On established/state/organized religion

So this was the Black Maria–a navy-blue truck for the transport of prisoners (by KGB/Gulag system). I had often seen it in the street and paid no attention. I thought it carried milk or groceries. -Eugenia Ginzburg (1904-77): Journey into the Whirlwind, Harcourt, Brace & World, NY, 1967, trans. by P. Stevenson & M. Hayward, start of chapter 20

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An established religion has three main characteristics: a) government support both legal and financial, b) an obligation of the citizens of the country to adhere to the beliefs and dogmas of the established religion, and c) dissent is in theory prohibited, and sanctions may be invoked against any who dare to express disagreement with official doctrines. -A. Dibert: Journal of Historical Review, 10:2 (summer 1990) see http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v10/v10p211_Dibert.html    (Certainly World Communism fits these three characteristics to a T. -r)

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Never in civilization since the earliest ziggurats and temples went up in the mud-walled villages of prehistoric Mesopotamia had there been any state that left each individual to find his way to God without the guidance of the state (before the USA)….without the quality of mercy and forgiveness there is only logic and reason to guide a state, and these guarantee no freedom to any man.    -Theodore White: The Making of the President, Atheneum House, 1961 (However, White missed the cases of India under Akbar the Great and of classical Greece.  -r)

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I was afraid of a united Church; it makes a mighty power, the mightiest conceivable, and then when it gets into selfish hands, as it is always bound to do, it means death to human liberty and paralysis to human thought.   -Mark Twain: Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, chapter 10

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116. When humanity ejected the concept of the most sacred principle, the reign of repulsion was established. There is no corner on the planet where there is not repulsion. -Morya: Infinity 1, 1930

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II, vi, 11. In a rational religion there is no perplexity.   III, v, 2. It is impossible to forcibly implant religion anew–it would be but a sacrilegious monstrosity.      -Leaves of Morya’s Garden 1925

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245. Whoever submits blindly to a state religion is like a donkey staggering under a burden imposed upon it. Can one accept a religion enforced by police order? Therefore in the presence of a state religion the responsibility of the yogi is great. Fearless, testing, indefatigable, the yogi must help humanity to remember the Law of Unity.   -Morya: Agni Yoga 1929

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30. We see that not in a day of flowering of science but during the proclamation of religion was the cosmic consciousness awakened; for not hypotheses but only knowledge of the spirit leads to the starry paths.   -Morya: Community 1926 

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And suddenly you understand that your salvation is not dependent upon organized religion or a priest or a minister or a rabbi.  To this day this enrages organized religion.  But I speak it in any case because I am the champion of your divine rights.   -Messenger E C Prophet:  Mary Magdalene and the Divine Feminine, S. U Press, 2005, see http://books.google.com/books?id=wQNtM9KOsR8C&pg=PA166&dq=clare+prophet+organized+religion&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-iIiU7_BNM7moATP2oCgCA&ved=0CEcQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=clare%20prophet%20organized%20religion&f=false
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