Politics, Economics, and Religion

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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  • Bertold Brautigan

    Everyone here is probably familiar with the fact that religionists are trying -- in a move as absurd as all their marketing shenanigans but even more brazen than most -- to claim that Christopher Hitchens underwent a last-minute conversion to Christianity. This (it's only a) theory has been laid out in the execrable book The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Athiest by Hitchen's (supposed) friend, Alabama Evangelist Larry Alex Taunton.


    In an opinion piece on today's Guardian Website, Matthew

    d'Ancona very neatly lays any such delusions to rest.


    Christopher Hitchens and the Christian conversion that wasn’t


    Entire article here.


    This is his wrap-up:

    It is tempting to write off this book as no more than an outburst of epic self-deception. But its craven purpose – to claim Hitchens posthumously for evangelical Christianity – is to defame a man who was a champion of the Enlightenment and an enemy of all systems of thought that elevate one caste (priestly, or otherwise) above the rest. It is a shoddy tactic in the culture wars that began in America but are spreading in battles over theocracy, identity and social uniformity.

    Far from being the double agent of the author’s addled imagination, Hitchens incarnated the pluralism in which he believed so passionately, revelling in the contradictions that are the hallmark of the authentically modern self.

    He had no religion, other than friendship. Laughable in itself, Taunton’s Judas kiss serves notice yet again that the literalists of all faiths respect absolutely no limits in pursuit of their higher cause.

  • Joan Denoo

    Ruth, there isn't sound on the GIF with Trump & Sanders. Can you send me the URL for that video clip, please?

  • Joseph P

    That's even more preposterous than the usual shenanigans that they pull, Bertold.  We already have real articles that Hitchens wrote from his death-bed.

    I'd say that it's ridiculous, since they're not fooling anyone, but they're only saying it for their credulous sheep, not anyone who would know better.  A lot of the religious sheep will accept the most ludicrous things without examination, as long as those things confirm what they want to be true.