The New Pulpit

by Eli Pitegoff

published May 2, 2014

The following is a brief window into a day of genesis: the virtual origin of a Facebook prophet. Posting as many as 2,000 words a day for the last two years, his status updates are, as he puts it, “relentless.” His aim is complex in its simplicity: spread the Truth. His name and the wording and dates of his posts have been altered.


Isaiah Veritay changed his cover photo

November 6, 2012

It was previously a photo depicting a Pink Floyd concert, the massive stage projecting an aqua blue, psychedelic light show behind the performers. Now it is a photo of the Beatles sprinting across the infield of Shea Stadium before a concert.

     At the center of the photo—an inexplicable Orb of Light.  Bright-white at its center, orange and red toward its edges, with ring, encompassing nearly everyone in the photo: John Lennon to the right, mid-sprint, head crooked in its direction; Paul McCartney, on the left, staring motionless; the stands, a blur of commotion surrounding the hot center. The Orb, Veritay suggests, was a brief encounter with divinity. The music was cool, but the metaphysical energy sphere really stole the show.


Accompanying the new cover photo, an inaugural post:

Isaiah Veritay shared The Truth Contest’s post.

November 6, 2012

“Parrhesia is a verbal activity in which a speaker expresses his personal relationship to truth, and risks his life because he recognizes truth-telling as a duty to improve or help other people (as well as himself). In parrhesia, the speaker uses his freedom and chooses frankness instead of persuasion, truth instead of falsehood or silence, the risk of death instead of life and security, criticism instead of flattery, and moral duty instead of self-interest and moral apathy. He started by sharing posts.” – Michel Foucault

Here, he marked his fracture, and found in Facebook his veracious lectern, his ongoing entry into's online competition.


“This truth contest is not a competition with a winner. It is simply the best way to find, check, and spread the truth… We cannot think of a better way to find, check, and spread the ultimate truth than an internet contest.”

 “What could be more worthwhile than helping us find and spread the truth? Send this website to the people in your address book, twitter, facebook, print, place and mail flyers, and post links to on web pages, web forums, and blogs. Invite everyone you can reach to participate in the Truth Contest.”

“This website was created by college students.

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Truth is the prize, death the deadline.


The first post.

Isaiah Veritay

November 6, 2012

“When you know the truth, you attain the supreme gravitational pull. You are no longer the Earth, you are the Sun. Life lives around you, you do not live around it. Others do not exist to boss you around (the sun does not sway to the pull of Jupiter). If someone tries to boss the Truth around, they get burnt (the Sun is hot).  All that these bossy idiots can do is orbit around you. Nothing more. They do not have their own supreme gravitational pull like you do, because they do not know the Truth. The Truth turns you into the burning star. The exuberant Glow. You’ll stop craving anything, requiring anything—you’ll simply shine bright, like a star, for all to see.”

Veritay’s commitment has yet to burn out.