Cookout reminder – Bob and Raisa’s house in W. Bath on Sat, July 29.

Just a reminder about the cookout at Bob and Raisa’s house in W. Bath on Sat, July 29. We will gather at noon, start grilling at 12:30 and eat by 1 PM. It’s always a great and relaxing time at Bob and Raisa’s. Depending on interest we may discuss hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking or, when the snow gets here (yes, it will return) XC-Skiing and snowshoeing.
Chuck Dinsmore, an FFRF and FFRF Maine member who is also on the board of the Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC) in Jefferson, has offered to lead a hike there some time. Chuck, it would be nice if you could go to the cookout and talk about what the HVNC has to offer.
Here is what Chuck sent me:

May I offer another venue

​(in addition to Swan Island) ​

to consider for similar activities: Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC) in Jefferson

​Lots of things/activities available year-round, facilitated as well as open to visitors 365 days a year, dawn to dusk (overnight at a couple of cabins & yurts, or campsites, too). Check events as well as general info at  [full disclosure – I’m on the MC Board]. Having volunteered @ HVNC for years, I would be delighted to lead a hike there some time.  I believe that there are lots of like-minded folks in the HVNC community, too.
Hope to see you all at the cookout or later at a chapter outdoor event on Swan Island or at the Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC) in Jefferson


Cookout / Potluck Invitation

You are invited to attend a cookout / potluck at Bob and Raisa’s house in West Bath on Sat, July 29 at 12 noon. Plan for cooking on the grill starting around 12:30 with lunch at about 1 PM.

Bob and Raisa are warm, open and very social people. They have a very nice house that Raisa designed the additions for and the setting couldn’t be better. We can gather on the porch that overlooks an expansive lawn with a tributary into the Kennebec River or eat indoors in the great room with the same awesome view in case of inclement weather. Also there are lots of walking paths over lots of acreage that provide a nice opportunity to walk off a little lunch and return for dessert.

Bob and Raisa hosted the cookout 2 years ago, everyone had a great time and the main question was “When were Bob and Raisa going to host another cookout?” Well that “when” is Sat, July 29th. If you went to the first one you know to expect to have a great time. If not, do yourself a favor and spend a summer afternoon with some like-minded friends in a relaxed, scenic atmosphere.

Please RSVP with Raisa by email at so we know how many people are coming, who is bringing what and for directions.



Martin Luther King Jr. Socialism for the Rich

Martin Luther King Jr. Socialism for the Rich

“Whenever the government provides opportunities and privileges for white people and rich people they call it ‘subsidies.’ When they do it for Negro and poor people they call it ‘welfare.’ The fact is that everybody in this country lives on welfare. Suburbia was built with federally subsidized credit. And highways that take our white brothers out to the suburbs were built with federally subsidized money to the tune of ninety percent. Everybody is on welfare in this country. The problem is that we all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free enterprise capitalism for the poor. That’s the problem.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Theocrats Fund-Raise for More Monuments After Self-Described “Jesus Freak” Destroys 10 Commandments in Arkansas


unnamedTheocrats Fund-Raise for More Monuments After Self-Described “Jesus Freak” Destroys 10 Commandments in Arkansas


Earlier this week, a disturbed self-identified born again “Jesus Freak” drove his car into the not-yet-day-old Arkansas 10 Commandments monument, rendering it a pile a rubble. Unsurprisingly (though entirely senselessly) the 10 Commandments’ lead sponsor, Senator Jason Rapert placed the blame for this criminal destruction upon The Satanic Temple and other organizations who threatened to legally challenge the 10 Commandments’ exclusive placement on public grounds, a clear Constitutional violation. When asked by the Arkansas Times if it was even fair to attribute a political motive to the clearly deeply mentally disturbed culprit (even ignoring that culprit’s religious identification), Rapert gave some perplexing reply suggesting that The Satanic Temple’s spokesperson, Lucien Greaves, is a criminal.

Capitalizing even further on the 10 Commandments’ destruction, Rapert revived his original GoFundMe campaign for the project, set at a perplexingly outsized $100K (while the actual total cost is reported to have been $26K), and soon gained the funds for a completely new monument, even had the original been, for some reason, uninsured. Adding to that, it was just reported today that the producers of the Christian persecution fantasy “God’s Not Dead” films put yet another $25K towardthe 10 Commandments monument. The excess in funds, it is indicated, will go towards more monuments, which Rapert and his theocratic friends will try to impose upon public grounds across the nation. (When Lucien Greaves asked Senator Rapert directly on Arkansas television whether or not the Senator would pay the legal expenses for defending his monument, or if he would defer all such costs to the taxpayers, Rapert refused to confront the question at all.)
What does the destruction of the 10 Commandments monument mean for The Satanic Temple’s lawsuit against Arkansas?

We will still file suit against Arkansas, but we will wait until the 10 Commandments monument is replaced. We do not want to file a lawsuit before the 10 Commandments monument is replaced (even though a replacement is certain) as a Judge could still possibly declare the complaint moot in the monument’s absence.
Can we possibly win when we’re so heavily out-financed?
Yes. So long as we can keep up with the filings, depositions, and other costs related to litigation, we should certainly prevail in the courts, as the law is solidly on our side. However, we expect that our opposition, who will (almost certainly) happily burden the taxpayers with their expenses, will attempt to bury us in superfluous filings. We will need financing to keep up. Please consider contributing to our legal fund here

Or, consider a purchase from our online shop. Proceeds help support our efforts:

The battle for Arkansas, as Sen. Rapert has made quite clear, is just the beginning. He and the Evangelical Nationalists who support him intend to impose their religion everywhere they can. Let’s stop them now.
Learn More About The Satanic Temple

This past week, Haute Macabre posted an in-depth interview with The Satanic Temple’s cofounder and spokesperson, Lucien Greaves. As the website’s introduction states, “whether you know [The Satanic Temple’s] tenets by heart or are just tuning in, you’re sure to find something of interest below.” 

And, in case you missed it, check out our new re-vamped website for updates on our campaigns and answers to your TST-related questions:



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