The GoatDamned Church is at it again...
I don't post here much although my name should be recognised by a few.
I run the Sysabend BBS, an Occult / General-Weirdness BBS here in
Gloucester Virginia. I figured I'd briefly chronical some events
that have taken place over and over again perhaps getting some hints
besides the main one of Blowing the damn place up.
The Church in Question: Lighthouse Worship Center AG.
About 2 years ago I receive a letter requesting that I make available
on my BBS Christian Oriented material to "offset the satanic information
that you make available to pervert and control the citizens of
Gloucester." I thought it was rather funny. They werent kidding,
but after a few weeks of name calling the judge LAUGHED at them even
before it was to go to court saying something along the lines of "You
are kidding right?" and offering the advice that "Son, you probably
should put up something to appease this idiots".
About 2 months ago I receive another letter saying that a member of
their church (who apparently never called my BBS using their proper
name, never registered THUS never was able to download or view any
text files) called my board, downloaded some "Satanic Rituals" and
is now undergoing "Care" at the hands of the Bishop himself to "cleanse
his mind of the evil words he read" and I was told that unless I
removed all such things from my machine that they would sue me for
permanently damaging this mans faith (or some such crap like that) at
this point I was laughing pretty hard at the thought of some old geezer
flipping out after reading some incense burning ritual or whatever. I
ignored the letter and when the bishop called to get my reply , I used
the phrase "Bugger Off" before hanging up on him. This quickly
escalated to the point where my lawyer talked to their lawyer who
THEY had never bothered to talk to, who immediatly called them and
explained that they were all a bunch of idiots... I kid you not,
most people in the legal line of work refer to this bunch as idiots.
A week or so ago I caught someone uploading a text file that talked
of human sacrifice and making payments to lucifer. The text file
seemed a little TOO strange, in fact it seemed to be exactly what
would INFLAME a church into a lynch mob to hunt a mere Sysop such
as myself, down... So I called the number of the person who uploaded
the file. I happen to have the number since I use a callback verifier.
Lo and Behold... Hello Mr. Bishop's Son.
Print copy of text file, put also on disk, send both to lawyer for
file. Change logon screen to reflect that people who are in any way
affiliated with "Lighthouse Worship Center" are unwelcome. (Shoulda
done this a long time ago, but I at least TRY to allow other opinions).
Okay, todays fun. Did I mention that I run a computer/electronics store?
Well, the Lighthouse Loonies are at it again. They are having some sort
of revival to (quoteing from the sign I have in front of me) "Keep The
Evils of Satan and his Helpers AT BAY". I have not seen this sign
ANYWHERE else in the area except on the church itself. I first ran
into this sign when several neckless rather heavily built people came
into my store today and asked if they could put up a poster. I asked
what it was, they said it was for a Church Revival. I said "No, We
don't allow religious materials" the reply was "You want this one"
(while unrolling it with intent to apply it to my window) to which my
reply was to reach under the counter and flip the safety off on the
riot shotgun I keep under there while saying "No I don't, please leave
NOW ". They left --QUICKLY--. I closed at 7 as normal, went
out with a friend to have a few drinks and other heathenistic persuits,
came back to find 2 of the posters wallpaper-pasted to the glass on
my store. I dusted and couldn't find any prints and there were no
witnesses so I removed one for a souvenier and burned the other off
with lighter fluid. I contacted one of my cop-friends who knows all
the details and I also woke my lawyer up (actually, he was awake).
It seems VERY doubtfull that this can be pinned on the church itself
since they'll say what they always use as an excuse "We have no control
over vigilantes in our church, but we do not condone such such
reactionary and overt actions".
Over all I find this whole thing VERY humorous... perhaps my sense of
humor needs adjusting? Nah... they ARE humorous.
OKAY... The first thought that comes to mind is to buy a few thousand
pounds of fertilizer tommorrow and make a rather large explosive device
with which to level the entire complex whilst shouting "Freedom From
Religion Forever" before being gunned down by police.... but that
might interfere with my weekend plans. Does anyone have ideas that
an Athiest-Terrorist could use to mount a campaign against such a
church-beast? I need to find ways that I can annoy the piss out of
them without getting arrested or shot, and better yet without even
getting it linked to me since it could possibly hurt business if
they started publically saying I was encouraging all sorts of "Evils".
Perhaps I can do it under the guises of a church, as I am an ordained
minister in the Universal Life Church (and YOU CAN TOO for the cost
of a stamp).
In case you are curious what sort of files I have online, mostly they
are Ritual Magick, some Wicca, Some Herbal.. odds and ends from here
and there. The bulk of the files came from Astro Net (David Rices old
BBS) and WeirdBase (which I miss dearly), and in fact I am ALWAYS
hunting for MORE text files to add to this collection as I see a
definate need for an alternative view to be presented even if perhaps
I don't agree with it.
Well... I've typed long enough. Sleep well, and kick an Xtian for me.
-Thomas Arnold / Sysabend Sysop
* Origin: Why does the Vatican have lightning rods? (1:271/207)