What do you want me to say? Its a group of conservative catholics who choose to consecrate their daily work to God. They do so through prayer, charity and self sacrifice. They do not flog themseves, they use a macrame cord. The practice mortification by wearing a cillus. A light metal band around their leg for two hours a day.
Sounds kind of cultish to me. I am qualified somewhat to speak on the matter since I recently exited a cult.
Us vs Them mentality, black and white mentality, money pooling in the form of financial consecration with no accountability, “The world is an evil place and whew! aren’t we glad we are better than the world” type of mindset, it’s all there.
Frankr writes: These are classic examples of spiritual sacrifices made by Christians over the centuries. It is a spiritual exercise.
Just another reason to end faith like this. (Praise Mr. Harris! Heil!)
Faith in it’s more subtle format has a sneaky way of morphing into wearing spikey leg cuffs for two hours every day. I mean, what is wrong with just having plain old non leg cuff faith? Why the radical separist leg cuff activity? It’s just bizarre. Does it really require a leg cuff to have faith? There is a demonstrated unhealthy polarization going on there.
And when the spikey leg cuff fails to satisfy the man made void presented in the man made god concept, bizarre events in the name of this man mad god such as holy wars, inquisitions, witch burnings and our modern day example of suicide bombing crop up.
But… yes… let us allow the theist to perform his spiritual exercises. It is his right to do so after all.
Run away freight train ahead!
If one gets into the habit of making small sacrifices for God then one prepares oneself for the greates sacrifice to God.
I am quite positive this is exactly what went through the lunatic 9/11 hijacker’s minds as they crashed the planes.
We simply must end the mechanism that breeds this faith. It has got to stop.
Take em or leave em they have their good points and bad like everybody else, but they are hardly doing anything radical or outlandish. Unless practicing your faith is outlandish.
Is it really a quantum leap from spikey leg cuffs to radical fringe lunatic suicide bombers?
I mean, where do we draw the line as to what is an approved “spiritual exersize” and what is a fostering of a mental break from reality? Since 9/11, should we not be a little more paranoid about this? I am.