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Is Religion a Mental Illness?

Religion is an odd affair. It was understandable when man's knowledge of the world was in its infancy. When modern science was not yet dreamed of. And a lack of microscopes and telescopes limited man's experience to what he could sense directly. Humankind has well advanced from its ignorant roots. ...

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Many argued that Donald Trump would not win the nomination. Now many argue that he can't win the presidency. Some have made an issue of his lack of knowledge and curiosity, his lying, his racism, and his misogyny. Others have pointed to his serial business failures, including his educational scam, Trump University. ...

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Is Religion Satan's Greatest Trick?

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Evangelicals Are the Largest White Supremacist Group in America.

How can evangelicals support Donald Trump? Doesn't the thrice-married, serial adulterer, fall short of the Christian ideal? Of course, he does. But to racists, his sexual immorality is irrelevant. It is his thorough, deep-rooted and vocal xenophobia that sets the bigots' hearts aflutter. Evangelicalism was apolitical until the 1970s. They believed politics to be a dismal business ...

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Really? 5.16.16 Carson Wanders In; Trump Forgets His Girlfriend; Evangelicals Prefer Trump to Jesus.

“A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche Ben Carson has been making some noise recently. Apparently, he is on Trump's committee to identify Le Grand Orange's running mate. He let the VP cat out of the bag by admitting that John Kasich, Marco Rubio, ...

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Is Religion a Mental Illness?

by Pitt Griffin on May 26, 2016 · 0 comments

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Religion is an odd affair. It was understandable when man’s knowledge of the world was in its infancy. When modern science was not yet dreamed of. And a lack of microscopes and telescopes limited man’s experience to what he could sense directly. Humankind has well advanced from its ignorant roots. Yet billions still cling to absurd beliefs, often expressed through religions that haven’t advanced one iota.

photoJews and Christians believe that God created woman from a man’s rib. Jews believe that God forbids meat and diary to be stored, prepared or eaten together. And eating hares is prohibited – but eating giraffes is kosher.

All Christians believe that God had a human son – brought to term by a virgin – who reverted to divinity at his death. They believe that the original sin that stains all people since Adam and Eve was caused by fruit eating.

Catholics believe that during the Eucharist people are eating Jesus’ real body and drinking his blood.

Protestants have equally odd beliefs.

Christian Scientists believe that existence is spiritual, not physical. Sickness is caused by error. And that medicine is, therefore, to be avoided.

Shakers required celibacy. They didn’t last.

Jehovahs Witnesses don’t vote. Aren’t allowed to do yoga. Donate blood or receive transfusions. Play sports on a school team or professionally. Toast. Celebrate any holidays including birthdays. Or say ‘good luck’.

Pentecostals and Charismatic Christians believe in Xenoglossia, aka speaking in tongues, aka gibberish, as part of worship.

photoAppalachian Pentecostals incorporate snake handling into their services.

And all of these guys believe that the end of the world – the End of Days – is around the corner.

Muslims believe that God created man from a clot of blood, or semen from water, or molded clay. They believe that God also created jinn from smokeless fire. As well they believe that God first revealed himself to Muhammed, through the angel Gabriel, in a cave called Hira.

And these are considered rational religions.

Mormons believe that God sent an angel to guide Joseph Smith to an ancient golden book in upstate New York. And that you should wear temple garments, aka ‘holy underwear’. They also hold that God was once a man, and that man can become God. They consider themselves Christians, but Christians disagree.

photoThe Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints splintered off from the Mormons because they still held that plural marriages and the rape of little girls were godly practices that the ‘mainstream’ church had wrongfully abandoned.

And then there are non-monotheistic religions

Scientology believes that Xenu, dictator of the Galactic Confederacy, sent billions of citizens to Earth on a space ship that resembled a DC-8. He then stacked them around volcanoes which he destroyed with atom bombs, killing the masses. The explosions freed their souls, known as thetans, which are the foe with which Scientology must now contend. It is less surprising when you consider that that L. Ron Hubbard, who founded the religion, started as a science-fiction writer.

Members of the Unification Church – the so-called ‘Moonies’ – believe that Sun Myung Moon is the second coming of Jesus Christ. (The guy who Christians think is God’s son.) However, Moon died in 2010 leaving the church to his children – making them God’s grandkids I suppose.

The Branch Davidians were a sect that split from the Seventh Day Adventists (because SDA wasn’t crazy enough?). Then, led by David Koresh, they branched off into gun running. Resulting in a siege of their compound in Waco, TX, and the death of 84 Davidians and 4 ATF agents.

After a heart attack, Marshall Applewhite came to believe he was the direct descendant of Jesus Christ. He created Heaven’s Gate, another end of times group. Convinced, in 1997, that hidden behind the comet Hale-Bopp was a spacecraft that would take true believers to heaven. Thus avoiding the end of the world so many had predicted for the end of the second millennium. He and 38 others killed themselves by drinking poison. And the world did not end.

photoBut that number pales in comparison to the more than 900 who died in Jonestown, Guyana. Most of those were suicides – although some were at the point of a gun. The sect’s founder was another mainstream Christian, Jim Jones, who found that Pentecostalism wasn’t crazy enough.

Many white Christians use their religion as a racist club, but none is as explicit as the ‘Creativity Movement’. Their philosophy is simply that what is good for whites is the highest virtue and what is bad for whites is the greatest evil. Their ‘religious’ goal is an Earth populated exclusive by whites.

Of course, the most prominent white supremacists are the Ku Klux Klan.

There are many others. But you get the point.

 

 

 

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