America's Battle is with the Religious Right

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. 

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2017 at 3:31pm

I just watched an interview that reveals Trump's character. I am getting the book for more details. 

Donnie, We’re Not In Kansas Anymore  David Cay Johnston

Comment by James on October 31, 2017 at 2:55pm
Religion is like a three headed hydra that just won't die. Being raised in a fundamentalist religious environment is a form of child abuse. They are lies masquerading as truth.
Comment by Teresa Roberts on October 29, 2017 at 9:57am

There seems to be no way to convince people that the god delusion actually does more harm that good to societies and individuals. Our cultural constructs are so deeply embedded in our psyches that it's almost impossible for people to even question them. Religion isn't the only way our cultures have indoctrinated us. Long before we were old enough to think for ourselves., we were handed our world view. The Internet perhaps holds the biggest promise of loosening our grip on the nasty consequences of our cultures.

Comment by Michael Penn on October 28, 2017 at 10:08pm

I keep my eyes and mind open. Two men I went to school with remember prayer in the classroom. It might be because they still go to church and I do not. My remembrance of prayer in the classroom was certain times when a teacher might say "those who would like to can have one minute of silent prayer." That was it, and not many did it either.

At least one of these men is in the dominionist camp as I heard him say 4 years ago that the bible used to be the book used as a "Weekly Reader" in early American classrooms. I believe that publication came into being around 1932. Our early American classrooms had more bibles than any other books. How did this happen? It seems so fitting that these people believe early settlers came from England because that mean old King would not let them practice their religion. Beat this nonsense into people's heads long enough and they will want creationism taught in the classroom.

I'm amazed at how dumbfounded they are that everyone does not agree on this. After all, a mythical man named Moses wrote the first 5 books of the bible and he even recorded his own death and burial by god. Of course, the smart ones admit that part about his death was filled in later by another person.

Comment by Vangelis on October 28, 2017 at 8:56pm

Some years ago the religious right tried to introduce creationism in the science class but even our right wing Prime Minister rejected the proposal. Australia does get some things right from time to time.

Comment by Teresa Roberts on October 27, 2017 at 10:31am

I don't think most people are aware of this movement. So glad that you and I recognize how dangerous they are to freedom. 

Comment by Michael Penn on October 26, 2017 at 9:33pm

Yes, I have. New Apostolic Reformationists fit that mold and I'm told Mike Pence is one of them. You can follow some of these people in the fascist regime we have in power right now as so many believers tell you that Trump is a "man of god." Do I believe this nonsense? No, but it fits what is going on in America today. While the last 60 years of progress is being erased by the Orange Genius the rest of them are in tow doing his bidding because they have a common agenda.

Some make excuses for Trump in so many ways it sounds insane. It makes me want to gag. This man who brags about his Ivy League education and how intelligent he is has also claimed he knows more than out generals and is going to get rid of ISIS  in 30 days. People love it but it's a lie. They tell me "all politicians lie" and I'm asking how many presidents in our past acted like this? They compare this man to Lincoln and I say he is in no way even presidential material. Instead he is a joke.

Comment by Teresa Roberts on October 26, 2017 at 8:44pm

Michael have you heard of the dominionists? 

Comment by Michael Penn on October 26, 2017 at 5:05pm

I understand your every word. Right now we are going into what might become one of the hardest times in recent American history, and simply because so many think we have to "let god" and also get back a previous time when "god blessed America so well." Was it god or FDR? People are too dumb to see that Cheeto, who has never worked a real job, is taking away everything they have gained. If he isn't eliminated this is something that will continue for some time. Impeach or vote him out.

Religion sees him as a savior and he plays well into their role as many think he can do no wrong. In the wake of 8 years of Obama many whites think they will lose their majority. Let this be about us now (whites) and we will get rid of immigrants, foreigners, and other colors. We are god fearing and god gave America to us.

What happens here is that right wing churches take this in and believe it. God gets put in school and government. Our religious mix is then no more than ISIS, Taliban, or renegade Muslim. We are no different than any other hate group in the world today and the claims of "god's love" is only a sounding cimble.

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