It's big! It's everywhere! And it's not going away! It's organized religion,
and it's addictive.
The statistics are shocking. Almost half of all Americans attend church
at least once a week. And for some that's not enough. These people feel
the need for more than just weekly sermons and hymns. Some go about getting
their regular fix of organized religion from prayer groups and bible study
classes. There are even week-long retreats and holiday camps.
Clearly this is compulsive, addictive behaviour.
Church seems to cater to a primal need - it offers the user a chance
to be part of a group. It also assuages the fear of death, one of the
most instinctual of human responses.
And because church offers this to users, especially those in a weakened
emotional state, the desire for church can easily overcome reason and
turn into an addiction.
Our highly researched and accurate anecdotal evidence suggests that the
more people go to church, the less effect it has. It can start out innocently
enough, but soon the novelty wears off. The church user starts seeking
out "harder" religious experiences. Their belief systems become
more and more rigid. Soon, normal compassionate codes of ethics are not
enough for them. Before long they're giving up masturbation and believing
George W. Bush has a personal telephone to God. The human fallout from
this can be devastating.
Disturbingly, churches encourage this addiction. They tell users that
not attending church will result in supernatural retribution ("Hell").
This means the church user is then locked into a downward spiral of regular
church attendance. Once a church addiction begins, it can be exceedingly
difficult to break free.
exexExchurch exists to allow church addicted people to escape from their
own organized religion habit without judgment or pressure, through the
power of parody and porn.
Together, we can break free of church addiction.