Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?
That was a popular song, sung, and danced to by America's youth back in the swing era. I'd like to paraphrase that and ask, is you is or is you ain't still in that Armstrong cultish mind set? Does you do or does you don't admit you were taken, stripped and gypped by the biggest scam artist since Ponzi?
Fortunately, many of us whose lives have been tainted and stained by this evil man, have come to our senses and are starting to use the other half of our brains that lay dormant along with the rest of our bodies in a state of suspended religious animation. The awakening is increasing, and the discontented masses are beginning to stir and there is much disillusionment in the Worldwide Church of God and its splinters. Many in and out of the COGs are beginning to see the light, and I don't mean that in a religious sense.
Sadly, some who have Herbie etched deeply in their minds and souls, are hopping from one church to another searching frantically for the holy grail. Like Linus, their security blanket has been yanked away and they desperately want it back. They need the comfort and assurance of others of like minds who have seen their "calling" and the reward awaiting them when they exit "Satan's world." But where the hell are they all at? At this point, I will pause as we all sing a chorus of the Whiffenpoof song: "We are poor little sheep who have lost our way, baa, baa, baa. We are poor little lambs who have gone astray, baa , baa, baa."
From time to time, I scan the letters sent in to The Painful Truth. You can always tell when an exiter is fresh out of the cult. Invariably, they will quote scripture to make a point or ask a question. Which is alright. Because they are sincere and honest in doing so. I did the same thing when I first wrote in. Hell, that bible was pounded into us for 27 years, and other books were forbidden to read. But now that I have converted to a freethinker, the other half of my brain that was idle for so long, has shifted from neutral. double-clutched into second, and is now in third gear. I've read so much about the bible, mostly negative, that the only time I refer to scripture is to prove an argument. You can bet your rear end it is not to get "Spirit-t-t-tual" food.
Among the masters I have read, along with the ones recommended on the Painful Truth, are some of my favorites. Like Robert Ingersoll.
Here are some quotes from Sandra Feroe-
"July 21st marks the 100th anniversary of his death. He was called "The Great Agnostic." He was an enlightened, humane freethinker, a visionary, an advocate for unpopular causes such as women's, children's, and minority rights and a combatant against superstition and hypocrisy. in speeches, debates, essays, and interviews, he criticized the clergy and exposed their investment in preserving the status quo: 'Every minister likes to consider himself as a shepherd leading the lambs through green pastures and defending them at night from infidel wolves. All this he does for a certain share of the wool. I'm not trying to destroy another world. I'm trying to prevent the theologians from destroying this world."--unquote
Once in 1881 someone asked Ingersoll if the world would be a better place without the bible. "Yes," he said, "If any man really believes that god once upheld slavery; that he commanded soldiers to kill women and babies; that he believed in polygamy; that he persecuted for opinion's sake; that he will punish forever and that he hates an unbeliever, the effect will be bad. This belief built the dungeons of the Inquisition. This belief made the Puritan manacle the Quaker."
"Happiness is the only good, reason the only torch, justice the only worship, humanity the only religion, and love the only priest." This was the creed that Robert G. Ingersoll "The Great Agnostic" lived by.
What a difference from the creed that Herbert the Pervert, "God's Apostle" lived by!
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