedence. These depositions serve as a positive step towards receiving reimbursement for our statue and, more broadly, towards restoring the public’s trust that the justice system can make legal decisions bereft of judicial bias.

Grey Faction publishes internal discussion board posts within the ISSTD revealing unchecked conspiracism, harmful pseudoscience, and internal conflict over struggle to retain continuing education credits

Mental health professionals harm their clients and patients when they promote pseudoscience and conspiracy theories on the causes of mental illness. Such things have no place in the therapeutic context and must not be tolerated at academic conferences.

Today, Grey Faction begins releasing posts from within the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)’s Organized and Extreme Abuse (OEA) Special Interest Group, formerly the Ritual Abuse, Mind Control, and Organized Abuse (RAMCOA) Special Interest Group. In addition to laying bare unrestricted and unchecked musings about Satanic ritual abuse and ongoing military mind control experimentation in their clients, these posts also reveal a rift between the group and ISSTD leadership.

The ISSTD and its members are the main purveyors of Satanic Panic hysteria within the mental health field today. Despite their professional façade, bizarre conspiracy theories run rampant among their members and in their conference presentations, as outlined in our letter to the American Psychological Association.

The ISSTD Board of Directors wrote a letter to membership in early October 2020, informing them that the Special Interest Group formerly known as RAMCOA had been renamed. One reason for the name change, according to the letter, is “stricter rules for the provision of Continuing Education (CE) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits,” a certain number of which are required for mental health professionals to renew their license. In fact, the ISSTD was informed that their CE sponsor, CE Learning Systems, would no longer approve presentations on “mind control.” However, the letter states that the ISSTD is looking to bypass their current CE sponsor by becoming a CE accredited provider themselves, giving them free reign to decide which presentations qualify for CE credit.

“As you can see from the posts we’re publishing today, members of the OEA Special Interest Group are outraged by the Board’s unilateral decision to change the group’s name. They see this as a betrayal from ISSTD leadership, and surmise that Grey Faction’s efforts are to blame for both the renaming and the stricter CE rules. We happily accept responsibility for helping uphold CE standards,” says Grey Faction Director Evan Anderson.

“It is my firm belief that the ISSTD -- as purveyors of destructive conspiracy theories and pseudoscience shielded by the accreditation of professional licensure -- are a clear and present threat to mental health consumers and society at large,” says Lucien Greaves, The Satanic Temple’s spokesperson and cofounder. “These documents show conclusively that the ISSTD intends to do nothing to bring reason, or the best interests of mental health consumers, into consideration, and instead they are working to evade scrutiny merely by changing terminology. With this, I hope we can persuade the American Psychological Association (APA) to deny them any future CE accreditation.” 

 

Tenet Study: I

One should strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with reason.

The concept of empathy was not extensively considered until David Hume's pronouncement that minds mirror one another. This was in the 18th century, and the word is surprisingly recent as it does not officially enter the English language until 1909. Empathy is engaging in understanding and sharing another's feelings and is distinct from sympathy, which involves caring about others' feelings. Often one cares about others without sharing or even understanding how they feel.

Certain philosophical circles assert that empathy can exist without sympathy – that one can share another's emotional state without caring. Within this mindset, understanding the desires and motivations of others can be used to manipulate and oppress. While scenarios can be conceived that demonstrate this kind of outcome, bad-faith would be required to allow for that possibility within the context of our tenet. Our usage requires that sympathy is a causal consequence of empathy, thereby precluding cynical exploitation.

Poem No. 138 ("The Way is Through the Stomach") John S. Hall

I'm vegan

But when she offered me

The goat's blood

I got turned on

I don't drink

But as she prepared

The rum soaked fruit cake

It made me hot

I'm trying to watch my weight

But when she made me eat

The entire fruit cake

With the goat's blood

I came

12/2/2020

John S. Hall is a poet/spoken word artist, musician (if ukulele counts), and singer-songwriter. He has released numerous recordings, including nine albums with various incarnations of his band King Missile.
He is the author of a collection of poetry (Jesus Was Way Cool) and a self-help parody (Daily Negations), both on Soft Skull Press, and over 100 unpublished children’s stories. His most recent releases may be found at
here and here.

Recipe

Ingredients

Lump crab meat: 8 ounces

1/2 a bulb of fennel

1/2 a Spanish onion

About 3 cloves of garlic confit

Around 1-2 tablespoons of garlic oil

1 tablespoon of chili crisp

1 whole Bibb lettuce, picked

 

• About 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise

Roughly 1 tablespoon of harissa

1 lemon

2 scallions

Worcestershire sauce

Olive oil

A dash of salt

Hot pepper (Urfa chilies or red Aleppo pepper)

Instructions

Peel and dice half an onion. Remove the stems from the fennel, cut it in half, and dice that as well.

To make the garlic confit, simmer some garlic cloves in olive oil on the stove over low heat for 10 minutes. Let the cloves cool in the oil while putting a lid on the mix when it is done. You will have mashable cloves. Take about three cloves and smash them with the back of your knife.

Next, add some garlic cloves to a shallow saucepan. Once hot enough, add the onions and fennel to the pan, and let them simmer. Add some olive oil to the pan to lightly coat the veggies. Do not color or caramelize the vegetables. This step serves to simply poach them in oil.

Next, add the mashed garlic confit to the mixture on low heat. Let the vegetables become soft and translucent. Mix in the crab and add some lemon zest to the pan. Juice the lemon in a separate bowl, and add half the juice to the mix in the pot. Slowly simmer this for about five minutes and turn off the heat. Sprinkle in some salt, pepper flakes, and let it rest.

Add mayonnaise, harissa, remaining lemon juice, and chopped red bell pepper to a separate bowl. Mix in the sauce completely and put it in a small ramekin on the side. Let this sauce mix in the fridge for about an hour. 

Once cooled, pull your mix out and toss it with scallions. Add garlic oil and lemon juice to taste. 

Add some leafy greens to the bottom of a salad bowl, and top it with the crab mixture. If you have any chili crisp, a condiment usually found in Asian supermarkets, place it over the top. Garnish with more scallions if desired.

For further instructions, please visit TSTTV and watch my series, The Satanic Chef.

Adam Ostrofsky 2020

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