Coming Out: Gaslighting

The preachers, politicians, and other snake oil salesmen do not profit by making their congregations, constituents, and customers comfortable in their own skins.

In fact, the least suggestion that YOU can see, hear, think, and do anything without them threatens their very existence.

And so “the faithful” must be kept in a perpetual state of ignorance, diffidence, anxiety, and fear…

… trained to distrust their own eyes, ears, thoughts, and feelings…

… trained to feel shame, guilt for any doubts of the scriptures, traditions, myths, and patriarchs.

… trained to esteem self-denial and acceptance of one’s lot in life.

… trained to embrace and parrot opinions that they have merely heard, not formed.

… trained to believe that they cannot possibly know right from wrong without the tutelage and sanction of “the authorities”.

… trained to fear, and even demonize, other believer… and non-believers.

… trained to believe that belief in unbelievable things makes them special, not stupid.

… instilling a “faith” so deep that even the most unassailable logic, even the most definitive evidence, even all the love in the world cannot penetrate its armor.

Learn more… Coming Out: Inbreeding

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19 thoughts on “Coming Out: Gaslighting

  1. So true Frank. Anyone who has been part of the church scene can attest to that. I know from my own experience that when I questioned how the church was doing things, the pastor assigned an elder to talk to me to “straighten me out.” They didn’t say those words, but that’s exactly what was happening. I was questioning their authority and they wouldn’t allow it. They wanted me to fall back in line and be a good little soldier, Not only did the church try to “fix” me, but the pastor couldn’t even do it himself. I guess he didn’t want to get his hands dirty. But it was clear that only the church’s ideas were the correct ones and for me to think differently was wrong.

    Nice post as usual.

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  2. So true about the parroting. After (or during childhood) indoctrination the submission to authority supplants any individual thought. After leaving the church it is hard to imagine I could’ve said or thought the things I repeated. After belief was gone, I could see quite clearly I had been hijacked.

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  3. I know what you wrote is often true and that’s how it often goes down with fundamentalists. But my final years in church (2000 to 2012) were not like that. Had they been, I would have departed sooner than I did. In fact, I cannot honestly say that the years prior to 2000 involved brainwashing (mind control requires lack of cooperation. most comply willingly) or the trained things you mentioned.

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  4. The brainwashing is obvious. How is the scam of resurrection explained? How do you get people to believe that a ghost exists? Magical mushrooms? When I consider the Joseph Smith story, I see that it happened. People loose the power of reason and get scammed into believing that people immigrated to the Americas 600 years before Christ. It is all such an obvious scam. The lucky ones are those to whom the scam is so obvious that we can laugh at the gullibility of humankind. GROG

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    • Hi grogalot. I don’t get the connection between the scam of religion/faith and the notion of the first inhabitants in the Americas arriving “600 years before Christ”. I think anthropologists usually speculate that the first inhabitants migrated to the Americas from Northern Siberia soon after the last ice age. That is not “an obvious scam”, it is a theory backed by (the present state of) scientific evidence.

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      • Hi Frank. What I’m trying to say is that religion is a scam, and I wonder how people can “believe” in such things, but when I consider the scam of Mormonism I realize that is not all that difficult to get people to believe the unbelievable. The Mormons have their Book of Mormon which tells of people from Jerusalem coming to the Americas in 600 BC. GROG

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