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  •  Of course it's much more twisted.... (2+ / 0-)
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    TigerMom, boofdah

    ... that this.

    I'm left wondering how so many of these Congregations still exist that they continue to win elections.

    I "grew up" in the 70s. The decade where Nixon was forced to resign. Apparently, by 1980, more than half the country decided they' be better off mindless, and ran in terror back to their preachers and parishes. Half of me says: what happened? The other half says, the ones that stayed or ran back to their churches were scared of the freedoms they were facing.

    Freedom is scary to a lot of people. Maybe still, they're a majority of voters . Lots of people don't want to make up their minds what they'd prefer to do today, they'd prefer someone else told them. Even if that means being something not very different from a slave. At least they can rely that their masters are right when they promise they'll be fed and clothed tomorrow. Freedom means seeing a little further ahead than that, but most days, most days, most of us can't see much further ahead.

    •  I'll take it one step further (1+ / 0-)
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      boofdah

      Freedom means responsibility, not just personal responsibility, but moral responsibility.  By blindly "believing" what preachers like Rev. Ted say, they are relieving themselves of responsibility for their decisions and actions, yet they see this as freedom.  Somewhat ironic wouldn't you say?

      Even more ironic is that in believing they are promoting freedom by blindly believing in their religious leaders rather than embracing their intellect and reason, they are making themselves as sheep to slaughter by surrendering to their "beliefs."

      Honest to gawd - every time I hear a republican speak, I get a headache in my eye.

      by TigerMom on Sun Sep 18, 2011 at 06:48:34 PM PDT

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