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Goat Licker


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While hunting for a spider hiding in her chaise lounge, Rarity suddenly realizes she has the ability to forgive sins. Enlightened with this understanding, Rarity goes out into Ponyville to give ponies her grace, and perhaps even to draft her friends in her mission.

That was the plan, but Applejack is being awfully stubborn.

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Buckaroo Banzai :duck:
:twilightoops: overthruster build by John Bigbootey
:moustache: weirding chamber?:raritystarry:

Well that was fun... felt like it was missing a comedy tag, though. Golden spider... I honestly can't think of a more apt metaphor for Christianity, perhaps religious dogma in general. Seriously, this is nice work. I'm glad ponies managed to avoid its pitfalls; I'd wish such a fate on no one. Applejack was just plain awesome.

You even made me look up words... words in my own language! A rare feat, I salute you. I upvoted... but I'm guessing this doesn't have enough votes to show up yet. That's a shame; it's really good.

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I thought of adding a comedy tag, but decided it would be misleading. It still "feels" right (since the tone itself is comedic), so I'm going to add one anyway.

I'm glad someone enjoyed this story enough to comment on it. Thank you.

Interesting story, good read. Ordinarily I'd have thought Applejack would be the first to fall to the Jesuspider, but you wrote her opposition and rationality very well.

Hmm...it's a fun enough parody of religion, but I thought it could have gone a little deeper.

I mean, the whole time I was reading, I was waiting for the revelation why Applejack alone resisted the lure of the new religion: In her heart of hearts, she believed herself responsible for the accidental death of her parents, and the idea that she might be forgiven for such an unforgivable crime repelled her to her very core.

In the same way, Spike could never allow himself to be forgiven for what he did in his greed rage, because to him that would mean there would be nothing to stop him from giving in to his greed once again, and this time he might not get away with not killing anypony.

Of course, this whole conflict between arbitrary forgiveness and being unable to forgive yourself sounds less like a religion/atheism conflict, and more like Catholicism vs. Protestantism. After all, the reason why Martin Luther started the Reformation IMO was because he had sins of his own that he couldn't stand to be forgiven by Doctor Tetzel's "Buy Your Way Out of Hell" campaign.

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I was waiting for the revelation why Applejack alone resisted the lure of the new religion: In her heart of hearts, she believed herself responsible for the accidental death of her parents, and the idea that she might be forgiven for such an unforgivable crime repelled her to her very core.

I didn't tack on a sob story about Applejack's parents because her stubborn, skeptical nature was enough to question what was happening.

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That's a Buckaroo Banzai reference in there. I know someone who would be overjoyed to know this existed.

I have many questions about what Celestia was doing, whyshe needed to, and whether Twilight or Cadence will ever need to.

Aside from that, a fascinating exploration of imposing foreign values on an unprepared culture and the importance of healthy skepticism. Thank you for it.

I found that this story was sort of stuck between too comedic and too serious. There were funny parts, but all the explanations killed the momentum, and there were interesting and serious topics being explored, but then the comedic and weird bits distracted from the message.

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