This video appeared n YouTube after the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. It starts quietly, but bit by bit the woman works herself into a frenzy over what she thinks is a violation of God's law. I post it here because I think it shows religious neuroticism as clearly as anything could—one of the harms religion does that we don't think of very often.
And the real scary thing is: it could have been me - but I fled.
This woman's mental problems seem to be a manifestation of divine command ethics. It's a graphic description of the consequences of indoctrinated child abuse. Paul Cliteur in 'The secular outlook' explained the childishness of moral command ethics, and looking at that video, he was bang on the money.
She reminds of a child working itself into hysterics when it has been given a final 'no.'
She may have held what was a majority opinion thirty years ago. I know religious people who agreed with her that have changed their minds over those years. What is different about her.
People can start foaming at the mouth if you do not agree with them - and they are wired that way. The book the Republican Brain goes into a neurological explanation on how some people's brains react to various situations.
I really liked your answer on "Why are so many atheists liberal". I am a liberal and acknowledge some of my opinions may be flawed, - hopefully logic wins me over to a different view - not an emotional shutting down that this lady demonstrates in spades.
The first thing to do is ask this hysterical woman if the court's decission is going to affect her or her family in any way. If the answer is "no," then we have to remind her that people will still be doing in private and behind closed doors the things that they always did anyway.
So what is the problem?
Some wingnuts may be happy to bring the Inquisition back but I'm not one of them. If god has a problem let him speak for himself.
When the whole fabric of your belief is illusionary, you can make it into anything you wish.
This woman is not typical of the religious community. Most followers are not mentally disturbed, their perfectly stable individuals who happen to be deluded. However difficult that is to qualify it's a fact no less.