People keep asking, what is going on in America today? Why is it so different than anything we can remember before this? And, I've taken to screaming this in their ears:
The religious right is doing this to us!
Most people don't or can't keep their eye on that ball because their liberal religions claim to idealize equality and many progressive goals, so they can't fully appreciate what's really happening. They can't imagine such fanaticism. They go to their lovefests on Sunday and enjoy seeing their friends. Their ministers preach from a liberally interpreted Bible where they choose to literally ignore huge chunks of this book in order to justify using it as the basis of their religion.Their own followers have forgotten all those bad bits that promote inequality, slavery, women's rights, children's rights and discourage science and good information and knowledge.
They've never lived under the crushing rule of fanatics.
They're trying to adjust mentally to a political battle that seems different than ever before but are unwilling or unaware or in denial of the fact that the religious base is happy, happy, happy with seeing all the gains made over the last 100 years stripped away.
Maybe these eggheads need to find out what it's really like to be under the iron fist of religious zealots.
I happen to know firsthand, because I was raised in a fanatical religion. Some days, I feel like I just left the cult that I grew up in. It was decades ago, however, but what's happening in America right now smacks of those dark days. I get so frustrated with good hearted people who keep trying to find a way to meet in the middle of the road on this religion thing. Stop it! We're going to lose it all, if you don't realize that the social gains made in the last 150 were in spite of religious dogma. These are scary people, many of them in seats of power all the way up to our Vice President and across the nation on the local level. They are driven by an ideology that is Bible based and they dream of America being run just like they run their churches.
Our freedom fighters of the past understood this better, perhaps. In the words of Elizabeth Cady Stanton,
"The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation."
Religion has always been dangerous to societies but when it gets mixed with government, we're f---ed.
Many of my liberal friends get this but can't remember it. Some of them even try to fight what they consider bad religion with good religion. I happen to think it's all bad but it's definitely all bad if it's mixed in with our government. This is not going to end well for us unless we can recognize the root of the problem, where these kinky ideas are coming from and who is really responsible for trying to drag us back into the dark ages.
Any liberal with a lick of sense should see the rise of the religious right as the most dangerous thing to life as we know it in this country.
If you don't understand this, then you may very well deserve what follows. If you didn't see this coming, I can kind of sort of overlook that ,but if you don't see what it is now, you're part of the problem. That's not okay with me. You're going to ruin not just your own life but mine and my family's and it'll be pretty darn hard for me to forgive you for that.
I'm a myth buster. My recent published book - Have We Been Screwed? Trading Freedom for Fairy Tales - can be purchased on Amazon.