posted on Jul, 27 2010 @ 08:33 AM
I like conspiracies as much at the next person, they are fun and one tends to learn allot from researching them and listening to them. I however stop
at that, for me reading up on conspiracies and researching them is just a hobby, something I do for fun, I truth I don’t really believe that many of
them. I have always been struck however by the people on ATS who see the study of conspiracies as being something more, for some it is a live long
quest to find the truth and “deny ignorance”. When listening to these same people I always notice two things, firstly their obvious impressive
intellect and secondly the similarities their beliefs have with the structure of organised religion. In this thread I indented to explore to what
extent the belief in conspiracies is religion are similar.
Firstly religion and conspiracies are both immune from reason and both are impervious to evidence that contradicts their theory. For example despite
of all of the evidence in support of what actually happened on 7/7, the conspiracy theorists still hold on to their firm beliefs. Even in the face of
evidence that shows a theory to be false such as showing evidence that you don’t have a RFID chip implanted on your person, the evidence is
dismissed as suspect irrelevant or better yet, the experimenters are apparently in on the conspiracy. Conspiracy theorists will often move from this
fanatical dismissal of evidence to showing evidence that backs up their theory. This evidence usually comes from a bias source, such as the 9/11 truth
movement, this is similar to a person of religion pointing to their religious book to show evidence that their God exists.
Another comparison that can be drawn between religion and conspiracy theories is that both ascribe to the idea controlling great powerful to invisible
forces. Often these shadowy spectres are one of several possible groups including the New World Order, the American government the Illuminati, the
Jews, the Builderberg Group, Trilateral Commission and even those evil reptilian aliens that the queen metamorphosizes into at night.
These forces appear to be like omnipotent beings that religious people would call “Gods”. Conspiracy theorists have the “believers” and
“non-believers” (or sceptics) and then the anti-Christ of the conspiracy religion the “debunkers”. Sceptics are like the agnostics (sometimes
atheists) who are not convinced enough to say they believe what the conspiracy theorists do, but keep a open mind. Debunkers are like the anti-Christ
because not only do they not believe like the sceptics they seek to prove the conspiracy theorists wrong and discredit them. The parallels between
conspiracy theory and religion are obvious.
Therefore I don’t think it is conspiracy theory but more conspiracy faith, it is a religion and ATS is its modern-day temple for the faithful
clergy. I do not doubt that there might be some element of truth in what is said, just like I believe in God I do believe in some conspiracies but I
think these are similar, both are religious so one could say in a sense I am polytheistic
[edit on 27-7-2010 by kevinunknown]