Friday, July 29, 2011

Fundamentalism and Faith Based Politics

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Guest Post by Political Packrat

It's not Muslim fundamentalists who are America's biggest problem these days.  It's right wing Christian whack-jobs who have taken America hostage and who, because of a point of view that celebrates faith at the expense of reality, just may destroy the country they say they love: not out of malice, but out of a warped world view.

This isn't the first time. The  Scopes Monkey Trial  pitted Christian fundamentalists against modern, rational thinkers  back in 1925.  In case you didn't know, Biblical literalists were around then too, trying desperately to keep evolution from being taught in the schools. The trial was a landmark case which resulted eventually in legitimizing Darwin and permitting evolution to be taught in America's public schools amidst much gnashing of Christian fundamentalist teeth.  Science and good sense triumphed in the end, though it was nip and tuck for awhile. 

But,if you are taught that science is the work of the devil and that intellectual curiosity will send you to hell as quickly as masturbation, then you are so threatened by a non-authoritarian world made up of all sorts of nuances, that you cling to absolute, black and white, simplistic thinking and a powerful, punishing God who will protect you if you do the right thing and destroy you if you don't.

So why am I not surprised that the same people who think President Obama was born in Kenya, evolution is a theory, global warming is a liberal plot, education (except at a good Bible College) is the work of the devil, and trust fund kids who earn more than $250,000 a year on their investments are " job creators," are willing to bring down the economy, not just of the United States, but of the entire world, in order to square reality with their whacked, fairy-tale view of the world. 

The brouhaha about raising the debt ceiling is what I am talking about.  The newly elected Tea Party congress-people are fighting fellow Republicans as well as the Democrats for power and most of them are -- you guessed it-- fundamentalist Christians  who really think they are doing God's work.

So, in the spirit of fellowship, I am turning off the TV and saying a prayer for the salvation of their little Tea Party souls and for the world economy.  God help us all and God help the United States of America. 

I agree with John McCain on this one. 

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