A word of protest:
I have just completed my second GFMPH weekend in western NY. I have a few complaints to make. The whole thing was one big religious event from beginning to end. I kept trying to invoke Rule 11, but I was silenced by religious zealots. The entire event was marred by proselytizing.
First, The Penile discussions were positively Jewish in their intent. I could tell that if we were not circumcised (which, thank god, I am) we would not belong to the group. The proselytizing to become "fully jewish" was enormous. I did notice one guy looking forlornly at his private area, clearly disenfranchised because of his lack of this ultimate religious covenant.
Second, We were all forced to take communion. Each member was poured a glass of wine and we ceremoniously drank it after some words of intent...I'm sure it was prayers or something like that.
Then Saturday night, under the guise of eating dessert, we were forced to pariticipate in native american rites and rituals around a conflagration in a wooded glen where trances were induced and smudging by smoke was again forced upon me. I'm sure as I look back now, that there was even nudity involved. In fact, I'm sure of it - oh, some of the men made a vague attempt to hide their nudity with a few pieces of cloth, but let me assure you, under that cloth, every single man there was naked, in a trance, worshipping the fire and trying to commune with spirits. It was Wiccan, pagan, and Druidic all at the same time.
Then, if that was not enough, We had a speaking in tongues. Admittedly, it was only two of the members, but we were forced to listen to this Rhapsodic hysteria. To add more blasphemy, one of the participants claimed to be sexually aroused by this pentecostal talk. i was in fear for my virtue.
Then Saturday afternoon was spent with some member forcing their meditation time on us. They closed their eyes, became imobile and were in another realm for as long as an hour. this Hindu behavior was forced upon us even though some of us wanted to engage in secular, scientific talk.
I clearly stated Rule 11 again and again, but my freedom of speech was trampled and i was proselytized nearly every moment of the weekend. My civil rights were violated and i am going to ask the moderators to Lock the GFMPH weekend so that no one will ever have to put up with having all this religion forced down their gulletts at such a vulnerable moment. I have called the ACLU and am taking legal action.
(Atheist, Agnostic, Pragmatic, Dogmatic)
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