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.
I agree that the Sinclair takeover of local TV stations is extremely dangerous, Joan.
On religions teaching people to accept inconsistencies and logical fallacies, and the consequences for politics and society:
"Do you really think that “bad actors” would pass up such a golden opportunity to garner the support of millions of people who tend to move as a unit?
It’s like shooting fish in a barrel. What you’ve got here are large groups of people who have been conditioned to do as they are told, and on top of that they’ve been desensitized to logical inconsistencies so that they will never even notice (or care) if you don’t follow through with your promises...
Ultimately I believe that liberty is an essential element to human thriving. When an environment militates against free thinking and free choice, I cannot help but feel it is counterproductive...
If you can convince people things don’t have to make sense, you can make them believe virtually anything you want. And I’m not going to be okay with that."
From "How Faith Breaks Your Thinker" (Neil Carter, Godless in Dixie)
"Conditioned" and "desensitized!" That explains the masses, what sheds light on the well-educated scientists? These men surprise me; why did they believe in a superhuman power that interacts with Homo sapiens?