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(LifeSiteNews) – At this point, conservatives can’t even worry about White House advisors embracing occult symbolism without the press deriding them as hysterics.

This past week, social media was abuzz with unusual photos of Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, who leads the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) HIV prevention division and is advising President Joe Biden on the monkeypox outbreak.

Daskalakis’s Instagram showed many posts with inverted pentagrams, which have been used by The Satanic Temple, and other occult-looking symbols. A reposted photo in which he was tagged seemed to show him and another man participating in some kind of prayer or ceremony with candles surrounding them.

His posts indicated that he attended a cycling studio called Monster Cycling, which similarly featured pentagrams on its Instagram account. The studio also showed an apparent mockery of the Last Supper with Satan in the place of Jesus.

So, to recap: A senior government official advising the most powerful politician in the world promotes satanic iconography and appears to participate in occult rituals.

How did The Advocate respond? With a headline wondering, “Why Are Conservatives Tearing Their Hair Out Over This Gay Doctor?”

Yes, why is it that people are so concerned over the possibility that a CDC official might be doing the Prince of Darkness’s bidding in federal health policy?

Personally, I suspect conservatives’ “melt down” — as Gizmodo derisively put it — stemmed from the wild notion that satanists might not have Americans’ best interests at heart.

But, as usual, media outlets repeated the tired “Republicans pounce” narrative in which they dismiss a legitimate concern by making the story about the criticism rather than the actual issue.

Reading outlets like The Advocate and Metro Weekly, one might get the impression that conservatives were once again overreacting (as they always do)!

“Biden Monkeypox Adviser Accused of Being ‘Satanist’ by Right-Wing Critics,” read a headline by Newsweek. Pink News proclaimed: “Right-wing trolls are mocking a gay monkeypox doctor for being hot and wearing a harness.”

Throughout the media’s coverage was an apparent assumption that inverted pentagrams were just harmless symbols and no particular indication of nefarious intent.

The Advocate said that pentagrams predated Christianity as if to distract from the context indicating Daskalakis’s use was in fact either satanic or occult (which is to say satanic, although perhaps unwittingly so). Nevermind that picture of a satanic “Last Supper,” the studio’s promotion of a “666” challenge, its posting of a shirt that read “we’ll steal your soul,” and the inverted crosses on both Daskalakis’s and the studio’s Instagrams.

Nevertheless, The Advocate assured readers that Daskalakis was not a satanist. Before quoting his denial, the outlet asserted that “[s]ometimes a harness is just a harness, and a tattoo is just a tattoo.” They were referring to what appeared to be a leather, BDSM harness that took the shape of a pentagram.

Quick question: Can we get some polling on how many Americans feel comfortable with an HIV prevention official who flaunts his BDSM accessories on the internet? That includes, by the way, a photo of him in a harness alongside someone wearing a leather dog mask.

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UPDATE (26th January 2023):

Enoch Burke is facing severe fines of €5000 per week if he backs down in his stand for the truth about gender ideology.

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Burke is facing a daily fine of €700 if he does not obey a court order barring him from attending the school he was fired from. 

Having spent 108 days in jail last year for his refusal to abide by the court order, he was officially fired last week by the Church of Ireland (Anglican) Wilson’s Hospital School in Co. Westmeath, Ireland. 

Responding to High Court Justice Brian O’Moore’s decision to fine the teacher €700 per day from Friday unless purges his contempt of the court order, Burke told reporters that the judge “wants to fine me for the profession of my religious beliefs.” 

“What has become of us as a nation, to fine somebody for their religious beliefs?,” Burke asked. “We’re at a time in this country where people are at their wit’s end, with the cost of everything as we know...and Brian O’Moore, a judge of the High Court, has sat down and said to himself that not only will you have to pay for all those things, but you now have to pay for your religious belief.”  

“He’ll make you a pauper for the profession of your religious belief,” Burke added.  


The teacher declined to answer questions on whether he would continue to attend the school and face significant fines, or purge his contempt of court.  

An Evangelical Christian who taught German, history and politics at the school for four years, Burke has consistently maintained that to use transgender pronouns would violate his religious beliefs and that his subsequent suspension by the school, and the court orders against him, were therefore unjust. 

Jailed on September 5, 2022, Mr. Justice Brian O’Moore released Burke on December 21st, despite the teacher’s unwillingness to purge his contempt of the court order barring him from the school’s property. 

Mr. Justice O’Moore said today that he hoped the prospect of paying almost €5000 in fines every week would “end his (Burke’s) utterly pointless attendance at a school which does not want him on its property”. 

The judge warned however that the fines could be increased if they do not have the desired effect.  

Burke was fired by the school last Friday and has shown up at the school grounds for work each day this week, despite being arrested and released on Tuesday. 

He has until 2pm GMT on Friday to officially purge his contempt before the court or the €700 daily fines will begin to be applied. 

Mr. Justice O’Moore admitted today that it was not “immediately attractive” to jail the Christian conscientious objector again as he theorized that Burke had exploited media attention surrounding his imprisonment last year for his own ends, while the judge also considered the schools suggestion to sequester the teacher’s assets to be futile. 

Prior to his imprisonment, Burke told the High Court that “transgenderism is against my Christian belief.” 

“It is contrary to the Scriptures, contrary to the ethos of the Church of Ireland and of my school,” the teacher added. “I love my school, with its motto Res Non Verba, actions not words, but I am here today because I said I would not call a boy a girl.” 

“It is insanity that I will be led from this courtroom to a place of incarceration, but I will not give up my Christian beliefs,” he insisted. 

Burke also promised Mr. Justice Max Barrett on September 7th that he would “never leave Mountjoy Prison if in leaving that prison I must violate my well-informed conscience and my religious beliefs and deny my God. I consider it commendable that I chose to obey God rather than man.”


Irish teacher Enoch Burke has been arrested and jailed after refusing to use a transgender student's preferred pronoun, "they", in the classroom.

This insane step by Irish authorities must be called out for what it is: the unhinged intimidation of an educator by demented ideologues.

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Burke was suspended by his school for refusing to use the transgender pronouns of a student, even confronting his principal about the irrationality of the situation, and defying a subsequent court injunction barring him from performing his teaching duties.

He is now in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin after being brought before a judge on 5 September who found Burke to be in contempt of the injunction by attending work after his suspension.

Burke, who told the High Court “I am here today because I would not call a boy a girl”, made clear that he would not abide by the injunction because it would violate his conscience as a Christian.

“Were I to obey the order of the board of management and the order of the court, I would have to accept that sticking by my belief in male and female is wrong,” he said. “It is not something I will do. It is in violation of my conscience."

“Were I to go into the school and bow to something I know to be manifestly wrong, it would be a shame and a disgrace on my part,” he added.

This defiant attitude has now prompted Burke's arrest and imprisonment in an Orwellian debacle that should send warning signals to the watching world.

Mr. Justice Burke ordered Burke be "committed to Mountjoy Prison and remain therein until he purges his contempt or until further order of this court.”

Defending himself, Burke replied: “I cannot purge my contempt by holding my Christian beliefs in contempt."

Burke hugged his father and brother before being taken away by Gardaí to Mountjoy Prison.

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Amid the many pentagrams on his social media, Daskalakis also posted a photo of his inverted pentagram tattoo which mysteriously read: “I have found that there is light even in the darkest places.”

Nothing to see here! Just another pentagram-loving, shirtless “daddy,” which is the word Gizmodo, a tech outlet, bizarrely used to describe Daskalakis in its admiring article about him.

Conservatives, meanwhile, alluded to the fact it might be an issue if the head of the executive branch receives advice from a man who potentially worships the enemy of God and all mankind.

It seems they missed the PC re-education in which left-wing outlets learned to avoid unpleasant truths about “gay” men so as not to “stigmatize” them. Instead, legitimate concerns apparently must be avoided in order to maintain a fictional portrayal of “gays” – even those who, well, look like satanists.

Conservatives have justifiably pointed out that a White House advisor is promoting symbolism employed by the Satanic Temple. But it’s also worth asking how media outlets got so comfortable demonizing concerns about occultism and its potential influence on government officials.