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Satanic organization with traps to ensnare students

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The Satanic Temple wants to help high school graduates pursue higher education with its “Devil’s Advocate Scholarship.”

The organization, which fights for a separation between religion and pubic affairs, will sift through submissions from 2020 graduates and award two winners $500 in scholarship money.

Interested applicants are asked to submit a creative response in the form of an essay, poem, work of art or film answering one of two questions.

One asks what applicants have done to promote the temple’s tenets and mission. The other asks for a description of a teacher who “crushed your spirit, undermined your self-confidence, and made you hate every minute you were forced to be in school.”

The scholarship application period opened Monday. Malcolm Jarry, the organization’s co-founder, told CNN on Wednesday that 50 applications had been received.
Jarry said the idea came about when a high school student emailed him to ask for a letter of recommendation for a religious scholarship that was being offered at her school.

“I was disappointed that she did not receive the scholarship and saw that moment as an opportunity to offer our own scholarship that reflects our values,” he said.

“In addition to promoting our values by honoring those who engage in pro-social rugged individualism, the scholarship allows students a rare opportunity to be critical of an institution that only rewards sycophantic adulation,” Jarry said.

The group, headquartered in Salem, Massachusetts, says its mission is “to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people.” Members believe Satan is a “literary construct,” not an actual being.

The Satanic Temple’s website says the group advocates the “pursuit of knowledge,” but believes people confuse learning and schooling. “Students are often expected to praise their schools in spite of the fact that many students endure unconscionable abuse at the hands of faculty, administration, and their peers,” Jarry said.

“It is common to hear a successful person talk about a teacher who inspired them, but they never acknowledge that after 13 years of schooling they were quite fortunate if they came across just one.”

The Satanic Temple has used symbols of Satan to draw attention to what it sees as the hypocrisy of Christian symbols on government property. For years, it petitioned to have a massive Baphomet statue — a goat-headed symbol linked to Satan — in the Oklahoma state Capitol, which was home to a Ten Commandments statue.

The scholarship is open until August 31. Winners will be announced on the temple’s website September 15.

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France attack: Three killed in ‘Islamist terrorist’ stabbings

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Three people have died in a knife attack at a church in Nice, in what French President Emmanuel Macron said was an “Islamist terrorist attack”.

He said France would not surrender its core values after visiting the Notre-Dame basilica in the southern city. An extra 4,000 troops are being deployed to protect churches and schools.

In Nice, one elderly victim was “virtually beheaded”, officials said. Another woman and a man also died.

A male suspect was shot and detained.

Anti-terror prosecutors have opened an investigation into the attack and France has raised its national security alert to its highest level.

French anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-François Ricard later said the attacker was seriously wounded by police.

Mr Ricard said the suspect was a 21-year-old Tunisian national who had arrived in France earlier this month. He had a document issued by the Italian Red Cross.

Police sources earlier named the attacker as Brahim Aioussaoi. They said he had travelled by boat from Tunisia to the Italian island of Lampedusa in September. He was placed in coronavirus quarantine there before being released and told to leave Italy.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi spoke of “Islamo-fascism” and said the suspect had “repeated endlessly ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is greatest)”.

Two other attacks took place on Thursday, one in France and one in Saudi Arabia.

A man was shot dead in Montfavet near the southern French city of Avignon after threatening police with a handgun.

A guard was attacked outside the French consulate in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. A suspect was arrested and the guard taken to hospital.

Speaking after visiting Nice, President Macron said: “If we are attacked once again it is for the values which are ours: freedom, for the possibility on our soil to believe freely and not to give in to any spirit of terror.

“I say it with great clarity once again today: we won’t surrender anything.”

The president said the number of soldiers being deployed to protect public places across the country would rise from 3,000 to 7,000.

Mr Estrosi compared the attack to the recent murder of teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded close to his school outside Paris earlier this month.

Police have not suggested a motive for the attack in Nice. However, it follows days of protests in some Muslim-majority countries triggered by President Macron’s defence of the publication of cartoons that depicted the Prophet Mohammed. There have been calls in some countries for a boycott of French goods.

All three were attacked inside the basilica on Thursday morning before the first Mass of the day.

Two died inside the church: a 60-year-old woman who was “virtually beheaded”, and a 55-year-old man whose throat was cut.

The male victim was a lay member of staff responsible for the upkeep of the church. He reportedly had a wife and two children.

Another woman, aged 44, managed to flee to a nearby cafe after being stabbed several times, but died later.

It later emerged that a witness had managed to raise the alarm with a special protection system set up by the city.

Chloe, a witness who lives near the church, told the BBC: “We heard many people shouting in the street. We saw from the window that there were many, many policemen coming, and gunshots, many gunshots.”

Tom Vannier, a journalism student who arrived at the scene just after the attack, told the BBC that people were crying on the street.

Four police officers arrived at the scene at 08:57 local time (07:57 GMT) and the attacker was shot and detained shortly afterwards, the French anti-terrorist prosecutor said.

Four years ago Nice was the scene of terrorist attack, when a Tunisian drove a truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on 14 July, killing 86 people.
Sourcves:BBC News

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തുര്‍ക്കിയില്‍ ഭൂചലനം : മരണസംഖ്യ 22 ആയി ; സുനാമി ഭീതിയില്‍ രാജ്യം

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അങ്കാറ: തുര്‍ക്കിയില്‍ ഏജിയന്‍ തീരത്ത് ഉണ്ടായ ഭൂചലനത്തില്‍ മരണസംഖ്യ 22 ആയി. മരണനിരക്ക് വര്‍ദ്ധിക്കുമെന്നാണ് റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ടുകള്‍ സൂചിപ്പിക്കുന്നത്.ശക്തമായ ഭൂചലനത്തില്‍ 200ലധികം ആളുകള്‍ക്ക് പരിക്കേറ്റിട്ടുണ്ട്. ഗ്രീക്ക് ദ്വീപായ സാമോസിന് വടക്കുഭാഗത്തായാണ് ഭൂകമ്ബമാപിനിയില്‍ തീവ്രത 7.0 രേഖപ്പെടുത്തിയ വന്‍ഭൂചലനമുണ്ടായതെന്നാണ് ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥര്‍ വ്യക്തമാക്കിയത്.

പടിഞ്ഞാറന്‍ ഇസ്മിര്‍ പ്രവിശ്യയുടെ തീരത്തു നിന്ന് 17 കിലോമീറ്റര്‍ മാറിയാണ് ഭൂകമ്ബത്തിന്‍്റെ പ്രഭവകേന്ദ്രമെന്നും ദൂരപ്രദേശങ്ങളായ ഏതന്‍സിലും ഇസ്താംബൂളിലും ഭൂചലനം അനുഭവപ്പെട്ടതായും യുഎസ് ജിയോളജിക്കല്‍ സര്‍വേ അറിയിച്ചതായി ബിബിസി ന്യൂസ് റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ട് ചെയ്തു. ഭൂകമ്ബത്തില്‍ തകര്‍ന്ന കെട്ടിടങ്ങളുടെ ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ തുര്‍ക്കി മാധ്യമങ്ങള്‍ പുറത്തു വിട്ടിട്ടുണ്ട്.

ഭൂകമ്ബങ്ങള്‍ ഗ്രീസിലും തുര്‍ക്കിയിലും ഇടയ്ക്കിടെ റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ട് ചെയ്യാറുണ്ടെങ്കിലും ഇത്ര തീവ്രമായ ചലനം അപൂര്‍വമാണ്. കെട്ടിടാവശിഷ്ടങ്ങള്‍ക്കിടയില്‍ തെരച്ചില്‍ നടത്തുന്നവരുടെ ദൃശ്യങ്ങള്‍ സോഷ്യല്‍ മീഡിയയില്‍ പ്രചരിക്കുന്നുണ്ടെങ്കിലും വിവരങ്ങള്‍ സ്ഥിരീകരിക്കാന്‍ കഴിഞ്ഞിട്ടില്ലെന്ന് ബിബിസി വ്യക്തമാക്കി.

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