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DN Claim: “On May 11, 2008 representatives from the FBI and District Attorney’s office visited my home and warned that Jim Mix, Jennifer Hewitt’s web master had made a “threat” against me. I informed them that because of my pending lawsuit I expected my political opponents to try to cause trouble for me. Too bad for Ms. Hopkins and the Temple of Set. I’m wondering, did you “people” influence Jim Mix to write that threat? P.S. I also have plenty of evidence that my computer has been tampered with.” (May 11th 2009 blog post at 11:25pm).

Reality: This posting illustrates Napolis’ brinkmanship about her “pending lawsuit”. Napolis omits the crucial fact that, in the past, she has threatened Hewitt, Hopkins, Aquino and the Temple of Set. Instead, a more plausible explanation than “political opponents who try to cause trouble for me” is that the FBI and District Attorney’s office visited Napolis’ home due to her 2003 convictions of stalking Hewitt, who along with film director Steven Spielberg and Aquino have filed permanent restraining orders. This provides the context for Mix’s “threat”, if, in fact, this has occurred at all and was unprovoked.

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DN Claim: “In 2001 I was told that Carol Hopkins was in the Illuminati but also had a private inner Order. Ms. Hopkins communicated with me after I was targeted in May  of 2001 and told me that this Order “hunted”  their personal enemies for “sport.”” (May 8th blog post).

Reality: Carol Hopkins has denied Napolis’ allegations.

The historical Illuminati was an Enlightenment era secret society founded by Adam Weishaupt in 1776 which is now depicted by conspiracy theorists as a shadowy, trans-national ruling elite. The Temple of Set’s Illuminati element or study group is concerned with Weishaupt’s aeonic word Perfection which TS former High Priest Don Webb likens to Beethoven‘s Ninth Symphony and John Lennon‘s song ‘Imagine’ (blog post 2nd May, 12:28am).

Any ‘private inner Order’ is a claim that Napolis attempts to ensure is unverifiable because of how she frames it, and it appears to be modeled on either the Roman Catholic Church or Napolis’ misunderstanding of the Temple of Set‘s Order system, which are more like university departments which conduct specialized research programs.

Napolis’ allegation that Hopkins’ fictional Order “”hunted” their personal enemies for “sport”” is taken from Richard Connell‘s short story ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ (1924) and film adaptation (1934). Napolis appears to have taken this claim from Mark Phillips and Cathy O’Brien’s self/vanity-published book Trance Formation of America (Reality Marketing, Inc., Las Vegas NV, 1995), in which O’Brien claims the Roman Catholic Church, Illuminati bloodlines and multi-generational Satanists are depicted in a mind control plot with Washington political elites, U.S. Presidents, and the country and western music industry. In turn, Napolis’ allegations revive claims made in the late 1950s and early 1960s by the John Birch Society and similar conservative groups, which felt threatened by the Second Vatican Council and 1960s liberal society. Along with Phillips and O’Brien, Fritz Springmeier promoted these claims during the early 1990s in the U.S. patriot, militia, and survivalist communities, as a worldview to justifiy his tax evasion schemes and to recruit susceptible people from these communities.

Thus, part of Napolis’ claims about Hopkins are based on discredited conspiracy theories and religiopolitical propaganda, which O’Brien, Phillips, Springmeier, Wheeler and others have promoted to gain social status in communities and subcultures. These theories and propaganda may help to integrate these communities against external enemies: notably, the Roman Catholic Church and Washington political elites, which, although perceived as illegitimate,  have ‘power over’ these communities through institutions, religious doctrines and taxation.

DN Claim: “I was just told by a female alien/hybrid involved with the Temple of Set that what they really do in their rituals is to cocoon real live people and children. They said not many people/aliens were aware of this and that the situation was out of control and some members of the TOS were being “killed” in this manner.” (May 6th 2009 blog post at 10:09pm).

Reality: Napolis’ cocoon imagery may come from several sources, notably Ridley Scott’s film Alien (1979), James Cameron’s sequel Aliens (1986), or Ron Howard’s film Cocoon (1985). Also see psychologist Carl Jung on the cocoon as an archetypal symbol of transformation, and Eric Carle‘s popular children’s novel The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969).

Napolis’ descriptions of Temple of Set rituals, their methodology and purpose are inaccurate: based on rumours, stereotypes and secondary sources rather than Geertzianthick description‘, phenomenological experience or action research. For primary sources, see Dr. Michael A. Aquino’s Black Magic in Theory and Practice (2002), ritual working records in the samizdat online version of The Ruby Tablet of Set (2002) ‘leaked’ in a BitTorrent file, and Aquino’s in-progress memoir The Temple of Set (2009). The primary sources show Napolis’ portrayal of Setian psycho-cosmology to be inaccurate, biased and phantasmagorial.

DN Claim: “You will note that the Temple of Set flyer hosts the form of an insect, instead of Satan.”  (5th May 2009 blog post at 4pm).

Reality: The Temple of Set flyer for its 2008 international conclave represents the Set animal from Ancient Egypt (Khem) which is not an insect.

Perhaps Napolis meant the film Microcosmos?