I once worked with a very nice guy named John Doe (sp?). John was the kind of person everybody liked and trusted, BUT he was infected with the religion virus. He was a Jehovah’s Witness. I remember him making a big deal about the fact that Christ was not crucified on a cross, but on some sort of pole or stake. He also fervently believed that only 144,000 people would be admitted into heaven’s gates.
I thought of John today when I found a JW flyer taped to our apartment door. Our apartment has a No solicitation sign clearly posted on the property, but that did not stop the JW organization(I hesitate to call them a Church since they are more of a for-profit business) from breaking the law and taping their religious tripe pamphlets to every apartment door in the complex.
The Jehovah’s Witness Flyers read “Would you like to wake up every morning with happy, positive thoughts?” which is something the big pharmaceutical companies can do for you with a reasonably priced anti-depression pill for about the same price it would cost you to be a member of the JW Church.
The JW Flyer also advertised a concert at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, NM on Safeguarding your Heart as well a some books that were for sale. I still have not figured out if religion is a hard or soft sale.
I can not help but humorously recall the famous Cheech and Chong line that was one of the late George Carlin’s favorites: I was all messed up on drugs, ’till I found the Lord. Now, I’m all messed up on the Lord.
Most of us laugh at this quote because drugs and religion pretty much have the same mind altering effects.