Friday 22nd of November 2019

the commerce of religion...

shampoo

Neo-charismatic Pentecostalism is the perfect creation for – or the culmination of – an age defined by digitisation and globalisation. Adherents are signing up to a lifestyle brand that is designed to appeal to a new generation of consumers who know what we want: experiences, flexibility, and the ability to connect with people just like us.

In repackaging old ideas into the ways we interact in today’s world, this updated version of evangelical Christianity has been able to tap into changing social norms.

Because we have come to conflate valuing something with paying for it, the new Pentecostal movement has turned everything we associate with religious worship, such as devotional music, pastoral care, and confession of our sins, into commodities for sale.

Startup culture has come to religion. The gospel of growth, market share, and monetisation has found a solution for a problem that didn’t exist.

 

• Elle Hardy is an Australian-born writer living in the United States

 

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/01/todays-pentecostal...

 

 

The pope may have wished he thought of that:

 Elle Hardy:

Pentecostalism is the fastest growing religious denomination in the world, with an estimated 500 million adherents – and as prime minister Scott Morrison showed last month, Australians are not immune to its charms. While the Pentecostal movement’s popularity is unquestionable, its theology and practices are less so.

Today’s Pentecostals aren’t tongues-talking, snake-handling hicks in rural American outposts. They’re Justin Bieber and various Kardashians singing uplifting songs at megachurches in cosmopolitan cities such as Los Angeles, Seoul, Lagos, São Paulo and Sydney. Fire and brimstone sermons have given way to Spotify playlists, self-help courses, stadium spectaculars, and Instagram posts which are, above all, designed to serve as an inspirational reflection of yourself.

 

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As we know (or should ALL know), religion is like a theatre of the absurd. ALWAYS HAS BEEN. In the past, the main motivation to believe was that we wanted to avoid going to hell thus we accepted the floggings. The metaphysical discussion was a private affair between us and god — all motivated by a ruthless organisation that had to persuade us to go to war on behalf of king and god when called upon. Our suffering and pain would not be in vain was the message — and that same message is used to motivate Daesh and its suicide bombers and kamikaze fighters in another religious organisation, which "we" (the USA) sponsor to get rid of "socialism". And to think of it, the same message is used to motivate the US's little wars.

 

But we've gone soft in the head and love sugar. We're couch potatoes, though contrarily jogging to collect points on a small electronic machine that tallies our "steps", so that we don't end up in hospital too soon, while listening to pop music on earphones...

 

We now prefer rewards — strawberries, brandy and cream — rather than glorious pains (we always did hate the pains, but the authorities kept on dishing punishment to keep us in line, because lets face it we did not know shit). Scientific discoveries came along to remove the original sin — not Jesus, though we still think the idea of Jesus is a good idea as a saviour... We can delegate and repent... and reoffend...

 

The psychology of Pentecostal is simple and uses the technique of elation, happiness and community sharing the shampoo while singing in the shower but not touching each others' genitals. It is the theatre of the new religious hubris, and young people raised on milk, allergies and entertaining pop, as well as developing addiction to thumbing iPhones, cannot avoid be taken by the similar addictive songs and the rowdy spectacle. I can sing! Pass the collection plate. NEVER FORGET THE COLLECTION PLATE, otherwise the movement dies in the bum of debt.

 

The whole idea of the modern theocrumbodeistardy pentecostuliomastering is to collect money, thus encouraging people to be successful AND HAPPY in their well remunerated jobs, because "why not be happy"... And of course, the more people join the congregation, the more "people can help each other" by employing other people of the congregation, a group of singing deluded morons, still believing in Noah's Ark, for profit. This HAS BEEN the way the Freemason have operated at the elite level. Now the bogans of the shire have taken their own profitable hubris into their own hands. Reality has lost ground to the illusion of the smiling continuum. And this light-weight theology of the individual in a group of happy-clappy, supersedes the gloom and toil of sharing equally in godless socialism, doesn't it? 

 

It's a capitalistic combo. Religion it is not. Green policies, ecology, and saving the planet from burning fossil fuel? What? As long as you take your own rubbish from the staged place of singing, all's well in the best of the world.

 

Lunatics? No... airheads. 

 

 

profiting from exclusivity in marketing jesus...

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The Congressional hearings debating the bill demonstrate the degree to which Christian Scientists explicitly asked for unique protections for the book based on its status as sacred work. For example, Robert McClory, an Illinois Representative and practicing Christian Scientist delivered testimony in support of the Bill, claiming that "the unique character of this volume suggests the importance of ― even the need for ― extending the copyright." McClory continued by describing the role of the text as the central focus of Sunday services and defended the "purity of the text, which all true adherents of Christian Science find both essential and complete," thereby requiring "faithful preservation." Others emphasised that only copyright allowed the Church to guarantee that the book as received by followers was precise and accurate so that "they might expect to derive solace and comfort" from the teachings.

While this Bill passed, it was later recognized as unconstitutional in a 1985 case United Christian Scientists v. Christian Science Board of Directors. The ruling in this case claimed that the Private Law "was openly sought and passed to secure prospective advantage for the hierocracy of one particular religion, and to no discernible advancement of the general welfare." In other words, the law was not neutral toward religion as the U.S. First Amendment demanded.

 

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https://www.abc.net.au/religion/can-sacred-works-be-owned/11049822

 

learning from the religious voodoo doll...

Harris has since set up the Center for Humane Technology and started the Time Well Spent movement, which, he explained at the conference this week, is about trying to reclaim time and attention from digital devices. 

US media has called him "the closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience".

"For technology to gain control over humanity it doesn't have to hack human strengths," he told the conference.

"We're all looking out for when does technology get stronger than humans - when it's going to replace us and take our jobs.

"But just by hacking our weaknesses it can take control.

This has already happened: "Prediction has already overtaken the human species."

... to draw you deeper

Tristan uses the example of watching one video on Youtube and then going down a rabbit hole and snapping out of the trance hours later.

"You're like what the hell just happened to me?" he said.

"It's because the same moment you hit play it wakes up an avatar voodoo doll version of you - it has one of these for one out of four people on Earth - and it knows exactly what video to play next because it simulates on that voodoo doll.

"[The Youtube algorithm] asks, if I tested these 100 million variations of videos which one would cause you to stay the longest?"

Now consider that 70 per cent of Youtube's traffic is driven by the algorithm, and people spend about 60 minutes a day on average on the platform. 

With a billion users, that means about 700 million hours a day of human attention is being determined by a computer.

 

In effect, the algorithm takes control of what people are thinking and feeling.

The same is true for any social media or tech platform that makes money through having active engaged users; there is an incentive to hold their attention, and the best way of doing this is through crazy, hyperbolic content.

Tristan also uses the example of Facebook groups.

"A new mum joins Facebook to meet other mums and trade advice ... Facebook comes along and wants to recommend groups for her to join.

"How does it choose what to recommend? It says what's the most engaging group for a voodoo doll who join mum's groups? 

"What do other voodoo dolls that join mums groups like to join - that keeps them engaged a lot?

"What was one of the top recommendations? Anti vaccine conspiracy theory Facebook groups.

"If you join one anti-vax conspiracy theory Facebook group - now the algorithm is calculating what tends to keep people like that engaged.

"Right after that you get pizzagate, flat earth - the whole conspiracy theory matrix."

 

 

 

Read more:

 

https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/your-phone-is-not-spying-it...

 

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Though this "Google" process of Voodoo Doll is done with "algorithms", the old ways was to draw you into a "room of belief" (a church, a mosque, a temple) and make you accept about "your" soul (your own religious Voodoo Doll) which "you" controlled but the Devil "influenced". BULLSHIT. The "new (google) way" is the old way with a new technical tool: electronics. My phone, which I only use for friends to communicate with me, constantly reminds me that I "should update my Apps" (I cannot use Apps because I got them all blocked). I say bugger that. All your Apps are conducts to an open map of your stupidity and willingness to be manipulated...

 

The New churches such as the Pentecostals (see at top) have realised the value of your own gullibility. The "old" churches were running out of psychological manipulative steam in a modern world. The alternative of pure freedom with ethical relationships is actually "frightening" to the youth, because decisions are our own in a social and scientific context. Now, rather than being coaxed by the "pomp and Circumstances", the new "religious" way is with Pop music and Bogan togetherness — while Christ is still the major idol (why reinvent the wheel), a crucified voodoo doll, to "save us" from crap. Clever but even more wicked.

 

See also: NO NEW PROTEST SONGS...

god is a woman with no pants...

Hailey Baldwin rocked the 'no pants' trend during a casual daytime stroll with Justin Bieber — and she accessorised with a $6,000 purse...

 


  • On Thursday, Hailey Baldwin stepped out in Los Angeles with fiance Justin Bieber for a casual daytime stroll.
  • Bieber looked comfortable in a grey hoodie, matching grey sweatpants, and a white T-shirt.
  • Baldwin wore an oversized, striped button-up shirt, and no bottoms.
  • The model accessorized with a $US4,200 ($6,000) black Fendi Peekaboo purse and £350 ($US458) hiking boots from House of Holland.
  • It’s not the first time Baldwin has rocked the “no pants” trend.

Stars in Hollywood can’t seem to stop ditching their pants, and Hailey Baldwin is no different.

On Thursday, the model stepped out in Los Angeles with fiance Justin Bieber for a casual daytime stroll. While the singer looked comfortable in a grey hoodie, matching grey sweatpants, and a white T-shirt, Baldwin opted for an oversized, striped button-up shirt and no bottoms.

She accessorized with chunky, gold hoop earrings, a $US4,200 black Fendi Peekaboo purse, and £350 ($US458) hiking boots from House of Holland.




https://www.businessinsider.com.au/hailey-baldwin-no-pants-shirt-justin-...


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and fuck the rest of the world...

President Donald Trump said that his administration was making religious freedom a priority, including helping to have people once again say “God” and “Merry Christmas.”

At a National Day of Prayer ceremony held Thursday morning at the White House Rose Garden, President Trump touted his efforts to advance religious liberty.

Noting that “we proudly come together as ‘One Nation, Under God,’” Trump went on to talk about a conversation he and Vice President Mike Pence had about the supposed increase in open faith expression since his campaign began.

“People are so proud to be using that beautiful word, ‘God,’ and they’re using the word ‘God’ again,” stated Trump.

 

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https://www.christianpost.com/news/national-day-of-prayer-americans-sayi...

 

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Obviously Jesus was born in America in a Buick... and Jesus was against Maduro in Venezuela... and against Assad in Syria and against ... all the other dudes that Obama and his predecessors bombed to smithereens... Let's pray:   Oh mighty goon with a gun in heaven... you know the rest...

was scummo a space invader with garlic breath?...

clown

The pair were free to roam the stage during the contest. At one point Mr Morrison stood close to Mr Shorten while grilling him over Labor’s proposed tax* increases.

Mr Shorten stepped away and quipped that Mr Morrison was a “classic space invader”.

The line prompted laughs from the crowd and the debate’s host, Sky News journalist David Speers.

Asked about the encounter on Saturday, Mr Morrison said he was “simply trying to encourage [Mr Shorten] to tell the truth and to look me in the eye”.

He couldn't do that either. He scurried away,” Mr Morrison said.

Wisecracks and stunts isn't how you run a country. I'm happy for Bill Shorten to put on a cabaret performance in a debate but that's not how you run a country and that's not what Australians want to see.

Senator Keneally, who is travelling with Mr Shorten throughout the campaign, declared the encounter was Mr Morrison’s “Mark Latham moment”. Ms Kenneally was referring to Mr Latham’s aggressive handshake with then Prime Minister John Howard on the eve of the 2004 election which many believe damaged Labor’s chances.

 

Read more:

https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/he-scurried-away-scott-morr...

 

Had Scummo eaten garlic before the debate?...

 

*Please note that taxes HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HIGHER UNDER THE COALITION THAN UNDER LABOR. 

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SO THERE...

scummo wacks himself with his own words...

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Seriously though... He looks stupid, doesn't he?....


the election campaign is mired in a bizarre distant galaxy, where the winner is the party whose candidates are the last to be formally disendorsed.


On Friday night, Morrison was labelled a “space invader” by the opposition leader, Bill Shorten, for getting a little too close during a televised debate

 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/04/scott-morrison-ai...

 

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making scummo sing...

cashing in

 

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not loosing the joy of being alive...

Marty Sampson, the worship music writer who recently revealed he is “genuinely losing” his faith, clarified that while he hasn’t “renounced” his Christianity, it’s nevertheless on “incredibly shaky ground.”

Sampson, known for penning lyrics for Hillsong Worship, Hillsong United, Delirious and Young & Free, responded through Facebook comments to a Christian Post op-ed titled “Reaching out to a Hillsong leader who is renouncing his faith." In it, columnist Michael Brown said he prays Sampson “would have the integrity of heart to seek the truth earnestly, with humility and passion, and that all others with questions will put those questions on the table.”

After emphasizing he truly wants answers to his questions, Sampson admitted he’s “struggling with many parts of the belief system that seem so incoherent with common human morality.”

“If most of humankind had a choice, would we not rid the world of the scourge of cancer? Or sickness and disease? Why doesn’t God do such a thing? Of course there is an answer to this question, but the majority of a typical Christian’s life is not spent considering these things,” he wrote. “Questions such as these remain in the too hard basket.”

The artist, who has been with the worship team at Hillsong since he was 16, clarified he wouldn’t say he has “renounced” his faith but would say “it’s on incredibly shaky ground.”

 

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https://www.christianpost.com/news/hillsong-worship-leader-clarifies-he-...

 

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It's not for me to counsel young Marty Sampson, one way or the other. The one thing I can do is sympathise with him when faced with the dilemma of belief versus whatever. It's very painful to abandon the security of faith and waddle in the space of uncertainty. It is well known that Gus is a full-blown rabid atheist for the main premise that religion — especially organised religions — doesn't make any sense, and is only maintained in the mind of people through brainwashing and repeat of silly mantras.

Realising that life has no purpose is a bugger of an acceptance — but the only one to make — and create one's own destiny by being kind to other people (except our silly politicians and Alan Jones) while minimising our own participation in the destruction of the planet. This demands a lot of energy in trying to understand the universe's real processes and life from a scientific viewpoint should we wish to know better, without loosing the joy of being alive. GL

cranking up the delusion with electronics (pass-the-plate)...

As Christian churches throughout the US face widespread decline, one church is bucking the trend. But is Hillsong a triumph of marketing or faith? 

If someone were to choreograph an ideal concert audience, it would look something like this. 

Everyone has their hands up and everyone is swaying. The opening bars of each song are met with a roar of frenzied recognition. For the few who don't already know them by heart, the lyrics beam down from massive screens flanking the stage. 

The songs sound expertly engineered to elicit an emotional reaction. The melodies rise, fall, then rise again like a more dramatic version of Mumford and Sons. The band, Hillsong United, had sold out the Anthem, among Washington's favourite venues. 

The collective style of the 10 members on stage is mirrored by their audience: skinny jeans, over-sized T-shirts and tattoos. This uniformity makes the fans look less like a crowd and more like a congregation.

 

 

 

Read more:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49186785

 

 

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Hillsong was born in Baulkham Hills, Sydney, Australia.

 

When the old stained-glass windows in crumbling old churches stopped doing the trick of brainwashing your mind with images of Christ in pain or "doing miracles", modernity came along (without you understanding anything or creating your own purpose) and the grand delusionists of Hillsong saw a marvellous marketing opportunity. 

 

Young and free, and cashed up, kids and their parents living in a dead-end paradise, "The Hills", had no philosophical ambitions but to have their bourgeois aspirations be entertained. The remnants of Father Xmas and Christian indoctrination were still in the mind of many people, but the traditional dullness of the lying catholics, the uptightness of the methodists and the arcane desuetude of the Anglicans did not match the new wave of pop music concerts. In this desolate paradise, what else but to plop a huge concert hall with tax exempt Christian values of making it rich, while behaving good and not killing anyone at most time, while killing time with exhilarating fun?

 

Legend has it that Brian Houston, the inventor of Hillsong with his wife Bobbie, had a few problems with his dad having fiddled with underaged kiddies, but this was nipped in the bud. Daddy Houston was kicked out of the "church". Frank Houston, had been a pastor in New Zealand and Australia who abused as many as nine boys over the course of his ministry.

 

Hillsong Church has thus attracted support from high-profile politicians, especially from the Liberal Party of Australia. It also use and value celebrities — those with movie credits or a microphone. See, it's a conduit to easy morality, often used by believers of right wing politicians who espouse "Christian values" while still indulging in "realism politics" — these ruthless ideals that create empires and steal from other countries — as long as they're not your next door neighbour and wear towels on their head... Hillsong is a fantastic control mechanism though cash and joy, through inane catchy songs and complex spectacles of happy deception. It's refined brainwashing with less silly hell and more whitewashed paradise, turning "The Hills" into the community spirit centre of the world's deception — often "speaking in tongues", that is to say meaningless garbage.

 

Hillsong has infected the world with its electronic happiness, from Moscow to South Africa, from the UK to the USA. It's a fantastic system which pleases Big Brother, as long as people don't wake up from the Matrix... I believe you can contribute with your Visa/MasterCard/bitcoin, possession or debt. Hillsong is a kind of electric, almost carnival atmosphere... the people full of anticipation and excitement. The electronics weave their magic as crowd controls, taking kids off the streets into a space not unlike Harry Potter's... Beaut.

 

Gus is a fierce atheist.

 

 

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chicken wings, sports, politics and religious truths...


And the word of the Lord came back to Scummoriah …


This is what the Lord Almighty said: “Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.”

— Zechariah 7:8-10


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truth-ishes
American “breastaurant” chain Hooters has given up on Quebec, abruptly closing its two restaurants in the Montreal area. The chain, known for chicken wings, televised sports, and objectifying women, closed its doors with no notice, according to the Journal de Montréal...
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inheriting the rotten earth...

poor poor

 

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not frank about frank...

Hillsong Church leader Brian Houston has told an inquiry he did not report child sexual abuse claims against his father to police because the victim was over 18 when he came forward.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is examining the handling of allegations against William Francis Houston, better known as Frank.

Brian Houston said he was told in October 1999 that a man in his mid-30s, known as AHA, had come forward to reveal that Frank Houston had abused him about 30 years earlier.

• Sex abuse pastor ‘still preached’
• Hillsong pastor ‘blamed’ victim

He told the inquiry he was in no doubt that a criminal offence had been committed.

“Rightly or wrongly I genuinely believed that I would be pre-empting the victim if I were just to call the police,” he said.

“If he decides to go to the police he can, or if anyone else decides to go to the police they can.

“If this complaint was about someone who was under 18 then and there, I am absolutely certain we would have reported it to the police.

 

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https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2014/10/09/hillsong-head-contac...

 

 

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