Comment on Camille Paglia's interview on Salon, July 29, 2015

Camille Paglia has an interview posted on Salon July 29, 2015

Two points. 

First, politics is not performance art. The State is the organization that claims a monopoly on the legitimate use of force. Politics is the process that decides how, when, by whom, and against whom the State shall use force. To the extent that politics has become performance art, it has become corrupted and is not working as it should. The more beautiful the performance art that politicians do, wth worse the corruption has become. 

Second, Religion is not art. The general form of religion, by which I mean all religions, all over the planet, throughout history, is that some human being stands up and says "I am the local representative of the Divine. Do as I say (and give me money) and the Divine will reward you. Don't obey me and the Divine will penalize you, somehow, sooner or later." This is a scam. This is a swindle. A spectacularly arrogant and presumptuous swindle, to claim to speak for the Divine. Just as the State is organized force, Religion is organized fraud. Religion does NOT deserve respect, deep or otherwise. The more beautiful the art that religion produces, the more effective a swindle it becomes.

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Comment by Gerald Payne on August 9, 2015 at 1:39am

Camille Paglia is nothing more than a religious apologist. I would like to know when, where, and how religion has ever achieved anything that warrants respect? It's proven to be the most divisive societal idea ever attempted.                                                                                         She talks about the ceremonial aspects of religion as having historical value as displayed in the changing of the guard at Buckingham palace, but I don't think drinking blood would go down very well in any civil ceremony.

The church, while complaining of disrespect, know full well that denigrating the likes of Dawkins and Harris' character is a lot easier than refuting their accusations. 

Although she may well be an atheist she still hankers for the 'other realm' that's what strangles her take on ethics.

Comment by Christopher Cosgrove on August 5, 2015 at 1:24am

The world seems to revolve around her from my skim read. Really very full of herself and no one else can match. Bizarre rant.

Comment by Michael Penn on July 31, 2015 at 8:19pm

Regarding the interview, Paglia seems like an intelligent woman. That doesn't make politics and religion "art." I reserve the right to be snarky about religion simply because there is no valid evidence that any of it is true. I was once "suckered in" and even studied for the minisrty. That doesn't make the Bible or someone that believes in it and teaches at a college have any more proof than anyone else. Being sacred simply because it's "about God" doesn't count. The fact that people have believed this nonsense for thousands of years means nothing. As you say, it's a scam and a swindle.

Is there any evidence that God ever spoke? Is there evidence that God wanted someone to speak for him? God doesn't want anyone to perish but yet he gave no reasons to believe in him. God is so lame that almost the same number of children and adults starve and die of disease every day.

Comment by Michael Penn on July 31, 2015 at 7:55pm

Actually, John, it has no relevance to your post. Sorry about that. What difference would it make if Jesus was caucasian? It's an impossibility. Then Michaelangelo came along and made if possible through his painting. Later, black people all thought that Jesus appeared "a little darker" and they read a scripture where he had "hair like wool." To many of them Jesus is a black man. There would have been no need of the "Judas kiss" of betrayal in this case.

What did Jesus really look like? Any other Jew of that time if he existed at all.

Comment by John B Hodges on July 31, 2015 at 7:16pm

Michael Penn, certainly there are many Christians who think of Jesus as Caucasian. But if he really was Caucasian, what difference would that make? I'm afraid I don't see what relevance your comment has to my post, nor anything else.

Comment by Michael Penn on July 29, 2015 at 9:53pm



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