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14th May '16 7:29:10 PM Pegase
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* "Series/Zoey 101" had the Silver Hammer Society, a supposedly elite group which turned out to be a scam for the leaders to get the people who wanted to join to do stuff for them.

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* "Series/Zoey 101" ''Series/Zoey101'' had the Silver Hammer Society, a supposedly elite group which turned out to be a scam for the leaders to get the people who wanted to join to do stuff for them.
3rd May '16 3:47:05 PM Nerrin
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* An early ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' story has Spider covering a massive religious fair for a column. New religions are started every day, and the event feels like a fan convention crossed with a job fair. The whole event is ''incredibly'' soulless and pretty much everyone there is clearly some kind of huckster trying to scam new converts. The sheer farce and cynical villainy of it leaves Spider so enraged that he ends up on a violent rampage across the fair, dressed like Jesus, denouncing religion, and exposing himself while yelling, "Read my scripture!"


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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'', the Blood of Vol was started entirely as a cover for Vol's minions and to sucker the common believers into providing (indirect) material support to her minions, including the Order of the Emerald Claw, a terrorist group. It is not itself a ReligionOfEvil as most followers are perfectly normal people who are seeking an alternative to the known grey, gloomy, TheUnderworld-style afterlife of Dolurrh where all you have to look forward to is your soul slowly fading away.
23rd Apr '16 9:56:58 AM Discar
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-> '''Storekeeper:''' Why are my property taxes so high?
-> '''Assessor:''' I'm sorry, it's because of all the churches in the area, since they don't pay property taxes, someone has to make up for the lost revenue. Hold on while I figure out your tax bill. [Leans over counter]
-> '''Storekeeper:''' [Light goes on in his eyes] Hey! Stop leaning on my ''altar''!
->- Rowan and Martin's ''LaughIn''

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-> '''Storekeeper:''' Why are my property taxes so high?
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'''Assessor:''' I'm sorry, it's because of all the churches in the area, since they don't pay property taxes, someone has to make up for the lost revenue. Hold on while I figure out your tax bill. [Leans ''[leans over counter]
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'''Storekeeper:''' [Light ''[light goes on in his eyes] eyes]'' Hey! Stop leaning on my ''altar''!
->- -->-- Rowan and Martin's ''LaughIn''
17th Apr '16 2:10:50 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Film/TheInventionOfLying'' the depicted world with no concept of lies or fiction has no religions until Mark, the world's first liar, tries to reassure his dying mother with a story about a "man in the sky".



* One stage of the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'s'' plan to rebuild the Galactic Empire was to create a scam religion whose fanatical technician-priests know how to use and maintain the Foundation's LostTechnology but don't know how it works or how to recreate it. They also lend the petty kings of the surrounding regions a measure of Divine Right, but only so long as they support the Foundation. When one kingdom attempts to start a war with the Foundation the priests running their ships and infrastructure go on strike and incite riots among the devout populace.



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15th Feb '16 1:29:28 PM TendoAki
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* The main plot of "VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics" revolves around this starting from the end of the second chapter [[spoiler:when you discover that the zodiac braves revered by the church are actually demons, and Saint Ajora was the worst of the lot bent on world destruction. The main character gets branded as a heretic in order to prevent this truth from coming to light, and the author of the in universe book, the Durai papers, upon which the story of the game is drawn from is burnt at the stake to prevent the truth from being revealed]]
25th Jan '16 10:33:31 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Creator/JohnScalzi's ''Literature/AndroidsDream'', the Church of the Evolved Lamb is the only religion whose members fully realize that their founder did it to make money and completely made up all the "prophecies" (his goal was to swindle a wealthy old lady out of her billions, but she turned out to be much smarter than that and, instead, had him dancing to her tune). But they're determined to make it work.

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* In Creator/JohnScalzi's ''Literature/AndroidsDream'', ''Literature/TheAndroidsDream'', the Church of the Evolved Lamb is the only religion whose members fully realize that their founder did it to make money and completely made up all the "prophecies" (his goal was to swindle a wealthy old lady out of her billions, but she turned out to be much smarter than that and, instead, had him dancing to her tune). But they're determined to make it work.
25th Jan '16 10:33:16 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Creator/JohnScalzi's ''Literature/AndroidsDream'', the Church of the Evolved Lamb is the only religion whose members fully realize that their founder did it to make money and completely made up all the "prophecies" (his goal was to swindle a wealthy old lady out of her billions, but she turned out to be much smarter than that and, instead, had him dancing to her tune). But they're determined to make it work.
17th Jan '16 10:43:02 AM nombretomado
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* In ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', the SVU team take on a cult leader, who brainwashes women into his cult by making them his wives so he can get access to their bank accounts.

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* In ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', the SVU team take on a cult leader, who brainwashes women into his cult by making them his wives so he can get access to their bank accounts.
16th Oct '15 10:25:46 PM NemoSpecific
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* The ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "The Case of the Cola Cult" has Gadget half-heartedly attempt to join a soda-worshiping cult of mice. The evil second-in-command of the cult was using all the belongings new members gave up and keeping them.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "The Case of the Cola Cult" has Gadget half-heartedly attempt to join a soda-worshiping cult of mice. The evil second-in-command of the cult was using taking all the belongings new members gave up and keeping them.
19th Jul '15 8:53:38 PM foxley
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* In ''Film/LicenceToKill'', Professor Joe Butcher is a televangelist who operates the Olimpatec Meditation Institute; a front organization for drug lord Franz Sanchez's illicit operations. Originally started by Sanchez merely as a cover, he later notes that Professor Joe manages to turn a 'tidy profit' from it.
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