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Response to shagsak (Reply #23)

Thu May 10, 2012, 04:49 PM

46. May I ask a serious question?

I'm really not trying to be offensive or snarky. Consider the Heaven's Gate cult from the '90s. They sincerely believed that they knew the truth. They had found happiness. In video clips they seem deliriously blissful, even as they submitted to voluntary castration, laced up their brand-new Nikes and drank the kool-aid, believing they were going to a space ship behind the Hale-Bopp comet.

Can you please explain to me how their religious epiphany is any less valid than yours, and how you can still cling to a religious epiphany as a valid reason for faith after seeing the Heaven's Gate folks and so many other true believers misled by such feelings over the years?

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