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  •  Have any thoughts on... (6+ / 0-)

    the tendency of some evangelical groups that foster this trend? I know the people I used to be close to that became evangelicals told me that fraternizing with non-believers was a sin and that Proverbs 3:5-6 meant that questioning any part of the Bible or any instruction from their pastor was a sin.

    •  the only thought i can come up with (4+ / 0-)
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      is that such people are a much smaller minority than the msm makes them out to be

      they have to be living in a low population area, to be so out-of-touch with the diversity most of us see all the time

    •  Do they need to be evangelicals? (3+ / 0-)
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      Willful ignorance walks hand-in-hand with faith. I do not attend church, nor associate much with church-goers, but I've often wandered how much of the current GOP madness originates at the Sunday pulpit. My guess would be all of it. The shamans need rabble-rousing issues as much as the politicians do. More so even.

      "And Jip must have a mutton-chop every day at twelve, or he'll die."

      by naptime on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 10:00:09 AM PDT

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      •  Absolutely not... (1+ / 0-)
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        A good amount of this willful ignorance comes from people who simply accept the advice of conservative pundits that say you can't trust (insert non-GOP source here) for information.

        However, a good chunk of it comes from the evangelical community as well, imho.

        In terms of actual political preaching, the lion's share of pastors that I've seen know where the line is and the actual vote for X stuff is done via small group sessions or influential members. They'll refer to certain issues and recognize via implication who is "against them" and get back to their sermon...again, that's from what I've seen personally.

      •  IMO, willful ignorance (2+ / 0-)
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        walks hand-in-hand with fear. I am not a person of faith, but I know some who are very fine people and true progressives. What sets them apart is that they are not afraid of people who are different from them.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 11:58:28 AM PDT

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        •  Anti-intellectualism is pervasive in our willfully (3+ / 0-)
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          ignorant culture so it is fear and socially unacceptable to be informed of actual facts.

        •  Fear plays a huge part. (1+ / 0-)
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          And the groups I've had experience with use it to the hilt. Get the recruit to trust you and commit to the group...then unload on them with fear. Fear of Satan possessing them, fear of their pre-group life of sin, fear of dying without salvation, fear of spending eternity in hell, etc.

          Of course, there is a way to be sanctified....do exactly what the group tells you at all times. Surrender and be saved! Sometimes, that even extends to tithing 10% of your income or more. Any deviation is a sin and of course, everyone deviates because they're human and not perfect, so the group can always find something to threaten a member with.

          It was a refreshing experience to go to a more open evangelical group and see tolerance, understanding and openness where people are encouraged to use the brains God gave them. You're right...there are fine people and groups doing great work. I try very hard to avoid painting with a broad brush.

      •  nah (0+ / 0-)

        I had a college roommate with extreme tendencies. She is very bright but very rigid. She was pretty hateful even before she found religion, and being baptised didn't soften her up any.

        She lived near a liberal parish with a knowledgeable priest and a rockstar set of nuns, and decided they all weren't "Catholic" enough. She loves nothing better than to argue for the existence of God using biblical references.

    •  Cult tactic (12+ / 0-)

      Encouraging members to segregate themselves from the rest of society is a cult tactic used to discourage personal autonomy and increase dependency on the group.  A good approach is to try to increase that person's self-esteem since persons with low self-esteem are particularly susceptible to cult tactics.

    •  evangelicals are authoritarian in most cases (7+ / 0-)

      They also always see the world in totally black and white terms. From that viewpoint, they divide people between "one of us" and "the evil others." While they want to convert the evil others, they can't get over the bar that they have the "truth" and everything else is false.

      They also don't realize they are gullible to all the tactics the republicans use to convince them they are on the same side and the others are bad-wrong-evil.

      Democrats promote the Common good. Republicans promote Corporate greed.

      by murasaki on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 10:27:44 AM PDT

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