Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Yesterday was the 10 year anniversary of the day the Heaven's Gate cult members committed mass suicide believing that their spirits (or whatever their flesh "containers" held) could then hitch a ride with the spacecraft they believed was trailing the Hale-Bopp Comet.
I was watching the news lastnight, and the woman that was reporting on this story kept referring to the Heaven's Gate members' "Bizarre Beliefs" and their "Deranged Leader," and other similarly derisive comments. I certainly wouldn't argue with her assessment, but I wondered why other belief systems with reality-defying beliefs aren't treated with the same disdain.
I mean isn't it also a bit insane to believe in someone born of a virgin; who performed "miracles"; who died and subsequently rose from the dead? (I am, of course, referring to Mithraism...what did you think I was talking about?)