|There was program on TV recently showing how people in Africa catch monkeys
with a wire cage and some bananas. The wire grid of the cage is just large enough for the
monkeys to get their hands through. The cage is placed upside-down on the ground with the
bananas inside. When a monkey reaches in and takes hold of a banana, it cannot get its
hand back out again while holding onto the banana. At this point the trappers can walk
right up to the dumbfounded monkey and throw a sack over it. The monkey will not let go of
the banana in order to escape capture.
Well, we just couldn't resist making this analogy: The monkeys are theists and the bananas are life-after-death, all the-answers-in-one-book, an imaginary super-father companion. The cage is the place of worship and the captors are the priests and mullahs who stand to profit from their catch.
Like those ill-fated monkeys, theists refuse to let go of the bait and they have lost their freedom.
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