A useful tool in SSkepticism, the Lie of Allegiance keeps the faithful unified and aligned in playing activist roles. A Lie of Allegiance is often promoted through one-liners and circularly quoted propaganda, initially deployed by celebrity SSkeptics, and enforced by the faithful, looking for purpose power and reward.
Lie of Allegiance
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A core philosophy (such as Nihilism or material monism) which is masked by a differing but similar and more attractive cover philosophy (such as atheism) because of the cover philosophy’s generally more acceptable nature.
The core argument which binds together a group on one side in a false dilemma.
A principle which is not fully regarded as truth by the members of a group of adherents, rather is employed only as the default, null hypothesis, or battle cry agenda around which to combat those on the other side of the false dilemma argument. The measure of adherence to the Lie of Allegiance principle is more a reflection of disdain towards those of antithetical positions, than it is an expression of rational conclusion on the part of the adherent.
i. Many of the proponents in a Lie of Allegiance based organization, do not fully understand the Lie of Allegiance, nor perceive its contrast with the cover philosophy to which they in reality adhere.
Example: Most self proclaimed atheists cannot coherently frame the difference between atheism, skepticism, agnosticism, naturalism, nihilism, ignosticism, monism, materialism, tolerance and apatheism.
ii. Many members involved in a Lie of Allegiance do not in reality care about the specifics of the teaching under which they profess fealty. Specific psychologies involving the Ten Pillars are at play inside the binding power of the Lie of Allegiance.
Example: Many self proclaimed atheists wear the badge as a result of an emotional state, rather than a discriminating choice of conscience. This renders them susceptible to Nihilist’s, who use rally cries and the pummeling of christian issues in effigy, as a way to enlist the emotional allegiance of those who have poorly rationalized their ontology.