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Comment: Re:How is this different than christianity? (Score 1) 141

by phantomfive (#46803267) Attached to: Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

Like it or not, those Tea Party folks could probably register themselves as a religion. All those Ayn Rand Objectivism rants, like, "Altruism is evil" sounds like religious beliefs to me.

Have you ever heard a tea-partier say "altruism is evil?" Serious question.

Comment: Re:How is this different than christianity? (Score 1) 141

by phantomfive (#46803259) Attached to: Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads
I divide the world of churches into two groups.....those who get paid, and those who don't. I've met a lot of good people in the churches where people are all volunteering, Mormon, Jehovah's Witness, even Catholic. Good people who actually care about the community and try to make the world a better place.

On the other hand I've never met a pastor who got paid for his preaching that I felt i could trust. As soon as those preachers are motivated to get more people in church because they will make more money, things go very wrong.

Comment: Re:The Harsh Light of Day (Score 1) 141

by phantomfive (#46803247) Attached to: Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

Some of my parents' Scientology friends eventually left the church as well, and they've stayed in touch. One couple in particular was high up in the organization (well past OT3x--I think 6 or maybe even 7). Even after all these years, they still have a hard time not believing in Scientology's teachings, even the Xenu stuff.

Why did they leave, then?

Comment: Re:Too poor (Score 0) 265

by phantomfive (#46779743) Attached to: I expect to retire ...

I'll never be able to retire. Never made enough money, and never had enough, early enough for a useful 401k. Two bubbles bursting killed what little I was able to afford to put away. My parents technically didn't retire either,

Sounds like what really happened here is your parents had poor money management skills, and you learned from them. Sorry about that.

No one ever has enough money when they have poor money management skills, even if they make millions.

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