The cure for cults that want to deny others
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-- Fredric Rice

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Creationist Cults

The notoriously bizarre Institute for Creation Research (sic) cult routinely publishes equally bizarre religious notions which they wish to pretend are some how scientific. This text file takes some of the cult's own bizarre publications and takes a look at them in extract to show just how nutty (verging on the insane) these "Modern Day Flat Earth Society" nuts actually are.

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This one's an interesting one. The cult calls this a "DOP" (which stands for "Days Of Praise") and one's sorely tempted to append an "E" to the end of it to make it conform to the intellectual merits of the bizarre piece. Let's take an extracted look at the cult propaganda, shall we?

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The holiday season always brings a time of reflection and thanksgiving to a Christian or a Christian organization..

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And apparently Jews, Muslims, Satanists, Scientologists, Mormons, atheists, et al. are incapable of reflection. One of the more informative things this text delves in to is the cult's attempts to justify its existance. Take a look at this:

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God granted Aaron and his descendants authority to "serve" as intermediaries between God and the people. The priests had no authority to forgive sins (forgiveness comes only from God), but they were given authority to oversee the sacrificial process.

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See, it's not that the gods and goddesses don't exist, it's that the gods and goddesses give the priesthood the duty to explain what the gods and goddesses wish humans to do and to not do. If some of the humans some of the suspicion that the priesthood is a frocking pack of liars out to swingle the rubes and to place themselves in power so they never have to work another day in their lives, they're "in denial" against the gods and goddesses.

And so the ICR cult. The bizarre ICR cult demands that the aceptance of the fact of evolution some how opposes their gods when in fact physical sciences have nothing to say about gods and goddesses for or against. The ICR cult -- in it's "tenets" text -- freakishly and egotisticaly states that it thinks it was created by their gods to try to debunk the directly observed fact of evolution some how.

Here we have the cult pointedly telling their followers that it's okay to have the priesthood -- and the ICR -- dictate what the gods and goddesses demand since presumably they're too busy to do it for themselves. And the fact that the written mythologies don't support the priesthood's claims -- and the ICR's claims -- is because these things are too difficult for the common rube to understand.

Another amusing thing this cult does is try to pretend -- like so many other cults before them -- that the world is perpetually about to end. Let's take a look further in the cult's propaganda:

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PERILOUS TIMES AND THE WORD OF GOD

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come" (II Timothy 3:1).

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Spooky, isn't it? "And coming, and coming, and coming" one is amusingly tempted to append. What's interesting is that the nut which writes the following text is aware of the fact that the end already came:

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These sobering words introduce the last message of the Apostle Paul, just before his martyrdom.

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According to the classical Christanic mythologies, the Jesus mythos told its followers that he would return and start the end of the world before the last of his followers at the time were dead. Here we have Paul/Saul, the Terrorist of Tarsus, passing away without the Jesus mytho's promise coming true.

In fact, since these Summarian/Babylonian mythologies were written at least 2500 years ago, one can safely assume that all of the deity construct's followers of the time have died. Since I'm sure the ICR cult would like to demand that the Jesus mythos never lied, obviously the end of the world already came and went -- and guess where that leaves those of us who were left behind.

Why does the ICR cult mention the end of the world? Because it's going to happen tomorow -- always tomorow -- and it's sad that the rest of the world hasn't accepted the cult's freakishly bizarre notions:

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The most disturbing aspect of this situation is that... people in a professedly Christian society... [reject] creation and the miraculous aspects of true Biblical Christianity.

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So now we find that every Christian which doesn't buy into this cult's bizarre creationism are not "true" Christians. In the past, Christians have slaughtered their fellow Christians by the thousands at a time because they weren't "true" Christians.

So here we are, in the "last days" once again, getting ready for the end of the world tomorow again, and so many people will fail to get to heaven because they don't buy in to the ICR cult's imbecilic notions.

This bizarre text goes on and on however there's a few amusing high points along the way. Tip a glance at this:

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"But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?" (Luke 12:20).

This sobering verse gives, in a nutshell...

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Is there more than just a little irony in a creationist cult's propaganda even mentioning the words "nut" and "fool?"

Let's see... This one's also interesting:

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The concept of the shed blood of Christ, offered in substitutionary sacrifice for guilty and condemned sinners, is profoundly offensive to the modern mind...

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Actually, the ICR nut is unknowingly refering to the Mithratic rituals which Paul/Saul, the Terrorist of Tarsus, introducted into the Christian cult. The slaughtering of the Bull, the bringing forth of grain, the drinking of the blood, the eating of the flesh... The ICR nut probably has no idea he's talking about Lord Mithra which was created at least a century before the Jesus mythos.

It's also interesting to point out that the Lazarus mythology of being "raised from the dead" is also a description of the "rebirthing" Mithratic ritual which Paul/Saul introducted to the Jesus sedition cult at the time.

Here's one. Read it and see if there's any question remaining in yor mind as to the sanity of these people:

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When Christians compromise so readily with the pressures of modern evolutionary humanism, will they one day actually surrender to the enemy, when godless atheism reigns?

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Science is these people's enemy... it says so right there, taken in direct extract quote from the cult's own propaganda. And I just love the amusingly bizarre phrase "godless atheism." "Godless atheism." That phrase has all of the classical earmarks of having been penned by George Dubya Bush.

Here's a freakishly bizarre notion:

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There are many wonderful things that we as Christians are looking forward to in the ages to come, when the earth and our bodies are made new, and the entire beautiful creation of God is open to us for all eternity.

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Apparently this cult thinks they're going to be given new bodies. I suspect that this notion is motivated by the human need to be cured of their ills by mystical, magical constructs. I'd further suspect that the only people who actually fall for creationist nuttyness are people with serious mental difficulties who do in fact recognize the need for such cures.

And this text also contains advice for new mothers:

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The rooting reflex is a God-given drive that causes infants to seek nourishment. Stroking a baby's cheek stimulates this reflex. A strong reflex causes the infant to turn its head toward the stroked side. Unless stimulated and strengthened, a weak rooting reflex will hinder the baby's growth and development.

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The nut then goes on to claim that one of their gods does much the same for humans Here, at least, we find a psychological admission of sorts as to why some people feel the need to create gods in the first place.

Ah, this one's even more interesting:

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One of the most amazing anomalies in human life is the oft-repeated testimony to God's grace and power unwittingly rendered by men who would dethrone Him if they could.

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Here's something of an understanding of how and why religion works and was created. The primate psychology of the Alpha Male is being described here though it's obvious that the nut has no notion of the fact.

Deity constructs before the Christanic cult was created used to put the gods and goddesses on the top of mountains, under oceans, under rivers, places that mortals had difficulty getting to. It was common to have Heros and Mortals suffer journies to finally confront the gods and goddesses in their homes and force them to undo some imagined or real wrong the gods and goddesses inflicted upon the Hero or Mortal.

Along comes science which plumbs the ocean debths, examines and charts the beds of rivers, and has photographed and examined every mountain peak of the world -- no gods or goddesses found. The creators of the Christian cult knew that science would be the undoing of their gods so they placed them in "heaven" where Heros and Mortals couldn't reach them and thus could not topple them in accord to primate Alpha Male behavior.

Here we have a nut holding up one of his or her gods as untochable, unmountable, and yet fully capable of putting down the upstart Beta Male who would unseat the Alpha if he could.

Truly bizarre. Let's see what's worthy of picking out next. Ah, this one's also telling:

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"Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf" (I Peter 4:16).

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And then the nut writes in extract:

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As the years went by, the church began to be plagued by persecution.

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The nut "forgot" to mention the fact that historically it's always been Christians that have "persecuted" Christians. And in fact a previous ICR nut demanded that Christians that don't buy in to the ICR cult's creationism are not "true" Christians.

Historically Cristianity only managed to survive its creation by being more deadly, most terroristic, more evil than the cults that Christianity was trying to obliterate. And obliterate them Christianity did, tearing down temples and slaughtering the followers of the pantheon until no followers were left and thus nobody left to believe in those gods.

Christians like to pretend that they're "persecuted" so that they can pretend they're some how "right" and some how worthy of one of their gods being killed for them (which is itself a Mithratic myth.) And part of that pretend "persecution" is the fact that science doesn't allow for their creationist notions to be confirmed like the cult wants them to be.

And I kind of like this one:

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Can we imagine how the shepherds felt that night? One moment they were sleepily watching their flock..., and the next, they were confronted by "the angel of the Lord..."

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This myth reads somewhat like a modern day flying saucer story. Back in the days when this Summarian mythologies was told around the camp fire, anyone who professed to be a god, goddess, or "angel" was taken at their word, more so if they knew a few conjuring tricks.

Elsewhere in the Christian mythologies there is actually a story that talks about two men who come in to town which get beset on by the towns people who want to homosexually rape their rectums because that's just what people did at the time. A "good" man comes to the aid of these two prospective rape victims and comes up with the claim that they're some how "angels" and thus should not be raped.

So what does this "good" man do to appease the rapicious mob? He does what any good man would do: offers the crowd his daughters to rape instead.

One of the things that the creationist nuts don't do is read their mythologies cover to cover else they might run across such wonderful, fufilling, spiritual stories.

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In the beginning, when God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the "very good" creation...

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And once again no mention of the previous versions that included the goddess Lilith. What's amusing is that the next nuts' text offered in extract holds yet another telling admission:

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The entire gospel message runs counter to the human mind.

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Well, except for those who have set aside their reason and their intelligence for the sake of trying to believe recient mythology, any way.

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The Creator dying for the creation.

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Which Lord Mithra did at least a century before the upstart Christian cult came along. Jesus needn't have bothered. And I see further that the nut has gotten his mythology mixed up:

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The Judge paying the penalty for the guilty.

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According to the early versions of the classical Christanic mythologies it was the father god of the Jesus god that was to direct the Satan god to weight a human's "soul" against a white feather and if the scales tipped finding the "soul" heavy, it was the Jesus god's duty to escort the human to the underworld.

Some how the ICR cult has followers that mix up the pantheon.

Ah, here's one that ends in what can almost be described as an orgasm. I've encountered such things numerous times in my inbound e-mail, coming from people that one can't help but imagining are masturbating while they type:

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Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, Ris'n with healing in His wings. Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die; Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth. Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King!"

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Was it good for you? Often I'll received e-mail that ends with a lot of "PRAISE JESUS!!!" with various numbers of exclaimation points and even with variations in spelling. There does seem to be a perchant for some nuts to write texts that end with what looks very much like an orgasm and it's something that I've decided deserves its own special chapter in the book I'm editing.

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To think that the almighty sovereign Creator... would take up residence in our own hearts!

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What an unusual mode of coronary failure. Back when the ignorant savages wrote the Christanic mythologies it was believed that the human "soul" resided in the heart. It's curious. I wonder if the ICR cult is still harboring that notion. It would be consistant with their other equally mistaken notions.

This one's also interesting. I wonder why the editor of this ICR propaganda failed to catch this mistake:

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It is unfortunate that many modern Bible translations (RSV, NIV, NEB, and others) dilute such key verses as John 3:16 by changing "only begotten Son" to merely "only son." This makes the Bible contradict itself...

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Woops! The Christanic mythologies are not supposed to contain any contradictions! Hell, the cult's whole excuse for pretending to believe the mythologies in the first place is the notion that their paper idol is without errors and contradictions and actually tell history as it happened and actually predict the future some how.

Woops!

Amusingly, immediately following is another contradiction admitted to by the cult:

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"How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man" (Jeremiah 31:22).

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Which is then followed with:

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But God reminds us... He has, indeed, created one new thing in the earth. Since only God can "create," a really new thing would have to be produced directly by the Lord Himself.

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Woops! Well, the ICR cult can be forgiven not having an editor on hand to proof read their propaganda. After all, the Summarian and Babylonian mythologies the cult worships have been on paper now for at least 2,200 years and nobody's bothered to finx the errors and contradictions yet.

This one could be interesting. Going a little further in the text we find:

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... the "Gospel" of Christ means, literally, "good news," but most people, sad to say, react as though it were bad news.

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Actually most people on Earth "react" to the Christian mythologies as if they were mythologies. And in fact most people on Earth also "react" to Wonder Woman comic books as if they're comic books -- and for the same reasons.

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At the birth of Christ, His garments were "swaddling clothes," and the gifts of the eastern wise men included a supply of myrrh and frankincense...

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The ICR nut is unknowingly describing theLord Mithra's birth which came before the Jesus mythos by at least 100 years.

Ah, another interesting - and false -- notion. This one ends in something like looks like an orgasm, too, but we'll exclude that:

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"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting" (Micah 5:2).

This is a very remarkable prophecy, explicitly predicting that the future king of Israel would be born in the little village of Bethlehem, some 700 years before He finally came.

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I guess the ICR cult doesn't allow its followers to read the Soloman tales. According to the Christian mythologies which this cult worships, the new "king's" name was to be "Michael." Now one has to ask whether Jesus waylayed Mike on the way to Rome and beat him to death with his sandals and took his place or something.

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"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

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Which Lord Mithra did long before Jesus. Jesus needn't of bothered. What I'm looking for in this cult's bizarre propaganda from here on down are things which further expose the creationist occultism specifically. Some how the cult got away from its primary message so let's see if they get back to it...

Let's see. The cult seems to know what comets are. That's rather unexpected. And I see the cult claiming that their gods have some say-so in what girls and boys do on Earth. Hang on, still looking... Ah, here's something that pertains to creationism:

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We live in a corrupt and cynical society, where genuine honesty is rare.

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Must be talking about creationists who are incapoable of uttering a truth even when the truth would serve. Let's continue. It almost looks like the ICR cult's bizarre hate rants against biological sciences have come to an end but lets keep looking...

Here's something! I had to search but I found another bizarre creationist claim:

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Only God can create! No psychologist, or guru, or anyone else can make a "new man" of an "old man." Only God is Creator...

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Except that science has recorded and continues to record speciation events showing that natural processes create new things. But it looks like the cult's done in this text posting only increasingly bizarre and illiterate nut rants.

Oh, no, wait... I was wrong. Here's more creationist ranting against the fact of evolution and also the age of the Earth:

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It is important to recognize the recent creation of all things, not only because God said so, but also because the multi-billion-year framework of cosmic evolution, pushing God as far away and long ago as possible, is merely the modern pseudo-scientific way of getting rid of Him altogether! Christians should not compromise with such a system! HMM

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That's strange. No where in any of the versions of the classical Christanic mythologies in my library do I find any of the Christian gods claim that there was any "recent creations." In fact I don't fid any mention of dates anywhere in the mythologies which would say just how long ago the Christian Elohim pantheon created the Earth.

I guess the ICR cult is using versions they discovered -- or maybe they just penciled in some corrections their gods "forgot" to mention.

Tellingly we continue to see creationists try to pretend that the age of the Earth has something to say about deity constructs. And in fact the age of the Earth and the fact of evolution don't have anything to say about deity constructs one way or another. Science doesn't address the untestable, after all, yet here we have a creationist trying to pretend otherwise.

Let's see if we can find some more. Well, this isn't a nut rant against science but it's interesting:

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"The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).

This wonderful verse has been used by the Holy Spirit countless times to bring a person to the point of salvation, and rightly so.

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Actually the wages of _life_ is death. The deadly notion that there's something called "sin" has historically been one of the most deadly, most evil notion as yet concocted by the religious. Historically the notion that others can "sin" has been used to slaughter said others with the excuse that it was for their own good to keep them from "sinning."

The concept of "sin" is equally as deadly as the concept of an "after life." Both notions have been used millions of times to justify millions of murders, all on the excuse that it's better to murder people to keep them from "sinning" and, since the're going to an "after life," they're not really dead and so it was not really murder.

Let's see... I see some anti-Semitism, interestingly enough, in a cult propaganda piece titled "a created people." I know that many Christian cults call Jews "mud people" but I don't think I have ever heard of a Christian cult call Jews "created people." Interesting.

Well, that's it so far as this text is concerned. All in all it looks like the traditional Creationist insanity fest filled with self delusions and egotistical justifications for not relenting their internally acknowledged, willful insanity.


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