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Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Comment by Gerald Payne on September 16, 2015 at 2:51pm

No Bert, it's the right wing version of brotherly love, as endorsed by the Christian idea of human togetherness.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 16, 2015 at 2:43pm

Pat, was that the King James version??

Comment by Pat on September 16, 2015 at 2:37pm

Comment by Gerald Payne on September 16, 2015 at 2:31pm

The refugee crisis is definitely being treated, in most countries, as a problematical border control issue rather than the humanitarian crisis that it is.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 16, 2015 at 2:21pm

Christian Love 2.0

Huckabee: refugees may just want ‘cable TV

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, whose presidential campaign has become a crusade for “religious liberty” and the rights of the unborn, told social conservatives this weekend that they should be skeptical of allowing more Syrian refugees into the United States.

“Are they really escaping tyranny, are they escaping poverty, or are they really just coming because we’ve got cable TV?” Huckabee asked, in an audience question-and-answer session at the conservative Eagle Forum conference in St. Louis. “I don’t mean to be trite.”

In a podcast, the Republican presidential hopeful added that European nations are forgetting the “lessons of 9/11” by allowing “alleged-Syrian refugees” into their countries.

The lesson of 9/11 is that refugees are awful people who should be sent back to hellish conditions in their war-torn country?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 16, 2015 at 12:21pm

In anticipation of today's debate (and I can hardly wait!):

Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

--George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 15, 2015 at 7:23pm
Comment by tom sarbeck on September 11, 2015 at 3:54pm

As Illing says, infantilized conservativism exists. It also isn't new.

In 1974 I walked my Arizona legislative district seeking votes in the September primary election. I was using a voters list and knew the party affiliations of the people I spoke with.

Though the governor was a Repub and Repubs were the majority in both houses of the state legislature, almost every Repub voter I spoke with whined about how awful things were.

In contrast, almost every Dem I spoke with was optimistic and fun to talk with.

The infantilism wasn't new then. I don't know how else to explain the 1960s efforts by far right conservative Repubs, not to talk with and persuade the party's moderates, but to expel them. They wanted ideological  purity and they succeeded.

To replace the voters the Party lost, the far right recruited the racist southern Dems (aka Dixiecrats) who had opposed the civil rights legislation then pending in Congress.

Heather Cox Richardson's history of the Party since its formation in the 1850s explains the inanity but doesn't call it infantilism.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 11, 2015 at 8:55am

Sean Illing wrote an article in Slate examining Trump's success. The title pretty much sums it up: 

The terrifying reason Donald Trump is winning: The infantilized conservative base wants rage, not ideas

 

Here's my suggestion to Donald for his campaign song:

https://youtu.be/FN7r0Rr1Qyc

Comment by Loren Miller on September 9, 2015 at 10:52am

Great article regarding decline in religion, Bertold; thanks for posting it!

 
 
 

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