I've lived in Orange County, CA for more than 30 years. I can remember when Robert Schuller kicked families out of their homes and claimed them under "eminent domain" laws to build his new megachurch, the Crystal Cathedral. He then created such masterpieces as The Glory of Christmas and The Glory of Easter in which he recruited volunteers to put the thing together and sold very expensive tickets. These megaplays were executed using many actors and live animals and having attended one many years ago, I can personally say it was amazing. (I didn't attend as a believer, any more than saying "Hi" to the mall Santa Claus makes me a believer in a real elf who delivers toys on Christmas eve.)

Rev. Schuller was not very popular among many residents of Orange County. Now, apparently God cares very little about Crystal Cathedral employees. They are laying off for the first time in 50 years. Read the article HERE.

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Comment by girlatheist on January 31, 2010 at 11:04pm
My son was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. I got to know some of the nuns when I was employed there during nursing school. For the most part, they were very nice people.

And yes, Religion = quest for money since the whole thing began. Power, control and money.
Comment by girlatheist on February 1, 2010 at 10:30pm
I totally agree with you, Shine. I am frequently gobsmacked and obtunded when confronted by an otherwise intelligent, kind, decent person who has their priorities so screwed up as to commit themselves and their entire lives to some made up .... religion.

I guess all we can do is stand up and be counted among the reasonable and rational.

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