I would like to do a piece on my blog, Releasing Religion, regarding mixing God & government.  And I'd like to know what opinions people have here about doing such a thing.  Some points to mention are:

Glenn Beck is well known for arguing that we have misunderstood that founding fathers & their desire to keep church & state separate.  Holding his rally on 8/28, he gathered 150.000 people to hear him talk about bringing out country "back to God".  What do you think it would do to our country to "get back to God"? 

The Tea Party has been called racist Chrisotcrats. In their recent convention, most conference sessions began with prayers.  What do you think of the Tea Party?  Do you know very little about them?  Do you know a lot?  Please share your thoughts here.

The piece will be posted on www.releasingreligion.blogspot.com

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These two were recently spotted at a tea party rally.

Ha ha ha! Love the look on the ladies face. She's like "huh? wha?" Clueless - Ba ha ha.
I wrote this a few months ago. While not just specifically about the tea party it sums up what I think all the noise is really about.
Well said.
@ David - I read your link. So are you saying the purpose of the freakshow we are watching is distraction? Like a dirty maniupulative trick? The Repub powers that be, understand the ignorance of the masses and know just how to manipulate them? Hmmm, stroking my imaginary beard.

After what happened during Katrina, I'll believe anything. Katrina shook me up worse that 911 in terms of confidence in goverment. Katrina made me realize what truely thin ice we are on.
I see the tea party as an unfortunate consequence of a moderate working-class America being pulled to the right because the left has systematically written them off as nutjobs. The majority of these people have legitimate complaints. Their jobs have gone, and they are worse off than their parents were. These people are hurt, angry, and they want answers...and the right wing came swooping in to give them answers. Their jobs are gone because the liberals taxed their companies out of business. It's not true. A lot of the companies who shut down manufacturing plants were making record profits at the time. But, there is no left wing media presence that fills their niche quite like the extreme right-wing. People like Limbaugh and Beck are really good at appealing to emotions, even if those appeals are entirely fallacious.

Above all though I think the Tea Party is mostly made up of folks who want sensible reforms in government spending, but don't understand the fact that the Republicans aren't the party to accomplish that. The Democrats spend, yes, but they also try to pay for what they spend with tax revenue. Republican fiscal policy is like buying a brand new car, house, helicopter, and in ground swimming pool while demanding a 50% pay cut from your employer. They have been given chance after chance to demonstrate the effectiveness of their economic theories and have failed every. single. time. And their excuse each of those times? We didn't implement those policies ENOUGH! We needed to do more of what doesn't work to make it work. I'm serious. Their answer to the repeal of Glass-Steagal leading DIRECTLY to the financial crisis of 2008 is that we didn't deregulate enough!

But back to the tea party. There needs to be a concentrated, credible effort by the mainstream media to document exactly how it was conservative fiscal policies that led us in this direction. Words like "spending," "government," and yes, even "socialism" need to be disarmed in the minds of the public.
we will be there, all of us, looking back over that hill we climbed and instead of seeing the battles we fight today, we will see, only with clarity, the distance from whence we came.

I was really gettting into your post and then when I read the last line - I was like, wha? LOL

One thousand pardons for my ignorance of poetic nuance, but were you saying, in the end, we will be able to contrive satisfaction when we look back on all the progress we accomplished in our life time? Or were you just winding down from an active week with a late Sunday evening glass of red wine?... Gin and tonic? LOL

JUST KIDDING lol. Personally, I could use a margarita after the weekend I just had. Hell, I could use a big fat reefer but I quit smoking pot over 20 years ago.

But seriously, what I took from your post was it was a cry for rationality. I think atheists are damn good at that. Now if we could just figure out how to get the masses to understand our perspective. If they could just stop seeing us as some kind of smelly slimey creature that just crawled out from under a rock in hell somewhere, and that we are more kind and more fair than they ever could have imagined, well then maybe we could get somewhere.

Discussing the tea party reminded me of this. BTW this was researched and presented on BBC radio and is documented in the Congressional record in our National Archive. There were Senate hearings on this. It is not conspiracy theory.

But, in my opinion this very much reflects the state of the tea party. Grandpa Bush(Shrubs Grandfather the Senator, Prescott) was the bagman for an attempted fascist coup. He was trying to buy a General to lead the hundreds of thousands of WWI veterans who had been promised extended pay and pentions following the war, which the gov't then failed to follow through on. The richest families in America were going to use that disenfranchisment to motivate then arm this out of work army to stop financial reforms being started by FDR to pull us out of the Great Depression. Gen. Smedley Butler decided he wanted no part of it and appeared before Senate committees testifying against PBush. The families involved were too powerful and the whole thing was swept under table.
Clark Howard (Consumer Protection guru on CNN) said Rome is burning while the politicians play (tiddly winks or twidling their thumbs or something like that - I can't remember exacty) - (Rome being America and debt being the fire). He said at the rate of our growing debt, in 10 years we will be like a third world country.

I feel this fear is what fndamentally puts the fire under the Tea Party's ass. They are the average Joe's screaming "Let's get off our normally apathetic asses and do something - it's crisis time." But all they're really doing is showing their ass. I've seen enough asses. I'm looking for a hero with a big red S on his chest. I guess it's too soon to be looking for one with a big scarlett A on this chest.

Clark rarely makes such pessimistic political statements (that I know of). I wonder what happened to turn him down that path?

Makes the hair on the back of my neck prickle. He is usualy somewhat mild mannered (no pun intended) politically speaking (imo).

Maybe Clark Howard is our hero! lol

Clark for president - rotf. Hmmm, Clark Kent - wow, I"m rolling in accidental puns this morning.
The tea party is, of course, a media driven creation. Can you imagine trying promote that kind of lunacy without television? lol...like that hasn't happened before.
I suppose some comments on the media from McLuhan would work here(for some: I think he's shallow and glib for the most part), but this analysis of the corporate media industry was written some 60+ years ago and is somewhat more trenchant than McLuhan, from a rather different point of view.
Be warned, it is rather long, but I think it's one of the most insightful critiques on the subject I've come across.
Even if you're familiar with this, it's complex enough to warrant multiple readings.
Every one of you should watch this video.

Faith Based Candidates.
On CNN they promote the same crap as Fox. Here we are, arguing in at least a few places on the Nexus about the atheistic equivelent of how many demons can dance on the head of a pin, and the country stumbles towards a theocratic nightmare.
The logo on my Nexus home page is "Atheism Is Politics" for a damn good reason.
I think that something we often overlook is that Religion Sells. The thing is, they're like snake-oil salesmen, they can do their business wholly knowing what they're selling is crap, and the people will keep on buying it regardless("there's a sucker born every minute"). (If any of you ever can, I can't recommend enough that you see the movie "Marjoe". Remember the actor Marjoe Gortner? Before he became an actor, he was a carny tent preacher as a child, and a profitable one too. It's a behind the scenes documentary about how he separated people from their salaries. He was in on it which is the kicker, his flock had no idea he was being filmed to expose the hypocrisy, not because the lord told him he had to return to the pulpit.)
We've been talking about the evils of the for-profit health care and so forth, I think it's time we do the same for religion. Somehow take the profit out of it. If there's no money in it anymore, people will stop paying attention fast ya' betcha'.

Anyway, this is another interesting blog post about the republican agenda.




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