From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris Colby)
Subject: Inventing A Religion - a few hints
In article <email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Robert Thorson) writes:
>So what suggestions can you give me for starting my own religion?
Encourage a deep mistrust of science in your believers.
This can be accomplished mainly by enforced ignorance. This
ignorance can be maintained internally and externally. Internally
maintained by condemning free thinkers (doubting Thomases) and praising
those who can be led around like cattle (those for whom proof of
anything is not needed, faith is enough) Externally, the church could
influence local school boards to dummy down science classes where
they conflict with religious dogma. Hardly original, but nothing
works like success. Keeping "the faithful" vigilantly ignorant
will keep you free from answering potentialy embarassing questions.
P.S. Go ahead and make birth control a sin. And make homosexuality
a sin too. In fact make any sexual behaviour that doesn't lead to
procreation a sin, just to be safe. Teach Monty Python's song
"Every sperm is sacred" to your young members - but don't let them
watch the movie.