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« on: September 01, 2010, 10:56:09 AM »

http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/columnists/2010/08/26/we-tend-to-believe-anything-...-and-with-all-our-hearts

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Without casting any aspersions on the religious in our midst, anyone can start their own church, grow a beard (to look the part), don a white lab coat, canvass membership and get them to call you Baba Archbishop.


he makes a mention to something i havent really thought about before.  what does our law say about slap-dash religions or churches?
is there any kind of control regarding this?
how does one monitor and control people flinging together some church, claiming whatever or else, and makes zillions off the gullible?
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2010, 11:42:04 AM »

Control won't do it...sounds like the govt wanting to 'control' porn, the media, what we think etc etc. Only a liberal education will (and they'll make sure to control that too). You should see some of the homes on the South Coast near Umgababa of evangelists sucking the poor dry!!! It was Ron Hubbard who said something like "if you want to make a million write a book (heheh Steve!!!) but if you want to make a billion, start a new religion' so he started Scientology. WTF!!
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2010, 11:45:22 AM »

but at what point, do these 'churches', get reigned in, and have to answer to some kind of authority.  surely, someone, somewhere, must have some kind of say on who can make money in the name of religion?
or is it truly a case do what you want, to whom you want?
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2010, 12:27:19 PM »

but at what point, do these 'churches', get reigned in, and have to answer to some kind of authority.  surely, someone, somewhere, must have some kind of say on who can make money in the name of religion?
or is it truly a case do what you want, to whom you want?
Religion has a built-in protection from criticism. You can criticise my rugby team, the government, etc. and even criticise me, but most people don't dare criticise my religion. This aversion to criticism has also given wacky way-out religions a kind of immunity too. If people are gullible enough to believe a religion that is clearly wacky, then they deserve to have their money taken from them. Frankly, I'd rather write a book on truth and make a million (hey Brian?) than make a billion off a lie - but maybe that's just me.
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2010, 12:30:47 PM »

Has anyone seen the Scientology ads on the national geographic channel? I have'nt seen it on any of the other channels as yet. Very corporate and inspirational... clearly directed to the more educated person rather than the masses.
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2010, 12:38:09 PM »

but at what point, do these 'churches', get reigned in, and have to answer to some kind of authority.  surely, someone, somewhere, must have some kind of say on who can make money in the name of religion?
or is it truly a case do what you want, to whom you want?
Religion has a built-in protection from criticism. You can criticise my rugby team, the government, etc. and even criticise me, but most people don't dare criticise my religion. This aversion to criticism has also given wacky way-out religions a kind of immunity too. If people are gullible enough to believe a religion that is clearly wacky, then they deserve to have their money taken from them. Frankly, I'd rather write a book on truth and make a million (hey Brian?) than make a billion off a lie - but maybe that's just me.
I agree, but doesn't the aversion to criticise whacky, or any religions, boil down to an inherent fear/uncertainty that maybe these guys know something we don't? Isn't it a primordial fear of the unknown? Almost like spitting in the face of the local witchdoctor?
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2010, 12:56:40 PM »

I agree, but doesn't the aversion to criticise whacky, or any religions, boil down to an inherent fear/uncertainty that maybe these guys know something we don't? Isn't it a primordial fear of the unknown? Almost like spitting in the face of the local witchdoctor?
Yes - that's the way it seems. It's the same fear that makes people religious in the first place, and almost incapable of questioning their beliefs.
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