Saturday, 2 October 2010

The Name - a horribly painfully obvious con trick.

This was found today in a phonebox on Argyle StreePAPYRUS FONT! OH FOR GOD'S SAKE DON'T USE THAT!
This booklet promotes an upcoming series of things by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. I went into this one expecting plenty of dumbness, but upon further investigation of the church and people behind it, I think it's safe to say we have a cult on our, moreso than usual. We're off and in the deep end as far as OBVIOUS CON TRICKS are concerned here.

Go jump, and prepare for a booklet sized deal this time.

Only one page in and we're already above and beyond the call of crazy.
"Sounds too good to be true?"
Well yeah. If it's too good to be true, then yeah it is. That's how OBVIOUS CON TRICKS work dont'cha know?

"When will he/she ever get married?" Because people are not complete otherwise. You HAVE to be married or you are not a full human being.

If you can relate to one or more of these, good job. We all can. It's called shit happens. Expecting a Magical Man In The Sky to magically fix shit that happens if you pray the way you're told is a VERY good way of leaving yourself open to OBVIOUS CON TRICKS.

Yay. A "FREE" 5-week course, which basically means that the donations they attempt to coerce you into giving them as part of their OBVIOUS CON TRICK (which of course, they do) are entirely optional.

Truly the name of Jesus has great power. He can walk on the water. He can replicate fish and loaves. He can raise the dead. He can get Zimran Bahadur from Brixton a job. Is there anything he CAN'T do?

Well, besides stopping people from killing each other in his name, or stopping people from using his name as part of their OBVIOUS CON TRICKS.
Testimonial evidence is not evidence. Moving on, we have a testimony of a girl who dealt with voices in her head with prayer and meds. Which one do YOU think helped more? Here's a hint. It wasn't the OBVIOUS CON TRICK, although that may have been a placebo of sorts.

Incidentally, no mention of the UCKG would be complete without mentioning their incredibly irresponsible inaction regarding the murder of Victoria ClimbiƩ, who was killed by the abuse and neglect of her parents, which had been completely and stupidly overlooked by pretty much every social service, hospital and church involved in the case. A pastor of the UCKG was told by the parents that Satan had told her to burn herself, and even though he suspected abuse, went along with the Demon Possession story and did nothing to help besides pray a bit, which doesn't count.

Good heavens it's lucky this disclaimer was here. We wouldn't want any space for a lawsuit when this OBVIOUS CON TRICK doesn't go the way the victims expect it to. At least they're not making any kind of bullshit claims of having been "Scientifically proven" or anything.

My my my don't THESE guys have a lot of churches. Not to mention lots of money to go around renting out hotels in which to hold their OBVIOUS CON TRICKS. The donations of the gullible will get you far in life.

OMIGOD that's TOMORROW.....or quite possibly today. Time zones and late night blogging are fun.

You know, in spite of the rantings that I can sometimes go into in this blog, I can at least vaguely sympethise with the standings of people I recieve tracts from, and am happy to give them the benefit of the doubt in that they genuinely hold a genuine conviction that they have to save as many people as possible for whatever kind of wrath their god has stored up for people who don't worship him properly. I of course contend that they are likely being manipulated by people with much less benign intent than themselves and that what they are doing has an ultimately negative effect, but I will generally assume their heart is in the right place, and in these sorts of cases my major beef will be with the religious systems which exploit good, well meaning people.

These sorts of OBVIOUS CON TRICKS however, which are run from the top by people interested more in profits than prophets, and who are directly responsible for the exploitation of gullible, vulnerable, well meaning people, are deserving of no such sympathy. I hope they don't make a goddamn penny from this excersise, although judging from their real estate in the UK alone, it's safe to say that these people are very good at what they do.


If anyone fancies further reading.

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