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#Black Lives Matter began in 2013 but only recently attained great national popularity and prominence with the death of George Floyd, and allegedly on his behalf. Although the name indicates that black lives really matter to this cause, it has not actually helped black folks in the least and is not actually about the welfare of black people at all. In fact, it has arguably greatly harmed black people by bringing in violent outsiders to stir up and lead the crowd – and destroy black neighborhood stores and businesses. However, as the BLM “onion” was peeled back, it was learned, through its founders own words, that the core group was made up of self-proclaimed Marxists. Their mission is – through anarchy and violence – to destroy the nation as founded and install a radically different government in its place. #Black Lives Matter, though originally believed by most people as being a movement working for police reform and lifting up actual black people, became recognized by many as a Marxist political power grab. But as the “onion” has been peeled back still further, it has become evident the #Black Lives Matter movement goes much deeper in its aims and is far darker even than its Marxist political agenda. It is rather a deeply occultic religious group “wearing political garb.”

Indeed, as we listen to the founders and leaders of #Black Lives Matter we discover it is only tangentially a social and political movement. It is guided and informed by the dogma, practices, and dark rituals of an occult religion called Yoruba/Odu Ifa, which originates with the Yoruba people in Western Africa. One of the major tenets and practices of Odu Ifa is divination – calling on and calling up the supposed spirits of the dead and engaging in ancestor worship. Odu Ifa is also the religion of Beyonce, which is exposed by Christian YouTube apologist, nefernitty. She, nefernitty, demonstrates, in her 15 minute exposé titled  “Beyonce- Black is King – 10+ Times She Celebrates Yoruba/Ifa” that the religion of Ode Ifa is central in Beyonce’s “Black is King” video. (Beyonce is far from the only celebrity that is deeply involved in dark occultic religion and religious practices. Sadly, the young people that follow these superstar celebrities are probably far more aware of occultic ideas and symbolism in the music they listen to than they are of the Christianity of their parents and grandparents. And their parents and grandparents probably have only a vague understanding, if any at all, of the “spiritual” ideas these stars are foisting upon the young.)

It should be noted that, for the moment, we still have freedom of religion and freedom of worship in this nation, so celebrity actors, singers, entertainers and their followers, as well as the leaders of BLM, have the freedom to believe and practice as they wish. However, the right to believe and worship as one chooses is not the same thing as affirming that all beliefs are equally true or valid. Some beliefs are false and some even dangerous.

One of the Odu Ifa founders of #BlackLiveMatter is Patrisse Cullors, who raised quite a stir amongst conservatives and evangelicals when it was revealed that she and other leaders in the organization are trained and dedicated Marxists. More recently, the deeply occultic religious underpinnings of the group’s core began coming to light. Patrisse Cullors was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness but was drawn to know more about her ancestors and ancestor worship, which led her away from the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society to a more occult form of religious belief and practice. In “A Prayer for the Runner by Patrisse Cullors,” Patrisse and co-cofounder and Odu Ifa adherent Melina Abdullah, engage in an explanatory discussion of their religious faith and how integral it is to what they do in BLM1Beginning at around the 19:42 mark. Patrisse explains how she was drawn away from the JWs and inexorably drawn to the West African spirituality of Odu Ifa2at the 26:00 mark:

You know I was always someone who almost obsessed about ancestors, Black ancestors in particular, and I wasn’t raised with honoring ancestors necessarily. I was raised Jehovah’s Witness with a little bit of that. As I got older and sort of feel like I was missing something. Ancestor, ancestral worship became really important, and as you know, the Fowler Museum is so important because it has, it has a bunch of West African traditional, um, pieces inside that museum, and it was one of the first museums that I went to that was speaking directly to African spirituality.

Patrisse and Melina spend a fair amount of time discussing calling up, calling on, and enjoying a close fellowship with spirits whom they believe are spirits of deceased Blacks. This, by the way, is divination or necromancy and is expressly forbidden in Leviticus 19:31:

Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.

Necromancy is the pagan practice of allegedly communicating with the dead (We believe these “spirits” they commune with are not spirits of dead people, but evil spirit beings assuming the identity of the dead) These women have become mediums and necromancers! A few moments earlier, Melina spoke to her practice3about the 25:36 mark of calling up the spirits of the dead:

…become very intimate with the spirits that we call on regularly. Right, like, each of them seems to have a different presence and personality. You, know I laugh a lot with Waukesha, you know. And I didn’t meet her in her body, right, I met her through this work.” (Waukesha Wilson who was found dead in a Los Angeles jail cell in 2017)

As Melina noted, she did not meet Waukesha Wilson when she was living but built a “very intimate” relationship with a spirit representing itself as Waukesha Wilson sometime after she died. During the conversation with Melina, Patrisse described the offerings they make to the spirits with whom they are communicating. Patrisse Cullors wants the viewers to be aware of how central it is in their rituals to call out the names of the deceased.430:00 mark:

“It’s a, it is a very important practice, hashtags are for us are way more than a hashtag. It is, um, literally, almost resurrecting a spirit so they can work through us to get the work that we need to get done.”

They are calling on, having intimate relationships with, and actually being indwelt by spirits, “so they can work through us to get the work that we need to get done.”

One might argue that their private religious experience, worship practices and core beliefs are theirs – and they are entitled to them – but these issues have no bearing on the movement called #BlackLivesMatter. That might be true IF those beliefs and practices were not directly tied to #BLM. However, this religious belief and these practices are the very foundation of BLM. A #BlackLivesMatter “protest” is a religious ceremony dedicated to and guided by the spirits with whom they are in contact. As Melina Abdullah describes it533:30 mark:

When we come out into the streets, and we pray, you know, the first thing that we do when we hear of a murder is we come out. We pray. We pour libations, we build with the community there, where the person’s life was stolen. And it took almost a year for me to realize that this movement is much more than a racial and social justice movement; at its core it’s a spiritual movement. When we say the names, right, so we speak their names, we say her name, say their names, we do that all the time. You kind of invoke that spirit and then those spirits actually become present with you. Right?”

Patrisse Cullors fully agrees with Melina, as a few moments later she says, “I believe so many of them work through us.” So, when we see these women at the beginning of a “protest,” practicing what seems to be simply mentioning names of those they believe were unjustly killed by police (who are described as hunting down and killing Blacks), they are actually worshipping, invoking and calling on these spirits to guide and enable them and the protestors. Offerings (libations) are made to those spirits in the process! But no one has to take our word for it, as you can hear this from their own lips. In “The Fight for Black Lives is a Spiritual Movement” By: Hebah Farrag. He reports:

On June 2, 2020, Black Lives Matter’s Los Angeles Chapter sponsored an action in front of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s house, demanding reductions in the city’s funding of police. The action, what many would call a protest, began like a religious ceremony. Melina Abdullah, chair of the Department of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, and co-founder of BLM-LA, opened the event explaining that while the movement is a social justice movement, it is first and foremost a spiritual movement.

She led the group in a ritual: the reciting of names of those taken by state violence before their time—ancestors now being called back to animate their own justice:

“George Floyd. Asé. Philandro Castille. Asé. Andrew Joseph. Asé. Michael Brown. Asé. Erika Garner. Asé. Harriet Tubman. Asé. Malcom X [sic]. Asé. Martin Luther King. Asé.”

As each name is recited, Dr. Abdullah poured libations on the ground as the group of over 100 chanted “Asé,” a Yoruba term often used by practitioners of Ifa, a faith and divination system that originated in West Africa, in return. This ritual, Dr. Abdullah explained, is a form of worship.

Please note that BLM “is first and foremost a spiritual movement” and the chanting, pouring of libations (liquid offerings), “is a form of worship.” #BLM has 16 chapters, which fits in nicely to the core teaching of Odu Ifa on the importance of the number 16:

According to oral tradition, the 16 odu ifa were 16 heavenly prophets that came down to Earth and revealed themselves to Orunmila, the prophet of Ifa religion. Orunmila is also known as the deity of wisdom that was present during the creation and allocation of destiny for all human beings6Ifa Religion; 16 Odu Ifá Meaning

But there is more:

Each odu contains information associated with the good and the bad. It provides guidance on how to manifest the good and how to keep negative disruptive forces known as Ajogun at bay.

It is through the divinatory processes that the odu currently shaping our lives is revealed to us. This sacred act of divination (performed by an experienced Babalawo or Iyanifa) is what provides the opportunity that allows us to know ourselves better. Furthermore, it allows us the opportunity to know how we can live and maintain a positive life for all. 7Ifa Religion; 16 Odu Ifá Meaning

These are the major Odu, and then there are the minor Odu, of which there are 240. Combined there are 256 odu Ifa in the Ifa corpus which is 16×16 cubed:

256 odu Ifa refers to the complete collection of the Ifa corpus. There are a total of 256 odu that make up the foundation of the Ifa religion. The previously mentioned 16 principle or major odu ifa are considered the pillars of the Ifa corpus. The remaining 240 minor odu ifa are derived from these 16 major odu. 8Ifa Religion; 256 Odu Ifá

It should be noted that many black, brown and white Americans who support BLM are, or consider themselves to be, Christian. Yet these tenets, practices, and occult rituals are deeply anti-Christian, and condemned in the Bible. Despite this, #BLM now has the allegiance of liberal and progressive, as well as some evangelical, churches. In addition, they enjoy huge financial backing from major American corporations, sporting franchises, liberal print and social media, and quite a few elected officials. In addition to monetary backing, the trademark of their spiritual movement has been painted on the streets of New York by the mayor, emblazoned on basketball courts and football fields, with the very names of the spirits to be called on stitched on the jerseys and stenciled on helmets of players. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being funneled into the funding of this religious cult by corporations, organizations and even famed retired basketball super star, Michael Jordan, who has pledged to donate 100 million dollars over the next ten years.9The Various Faces of Black Lives Matter

The Spirits are About to Speak

In the classic Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon show, Bullwinkle J. Moose would lead into a commercial with that famous phrase, “Eenie Meenie Chili Beanie, the spirits are about to speak.” Rocky would ask, “Are they friendly spirits?” That is a question we need to ask as well. #BLM is, as they put it, “first and foremost a spiritual movement” for which the spirits they have called upon are about to speak at their many protests. What sort of spirits are they which cause mayhem, pillaging, looting, burning down businesses and homes and killing or throwing lethal objects at police officers, as well as brazenly calling for the death of police officers throughout the nation? What sort of spirits would cause the injury and even murder of people who would disagree with their politics or methods? These are certainly not Bullwinkle’s “friendly spirits,” but we do believe the spirits behind BLM are actual spirit beings, the “evil spirits” condemned in the Bible, obviously the “negative disruptive forces known as Ajogun” – demons – referenced above in Odu Ifa’s own literature.

It should be apparent to all that these very violent though supposedly “peaceful protests” have absolutely nothing to do with racism. It is a religious battle, which few Christians are prepared for and even less unbelievers understand. This is a spiritual battle for the souls of those living in this nation:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)Ω

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Minor Attractions
JFK – “Ask Not …”

End Notes   [ + ]

1. Beginning at around the 19:42 mark
2. at the 26:00 mark
3. about the 25:36 mark
4. 30:00 mark
5. 33:30 mark
6, 7. Ifa Religion; 16 Odu Ifá Meaning
8. Ifa Religion; 256 Odu Ifá
9. The Various Faces of Black Lives Matter