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Meditation 914
Critique of Religious Faith
Religious Beliefs Are Harmful (Part 4)

by: Fred Leavitt

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Faith (of Others) is Definitely Beneficial to Some

The founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, once said "Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." Most religious leaders are charismatic figures whose opulent lifestyles depend on encouraging others to keep the faith.

"If God existed as an all-powerful being, He would not need the money that faithful believers donate to their churches." Donald Morgan

Televangelists, rabbis, priests, and mullahs are not the only ones who benefit from the faith of others. Karl Marx called religion the opiate of the masses. Opium reduces both physical and emotional pain. Opium induces pleasant dreams. The rich and powerful can rest more comfortably when the downtrodden dream that acceptance of their terrible existence is a small price to pay for eternal salvation.

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