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Bettina Rodriguez-Aguilera, The Miami Herald #conspiracy #ufo orlandosentinel.com

Florida candidate for Congress: My alien abductions don’t define me

U.S. House candidate Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera has a long list of accomplishments to bolster her campaign in Florida. But she is perhaps best known for claiming that she was abducted by space aliens as a child.

Rodriguez Aguilera is a longshot in the race for the Miami-area seat being vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Yet last weekend, the Miami Herald endorsed her for the GOP nomination in the Tuesday primary out of a field of nine candidates.

In an interview, she said she is grateful for the endorsement and that her tale of kidnapping by aliens does not define her.

“It has nothing to do with what I have done. It happened when I was 7 years old,” she said. “I am so proud of the Herald and what they did.”

Rodriguez Aguilera says she was taken aboard a spaceship as a young girl by blond extraterrestrials who resembled the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. She says they told her that the “center of the world's energy is Africa” and that thousands of non-human skulls were once discovered in a cave on the Mediterranean island of Malta.

She has said she witnessed paranormal activity since then and saw a UFO at 17. She also said she has been in touch with the aliens telepathically long after the abduction.

Even if it’s hard to believe there’s a starman waiting in the sky, Rodriguez Aguilera won’t back down.

“I stick to my guns when I believe in something,” she said.

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Ben Thomas & Spike's Tactical #fundie orlandosentinel.com

gun business in Apopka is drawing fire from Muslims.

Spike's Tactical is marketing an assault rifle it claims was "designed to never be used by Muslim terrorists." The AR-15 assault rifle is laser-etched on one side with a Knights Templar Long Cross – a symbol of the Christian Crusades to reclaim the Holy Land from Muslims – and Psalm 144:1 on the other side: "Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle."

The company's spokesman, former Navy SEAL Ben "Mookie" Thomas said he came up with the idea and believes no devout Muslim would touch such a weapon.

"Off the cuff I said I'd like to have a gun that if a Muslim terrorist picked it up a bolt of lightning would hit and knock him dead," Thomas said.

...The owners of Spike Tactical did not intend to insult or antagonize Muslims, Thomas said. They believe America and much of the world is threatened by Islamic terrorism and the Crusader is a symbol of shared Christian values and the right to defend themselves, he said. The safety selector that controls the Crusader's trigger has three settings: Peace, War and God Wills It.

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Troy Schmidt #fundie orlandosentinel.com

This distribution day happens yearly for an event called National Religious Freedom Day, which is Jan. 16. In high schools, every faith is invited to lay out materials — copies of the Bible, Quran, Book of Mormon and other religious writings — that students can pick up without any prompting.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation had applied to include its pamphlet, "An X-Rated Book: Sex and Obscenity in the Bible," and the School Board initially censored the atheist material but then reversed its decision. However, it was not distributed. Now The Satanic Temple has submitted "The Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities." Both handouts mock other faiths.

Now the School Board is considering changing its policy to prohibit any outside groups from distributing religious materials in high schools. While the board has every right to cancel the day, would that be the best solution?

The Satanic Temple calls itself a religion. Pull it up on the Web, and see how comfortable you feel reading about its "benevolence and empathy" and "common sense and justice." It's Satan. He's a deceiver. He's about evil.

Let's use our own common sense. There is no Satanic Temple in our community; nor would we want it here. Neither The Satanic Temple nor the Freedom From Religion Foundation has any right being a part of Religious Freedom Day because neither are true religions.