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Thu Aug 20, 2020, 10:18 AM

Rise of QAnon provides an insight into how religions get started and grow

Like the most-devout religionist, QAnon believers believe that their beliefs are factual. They truly believe that a world-wide, baby-eating liberal cabal exists, often run out of the basements of pizza parlors, even when said parlors have no basements. The crazier the belief, the more believable to the adherents. Think talking snakes, people coming back from the dead, thousands of zombies strolling about Jerusalem, water changing into wine, religious icons riding a horse into the heavens, etc. Nutty stuff, but foundational to the religionist, and therefore necessarily assumed to be factual.

Every new defeat of QAnon belief only serves to strengthen the resolve and to deepen the belief of the believers. Lack of evidence only proves how deep the deception runs. Like the Hale Boppists getting the date wrong on the world’s end, the QAnonist simply moves the goalposts to excuse away that which proves the folly of their beliefs. The three hardest words one can utter as a human being are “I was wrong,” and the same is true in spades for conspiracy mongers like the QAnon crowd. What’s important to the religionist is the belief that that they are privy to hidden information and/or some greater truth that is unknown to the unwashed masses.

And now, they have been publicly embraced by the fantasist-in-chief, Donald T Rump. What’s next? Religious freedom protections being extended to their wacko, racist beliefs? Why not? It works for standard religions, which have no more basis in fact than does QAnon. Why not for the QAnonist, whose religious fervor burns hotter than that of the typical religionist?
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stopbush Aug 2020 OP
hedda_foil Aug 2020 #1
stopbush Aug 2020 #2
RussBLib Aug 2020 #3
JustGene Aug 2020 #4
rickford66 Aug 2020 #5
muriel_volestrangler Aug 2020 #6

Response to stopbush (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 10:42 AM

1. I've read that a high proportion of Qanoners are also fundamentalist Xtians.

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Response to hedda_foil (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 10:47 AM

2. That would make sense. It's not a giant leap to jump from Xian dogma

to the beliefs of QAnon.
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Response to stopbush (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 01:06 PM

3. an extra twist

Q'ers are convinced that Trump will upend the pedophiles and child-sex traffickers, while it is Trump himself that is most-likely a purveyor of those exact issues.

What a great cover for Trump to engage in such activities.

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Response to stopbush (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 03:53 PM

4. Yeah

Religion is what happens when you make shit up to answer questions/problems
so you can avoid responsibility.
This fits fine

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Response to stopbush (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 04:27 PM

5. Someone could spoof one of their websites and

change the narrative. Maybe plant a rumor that Trump sold out the Q's or some such nonsense. There must be a million crazy ideas out there.

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Response to stopbush (Original post)

Sun Aug 23, 2020, 10:39 AM

6. The strange thing is that QAnon started on 4chan, who are a bunch of cynical bastards

The early adherents are not the "I want to believe" type, more the "I want to say anything to harm the people I hate" type. But that seems to have had enough overlap with the Trump-supporting, anything-believing crowd (who would not, on the whole, hang out at 4chan) that it took hold and got a life outside the internet sludge pits.

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