This is not a new thing among the COGs. This tendency may be seen in an article by Herman Hoeh, ST. VALENTINE'S DAY Christian Custom? -- or Pagan Holiday?, in which he asserts St. Valentine's Day and the Catholic image of the Mother and Child and even the shape of the heart are actually derived from the incestuous relationship between Semiramis and her son Nimrod.
But why should the Romans have chosen February 15 and the evening of February 14 to honor Lupercus -- the Nimrod of the Bible? (Remember that days in ancient times began at sunset the evening before.)How did Hoeh know Semiramis presented nimrod to the people after forty days?
Nimrod -- the Baal or sun god of the ancient pagans -- was said to have been born at the winter solstice. In ancient times the solstice occurred on January 6 and his birthday therefore was celebrated on January 6. Later, as the solstice changed, it was celebrated on December 25 and is now called Christmas. It was the custom of antiquity for the mother of a male child to present herself for purification on the fortieth day after the day of birth. The fortieth day after January 6 -- Nimrod's original birthdate -- takes us to February 15, the celebration of which began on the evening of February 14 -- the Lupercalia or St. Valentine's Day.
On this day in February, Semiramis, the mother of Nimrod, was said to have been PURIFIED and to have appeared for the first time in public with her son as the original "mother and child."
The Roman month February, in fact, derives its name from the "februa" which the Roman priests used in the rites celebrated on St. Valentine's Day. The "februa" were thongs from the skins of sacrificial animals used in rites of purification on the evening of February 14.
Cupid Makes His Appearance
Another name for the child Nimrod was "Cupid" -- meaning "desire" ("Encyclopedia Britannica", art., "Cupid"). It is said that when Nimrod's mother saw him, she LUSTED after him -- she DESIRED him. Nimrod became her Cupid -- her desired one -- and later her Valentine! So evil was Nimrod's mother that IT IS SAID SHE MARRIED HER OWN SON! Inscribed on the monuments of ancient Egypt are inscriptions that Nimrod (the Egyptians called him Osiris) was "the husband of his mother."
How did Hoeh know what Semiramis was feeling in regards to Nimrod?
Why do the actions of Nimrod and Semiramis, which supposedly occurred over 4000 years ago, require us to now isolate ourselves from society by shunning harmless customs? (Using hearts to express love for one another. Refusing to observe Valentine's Day.)
HWA and Hoeh forbade Valentine's Day in order to isolate WCG members from society in order to exploit them more effectively.
Since so many holidays are forbidden by HWA WCG members were forced to cling to the church in order to have a meaningful social life. Christmas, Easter and Valentine's Day were forbidden so to compensate for those lost social opportunities they came to embrace holidays practiced by the church.
This is a textbook example of what Robert Lifton termed "Millieu control," that is, making a group of people to tend to only socialize among themselves, such as a church in which members are told repeatedly to only associate among themselves, or to believe the only real friendships are those within the church and that all others are less spiritually important.Such thinking can be used for other kinds of groups as well.
This tactic is often used by high demand groups in order to coax and persuade members to only socialize among themselvesThis makes members more vulnerable to persuasion by other group members, in order to make it easier for them to be manipulated by the cult leaders. That is the true reason HWA and Hoeh banned Valentine's Day.
All this nonsense about Nimrod and Semiramis is simply emotive window dressing to persuade WCG members to isolate themselves from society.
Cult leaders like HWA and Hoeh are just trying to control you. It really is that simple.
Thankfully it seems Hoeh later abandoned the inane dogmas of Armstrongism. If only more people chose to look at things and way and act on it.