"Secret of the Psychics"
From: David Rice
To: Uucp Oct-20-93 08:41AM
Subject: "Secret of the Psychics"
I watched the NOVA special. It was GREAT! When Mr. Wizard pulled
out the photo of Ted Bundy, I said to my cat "That's Uri Geller---
these women will know who it is. Why would The Wizard make such a
blunder." Then you narrated that it was Bundy. Gee, I wonder if
That Uri character is some real piece of work. As my Grandmother
might have said, "Butter wouldn't melt in his mouth." He's such a
patent FRAUD that I am wondering just how stupid humans are if they
can believe him.
But Uri is just a minnor annoyance compared to the RAGE I felt when
the ChristoNazi "faith healers" defraud their faithful of millions
of dollars--- with no goods or services being exchanged: just wishful,
fanciful thinking. Goddess, how I =HATE= these HORRID BASTARDS! How
could that man look those old women in the face and tell them their
cancer and arthritice was cured?! How could that evil creature of an
evangilist =FORCE= that old women to talk around, while he pushed her
from the back?!
Eight years ago I started learning astrology, so that I could debunk
it from a position of knowledge. To my horror, I discovered it
"worked." I also discovered that it didn't matter whos "chart" one
read to someone, that person would beleive it was their "chart." I've
writen for the popular astrology magazine _American_Astrology_
(published by the Star Log Group). It's easy money, but my ethics
bothered me so I stopped. I think I'd sooner go hungry than
perpetuate fanciful thinking (well, then again maybe not).
I abhor all such thinking. It is dangerous to our society. People
pray at their children instead of taking them to get real help. People
send in billions of dollars to Christofascist organizations that use
the money to force their Christian occultism into the public school
system, use the money to "dummy down" text books; silence educational
excelence; preach hate and violence; publish anti-science literature;
field fascist members of their cults on to elected schoolboards----
this money they gather is for the most part tax free, and they use it
to destroy American freedoms and subvert the Constitution.
There was a telephone poll reported in _Free_Inquiry_ several years
ago (three of four) that found that the majority of those quiried
would vote to recind and revoke the Constitution of the United States
if it would help fight crime and end drug abuse--- can you fuckin'
believe it?!?!? I suspect that "fanciful thinking" contributes to
LAZY thinking, which in turn results in such ignorance.
This moring the Pacifica Foundation aired a five-part report titled
"In Jesus's name," concerning the Christofascist right-wing political
agenda. Goddess, talk about an early Holoween! How can such vile filth
be so boldly and blatently exposed, and yet millions of people embrace
it? Again I suspect fanciful thinking.
I spend much time exposing various religion's claims that yield to
falsification. For every lie that I can prove was a lie, they tell
fifty more that I could never be able to find the time to research
and expose as a lie. Some times I feel like a little Dutch boy with
my finger in the hold in a dam, while watching all of the other holes
leaking water. The problem of fanciful thinking is much greater than
can be fought on an ad hoc basis.
It's my opinion that America's probles in education and rational
thinking spells doom of this nation. I'd run away to some other
country, but there seems to be no place to flee. The Christofascists
are reenacting the Nazi Pary's anti-homosexual practices to the
letter, and I wonder just how long it will be before the internment
camps are opened?
I've enjoyed your books emensely(sp?). I wish they were mandatory in
out public schools, and that every junior-highschool student were
required to read them and write a report on them. There was no
emphasis on clear, rational thinking when I went to school. As long
as people continue to believe in bleeding statues, faith healers,
spoon benders, tarot card readers, astrologers, and Rebuplicans, our
nation CANNOT compete within the global economy in the future. Our
children will live in a "third-world nation." As long as churches
continue to demand hate and violence against minorities and selected
majorities, we face a grim future.