Saturday, November 27, 2004

Nothing is Free, Especially Charity and Religion

Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
Ambrose Bierce, satirist and journalist

Nothing is free and rarely is anything truly done with altruist motives. Charities flourish because corporations and business individuals see networking opportunities for new business. Charitable leaders may enjoy running their non-profits, but it’s their way of avoiding the pretentious phoniness of business life. It is all rationalized away by saying that the means all justify the ends, so no one complains too loudly.

However, the most insidious of the selfish charity shams are pious preachers with piles of money keeping the poor down by milking them of the opportunity to save or get ahead. They spew propaganda from the pulpit to the sheep they are looking to shear.

Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham is jockeying for position to lead the lemmings. The elder Graham’s free Crusades at the Rose Bowl, Nov. 18 -21, had only one purpose – to pass the throne to an outspoken son who wants to dictate how people live. And while it should no longer be surprising, people continue to want to be told how to live. More than 300,000 were herded into the Rose Bowl.

The human race continually perplexes The Misanthrope.

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