The Red Goddess

Jacob Woelfel Speaks Batman & Jesus, Holy Shit

You may wonder how one becomes a Bat-Priest.

For Jacob Woelfel, it started 12 years ago in high school when he met Jozef K. Richards.

“The next thing I knew I was just being a part of what he was doing,” said Woelfel.

At the time, Richards was already working on “Friday Night Weekly” and other film projects.

“He is ambitious, there’s no way around that,” Woelfel said.

When Richards asked him to take the Bat-Priest role, he thought it was interesting, but there was reluctance.

“I really wished I could do something a little more serious,” he said. “And then it turned out that, hey, this actually is pretty darn serious.”

Besides the depth of the film, there was another aspect that surprised him.

“I’d never thought to compare the two things, at the very least Batman and Jesus. Usually you see the comparison of Superman and Jesus...since there’s so many biblical themes in that comic and that cartoon,” Woelfel said.

Woelfel is also featured in the “Holy Shit” Bible satire series. His favorite moments from the show are both from the latest episode, Top 10 Killers in the Bible.”

“Kill the babies. That makes me laugh every time. It’s so strongly written and it shows such a clear, I guess, hypocrisy of ‘How dare you do that thing? Let’s do that thing’,”

The other is a more serious moment at the end.

“That whole monologue, I thought, was very powerful and you can see that [Jozef] wasn’t acting. He feels this way and it comes out that way. It’s brilliant,” said Woelfel.

Local Promotion at the Newaukee Night Market

“Answer a question, win a prize! Free bubbles!”

This is not the sound of a carnie recruiting customers. It is Mythicist Milwaukee promoting Batman & Jesus and the upcoming Buzzed Belief debate. The team regularly steps out onto the streets of downtown Milwaukee to meet the community for trivia and prizes.

Newaukeeans answered questions about Batman and Jesus to win a prize from the mystery bag. Participants enjoyed the option of taking bubbles over the mystery prize. It was a tough choice, but the bubbles prevailed as the more popular choice. The team receives a lot of positive feedback from the people at the market, especially considering that they are spreading the Jesus Myth theory.

Of course, Mythos the Minotaur was in full force, dancing most of the night and taking pictures with fans. He is popular!

For everyone in the area, find us during the next Newaukee Night Market.

Batman & Jesus Movie News

Movie Production News

Holy Lincoln Memorial, Batman! For those who missed the Batman & Jesus teaser trailer on the big screen at the Reason Rally 2016 - watch it now!

The Batman & Jesus teaser trailer was filmed in April at Calvary Church in downtown Milwaukee.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the filming to be in the congregation. It's not often you have the opportunity to attend a Batman church.

Check out a behind-the-scenes clip montage from the day.

Director, Jozef K. Richards screened the trailer for the crowd gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial. One of the few presentations on the big screen, some attendees were confused to begin with while others wondered if it was all a joke.

Richards was interviewed about Batman & Jesus on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show podcast. He is also featured with Paul Provenza on the Reason Rally 2016 Roundup podcast.

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Carolina Speaks

Carolina Peña, 17, appeared on “Equador’s Got Talent,” which is more like American Idol than America’s Got Talent. After a performance, one judge asked her if she believed in god.

She told the truth -  No.

“People don’t talk about this,” said Peña of atheism.

She was condemned heavily by that judge, followed by the others.

“My country went crazy. A lot of people supported me in my city. A lot of people supported me, more than I thought,” said Peña.

The judges received death threats. Peña feared for her life.

“I was very afraid just to go out into the streets. It’s very, it’s very dangerous in my country.”

Peña was at the mall eating the weekend the video of her went viral.

“This crazy person started following me and saying bad things about me, telling me I needed to believe in god.”

Months later, the situation has calmed down. Peña is casual about her fifteen minutes of fame.

“People forget about things,” she said.

She sees a change since her fiasco.

“A lot of youth stand up for themselves, like, ‘Yeah, I’m an atheist too.’”

On stage at the Reason Rally 2016, Penn Jillette suggested Pena was a “hero” to the cause. Peña response is more modest.

“They asked me a question and I responded.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrier, Bass bring a heated debate

There was a buzz in the air upon introduction to the debate. Shank Hall watched, filled to capacity, as Drs. Richard Carrier and Justin Bass dueled their respective arguments on the miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ.

As Mythicists, we believe that it is all lore. Tonight was not about whether there was a historical Jesus. Tonight for arguments sake, it will be assumed that there was a man named Jesus. Is there any reliable source material that points to this man’s return to a living corporeal form after being publicly put to death? Viewpoints got heated during the debate and the Q & A afterwards. We recorded it all for you to watch on YouTube.

The questions from the audience only fueled the disagreements, though Bass pointed out many ways that Carrier and he agree on certain points. The resurrection is a big topic and the two frequently strayed, but not for long.

The highlight of the night was during the Q & A session. Pete Isley, Midwest chapter president of SNAP, waited in line for his turn at the mic and then said, “This is like Thanksgiving at my house but with citations.”

He spoke of the relevance of the topic of the debate to the rape of countless children right here in Southeastern Wisconsin. A video of his comments are on the MM YouTube page.

Everyone did a great job to keep things running. Sean and Fritz put a lot of effort into this project and it paid off. Many MM members went church-to-church promoting Buzzed Belief. Adam, Jason, Jozef and others worked hard to stream the debate live on the internet. Worth it!

Buzzed Belief Debate is Here!

Mythicist Milwaukee has been busting its collective ass this winter to bring the first Buzzed Belief Debate to Shank Hall in Milwaukee. The series of “spirited debates” kicks off with historian Richard Carrier and minister/elder Justin Bass going head-to-head. They will both present their arguments on whether or not there are reliable sources for the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

All of us with Mythicist Milwaukee are honored to bring this event to our city and the all the rest watching online.

The local paper The Shepard Express ran a nice article interviewing the co-founders and about the debate series.

Behind-the-scenes photos of the MM working to bring the first Buzzed Belief: A Spirited Debate Series to Milwaukee's East Side. 

Killah Priest Speaks

Speaks to the Red Goddess  by Megan Ivanyos

Killah Priest is a master swordsman with words. He slices and dissects, rearranges and rebuilds them. His skill is so stealth it takes another master to keep up.

Those other masters are Wu-Tang Clan, who hit the scene in the 1990s. Killah Priest, birth name Walter Reed, is an associate of the group of rappers who collaborate. The members overlap in style and topics. Killah attributes their success to them working together as a team. Member Gza had the idea of swinging a sword. "The Tang is when [the sword] hits. Tang! That’s what Wu Tang is," says Reed.

Reed grew up in 1970s Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, New York City. He was surrounded by Muslims, Jews and "corny church folk." He and his friends were kids “checking out everything else, questioning ourselves, thinking outside the box," says Reed.

Reed’s face is like a shining Buddha. His tattoos fade into his dark skin. He wears beads around his neck and on top of his head sits a crisp, red Wu-Tang Clan baseball cap. Reed’s Brooklyn accent doesn’t hit you immediately, but it emerges as a mix of NYC, hip hop, and light laughter. He was part of the Five-Percent nation, which held a belief in yourself as god, meaning we all are capable of the divine to be the best possible self.

During this time, young Reed would learn about ancient religions and world history. “It was like a computer on paper," says Reed, "New York has so much information because there’s lots of cultures there from everywhere.”

He and his friends read about pagan scriptures and foreign cultures and fantasy. “The stories are good. It takes us somewhere, takes our minds somewhere and we need that for the hood, for the ghettos and inner city, because it’s madness out there," Reed says.

Reed’s appetite to learn grew as his research intensified on ancient religions and the lifestyles of the early Israelite, Babylonian and Canaanite history.

When the music took off, Wu-Tang traveled internationally. Each artist had an individual music deal. Reed wanted to do more than just perform the shows. He wanted to go out and see the places he read about when he was young. The other Wu-Tang members weren't interested in joining him. “To actually go there and see that it was real, that is a beautiful place. It’s humbling," says Reed.

For his solo shows, Reed booked flights a couple days before them so he could explore different countries, including west and east Europe. Promoters connected him with a local who knew a lot about the area. Rome was the only destination where he used a tour guide. His arrival there opened up another world to him.

“I thought I’d seen it all, until I went there," says Reed, "And I was humbled like ‘oh shit, this is really big.’ Marbles in the street. It’s like statues in the street of a kingdom that’s waaay," Reed says beginning to laugh gesturing the deep past.

"‘Cause that was the old world, Europe. That’s where we (Americans) all were and then, until we moved over here became the New Hampshire, New York," says Reed laughing again.

Killah’s lyrics are riddled with metaphors using ancient and modern religions, empires, and concepts. Not the typical subject matters found in rap songs. “They didn’t know how to market me," says Killah.

His music has been described as conscious rap. "I think it’s just real rap.” Killah says. Music can “free slave minds from the bounds of religion," says Reed.

References to planets, aliens and science are also regularly featured. On his latest release, "Planet of the Gods," Killah samples Carl Sagan from the classic series Cosmos. The soothing sound of Sagan’s voice fits effortlessly into the music. Reed has a connection to the sky and beyond. He asks you to imagine taking a trip through the mind. “There’s always room to grow within the mind," says Reed.

Killah equates sharing knowledge and connecting with other people to sharing energy.

"Because we have minds, we here ... This is life. This is a gift," says Reed.

Reed speaks passionately in a progressive style of speak and thoughts. It is easy to get tangled in his words and be taken on the ride. “Leaders want us to close down so they can control us, but you can’t control that which was and that which was is 'we'. There’s nothing new under the sun, so if you look at outside of the box is where you will reside," says Reed.

He sits up straighter to explain.

“So religion locks you in. You can always wake up from that," says Reed

The sword swings. Wuuuu. He connects his index fingers and pulls them tightly together.

“A lock is only something that can unlock. A lock, if it’s bolted, it’s not a lock. What makes it a lock is to open it up," says Reed.

The blade hits my mind. Tang!

Photo: S. Fracek

 

NonBelief Grief--Is There an Atheist Afterlife?

Is There an Atheist Afterlife?

Pt. 2 Dream Land

After years of anguish, I had a break through in my grieving process. I realized that my sister may be gone physically, but she alive in my dreams. It feels real, too real. I try to figure out if it’s real in the dream too. This freaks me out in my dream and no one else seems to mind that she's alive again. When I wake up, I remind myself that she's not here.

Regardless, our relationship lives on in my dreams, almost every night. I’ve built up a catalog of memories that were made in my dreams. I swear if she steals one more of my shirts (waves fist in the air).  

This video was made for school and it explains the road to this new relationship.

NEW NonBelief Grief Support Group

Mythicist Milwaukee is starting a NonBelief Grief Support Group held at Milwaukee Cooperative in the Grand Ave. mall. It will be the Tuesday after the first Discussion group of each month, beginning on February 9 at 7 p.m. Go to our Meetup.com page for more information.

 

 

Enter the Red Goddess Blogs

Greetings all mythicists and mythicist-curious! My name is Megan and I'm glad you're here.

I met Mythicist Milwaukee at their first conference in  April 2015. I had been out of the athiest loop since moving to town a few years ago. I was deconverted by Richard Dawkins whilst living in England. The mythicist position was unfamiliar to me, but learning about it has strengthened my feeling of godlessness. 

Luckily, my university (Mount Mary University) allowed me to intern as a new media (English) student. I write the newsletter and now you will be seeing more of my work.

Here are some shots from today's broadcast at the  the newly-renamed Milwaukee Cooperative.

P.S. I love Asherah.