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Miss Raissa: Not a Journalist

Though she fancies herself as such, Fundie, homophobe, and hate spreader, Miss Raissa, is incapable of writing anything worth reading. Her latest ‘report’ (she calls her blog posts ‘reports’, reflecting her high school mentality) is entitled ‘The Age of Reason, or The Downfall of Humanity‘ and is (worryingly) appended ‘Part One’.

I haven’t a clue where to start with her piece, so filled with error, repeated erroneous hearsay, and outright lies that it’s almost unreadable, Raissa repeatedly claim balance whilst failing even the simplest tests for such. Simply, she can’t write, and is so full of fundie zeal that she’s incapable of rational thinking.

Rather than going through the whole thing line by line, I’m going to look at one of her claims, that Thomas Paine cried out to the Christian god on his death bed –

Thomas Paine: “I would give worlds if I had them that the age of reason had never been published. Oh God save me; for I am at edge of hell alone.”

Raissa presents this as fact, but a quick search on Google reveals something very different indeed…..

There are twenty death-bed witnesses, Madame Bonneville, Dr. Romaine, Dr. Manley, Rev. Cunningham, Rev. Milledollar, Mr. Pigott, Mrs. Redden, Willet Hicks, Mrs. Cheeseman, Amasa Woodsworth, Thomas Nixon, Captain Pelton, Walter Morton, Thomas Addis Emmet, Mrs. Few, Albert Gallatin, Mr. Jarvis, B.F. Haskin, Colonel Fellows, and Judge Hertell, many of them Christians, all affirming or admitting that Thomas Paine did not recant.

 Want to find out even more? This is a good link –

The main problem with Raissa, and others like her, is a willingness to believe any old shite so long as it backs up her Christian views. She needs to learn how to research properly, identify what isn’t true before hitting ‘Publish Post’, until she can do these things, she’ll never be the journalist she claims.

EDIT: I checked the deathbed quote Raissa attributed to Voltaire. Raissa claimed the following –

“Voltaire: “I am abandoned by God and man I shall go to hell.””

But Wikipedia tells a different story…..

“His last words were: “Now, now, my good man, this is not the time for making enemies.” It was his response to a priest at the side of his deathbed, asking Voltaire to use the precious few moments left to renounce Satan”


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