Deliver Them From the Hands of the Wicked

In an effort to justify the cruel, heartless separation of migrant children from their families, Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that it is “very biblical to enforce the law”, and Attorney General Sessions invoked Romans 13 – the same Bible passage so often utilized in the past to justify slavery: “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.”

Boy howdy, you monstrous, merciless ghouls, does Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab have a Bible lesson for you.

I have assembled a collection of simple, elegant scents, all of which have been inspired by timely, instructive passages in the Bible. Proceeds from the sales of these scents will benefit RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas. If you choose not to purchase any scents, please consider donating directly to RAICES if you have the means, or consider supporting one of these organizations:

The Texas Civil Rights Project
The Florence Project in Arizona
Kids in Need of Defense
The Young Center
The American Civil Liberties Union

Call your representatives now and tell them that you demand that the Trump Administration immediately cease this inhumane, horrific system of separating migrant children from their families. Ask your representatives to support the following pieces of legislation:

S. 3036 – Keep Families Together Act
R. 2572 – Protect Family Values at the Border Act
R. 5950/S. 2937 – the HELP Separated Children Act
R. 2043 AND S. 2468 – Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2018

Both the ACLU and 5Calls provide scripts that will help if you don’t want to call unprepared.

Protest, call, Resistbot, fax, and show up at your representatives’ offices. Make your voice heard, take a stand against this cold-blooded and brutal policy, and VOTE. Vote these heartless monsters out on their asses.

Label illustration by Gustave Dore, category painting by Vincent van Gogh.

In an effort to justify the cruel, heartless separation of migrant children from their families, Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that it is “very biblical to enforce the law”, and Attorney General Sessions invoked Romans 13 – the same Bible passage so often utilized in the past to justify slavery: “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.”

Boy howdy, you monstrous, merciless ghouls, does Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab have a Bible lesson for you.

I have assembled a collection of simple, elegant scents, all of which have been inspired by timely, instructive passages in the Bible. Proceeds from the sales of these scents will benefit RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas. If you choose not to purchase any scents, please consider donating directly to RAICES if you have the means, or consider supporting one of these organizations:

The Texas Civil Rights Project
The Florence Project in Arizona
Kids in Need of Defense
The Young Center
The American Civil Liberties Union

Call your representatives now and tell them that you demand that the Trump Administration immediately cease this inhumane, horrific system of separating migrant children from their families. Ask your representatives to support the following pieces of legislation:

S. 3036 – Keep Families Together Act
R. 2572 – Protect Family Values at the Border Act
R. 5950/S. 2937 – the HELP Separated Children Act
R. 2043 AND S. 2468 – Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2018

Both the ACLU and 5Calls provide scripts that will help if you don’t want to call unprepared.

Protest, call, Resistbot, fax, and show up at your representatives’ offices. Make your voice heard, take a stand against this cold-blooded and brutal policy, and VOTE. Vote these heartless monsters out on their asses.

Label illustration by Gustave Dore, category painting by Vincent van Gogh.

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    Deuteronomy 10:18 Perfume Oil

    He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.

    Hay absolute, patchouli, agarwood, and vetiver.

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    Exodus 22:21 Perfume Oil

    Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.

    Myrrh, red currant, opoponax, and blackberry.

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    Ezekiel 16:49 Perfume Oil

    Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.

    Blood musk and ashes.

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    Job 31:32 Perfume Oil

    The stranger did not lodge in the street; but I opened my doors to the traveler.

    Rahat lokum, bitter almond, wild fig, and roasted hazelnuts.

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    Luke 10:25-37 Perfume Oil

    On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

    “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

    He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'[c]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

    “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

    But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

    In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

    “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

    The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

    Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

    Go and do likewise: golden amber and saffron, white sandalwood, and clove.

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    Matthew 18:10 Perfume Oil

    See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

    Wool-warm red sandalwood, coconut, strawberry, and blackcurrant.

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    Matthew 18:6 Perfume Oil

    But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

    White sandalwood, honey, and champaca.

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    Matthew 25:34-36 Perfume Oil

    Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:

    I was hungry and you fed me,
    I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
    I was homeless and you gave me a room,
    I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
    I was sick and you stopped to visit,
    I was in prison and you came to me.’

    Olibanum, labdanum, spikenard, cade, cardamom pod, and olive blossom.

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    Proverbs 24:11-12 Perfume Oil

    Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?

    Blackened oudh, leather, labdanum, and oakmoss.

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    Psalm 82:2-4 Perfume Oil

    How long will you vindicate evil and accept the face of the wicked? Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

    Crystalline musk, red benzoin, and vanilla husk.

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    Romans 13:8 Perfume Oil

    Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

    Almond, wild fig, red rose petals, cardamom, and oudh.

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Deliver Them From the Hands of the Wicked - Cursed is Anyone Who Withholds Justice From the Foreigner

Last June, BPAL launched its first collection of scents raising funds for RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services). Citing the Trump administration’s insistence that its enforcement of immigration laws was “very biblical,” each of our perfumes cited a specific Bible verse underscoring the importance of offering refuge to foreigners, such as Job 31:32: “The stranger did not lodge in the street; but I opened my doors to the traveler.

Twelve months later, the catastrophe at our Southern border has worsened immeasurably. We’ve all seen the pictures and read the statistics: on any given day, many thousands of adults and children are imprisoned in privately-run (read: for-profit) facilities. The dangerously squalid conditions of these camps are making headlines around the world, and many of these children will never be reunited with their families. The taxpayer cost for this atrocity amounts to approx. $700 per child, per day, and yet numerous reports show the most basic needs go unmet.

All of this is by design. As Adam Serwer observed in The Atlantic, “the cruelty is the point.”

In addition to providing pro bono legal representation to those incarcerated, a major portion of RAICES’ fundraising goes to posting bonds that allow detainees to be released from custody. By their count, 98.4% of the immigrants whose bond has been posted show up for their hearings. Follow the org on Twitter for calls to action, breaking news, and success stories about families reunited.

Holding our government and our society properly accountable for these unforgivable offenses will take many years. In the meantime, our warnings have become a battle cry. The following perfume blends draw from biblical precedent describing how the greedy, the hypocritical, the hard of heart can expect to be penalized for their worldly transgressions.

Proceeds from these will help RAICES post additional bonds for individuals swept up in this living nightmare. May justice be served swiftly, and may those facilitating this ill-treatment face dire consequences for it.

Label art: Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jan Wynants

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    Hebrews 13:1-3 Perfume Oil

    Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.

    Sugar blossom, cinnamon bark, and tobacco absolute.

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    Leviticus 27:19 Perfume Oil

    ‘Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.’ Then all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’

    Agarwood smoke, coffee bean, Sumatran benzoin, cedarwood, and nutmeg.

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    Psalm 146:9 Perfume Oil

    The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

    Cacao, labdanum, vetiver, and bourbon vanilla.

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    Zechariah 7:9-10 Perfume Oil

    Thus says the Lord of hosts: Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.

    White magnolia blossom, champaca, and red oudh.

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