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SionShankel
My opinons are all done sans pants
11:34 PM on 11/23/2010
If churches have this much money to invest perhaps they no longer need their protected tax exempt status?
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SionShankel
My opinons are all done sans pants
11:30 PM on 11/23/2010
Yes, and particularly Christians...they are built on a foundation of not questioning god just blind worship. The bible stories make it clear...number one big no no is to not seek knowledge or question god's authority....just ask Eve and the arch angel Michael.

Then you got all those nice farm animal metaphors in the new Testament...baaaaa
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Andres64
Religion is a sectually transmitted disease.
11:00 PM on 11/23/2010
Yes. They have been taken by the oldest scam
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blackhawaiian
10:35 PM on 11/23/2010
If god had not meant for them to be sheared, he would not have made them sheep.
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blackhawaiian
10:32 PM on 11/23/2010
It seems that the more religious a person is, the more trusting they are. They need a preacher to tell them what to do, and how to think.
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bbriani3842
400+ yrs of science & STILL no evidence for a god
10:55 PM on 11/23/2010
And let's not forget that they need a big, all-powerful invisible parent to keep them from robbing, pillaging and become axe-murd3r3rs. . .
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SionShankel
My opinons are all done sans pants
11:33 PM on 11/23/2010
ROTFL...yea it seems they are have such a difficult time holding back their various violent tendencies that only a story about eternal hellfire persuades them to be decent...
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brooklyncitizen
Soror quaerens lucem
11:58 PM on 11/23/2010
What specifically are you basing this on?
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GoodwithWood
Dis eas all yoooour fault
12:02 AM on 11/24/2010
The obvious.
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blackhawaiian
10:24 PM on 11/23/2010
The last person to trust, is someone who claims to be religious. When people mention god and money in the same sentence, grab your wallet. It may be missing. The more religious a person is, the more naive and gullible, they are. These phony preachers, can't be trusted.
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Bhokara
Patriot. US Navy Veteran. Socialist.
10:08 PM on 11/23/2010
Religion IS a scam.
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dubbleplusgood
Occupy Your Brain
07:40 PM on 11/23/2010
Is the Pope Catholic?
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Andres64
Religion is a sectually transmitted disease.
11:03 PM on 11/23/2010
Was it you that posted the link to the cartoon of the two theists arguing over whose book was real? I can't find it and I want to add it to my favs.
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dubbleplusgood
Occupy Your Brain
12:35 AM on 11/24/2010
twas me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1_WqcozkjM

plus a bazillion more vids of all kinds on my YT channel if yer interested.
http://www.youtube.com/user/dubbleplusgood
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dubbleplusgood
Occupy Your Brain
12:42 AM on 11/24/2010
this version has audio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMxlq4WFCoE
ThinkCreeps
Seriously, it's time.
06:15 PM on 11/23/2010
If you wander round ostentatiously proclaiming your lack of critical thinking skills, it is not perhaps unreasonable that hucksters will see you coming and take advantage.
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Weirdwriter
07:05 PM on 11/23/2010
And this happened to you when?
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bbriani3842
400+ yrs of science & STILL no evidence for a god
10:59 PM on 11/23/2010
Why does that even matter?

Ever watch the news?
04:51 PM on 11/23/2010
They sure do here in Utah (#1 for being victims of scams). Usually victimized by members of their own faith (primarily Mormon).
10:29 PM on 11/23/2010
I wonder if you can provide a cite for either of your claims. I looked and can't find one. Even if you can find evidence that scams are more common in Utah, I'd then like evidence that the higher rate of scams in Utah is a result of religion or religiosity and not the result of state laws designed to attract business etc. etc. etc. etc.

People believe what they want to believe. The commenters here like to believe, without evidence, that religious people are easy targets of scams because they like to believe religious people are ignorant or stupid. Other people like to believe, without evidence, that Obama is a Muslim and that Muslims are trying to infiltrate our country and undermine our way of life.

I naively expected Huffington Post readers (and authors for that matter) to be more critical in their thinking that Fox news fans.
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GoodwithWood
Dis eas all yoooour fault
12:19 AM on 11/24/2010
I won't bother providing a cite. But maybe you should have your sight checked.

GWW Salt Lake City
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blackhawaiian
10:33 PM on 11/23/2010
What better group to scam, than you own church members? They have access to a church full, of suckers.
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ThBigD
04:48 PM on 11/23/2010
Oh, I don't know...

YES?

Televangelists exist. Case closed.
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Barbara Graham
Comin at u from Area 5150
04:32 PM on 11/23/2010
It's a matter of faith and trust, two attributes often attributed to the religious. So, if somebody attends your church and talks the talk, then offers you some awesome financial service or an investment tip, if you know them from church, you're more likely to listen, and trust them.

Good, honest people might not be aware that con men use this as a short-cut to establishing the trust they need to run their con.

A really good con man will start his own religion. L. Ron Hubbard comes to mind, and his flock are the most gob-stoppingly trusting, naive, gullible people I have ever seen.
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Toddynho
I needs proof read more!
04:17 PM on 11/23/2010
The religious, the elderly and immigrants are usually seen as easy targets - maybe it's their perceived weakness of the mind [shrug].
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ThaGovna
I walk on water, eat bullets, and poop ice cream.
03:44 PM on 11/23/2010
Answer is...YES!
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rtgmath
There has got to be a better way!
03:39 PM on 11/23/2010
From a Christian perspective, Christians often read in the Scripture how God blesses the righteous and punishes the wicked. Each Christian truly desires God's blessing, but it seems to be rather hard to get at times. One can be faithful in many ways and be constantly poor and in financial difficulties.

So when someone comes along who talks about how God has blessed him, talks the talk and shows life's good things and the lack of troubles we all face, people tend to flock to that person. They show piety, devotion, and a good business sense to people who lack it. Yes, we can't understand how it works, but obviously it does! Look at the results! The testimonials are wonderful, and look what he is able to do with the money!

So people take their hard-earned money and give way past the hurting point, with faith and trust. And well, it just happens that this person doesn't really know God. He gets all his blessings by conning you out of what little blessings you have.

And the con men (and women) come in all types. Pastors who live high on the gifts given to them as they "lead their flock", investment counselors at various "Christian" organizations, the new member of the church who happens to be connected in the world of money, the insurance salesman, the banker -- all of whom use Faith and the Lord instead of being used by the Lord.

Of course religious people are gullible.
08:11 PM on 11/23/2010
"The first religion started when the first con man met the first fool" Mark Twain