there are many reasons i don't believe in organized religion- one of the biggest is the fleecing of the sheep. i remember the rise of the evangelicals in the early 80's- the jimmy swaggarts and ernest angely's dominating the airwaves in the rural south where i spent a few bucolic days of my youth. well, that was close to 25 years ago now but don't you fret- there's always a new crop of them taking a spot in the limelight. the sons of pat robertson and paul crouch and billy graham have been groomed to step into the void left when their fathers step down (apparently, the don't ever die. falwell was a fluke. must be he didn't go to heaven)
now, we have the hagees and the parsleys and the jakes up there pounding the lectern and yelling into the microphone to send them money. make no mistake, these folks don't believe the rapture is coming- they just want the sheeple to so that they can scare them into compliantly sending in their tithes. you know, to fund such things as proposition 8 in california and it's brother laws in a few other states- or funding the new holy land theme park or the creationist museum- or the limos, planes and yachts these 'shepherds' need to live life according to jesus and god.
over in the sidebar, in my magnolia- several links to organizations who are investigating or watch dogging some of the more egregious 'pillars of the church'- feel free to browse- i will put a couple here.
a friend of mine sent me this link- the song is from the 1980's but you would never be able to tell if i hadn't told ya- check out the trinity broadcast network sometime.
and this one is just for fun- it's one of my favorite videos :) and yes, i am a heathen