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  •  Denial Is An Essential Part Of Any Movement (2+ / 0-)
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    Deep Texan, ybruti

    A religion must deny all other faiths as well as hundred of objective facts.

    This is from that Eric Hoffer diary I did a few months back:

    When the group identity is tied to paranoid beliefs and conspiracies, they are united in what Hoffer calls the "make believe" of mass movements.

    Hoffer makes it clear that "believers" are are also nonbelievers.  They are not skeptics - they are denialists. I don't think Hoffer uses that word, and instead refers to the "make believe" and simultaneous "nonbelief" at the core  of mass movements. Fervent belief  any one thing requires the denial of a hundred other things that are obviously real, a phenomenon that has long been understood by theologians. Religion may  require the denial of realities that are right under our noses.  Or as they say on Myth Busters: "I reject your reality and substitute my own!"

    The Tea Party certainly makes strong use of disbelief in the forms of global warming denial, racism denial, evolution denial, slavery-caused-the-Civil-War denial, WMD-never-found denial, Obama-isn't-American denial, and in the case of Pat Buchannan, Holocaust denial.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Mon May 07, 2012 at 10:05:14 AM PDT

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