This is the sort of crap that non-believers in the mainstream religion have to put up with. Religionists do this, I believe, because they feel threatened by the fact that others don’t believe what they do.
Poor cat. LOL. You just know he’s going to poop in someone’s shoes for this humiliation.
But here’s the deal, you are either born into a religion or sucked into it, you end up investing your life and resources into supporting it, literally putting your all into it, and then heaven forbid you suddenly realize you’ve been duped and there’s egg on your face.
I’m not saying that there’s nothing true about religion because I’m sure there’s a lot that’s a lot of truth in it. But never forget for a second the old adage that the best lies incorporate a great deal of truth.
People with no religion and no experience with it can be sucked in due to the simple fact that a particular set of beliefs appeal to them. The proselytizers then get hold of them and promise them enlightenment and fellowship if only they become formally a part of that religion. Lonely single people are especially susceptible because of social events hosted by the group and the sheer friendliness of everyone.
Once the fish is hooked, the real indoctrination begins. Suddenly there are rules to this belief system. Lots and lots of rules. There are also frequent requests for tithes or donations.
Some religions aren’t too obnoxious. They just tell you what you can and can’t think or say and who you can or cannot associate with or marry. They’re content just to rule your minds and pick your pockets, but they won’t mess with you too much.
Others won’t stop there. Others will give you detailed rules for practically everything you say and think and do.
Islam, for example, tells you what you can and can’t eat, what to wear, how to go to the bathroom, how, who, and what to kill (there’s a LOT of killing in Islam), how to pray, how to fast, how to socialize, how to war, how to maim, how to torture, and what you are allowed to think and say about everything. It has rules that could take years to learn in entirety because even if the Koran and hadith don’t have a rule for that, the clerics got it covered with their ignorant but highly esteemed religious opinions that can be added to the Sharia at any time without warning.
But it still has its ways of attracting converts:
It has an especially strong appeal to psychopathic murderers, sadists, masochists, slavers, pedophiles, OCDs, bandits, pirates, misogynists, supremacists, and rapists. In short, the dregs of humanity that aren’t quite human because they are so profoundly inhumane. This is because Islam allows these crimes against humanity so long as they are against non-Muslims and whatever this questionable community considers deems imperfect Muslims, heretics, and apostates.
Violent and jealous petty men and men with sexual obsessions are allowed full control of all the woman in their lives, which can be a lot: as many as four wives, daughters, mother, and unlimited sex slaves captured in war or by deceit or from the many slave markets that Islam allows for and encourages. They are Islamically permitted to beat or kill any of these females at even the thought of their disobedience. They’re allowed to marry children if they swing that way and to rape animals too if they feel like it. And they can make their women wear bags over their heads and bodies and go out with an approved escort only.
That last is mostly because Muslim men, being of the predilections they are, are unsafe for any woman or child or animal to be around and likely to attack like rabid dogs any that strike their fancy the moment they are unguarded, and often even if they are guarded.
Liberal-minded innocents are also susceptible to Islam due mostly to to its deceit.
They will, for instance, tell Christians and Jews that they worship the same god, just by a different name. They believe it too, but a converted Christian or Jews will, once they have begun to study on their own, soon realize that Allah couldn’t possibly be the same god because Allah, in point of fact, despises Christians and Jews and wants them all either subjugated to Islam paying tribute, degraded, enslaved, or killed.
They also like to tell Christians that they too revere Jesus (Yeshua) so Islam is just “Christianity corrected/purified.” This is patently false. Yeshua is mentioned with some reverence in the Koran but more as an image booster called a “prophet” not a “son of god” and nowhere in the Koran are included his teachings on compassion, so what’s the point?
But dupe into it or not, Islam puts a death sentence on those who want to leave it.
Another religion with highly controlling tendencies is Scientology. There are public Scientologists who support it financially and verbally, but otherwise lead fairly normal lives. And then there’s the inner core, the Sea Org, which controls nearly everything its members do from childhood on up. Having children is forbidden to them, but those that already had children were forced to leave them to be raised in slave labor camps called “Ranches,” where they do hard manual labor and live in circumstances similar to military basic training, but with fewer liberties if you can imagine that.
As adults, they are still treated like slaves. They don’t do nearly as hard of work, but they still live in barracks, are overworked, subjected to degrading or arduous punishments for even the smallest step out of line, are paid far less than minimum wage, are not permitted normal relationships, and not allowed to go anywhere or do anything without special leave to do so. They also face regular interrogations to worm confessions out of them and are punished for “crimes” like questioning anything about Scientology, flirting, back-flashing (back-talking), not working hard enough, or associating with or even looking at anything critical of Scientology or its founder, L.Ron Hubbard. Worst of all, they are regularly separated from family members for years at a time.
Public Scientologist rarely see that. Certainly the celebrities, lured in for their PR and monetary value, don’t see it either. They are giving special treatment from all the Sea Org slaves and never suspect a thing. But even they forbidden to associate with family or friends who say or write anything about Scientology. Like Islam, it can’t hold up to criticism.
The attactor for Scientology is a truth at its core: the idea of freeing yourself from past hangups, trauma, or guilt, in order to progress as a soul. But then they just had to ruin it by wrapping it in religion and tying it with a bow of slavery both mental and physical.
The thing is, there are good, appealing, ideas in religion. But you can have those without the religion. You do NOT need to be controlled in order to live a good life. And you cannot really expand your mind and progress if you are tied to Group Think as opposed to thinking freely on your own. You don’t need to be a slave to religion. It’s better to simply be yourself… unless, of course, you believe you’re such a bad person that you really needed to be chained and lashed. Just saying….
FREE YOURSELVES ALREADY!!!!