3rd April 2009

“The few took advantage of the ignorant many. They pretended to have received messages from the Unknown. They stood between the helpless multitude and the gods. They were the carriers of flags of truce. At the court of heaven they presented the cause of man, and upon the labor of the deceived they lived.”

Robert G. Ingersoll1833 – 1899

4 Responses to “3rd April 2009”

  1. Chris Says:

    Reads like a historical footnote of a curiosity 500 years after the event in question took place. Wouldn’t THAT be a nice perspective to have! The priestly caste are the ultimate human parasite. They produce nothing except followers. If you are a Mormon you are expected to do two main things – give these worthless fakirs 10% of the money your earn and pop out new Mormons. That is precisely the reason why atheists are so threatening – we are a direct threat to their livelihood. Don’t ever delude yourself that they have actual concern for your “soul”. It’s strictly a bread basket issue.

  2. Larry Huffman Says:

    Absolutely correct Chris…both in the view of this quote and the follow on concerning mormons. It is all about the temple payment…the 10%…the tithe. And to make sure they get it from you, the tithe is a pre-requisite to the temple…and the temple required for salvation. So…according to the mormons, it costs 10% of your income in order to get into heaven. Minimum. They deny this because it is not talked about thusly…but it is so obvious it is right under their deluded noses. No tithe no temple…no temple no celestial glory. Sound slike temple payments to me.

    Yes, it is absolutely about the $$$.

  3. AtheistAdvocate Says:

    Chris, You are 100% on the mark. However, lest us not forget that the tithe is 10% of your gross, not your net! So if a follower makes $50,000 a year, the tithe is $5,000, then the follower gets to pay their taxes on the $50K. AND, that they have finagled their way into tax-exempt status, so they get to keep it ALL!!! Nice work if you can get it. I actually have to work for a living!

    🙂

  4. Larry Huffman Says:

    Actually…as the former member of a bishopric…lol, now the cat’s out of the proverbial bag…many members pay on the net and not the gross. For the most part…even though if asked we would tell people that it was to be the gross…most bishoprics (including ours) let it slide and allowed the member to consider themselves a full tithe payer. I am not sure if this has changed…it has been over 10 years since i left the church (and I was a member of the bishopric when I left).

    Something that should be noted…when I was working in this capacity, I never was able to see it as I do now. Though, I also did not feel obliged to go to bat for god for the difference between someone’s net and gross. We kind of considered that between the person and god. And, even though I fully agreed with tithing and the temple interview…I always felt a little dirty being involved in other people’s finances in the name of religion.

    It is good to remember that the people doing the work of the lawd are quite often very honestly doing the job out of goodness and to them it feels like it is a worthwhile and utimately good thing. I felt like I was doing my duty to god…I had honestly never put the kind of critical thought into it to see it for what it was.

    As you can guess, today I am thoroughly embarassed for the person I used to be. Me and that guy would not get along very well at all today. 🙂