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Free Republic Has Become a Cult of ZOT!

Posted on 08/05/2012 8:49:07 PM PDT by America always

FR seems to have taken on many of the cult like attributes the cabal of anti-Mormon critics here ceaselessly and falsely subscribe to Mormons. I’ll follow the tactics of these folks in describing why FR is a cult. To start I’ll come up with my own definition of ‘cult’ and then follow up with a series of points selectively chosen to suit my own agenda. I’ll follow this model so as at to not confuse the usual suspects since the pattern of circular logic will be so familiar to them.

A ‘cult’ is defined as an organization that: - Bears consistent false witness against another group in order to provide a unifying sense to the members of the cult. Not content with legitimate, civil, discourse over theological differences, the members of the anti-Mormon cult here defame, lie, and consistently post increasingly ridiculous attempts to misrepresent the LDS faith. The most recent being the series of articles attempting to equate the LDS church with Islam. Some time ago the cult here celebrated having driven the majority of LDS FR members from the board so I can only surmise that they continue their efforts so they can chortle with their fellows and take comfort in the thought of having stuck it to those stupid Mormons, having once again proven how great a group of “Christians’ they are. - Cults do not tolerate any discussion that does not re-enforce the belief system of the cult. Incapable of standing on their own merit, the arguments and beliefs of the cult must never be allowed to be challenged. All dissenting voices must be silenced. This is best done by setting up all the rules in your favor and then silencing the opposition with ceaseless demands to ‘prove’ whatever you say is not correct, always with the understanding that the burden of ‘proof’ can never be met. Refuse to acknowledge any points made by the opposition as having even the remotest possible basis in truth, again with the understanding that you can always change the definition of truth as required since obviously your version of it must be true. Never concede even the most minor of points to the opposition, remember truth doesn't matter. - Cults encourage members to contribute money to them, but never give an accounting of how that money is spent. Those who question this practice are silenced. No one is allowed to question the demands of leadership and those who do are removed. $85,000 every quarter is a lot of money with no accountability. Like most cults FR encourages giving by appealing to a sense of belonging and group ethos. However, should you want to know where the money goes then you’re on shaky ground and in danger of excommunication.

FR seems to have become the very thing it claims to oppose. The current board, dominated as it is by a cabal of shrill anti-Mormons, has become nothing more than an anti-Mormon cult. I’ve watched this board degenerate over the past several years from what used to be a lively, thoughtful, conservative political commentary site to a shallow, groupthink, shadow if its former self, which is probably why no serious conservative can take it seriously any longer. So, one can only conclude that FR is a cult and that it is vital to get your friends and loved ones out as soon as possible. I’m considering following the example of the anti-Mormon cottage industry and write a tell-all book “My escape from the Cult of Free Republic”, after which I’ll go on the lecture circuit maybe. Until then I’ll have to be content with scaring my children with tales of “freepers”.


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1 posted on 08/05/2012 8:49:11 PM PDT by America always
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To: America always

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2 posted on 08/05/2012 8:50:46 PM PDT by TaxPayer2000 (Write In Sarah Palin)
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To: America always

I can stop anytime I want.


3 posted on 08/05/2012 8:51:07 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: America always

Posted twice for a Double Zot?


4 posted on 08/05/2012 8:51:53 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: America always

I’ll munch my popcorn while this lasts.


5 posted on 08/05/2012 8:52:00 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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To: America always

So we’re a cult now? Cool. When does all the free sex start? (Hey, Jim Robinson, we aren’t going to have to drink any cyanide-laced Kool-Aid are we?)


6 posted on 08/05/2012 8:52:34 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: America always
I can't see a resemblance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8I8mWG6HlmU

7 posted on 08/05/2012 8:52:59 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: America always

Spectacularly poor opus.

Bye.


8 posted on 08/05/2012 8:53:03 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Liberalism. Ideas so great they have to be mandatory.-FReeper Osage Orange)
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To: America always

STRAW MAN. anti-mormon? Since when


9 posted on 08/05/2012 8:53:14 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Admin Moderator
Fresh meat. Let us play with it before it gets the zot. Pretty please?

/johnny

10 posted on 08/05/2012 8:53:31 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: America always

Q: What’s the best place to be in Ohio?
A: Right in the middle, because no matter which way you go you’re leaving.


11 posted on 08/05/2012 8:55:01 PM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: America always
“Free Republic Has Become a Cult”

On 2nd thought; that sounds like an idea for a T shirt.

12 posted on 08/05/2012 8:55:26 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: America always
It's our cult against theirs...


13 posted on 08/05/2012 8:56:30 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: America always
"Dominated as it is by a cabal of shrill anti-Mormons"?

I've run across a few but they aren't dominating much!

This screed is a modification of the good old race card tactic. If we disagree with anything Mitt says it MUST be due to his religion.

14 posted on 08/05/2012 8:58:06 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: America always
All dissenting voices must be silenced.

You are going to have to dissent harder to get a zot, obviously, since you are still here.

/johnny

15 posted on 08/05/2012 8:58:35 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: America always

Sounds like another Mormon is upset.


16 posted on 08/05/2012 8:59:49 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: America always

That’s a weird rant.

It has always been my belief that Mormons, Scientologists, Martians, and whatever, are welcome at Free Republic as long as they are Constitutional conservatives who understand the site’s mission and follow the rules as clearly stated on the FR homepage.

Are you trying to create a straw man?


17 posted on 08/05/2012 8:59:49 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Dallas59

Something is going through the minds of those young bimbonoids and it sure isn’t politics.


18 posted on 08/05/2012 9:00:33 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The NRA did not create James "The Joker" Holmes. Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood did.)
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To: Lancey Howard
It has always been my belief that Mormons, Scientologists, Martians, and whatever, are welcome at Free Republic

No mention of Unarians?

19 posted on 08/05/2012 9:02:08 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: Dallas59

20 posted on 08/05/2012 9:02:45 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1293 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: America always
I love sarcasm.
21 posted on 08/05/2012 9:02:59 PM PDT by 867V309
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To: America always
To start I’ll come up with my own definition of ‘cult’ and then follow up with a series of points selectively chosen to suit my own agenda.

Does anybody have the face-palm picture handy?

22 posted on 08/05/2012 9:03:17 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: America always

feel better now?


23 posted on 08/05/2012 9:05:34 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Dallas59

This picture immediately brings to mind the scene in “Independence Day” when lookie-loos gather beneath the arriving alien space ship -— and then are blown away ...


24 posted on 08/05/2012 9:06:21 PM PDT by Vesparado (The American people know what they want and they deserve to get it good and hard --- HL Mencken)
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To: America always

If you did your research, you would have found that the majority of anti Mormon bigotry is posted by a few n00b trolls, and the regular crackpots. Hardly a cult.

I think you unfairly painted FR with a broad brush.


25 posted on 08/05/2012 9:06:47 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: America always

So to not go on the religion forum.
So learn something about Mormonism before you defend it.
So grow the hell up.


26 posted on 08/05/2012 9:06:51 PM PDT by roylene (Salvation the great Gift of Grace.)
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To: America always

27 posted on 08/05/2012 9:07:14 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: higgmeister
Does anybody have the face-palm picture handy?


28 posted on 08/05/2012 9:08:39 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: PGR88

Does this make Mitt a conservative now?


29 posted on 08/05/2012 9:09:53 PM PDT by jimpick
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To: America always

Your point would be ........ somewhere between; A. you love Romney; B. he is limping in the swing states; C. you want everyone to love Romney, the socialist, and they just don’t; or D. you are Harry Reid’s nephew, Harley, and want to make up what you can’t stir up at that other web site?


30 posted on 08/05/2012 9:09:53 PM PDT by RitaOK (NO ROMNEY, NO COMPROMISE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.)
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To: America always

It may be a cult but it’s my cult.


31 posted on 08/05/2012 9:10:40 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Dallas59

Mesmerized goofballs Cultists indeed


32 posted on 08/05/2012 9:10:40 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Now a Chick-fil-A customer . . . God bless Dan Cathy)
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To: America always

The budget is available from the front page in case you wanted to know where the money goes.


33 posted on 08/05/2012 9:10:58 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: America always

What is your TBL screen name?


34 posted on 08/05/2012 9:11:35 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: America always

Ohhh-kay...


35 posted on 08/05/2012 9:12:05 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: America always

Last time I checked you could simply leave and start your own web site that is not a cult. Or is someone making you stay and post?


36 posted on 08/05/2012 9:12:53 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: America always

Actually the cabal is of RomneyBOTs who
lie about FR. They see hate everywhere
WHEN ALL THE HATE IS FROM THEM. Like you.

They backstab and hide. Like you.

Mr. RomneyCARE is like that. Very cult like, dont you think?


37 posted on 08/05/2012 9:14:51 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Dallas59

Your pic just gave me a new idea for an anti-dem bumper sticker: “FOReWARneD”...

BTW, are those people looking for the spaceship, or what?


38 posted on 08/05/2012 9:14:55 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: South40
No mention of Unarians?

They fall under "whatever". And so do Festivusarians as well.

39 posted on 08/05/2012 9:15:13 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

The Unarians are in my city; I drive by their building often. What a bunch of kooks.


40 posted on 08/05/2012 9:16:36 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: Migraine
BTW, are those people looking for the spaceship, or what?

My first thought, too.
Independence Day.

41 posted on 08/05/2012 9:17:17 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Dallas59

Doesn’t look like much of an Obamagasm.

I guess nobody hit their “O” Spot yet.


42 posted on 08/05/2012 9:17:37 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (The only good Commie is an Impeached Commie.)
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To: null and void
damn... who pizzed in their Cheerios???
43 posted on 08/05/2012 9:17:49 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Vesparado
Purple Kool aid available....


44 posted on 08/05/2012 9:19:39 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: America always
Sheesh.

5.56mm

45 posted on 08/05/2012 9:20:07 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Migraine
Your pic just gave me a new idea for an anti-dem bumper sticker: “FOReWARneD”...

And your post gave me another:

Barackward


46 posted on 08/05/2012 9:20:34 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1293 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: jmacusa

Free sex? You know darn well a picture of Helen Thomas will pop up because of that.


47 posted on 08/05/2012 9:21:24 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: Migraine
BTW, are those people looking for the spaceship, or what?

That would be the Unarians.

48 posted on 08/05/2012 9:21:52 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: America always

Obviously Mormons hate Paragraphs.


49 posted on 08/05/2012 9:22:15 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (The only good Commie is an Impeached Commie.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Correction: Joseph Smith.


50 posted on 08/05/2012 9:23:27 PM PDT by CT
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