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She suggests that gays and lesbians are more likely than the general population to be New Agers; I don’t know if that’s true, but if it is, the reasons she offers aren’t entirely unreasonable: … show me a larger group of people who’ve been more discarded by their childhood religions, or who’ve turned their backs on cultures, traditions and gods that don’t serve, love or want them as they are. Oh, look — it’s the queers waving back at you, plumes of smoke from smudge sticks wafting behind us like spiritual chemtrails as we sage away those negative vibes. Burton urges greater acceptance of New Age beliefs as healthy, implying there should be less scoffing: “If something helps you during a time of stress in your life,” she argues, “it’s worth it.” To restate this single most common defense of any religion: “Hey, if a belief makes people feel better, it’s wrong to question it.” If the logical fallacy isn’t obvious, ask any of your many friends, relatives, and acquaintances who have fallen victim to addiction, cults, obsessive or anti-social beliefs, or self-destructive behaviors in the search to feel better during stressful times. If you want greater respect for illogical ideas, you have to make a better argument than this. Burton then uses an argument more frequently offered by New Agers than mainstream religionists: Now, I’m not stupid. I may be a woo-woo, crystal-worshiping homosexual, but I know that a polished red rock is not going to heal my tailbone. It’s not going to bring my mom back either. It may not do a thing. But none of us know anything about anything, really.
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