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I want to start a website that broadcasts theological debates, news about religious atrocities, humorous programs highlighting the absurdity of religion and documentaries about the REAL history of mankind/religion. To do this I need money. So I'm starting much smaller with content that will attract the open minded person to investigate evidence and come to their own truth about the nature of the universe and the human race. I will also present the MOST complete and outrageous religious parody store on the net. No apologies or disclaimers on this site. Just pure, in-your-face TRUTH! The problem is, as you can plainly see, that I'm not much of a writer.

Would you mind terribly, writing a paragraph or two, introducing our "Heretic Store" and emphasizing the importance of displaying and standing up for our beliefs. We should not be silent. I'm under no illusion that I'm going to get rich running an atheist merchandise shop. All I want to do is fund a bigger goal of setting up a web broadcast site that people around the world, weather they have cable TV or not can tune into and hear the "other side of the story."

If you have other ideas or would like to contribute to the site in other ways. I would be very happy to provide you with the space. I really would like to have some professional expertise in my very ideological goal.

Thank You,

Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 07:51:09 -0700
From: SF
Subject: Sui Generis-originality- the oldest thing under the sun
To: Acharya S

Dear Acharya S.,

Kudos. After reading your essays, I fully intend to read your book. I was once an atheist in the strictest sense of the word; I felt agnostics were simply idiots who refused to ride without training wheels. Later, keeping an open mind (and heart), I found merit in many of the arguments for the evidence of the Divine in all creation. I arrived, as have many others, at the conclusion that what we call our lives represent an opportunity: for appreciation, for ECSTASY, for LOVE, etc. When Vonnegut said our cosmic purpose was to be the eyes and ears of the universe, I think he was reinforcing what we already KNOW.

Best of everything,

Thank you for realizing the dream of those who read enough Greek, Hebrew, archaeological evidence, etc. to realize that recognizing the Bible, occasional bits of literary brilliance and aesthetic excellence notwithstanding, as a valid and irrefutable source of history, wisdom, etc. is an intellectual error we, as an informed and enlightened society, cannot afford to make. You have gone the distance. You have done us proud....

P.S. Not that you need a vanity stroke and yes, I realize this is not a bar, but, nevertheless, I must say that, IMHO, you are indeed a beautiful woman in many ways, not the least of which, in the physical sense. I must regret that I was pleasantly surprised to find the author of these brilliant essays was a woman. Why? I consider myself relatively enlightened, enough so that I did not discount the possibility that a woman could or would have reason to discourse on such traditionally male dominated academic subjects, but, if I was a betting man, I would have went with the odds, and been wrong, of course. You are credit to women and more importantly to the entire human race. Keep up the good work.

Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 17:40:57 +0000
From: SF
Subject: Acharya S on the Radio!
To: "Acharya S"

Thanks for so much of your time. You handle all of this so much better than I do STILL. HA.

I love to hear Joseph Campbell's lectures. They have been showing them a lot here on Public TV interviews with Bill Moyers..SO GREAT.

Do you have any thoughts on Zecharia Sitchin's books? Now, that makes a little sense to me, about GODS who are trying to control the planet..missing here and there with folks. Ha.

When you can..stay in touch..


Thanks, sweetie. I have some info in my "What about the Anunnaki?" page. Don't forget you can search my site.

From: OS
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 18:31:43 EDT
Subject: Fantabulous, darling!!
To: Acharya S

Hi Acharya!

Absolutely love your site, and am sending the link to several freethinking friends. Great pix...glad you included them....yes, I thought you were middle aged and balding. Makes me proud to be the same sex as you! Keep up the good work! I have raised my children to be Atheists and above all else to think for themselves. I hope it is catching.

"Science is the light in the darkness."

From: AU
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 04:29:09 EDT
Subject: More about the Religion LIE
To: Acharya S

Your site is amazing!

I stumbled upon it because I was looking for a site very much like this only directed more towards Judaism, Orthodox Judaism in particular. My parents had our entire family converted to the cult early on and I was looking for other "survivors". I don't suppose you would have any suggestions? And you are quite lovely! Thank you for this site.

Thanks! I know some ex-Orthodox Jews. There was a support site for them, but I've forgotten where it is. Sorry!

From: MB
To: "Acharya S"
Subject: Book Break
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 11:35:35 -0400

Hey Acharya:

So I'm headed to Paris for about ten days for some R&R, so I'll be reading your book to and from on the plane...

So I was wondering, are there any really good historical accuracy groups that I might be able to get in touch with that are more into the "activism" side of things? I may be naive, but your book has really fired up my awareness and really focused me again on my political concerns. I figure there's a good 3 years before the next election which seems to be the only real platform so far for National debate regarding issues like abortion.... I've just always been so upset by the silence of the scientific community regarding abortion. I'm loving your chapter "Etymology tells the story" - I've always been a firm believer in that. Analogously, it is a well known established biological/scientific fact that Ontogyny of any organism follows the path of Evolution. So the abortion of an embryo is like so "un-murder" it's not funny.

I spent a summer covering for the main secretary in ********* Hospital's Psychological Counseling center in the Ob-Gyn dept. At the time, they were doing a big psychological study on a large "pool" of women who had all undergone fertility treatments and subsequent multiple embryo reductions. The study was focused on the women's reaction to the loss of the embryo. One of the main points of all the data collected was that there was an enormous amount of anthropomorphism from actually both mother and father right from the onset. That's also what Freud's approach to God was, a projection of "the Father".

The other interesting thing reviews and sources from your web site are saying is just how aware the Church is of the fiction.

Anyway, I'm still loving your book and hope you're well....

From: Rev B
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 12:38:10 EDT
Subject: Information
To: Acharya S


Thanks for the info on Goddess Zion. I plan to research further. The ministry I have is called *********. I have had this name for my ministry for several years. It is a counseling ministry to those coming out of institutionalized religion. I help others to get UN-indoctrinated and deprogrammed. The method I use is the same one taught to me by my spirit guide. I guess you can see why the interest. I will contact you as soon as I get anything that may be helpful.

I have long since known that Christianity is a cult. In undergrad (Pentecostal denom) I had to take a class that taught on the doctrines of X and how they were formed. Constantine, is of course, praised for his loving gesture that put an end to the morbid persecutions of "Christians". I had my doubts. So - I researched. I have a wonderful piece on Constantine entitled The Christianity of Constantine. The info I found was mind blowing. It also appears that Eusebius was somewhat of an ass-kisser when it came to his relationship with Constantine. Eusebius was convinced that Constantine was the savior that had been sent by the "higher power" to reign in his stead.

Elaine Pagels was a great help in bringing me into the light further. Her book The Gnostic Gospels, Adam, Eve and the Serpent, The Gnostic Paul, etc., must reads for other seekers-of-the-truth. The truth is out there for any and all who wish to find it, however I have come to understand that many lack the ability that is required to do the research. It is my opinion that X indoctrinates its followers and subdues the mind to the point of total passivity - spirit and body in that many are "sleeping" and do not wish to be awakened. Most will go to their graves never seeing nor hearing - only blindly following.

Then you came along. I congratulate you on a job well-done! Your book entitled Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story ever Sold was the missing ingredient to the cake I was baking; you put the icing on it for me. What I liked must about your book is the straightforward way in which you present information. There appears to be a defiant attitude that says "Okay, here it is - the truth. Make sure your tables are upright and your seat belts are secure because baby you're in for one hell of a ride!" Not only do you tell the reader her destination, you also plot the course and logically arrive safely each time. If you haven't already heard this - THANK YOU!

Peace and Love

Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 13:51:32 -0700 (PDT)
From: AK
Subject: Site up
To: Acharya S

...I'm writing from this anonymous account, because I fear to be tracked down. Apostates of Islam don't come up in the public, for fear of being shot down or blown up by a mullah/fundamentalist.

You asked for my testimony and here it is. I have made my own website, which just came up yesterday. This site is meant to be a directory of apostates, containing their experiences and thoughts on Islam. [Site subsequently removed.

America is in danger of Islamic invasion. Freedom of speech is already threatened here. You must have heard of Congressman Lantos, who recently (on August 8) had to apologize to the Muslims for calling the Hudaibiya treaty (an old Muslim treaty by Mohammed) as "treacherous."

My dream is to see the whole world teaching the basic teachings of each religion in history books, so that children, the future generations know where each religion stands (once one is an adult, its difficult to change your thoughts). At least this can be done in the USA.

You can definitely take my testimony and do whatever you want with it. All my articles are free for you to distribute etc. Rather, if you want to do that, do it when you can, since I'm not sure when the site might be taken down.

By the way, there is already a fight progressing against Islam, lead by the apostates. The fight is very tough to say the least. Another apostate whose name is Ali Sina, is a great intellectual. He's the maker of this superb website , which exposes Islam really good... We should all fight together to eradicate Islam from Earth.

take care!

Thanks for the courage and candor. Sina's work is also being featured at Islam Exposed.

Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 15:59:02 -0700 (PDT)
From: "T. Casey Brennan" <>
To: "Acharya S"

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya...

Your Divine Grace:

I have submitted ALL of the CONJURELLA material to ALL of the conspiracy magazines. Amazingly, while they will publish any conspiracy theory whatsoever, no matter how absurd -- JFK killed by UFOs controlled by Masons, etc. -- they have no interest whatsoever in publishing the memoirs of the last remaining witness of the three men who occupied the sixth floor storage room of the Texas School Book Depository Building in Dallas. I will die long before anyone of any significance even READS my statements.


T. Casey

Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 00:40:53 -0400
To: Acharya S
From: DC, PhD
Subject: FT Radio

Hi Acharya

I enjoyed listening to your interviews on Freethought radio. The name for elevating a human to the status of a god is called Euhemerism from the Greek freethinker Euhemerus (300 BCE). I noted also the problem with the name in one of your essays.

I look forward to reading more of for work. Do you plan other interviews?

Highest regards,

Thanks. I am well aware of the name of Euhemeros. As has been done with the word euangelion, I have changed the "u" for a "v," for sake of pronunciation. "Evemerism" is how it would be pronounced in modern Greek as well.

Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 06:40:17 -0400
To: "Acharya S"
From: DC, PhD
Subject: FT Radio

Dear Acharya S:

At 02:55 AM 31/08/01, you wrote:

Thank you for contacting me. It's good to know they're running the show.

Continuously. I hope they get additional materials soon. My field of "specialization" is epistemology: the nature, justification, and limitations of human knowledge with a minor in physics (quantum electrodynamics) and Hellenistic philosophy (Epicurean, Stoic, Skeptic). Perhaps I should look into producing a show ???

Actually, I prefer the spelling "evemerism" because it is easier to pronounce. It is the same convention as "evangelical," which is also spelled with an upsilon.

I thought you had difficulty in pronouncing it on the interview which led me to think that you may have temporarily forgotten it (nerves?). Its been some time since I studied the Attic Greek classics I have never seen the word actually transliterated this way before, but I am aware that it can be. More a philological convention than a rule I suppose.

I look foreword to your future interviews on this subject. I read many of your articles. I find religious mythogenesis very interesting and you reach conclusions very similar to my own. I'm sorry to say that we differ dramatically in our methodology, metaphysics, and morality it seems. But you gave fair warning :)

From: RH
To: "Acharya S"
Subject: found the "Religion is a Mental Illness" page
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 05:09:28 -0700

...thanks for being in my life....honest. You are a friend to so many people through that book.

From: DP
To: Acharya S
Subject: New Pagans, Old Pagans
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 21:38:02 -0500

I gave out a link to your website containing the information at a neopagan message board. I was just curious as to what your responses to their response would be to the "Quest for the Historical Christ" essay.

<quote> "Let's see. She apparently thinks Erich von Daniken and Zecharia Sitchin provide evidence of "godmen" even though she doesn't believe their "aliens" theories. She quotes Barbara Walker quite a bit. Even Blavatsky. She spends a lot of time quoting other non-academic authors who just happen to be trying to demonstrate the same things she is. <unquote>

AS responds: These comments are absolutely asinine. I don't say anything about von Daniken or Sitchin providing evidence of "godmen." I refer to the various gods supposedly incarnated on Earth as "godmen," a term used by numerous writers. This jackass obviously fails reading comprehension. As concerns Walker, she IS an "academic," so this person is wrong once again. Regarding Blavatsky, even though I barely use her material, ignoramuses who have never read her think this type of response constitutes an "argument." They are merely parroting rubbish from other ignoramuses. In any case, these remarks are irrelevant and have nothing to do with the content. Very stupid argumentation.

...Also another significant quote

<quote> "Similarities in legend don't prove much as legends can grow after the fact. For example, the similarity of the legends could mean it likely that the story of Jesus was embellished after his death, I don't think this is good evidence that he did not exist, given that there is some evidence that he did. At best, the similarities in legend could SUGGEST the possibility that Jesus did not exist. But we already knew this was at least possible." <unquote>

...I'm only concerned because I know the people at ecauldron are a bit more historically accurate than about 99% of anything neopagan out there. It seems like the trend is though to try to justify every religion as something peachy and wonderful, and likewise to try to prove some kind of history to say so. But, I wonder, Liberal Christianity is one that's built on a basis of spirit rather than interpretation of its holy writ and its verses voicing for its people to kill unbelievers in their own land (exodus). Are they much different than the Neopagans who use old gods like Diana and Pan as Jungian archetypes, or personalities of the collective consciousness? It seems to me not all of the pagan gods were all that pleasant either, and if interpreted literally could inspire the psychopath in pagans, LIKE fundamental Christianity. What do you think about that? Were there that many pagan gods who put plagues and disease on unbelievers like the evil Yahweh?

Also another complaint was made in reference to the relating of the word "son" to "sun", its been said that the only other existent language that these two words are related is in German, or the connection is in Germanic languages. In Spanish the word for sun is "hijo"... and likewise, in Greek or Hebrew or other languages that related to the Bible the words were not related.

Again, I don't mean to go out of my way to perturb because I rather respect anyone who could write the "Gospel of Acharya S."... I read through it wondering why I couldn't have put my own thoughts into some of the same words you used to describe them. But I do wonder, because it seems like though the accepted histories are held in defense by smooth-talking anthropologists, I can only wonder what the unaccepted might be defended by...

These people would need to study the subject more in depth, instead of making snide and superficial comments based on their own limited knowledge, including trivial strawman attacks on my sources. If they wish to know more about the subject, instead of providing pat little clever responses, they can study my book, The Christ Conspiracy, any of its sources, the sources at my Christ Conspiracy links page and "What's New?," the excerpts of my new book "Suns of God" and all of the sources I've studied over a period of over 30 years, during which I also obtained some credentials in the matter and learned several languages.

It is a typical tactic for people to attempt to assert their own erudition over others by making clever little comments, when they really don't know what they're talking about. For example, although I can show via the pious CHRISTIAN Bryant's work that the sun/son connection is valid, the fact is that it is a PLAY ON WORDS, which apparently escapes these clever folks' minds. Also, what I wrote is a 20-page or so essay - obviously I did not set out to explain every little thing, nor should I be expected to. These comments are trivial and petty, reflecting the writer's own desire to establish his or her intelligence and erudition. Instead of jealously sniping at me, they really need to study the subject on their own and get with the program.

Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 15:37:41 -0400
From: CS
To: Acharya S
Subject: Hi Gorgeous

Hi Gorgeous

Looks like you're still winning, and that's great.

Started re-reading Christ Con again last night. I devoured it so eagerly the first time around, I know I missed a lot of the juicies, I'll catch em this time. Can't wait for your next expose.

Just finished reading your June collection, and couldn't let a couple go by without comment.

To JY June 21,

Say what!!!!!. Come off the fence man (or lady), say what you really mean. The divine Acharya showed her inimitable class by not retorting to your claptrap with some well-deserved vitriolic comments. Meanwhile, get a new script, the one you're using is now a cliche........ "the bible and NT says, so, ergo, it is, blah, blah, blah...." And of course your good wishes to her in para 3 culminating in if she didn't open her heart to JC, ".. you will spend eternity in hell, with all the time in the world to reflect on your serious mistake", he sure will show her. Just curios, World? Hell? glimmer of hope and sanity there. I actually think you might have just gotten it.

Now my favourites, to OAGAT 1 & 2

Sheesh, the inmates are running the asylum. Just what faith are these crazed mediaeval assorted despots in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi etc etc. following. There was me thinking it was Islam, (which comes in almost as many flavours as Christianity) I'm so silly. Maybe the great one will emerge from his ethereally-suspended coffin, and enlighten them "no guys, you've got it all wrong, that isn't in the! book"

All in good fun eh! We're all God's children, right? (rhetorical question that - don't reply). He's (she's??) just kind of mixed up as to which children are the current favourite. Watch the wheel go round, place your bets, where it stops nobody knows. Don't know why but the whole charade reminds me of the old Monty Python, Eric Idle to Terry Jones sketch, "now what I mean, nudge, nudge, wink wink"

To her divine divinity herself, I say "nihil illegitimai carborundum" (hope I got that approximately right, it's been a long time. If not, I'm sure all your Latin scholars will correct me)

Love ya babe,

P.S. as my personal hero Winnie said "Never give up, never, never give up"

Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 15:43:48 -0700
Subject: Something you might enjoy
From: MP
To: Acharya S

Dear Acharya:

I found your site while doing a search on how to deal with Fundamentalists and found it very thoughtful and interesting. I'm a Wiccan writer who used to have a very neutral opinion of Christians until I started getting threats from Christians who were offended by my articles. Two articles that seemed to really stir them up were Scared Rodents, a whimsical exploration of the mythology surrounding rodents, and a how-to article for writers called Wicca Vs. Satanism in genre fiction (how are these offensive? go figure). I got a death threat for the second one, for not admitting I was really a Satanist trying to lure people to their doom. But I digress- one of my responses to all the hatred at this point is to develop a sense a humor about it. After all, the ancient Celtic Bards were said to be able to stop armies though satire... After I received one of the nasty letters, a friend of mine who is a folksinger shared a really biting, hilarious song with me, which I thought you might enjoy. It ties right into one of your graphics (you brain on drugs). The text is below, sorry I cant reproduce the cords. Enjoy! And please dont post my name or email address anywhere, as I lack your courage and am maintaining a low profile right now. I also seem to have acquired an online stalker.

A Simple Hymn of Perfect Faith
Words: Dawn Oberg Music: Mike Kassel

I used to teach philosophy at Harvard
My I.Q. was two hundred and three
I was a genius then
Till I got born again
My brain is freshly washed, now you will see.

I'm just another zombie for Jesus
I'm just another robot for Christ
Jesus ate my brain, and with it went my pain
If I don't have to think I'll be all right.

I once believed the pathway to wisdom
Was to question everything I read or learned
But the quest for human knowledge
Does not fit my Bible college
If it ain't in the good book it gets burned.

I used to worry about the world situation
It used to keep me up most every night
The preacher said "Son...
...It's just Armageddon.
Send me a check and you'll get through all right."

You'd feel much better if you'd taken Jesus
Since you won't shoot up Christ you can't be whole
The Spanish Inquisition
Is much like our Earthly Mission
We'll have to snuff your ass to save your soul.

I'm a flesh eating zombie for Jesus
I'm just another killer for Christ
Jesus ate my brain
And with it went my pain
If I don't have to think I'll be all right.
If I don't have to think I'll be all right.

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