Religion Scams: Hypocrisy of The Pious

Religion Scams are abundant irrespective of faith or doctrine. Growing up and attending private Catholic schools in the lower east side of NYC, provided the fire and brimstone rhetoric to support so many of my bygone religious memories. I remember the first Friday masses and the Franciscan brothers sermons as well as the process of four years of dogmatic indoctrination, fear mongering and often conflicting lectures giving rise to unanswered questions about life, morality and the human existence. I was blessed with a curious mind and at that time, thought nothing of my wandering whimsical wishes. I assume in my naive state of youth, everyone must be asking such questions. Is not life a process of self discovery and self revelation. How else would I learn if not to seek out, question, wonder and reexamine my own values. Why do I think this or why did I believe that? What is the basis for this action and if I truly believe or feel that way, then what does it mean to define who I am, compared to everyone else.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” – Luke 11:9

Even the teaching’s in the Bible condone the curious to go forth and seek such new found knowledge. But for the curious, the truth can be found in areas or things a majority of society may overlook due to generations of abhorrence or social conditioning. Religion, politics, social customs are all fair game. The God’s of political correctness after all have a limited scope of view, and do not tolerate such insubordinate meanderings of mind and body. After all, what would original sin be without the followers who blindly succumb and adhere to such a label’s identity.

“As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.”

-Albert Einstein

If the pious man who selflessly devout himself and his life to God, or the image of a God who he believes represents truth – Then his very life should be an example of such great devotion reflecting in acts of kindness, benevolence and sincerity to all around him. However, sadly this is obviously not the case. Numerous allegations of sexual abuse of minors in the priesthood has received significant media attention in Canada, Ireland, the United States, while additional cases have been reported throughout the world.

However, as a result of such scandalous actions, numerous Catholics especially in America were more concerned with disappointment in how the papacy handled the situation. In some Catholic schools sometimes an simple self assuring letter to worried parents is enough to subside any future fears.

In the years immediately before he became pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI,dismissed media coverage of the abuse scandal as anti-church bigotry and claimed it was a conspiracy to bring down the Roman Catholic Church:

“I am personally convinced that the constant presence in the press of the sins of Catholic priests, especially in the United States, is a planned campaign.”

According to Ratziner, the truth was not that he and his colleagues covered up the rape and abuse which allowed pedophile priests to wreak sexual deviance with no impunity. The real issue as he saw it was as “a planned campaign…intentional…manipulated”, based not upon outrage at the sins and crimes of the Catholic Church, but upon a “desire to discredit the church”.

His reputation on the issue was so well known that it prompted media speculation that, as pope, Ratzinger would not distinguish himself on the abuse issue.

This self righteous hypocrisy extends top down to almost all religious fanatics of every religious denomination. The casual dismissal of anything that disrupts their belief system is often followed by accusations of heresy, blasphemy or identified as an attempt to thwart or usurp their unquestioned authority.

Ignorance is very common among the indoctrinated and fundamentalist believer. Often this is attributed with a senseless blind devotion to a specific leader who provides the scripture interpretation, rules and hidden messages that serve to propagandize and mentally enslave the weaker to subordinate to his will and wishes.

In my experience as a sentient curious individual, I always found it prudent to never close the doors on any information, regardless of it’s source. I often found after studying written history and then doing independent research into the source, the hidden agenda was always discovered and a prime factor in the interpretation and presentation of the events in question.

As a result I began my reading into the occult, paganism, shamanism and other aboriginal polytheistic religious. While an undergraduate at NYU, I remember numerous world history courses in the GSP program that explored eastern religions, ancient cultures and numerous superstitious beliefs.  I was fascinated by the contrast and the more open minded, less authoritative in nature.  I wondered why so many so-called religious right and conservative did not explore what they considered essentially “evil” by their teachings and standards.  I came to the understanding that those people preferred to be told and to be instructed what was good or bad.  Labels were needs to help them see that proverbial “light”  Wisdom was something not attained by individual merit or exercise.  It was something fed to them like a carrot on a stick with the word salvation at the end of the line.

Religion ScamsTame that dark lion…

Most Christians would have you believe (propaganda) that the Satanic Bible is dogmatic and teaches one to follow specific guidelines and rule sets indicative of a life of evil with no conscious justification. This is false. A ‘true’ Satanist’ does not indulge in such wicked deeds fundamentalist Christians would have you believe. This is due to the fact that the fundamentalist is only repeating what he or she has been indoctrinated to believe by their so-called leader.

The whole premise of the book is that man retains much in common with the animals we dominate. Our basic instincts, ambition and drive helped us to perpetuate our species and any move away from these natural instincts would be an unnatural state of existence. In fact, the central message conveyed by this book is one of self-reliance and “responsibility to the responsible”. Essentially, live your life, enjoy your passions. Avoid obsession by them, and treat those you meet as you’d like to be treated yourself. Indulgence rather then abstinence to some degree.

The video segment below is from a famous debate between Bob Larson, American radio and television evangelist and Church of Satan members, Zeena LaVey and Nikolas Schreck. I highly recommend you watch the complete verbal discourse and judge for yourself to determine the truth of how religious propaganda is a viable tool to a control one’s perception, especially when it serves a certain agenda like fear.

This final video segment is ironically an expose on Bob Larson being exposed as a fraud. As an exorcist operating outside the support of the Catholic Church, he performed supposedly thousands of exorcisms. In the interview, he was exposed for using church funds in a questionable manner.  Sound familiar?

Finally, perhaps a more prudent and “scientific” method is needed to determine one’s innate character. Direct from Bob Larson’s own website, comes the infamous Demon Test

Dear Friend,

Thank you for taking time to take the Demon Test®. This may be the most important spiritual decision you have made. This Test is the result of more than 30 years of research and thousands of hours in personal ministry with troubled souls. Through this vast experience I have been able, with God’s help, to design this test to quickly determine an individual’s spiritual needs.

Have you ever wanted to be a professional exorcist for a living? Well Bob Larson can help you realize your dream of casting out demons.

Ironically, Individuals like Larson are continuously being exposed. However, due to the sheer stupidity and ignorance of their followers they continue to extort money. Does one feel pity for such blind faith and ignorance? Does the comprehension of such human idiocy transcend even basic compassion.

Case in point, TV evangelist, self proclaimed reverend, and faith healer, Peter Popoff.

“One of Peter Popoff’s latest scams is his free ’Miracle Water’ – supposedly from Israel (as if that makes any difference to its real holiness or effectiveness), which I understand now is ‘super-sized’. He gives instructions to drink this holy water, and in five days God will bless the recipient with lots of money. But before this, you need to send Popoff a cheque as a ‘seed’. He also encloses a bag of ‘sacred Dead Sea salt’ (sacred?!!) that you’re supposed to sprinkle over a cheque for a superstitious amount of $27 and send it to Popoff too. Is this while you roll up one trouser leg and whirl around in a circle chanting a rhyme backwards, I wonder? Salt is commonly found in all the pagan religions and superstitions.”

Religion Is A Gigantic Fraud

Intelligent men do not decide any subject until they have carefully examined both or all sides of it. Fools, cowards, and those too lazy to think, accept blindly, without examination, dogmas and doctrines imposed upon them in childhood by their parents, priests, and teachers, when their minds were immature and they could not reason.

–James Hervey Johnson

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