Augustus Sol Invictus is from Florida, identifies as Libertarian, and is running for the U.S. Senate, and he just admitted to the ritualistic sacrifice of a goat. The senatorial hopeful also drank the goat's blood, by his own words.
"I did sacrifice a goat. I know that's probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans," Invictus told the Orlando Sentinel via a phone interview. "I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness... Yes, I drank the goat's blood."
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the ritualistic sacrifice took place two years ago as part of a vision quest in the Mojave Desert, and rumors of the event have dogged Invictus for some time.
Although Sol Invictus plans to run for the U.S. Senate as a Libertarian, he hasn't always seen eye to eye with the Libertarian Party of Florida.
In fact, the Orlando Sentinel reports that the party chairman resigned to protest Sol Invictus running on the party's senatorial ticket.
Adrian Wyllie, former Libertarian Party of Florida gubernatorial candidate, told the Orlando Sentinel that he doesn't believe Invictus even shares libertarian values.
"He is the absolute exact opposite of a Libertarian. He's a self-proclaimed fascist. He's promoting a second civil war," Wyllie told the Orlando Sentinel. "It's absolute insanity. We must explain to people this is the opposite of Libertarians. This guy has no place in the Libertarian Party."
Wyllie also told the Orlando Sentinel that he believes Wyllie wants to instigate a new civil war, bring neo-nazis into the Libertarian party, and once "brutally and sadistically dismembered a goat."
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Wyllie took the accusations even further, writing that Invictus was ejected from his religious group over the issue of the goat sacrifice.
"Mr. Invictus practices Thelema, an occult pagan religion based on the teachings of Aleister Crowley. Mr. Invictus was ejected from Ordo Templi Orientis for brutally and sadistically dismembering a goat in a ritualistic sacrifice."
In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Sol Invictus said that he is not a white supremacist, even if some white supremacists support his bid for senate, and pointed to his Hispanic children as evidence. He also maintained that the government "is at war with its citizens, and that it's certain to escalate."
Invictus did admit to sacrificing the goat, and drinking its blood, but he told the Orlando Sentinel that it was part of a pagan ritual that celebrated his successful vision quest in the Mojave.
As to his feud with Willey, and the attempts to remove him from the Libertarian Party of Florida, Invictus says that's all over and done with. In a statement released via his Facebook page, the Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate said that the matter is closed.
"The issue of my expulsion is over. The feud between me and Adrian Wyllie is over. It is time to leave this crisis behind and move forward. That is what I am doing, and I hope everyone else will, too. I have absolute faith in our new Chair to pull everyone together, and I will leave it in his capable hands to do so."Although Invictus may have mended fences with the Libertarian Party of Florida, he still faces a hard road as a Libertarian candidate. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Wyllie only received 3.8 percent of the vote when he ran for governor last year.
Do you think a pagan candidate like Sol Invictus, who has admitted to sacrificing a goat to drink its blood, has a shot at becoming a U.S. Senator?
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