6th March 2012

“Homesickness is not a good enough reason to return to a Church I have long since ceased to believe in, or admire, or trust. On the contrary, I have come to see that by and large it is a wicked, self-serving institution run by cunning, exploitative men adept at clothing their own self interest and weakness in ritual, superstition and fear.”


6 Responses to “6th March 2012”

  1. R J Says:

    …..nice quote…..but shouldnt it read

    ”homesickness IS ??

    [Admin: Ooops]

  2. Xhim Says:

    Why are so many of these quotes anonymous?

  3. archaeopteryx Says:

    I can’t answer Xhim’s question directly. I can say why I post anonymously (archaeopteryx is not my real name, surprise, surprise) – when I told Mrs archaeopteryx I intended to post, she asked me not to use my real name. She was worried there may be some form of backlash so I did as I was told.

  4. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    To answer Xhim I’d offer:

    Xhim I have Google’d many of the “anonymous” quotes and have found many to have been expressed on other blogs where the author is not know formally.

    Initially I thought this was outside of the spirit of what we are doing here but I have come to accept them as valid pieces of thought worthy in many instances of consideration.

    My thinking on this comes from the following:

    Whatever the motivation may be, at least in the field of literary endeavor, the interest in having anonymous works enter the marketplace of ideas unquestionably outweighs any public interest in requiring disclosure as a condition of entry.
    Accordingly, an author’s decision to remain anonymous, like other decisions concerning
    omissions or additions to the content of a publication, is an aspect of the freedom of speech protected by the FirstAmendment.

    [ McINTYRE v. OHIO ELECTIONS COMM’N, U.S. (1995) ]

    Arch is correct as many of these comments are essentially thought experiments and no doubt some are stretching the boundaries, exploring the limits, and not necessarily something anyone wants to be held to the letter of. You for instance have served up some beauties of absurdity and much issue has been made of your predilection to avoid reference. You did cite a source the other day so it is impacting you and you are moving in a direction that will make what you say tomorrow better than what you’ve said yesterday. Ask yourself, would you want a prospective employer finding your empty sourceless ramblings just before your next job interview?

    We spoke along these lines a while back where you were asserting a religious worldview. Then I said to you a worldview is so much larger than your religious views. Here to is just such an example: You may think your just talking pro-religion and that’s all good, but when the good Christian hiring manager sees some of your posts he more likely to say “Ah good Christian, too bad he isn’t citing sources”.

    Rj your use of the word “is” is sharp as a tack. Again a case of religioni hijacking meaning: “Homesickness”? As if the church was your home? Sure you here it from the clergy and think little of it, but do you really beliieve that tens of thousands of clergy persons come to speak of the church as “home” by coincidence?

  5. R J Says:


    i heard this incredible statement from a call-in

    listener on NPR…………………

    the topic was contraception (( always a major

    pain in the ass with active catholics )) and this

    hard-core catholic female caller says she cosidered

    herself ” more of a woman ” by following the

    church directives !!! HOLY CRAP !!!

    how’s THAT for successful brain-washing !!??!!

    as always………. R J

  6. R J Says:

    P.S. TO SINJIN…………..

    check out eva beneke on youtube.