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“The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off.” — unattributed

Anyone familiar with a genuine epiphany will attest that a truth realized comes with mixed emotion.

But if it doesn’t in some way piss you off, but is something that only feeds your entrenched belief system, I challenge that the discovery is false.

Christianity has quite a few detrimental side effects. But none so wretched as that which “sets the believer free” while immediately thereafter instilling in him/her the condescension of his fellow human beings.

“I will not attack your doctrines, nor your creeds, if they accord liberty to me.

“If they hold thought to be dangerous

“If they aver that doubt is a crime

“Then I attack them one and all

“Because they enslave the minds of men.” — Robert Green Ingersoll

“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” — George Washington’s Farewell Address, September 1796