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Michelle Obama makes devil’s horn sign on Vogue cover

The sign of the horns, more sinisterly called the Devil’s Horns, is formed by extending the index and little fingers while holding the middle and ring fingers down with the thumb, signifying one’s allegiance to Satan.

devil's horns

The hand sign was popularized in the late 1960s by the founder of the Church of Satan Anton LaVey (see pic below).

Anton LaVey

This is Michelle Obama on the cover of the March 2009 issue of the fashion magazine, Vogue. (I circled her left hand in yellow.)

Michelle Obama on March 2009 Vogue cover

If you think he accidentally made the devil’s horn hand sign, think again.

Just try making that sign yourself. It’s not easy. It takes a conscious effort.


California’s culture of death: 2 in 3 voters favor euthanasia

assisted suicideLast Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed ABX2-15, the End of Life Option Act, thereby making lawful “physician-assisted suicide” — the politically-palatable name for euthanasia. (See “California legalizes euthanasia“)

A day after euthanasia became legal, KPBS reports that a group called Seniors Against Suicide (SAS) filed papers to place a referendum to repeal the law on next year’s ballot. SAS has only 90 days to collect the signatures of 365,880 registered voters.

The referendum effort faces steep obstacles, if we go by the results of the latest Field Poll.

Released a day after Brown signed ABX2-15 into law, the statewide poll of 1,002 registered voters found broad voter support for the End of Life Option Act:

  • 2 in 3 voters in the poll (65%) favor the new law; only 27% are opposed.
  • Support is broad-based, spanning nearly all major subgroups of the state’s voting population:
    • Groups giving the law the strongest support – 70% or more in favor – are liberals, Democrats, non-partisan Independents, white non-Hispanics, those with no religious preference, and non-Christian religions.
    • Majorities of Protestants, Catholics, and registered Republicans also support the new euthanasia law.
  • Political conservatives and born-again Christians are least likely to support the bill.
  • 71% of those polled favor a more generic question about euthanasia — allowing terminally ill patients the right to ask for and
    get life-ending medication.

The Netherlands and Belgium show how physician-assisted suicide can be and is being abused, resulting in doctors killing people who are not terminally-ill, including the elderly, the young, the mentally ill, and babies. See:

See also “Why you should be concerned that the largest U.S. nursing association endorses socialist Bernie Sanders for President” (Hint: Sanders is pro-euthanasia.)


Calif. Catholic diocese publishes homily by priest calling for approval of homosexual marriage

Mark 10:6

But from the beginning of creation,
God made them male and female.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 2, Chapter 2, Article 6:

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

The Catholic Voice, which identifies itself as “the official newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland” in northern California, has seen fit to publish a heretical priest Dan Danielson’s homily calling for the approval of homosexual marriage.

Below is the homily, “What are we to make of the Supreme Court ruling and marriage?,” in its entirety, including the illustrative photo of two sodomites chosen by Catholic Voice‘s editor.

Catholic Voice: A publication of the Catholic Diocese of Oakland

October 5, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA

Letters from Readers

Gay rights supporters celebrate outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington June 26 after the justices ruled in a 5-4 decision that the U.S. Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry. (Jim Bourg/Reuters)

What are we to make of the Supreme Court ruling and marriage?

By Rev. Dan Danielson

The Catholic Church has lost the battle to allow the marriage of same-sex couples throughout the United States.

The Supreme Count of the United States, on June 26, ruled against the Church and others who supported Proposition 8, the California initiative that said marriage was between a man and woman only.

What are we to make of this whole scene as Catholics? Though I’ve had some struggle with myself about doing so, I want to try to address that issue.

There are some basic things that have to be made clear up front.

A homosexual orientation is born, not made. No one simply chooses to be “gay.” Studies have shown over and over that this attraction and orientation toward people of the same sex is not the result of particular environments or family structures. A person discovers him or herself to be “gay.” They don’t decide to be thus oriented. In our culture, why would anyone ever choose to live such a difficult life?

Being someone with a homosexual orientation, whether male or female, does not make one bad. It is not sinful or wrong. It is not a mental aberration. It simply IS. And as quoted above, in God’s own image, He made all people, without exception.

Every human being is a son or daughter of someone, is a brother or sister of each of us. And as such they are worthy of the same great respect, love, understanding, care and dignity to which we are all entitled as children of God.

That means that all forms of discrimination, abuse, disrespect, prejudice, hatred, insulting remarks are to have no place among us. Often such behavior really reveals the latent insecurities about the abuser’s own sexual identity.

All human beings, including those who have a homosexual orientation, are welcome to be members of the Christian community. We desire them to be “at home” here, to know that they are loved and respected here, that they have nothing to fear here — from any of us.

The issue that requires us to deal with this further, is the sexual activity of people with a homosexual orientation.

Again there are some issues that need to be clarified here:

The issue of chastity is an issue every human being has to wrestle with. The task of integrating this powerful aspect of humanity into the rest of our lives is a struggle for most everyone. And who among us can say that they have always made the right decision and have nothing to look back on with some shame?

All people face the struggle of “becoming chaste” with the help of God. Random acts of sexual encounter, using another human being in that way, can never be condoned or approved of, whether that person is “gay” or “straight.” And such acts have always been seen by the Christian Church as wrong.

The Church believes that the marriage between one man and one woman is the best environment in which to raise children. It is the foundation of all societies in our modern world. That is why the Church has fought to maintain that definition of marriage.

But we all know of heterosexual marriages that are miserable places in which to raise a child and many of us know of homosexual couples who raise children with great love, attention and devotion. So while the Church’s teaching is certainly in general correct, it does not work out that way in many instances.

When all is said and done, no one is the judge of someone else’s conscience. And we cannot set ourselves up to judge the stable relationships of homosexual couples, whether those relationships are called domestic partnerships or marriage by our civil laws and our society.

Indeed, there are things in many of the long-term relationships that homosexual couples have that are truly admirable, as they would be in any long-term relationship — fidelity, self-sacrificing love, care in times of sickness and disability among them. These relationships are not to be simply condemned as sinful.

The Catholic Church is not going to be performing religious ceremonies or marriages for homosexual couples. That is clear. And the Church is not going to simply accept that any relationship other than a committed relationship between one man and one woman can properly be called marriage.

But neither are we going to go on a rampage of ignorance and hate. We are going to accept all our brothers and sisters, wherever they are in their journey toward the God who made them in His image and likeness. We are going to love them as God loves us all and accept them as God accepts us all — without judgment or superiority, conscious of our own faults, failings, blind spots and at times — accommodated consciences.

May the Lord who made us all in His image and likeness, lead us all safely home together — one family, one Lord, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all. To Him alone be glory and honor now and forever. Amen.

(This was Father Dan Danielson’s homily, slightly edited, at Mass on June 28. He is the former administrator of the Diocese of Oakland and retired pastor of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton. He currently lives at Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont.)

~End of Catholic Voice article~

Not only does Danielson’s homily directly contradict the Catechism of the Catholic Church, by the logic of his twisted reasoning, we must also not “set ourselves up to judge” adulterers, polygamists, pedophiles, bestialists, rapists, murderers and (fill in the blank). After all, Danielson tells us that “no one is the judge of someone else’s conscience.”

What purpose, then, is the Catholic Church’s sacrament of Confession?

Since this heretical homily was published in the official newspaper of the Diocese of Oakland, we can only conclude that Danielson’s preaching has the approval of Bishop Michael Barber and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

Shame on you, all.


Pilgrimage of Mercy Tour of Church’s Youngest Saint

The guest post below is by longtime FOTM reader and commenter Steven Broiles.

St. Maria Goretti

I was raised in the Catholic faith and my parents and teachers did their best. (I grew up during the changes of Vatican II). But I drifted and lost my faith, for the most part. About ten days ago I came across this website,, and in it I discovered that the relics of this Saint are touring the eastern half of the United States. (The tour schedule is listed on the site). I read the contents of the site and decided to go and see and honor the relics myself.

Maria Goretti was the third of seven children born to Luigi and Assunta Goretti. They lived in Italy in poverty as farmers. After the father died, Maria had to take responsibility for her siblings. At the age of eleven, one of the helpers of the farm, Alessandro Serenelli, caught Maria alone and made clear to her his intentions to rape her. She resisted, and Alessandro stabbed her nine times with a farm implement and left the house. When Alessandro returned, only to find Maria clinging to life, he stabbed her four more times. Upon returning to the house and finding her daughter gravely wounded, Assunta managed to get help to get Maria to a hospital, where she died during surgery the next day.

Maria’s last words were, “I forgive Alessandro, and I want him to be with me in Heaven forever.” She was beatified in 1947 and canonized in 1950 by Pius XII in the Catholic Church’s first outdoor canonization ceremony, attended by more than half a million people. It was the first canonization in Church history that was attended by the saint’s own mother. Some refer to her as “an American Saint” even though she never set foot on American soil during her life, in part because some of her surviving siblings moved to America and settled in Trumbull, CT and in New Jersey, having their own families there. (Yes: Relatives of this saint are alive and well in the United States).

The relics were in New York City, in Staten Island and Brooklyn, as well as St. Patrick’s Cathedral before going to Trumbull. Due to my own work schedule I was unable to make the local stops. So I drove up to Trumbull. A Novus Ordo Mass was being celebrated in St. Maria’s honor; unfortunately, I was about ten minutes late. Giving the sermon was Fr. Carlos Martins, C.C., and he spoke for a good half hour on the short life and heroic virtue of St. Maria, and he displayed some of the relics, including a farm implement about a foot long, of the type that her killer used to attack her (it was not the implement itself).

I became interested in paying a visit to the relics of this Saint for the following reasons. Two members of my family have been visited by saints. (I will not go into this now). But, more important to me and my own situation, after having grown up in the Church as its Liturgy changed, and as the quality of its priests—or at least their sermons—changed, I lost interest. This was not the only reason I lost my faith: I have to take responsibility for my own life. I was the one who alienated himself, from God and neighbor. As a consequence of this drifting, I substituted intellectual things for faith, such as the philosophy of existentialism and psychology. I became a high school English teacher. I thought, for a while, that I was winning at the game of life.

It was all a sham!

And I was lucky: A number of people who become so alienated and enamored of existentialism wind up committing suicide. I’ve known at least two such people. So I tried to return to Mass and the Sacraments. But that, too, was a sham, and it was not because of the priests or the Church. (Even though I don’t like what has happened to both, for the most part). Again, taking responsibility for my own life, my own thinking and my own choices, I have come to discover that looking at things through an intellectual lens has its time and its place, but it is not the be-all and end-all of life. I have been told that I am intelligent and articulate, but even that didn’t satisfy. One fellow, Joe (who has gone home to be with Our Lord) told me, “You know, Steve, you have academic knowledge. And it’s not a bad thing to have, but it’s academic. It’s not people knowledge.” And then it hit me: People get alienated because they harden their hearts. They harden their hearts because they take offense at what has been done to them, with or without just cause.

So when I discovered the Maria Goretti site and read it, things started to click. I felt as if I was given an invitation, of sorts. I listed my prayer requests on the site. Without conflating anything, I went to this Church, St. Theresa’s in Connecticut, with an open mind. I listened to Fr. Martins, and he gave an excellent talk on the life of St. Maria and the redemption of Alessandro, and how we can apply their examples to our own lives. He spoke in specifics, and gave examples of how prayer to St. Maria still works today. Yes, people still pray to this Saint and Martyr, and she still cures people. Fr. Martin gave two examples he knows of personally.

Intellectual things have their time and their place. But they are no substitute for what really bothers a man. An alienated man gets to the point where he becomes complacent in his misery, and take it from me, it is no comfort: It is a meaningless existential hell. And I have the acedia to prove it.

A plenary indulgence is given to those who attend the Mass for St. Maria and honor the relics, provided certain conditions are met. I forgot all of the conditions, but making a good confession and receiving within seven days of attending the Mass and honoring the relics is one of them. I will check the site out again for that. I believe that some day St. Maria Goretti will be declared a Doctor of the Church.

I have always been interested in the fact that the Catholic Church is the only religion in the history of the world which has given us wonderful examples of incorrupt saints.  (There have been approximately 400 of them to date).  (I missed out on the tour of the relics of St. Theresa of Lisieux, which made their way to St. Patrick’s Cathedral here in New York about ten years ago.  But I did manage to venerate the relic of St. John Vianny (the Cure D’ars) at the parish church that bears his name in Massapequa, New York.  (It was his incorrupt heart).)  But this state of incorruption is not promised to last forever: although the remains of St. Maria have decomposed, we have her skeleton, which is in a wax effigy.  But I do believe in the power of prayer more, now that I have made this pilgrimage, and I present the information here for those who may be interested.  And kudos to the Knights of Columbus who were in attendance.  One Knight told us that he was at the Church of St. Theresa’s all day, and he estimated that about “five or six thousand” people had come and gone throughout the day.  Once again, go to for the remaining tour dates and locations, to see if they are near you.

-Steven Broiles

See also joandarc’s post on St. Maria Goretti, “The little girl who became a saint“.

Here’s an audio demo tape of Broiles.

Florida Senate candidate drank goat’s blood in satanic ritual

Formerly-Christian America is unraveling before our eyes.

A 32-year-old criminal defense lawyer in Florida who’s running for the U.S. Senate, once killed a goat and drank the animal’s blood to give thanks to the “god of the wilderness.”


Brendan Farrington reports for the AP (via Orlando Sentinel), Oct. 5, 2015, that two years ago, Augustus Sol Invictus walked from central Florida to the Mojave Desert and spent a week fasting and praying, at times thinking he wouldn’t survive. When he safely returned home, he gave thanks by killing a goat and drinking its blood in a “pagan” ritual.

Note: Augustus Sol Invictus — a Latin phrase that means “majestic unconquered sun” — is a wholly concocted name. Invictus refuses to disclose his original given name.

Invictus said, “I did sacrifice a goat. I know that’s probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans. I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness. Yes, I drank the goat’s blood.”

Adrian Wyllie, the chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida and the Libertarian candidate for governor last year, has resigned to call attention to Invictus’ candidacy in hopes that other party leaders will denounce him. Wyllie says Invictus wants to lead a civil war, is trying to recruit neo-Nazis to the party and brutally and sadistically dismembered a goat.

Wyllie said that Invictus “is the absolute exact opposite of a Libertarian. He’s a self-proclaimed fascist. He’s promoting a second civil war. It’s absolute insanity. We must explain to people this is the opposite of Libertarians. This guy has no place in the Libertarian Party.”

In a phone interview last Friday (October 1, 2015), Invictus says Wyllie lies and is running a smear campaign against him, twisting his words. Invictus denies he’s a white supremacist, pointing out his four children are Hispanic — though he acknowledges that some white supremacists support his campaign. He also denies that he’s trying to start a civil war, but he says the government already is at war with its citizens and that it’s certain to escalate. Invictus says, “The only question is when are the citizens going to start fighting back? I don’t think I’m the only person who sees a cataclysm coming, but I think I’m the only person saying it, and I think that scares people.”

The worshipper of “the god of the wilderness” admits he’s been investigated by the FBI, the U.S. Marshals and other law enforcement, in part for a series of YouTube videos and other writings in which he discussed government, prophesied a great war, and said he would wander into the wilderness and return bearing revolution.

But he insists that he doesn’t advocate violence. “You do not initiate force,” he said. “If the government is waging war on citizens, we as citizens have the right to self-defense on government.”

Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley

According to Sunday World, Invictus belonged to a sect called “Thelema,” which sacrifices animals and is heavily based on the philosophy of occultist satanist Aleister Crowley. Invictus said he was “expelled from the order for political reasons.”

Note: Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) fancied himself to be a “ceremonial” or occultic magician. He concocted what he called the law of Thelema: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will.”

Do-as-thou-will or self-indulgence is also the motto of the Church of Satan, the adherents of which regards themselves as their own gods.


Obama regime’s FBI-ATF issue safety alert to Philadelphia schools for today, Oct. 5

Four days after a lone gunman singled out Christians for slaughter on a college campus in Roseburg, Oregon, the FBI and the ATF issued an alert to all Philadelphia area colleges and universities to be on the alert for violence today, October 5, after a threat of violence was made in social media.

NBC Philadelphia reports that the FBI released the following statement:

Out of an abundance of caution, the FBI Philadelphia Field Office notified local colleges and universities of a social media posting which threatened violence at a Philadelphia-area college or university for Monday, October 5. 

No specific college or university was identified in the posting. We encourage students, faculty, and employees at area colleges and universities to follow the guidance of their campus security officials.

The FBI will continue to work with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to investigate threats of violence, and, as always, we ask the public to report suspicious activity to law enforcement.

Officials have not revealed where they found the threat. However, several reports have mentioned a post on the popular imageboard website 4chan in which a user writes:

On October 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM CT, a fellow robot will take up arms against a university near Philadelphia. His cries will be heard, his victims will cower in fear, and the strength of the Union will decay a little more.

Below is the actual message posted on 4chan, calling on all “robots” to join the “Beta Rebellion”:

↓Click image below to enlarge↓

warning of violence against Philadelphia schools on 4chan

Bi-racial Oregon shooter Chris Harper-Mercer, who wrote he would be “welcomed in Hell and embraced by the devil,” reportedly had also posted a warning of impending violence on the same 4chan website.

Another alert sent to Temple University students and faculty provided more details on the Philadelphia threat. A Temple University official wrote:

Temple University, along with other colleges and universities in our region, has learned from the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) that a threat of violence has been made online against ‘a university near Philadelphia. This posting states an action could take place at 1 p.m. central (2 p.m. eastern) Monday, Oct. 5, 2015.

Temple University, Drexel University and Villanova University have all notified their students, faculty and staff of the alert. Their respective campus police  are coordinating with Philadelphia and nearby police.

Drexel University plans on increasing patrols on campus Monday. Drexel students are urged to call Drexel Public Safety at 215-895-2222 or 911 if they noticed any suspicious activity, person or package.

Villanova students are urged to be aware of your surroundings and to report any suspicious activity or behavior to the Department of Public Safety at 610-519-4444.

H/t James Tracy

The pace is quickening. Can you feel it?

I expect Obama and the Left to use this purported threat of violence against Philadelphia as one more piece of ammunition in their call for gun control.  (See DCG’s “Obama goes beyond mere gun control, hints at confiscation“)


U.S. repeatedly loses in Pentagon war games against Russia

Dr. Eowyn:

In addition to the Pentagon’s war games showing the U.S. losing to Russia, what is interesting about this post is a purported internal report by the Russian Ministry of Defense on Christian Americans being severely alienated from the U.S. government under Obama. Russia anticipates American Christians to act as a 5th column who may side with Russia in war.

The Russian report also cites a FOTM post on Christians being driven out of the U.S. military. Moscow is reading FOTM!

I fear this report will only be used by Obama to justify an intensification of his persecution of Christians. But we will stand firm on our beliefs and principles.


Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

On Sept. 29, 2015, an op/ed by reporter Benny Avni in the New York Post proclaimed Vladimir Putin’s Russia as “the world’s new sole superpower.” Avni wrote:

The baton was officially transferred Monday to the world’s new sole superpower — and Vladimir Putin willingly picked it up.

Putin’s deployment of forces in Syria and arming of Assad create facts on the ground. They have also propelled him to the top by taking initiative on today’s most consequential world fight….That’s how Putin seized leadership from America….

And it’s bad for America. Because sooner or later, after more bloodshed and under even worse conditions than now, our next president will be called upon to retake the leadership baton from Putin. And that could prove tricky.

Avni’s proclamation isn’t that far-fetched given the fact that the Pentagon’s own war games show that the U.S. would lose in a Baltic war against Russia.


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