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  •  I personally don't subscribe to the (3+ / 0-)

    notion that Mormonism is a cult any more than other doctrinal religions. But if you take Billy Graham at face value it can only be surmised that he is asking us to vote for a cultist as President of the United States. This can be said of a large percentage, if not a majority, of Evangelical Christians who have long adamantly maintained that Mormonism is a dangerous cult that imperils the souls of those who are involved.

    What we have been witnessing is a prime example of the compartmentalize thinking that fundamentalists are famous for. They can hold two deeply antagonistic postitions simultaneously. The trick is to never think about them at the same time so one disappears when they are thinking about the other. It is a very strange phenomenon but common among people who cling dogmatically to irrational doctrines.

    The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. -Ingmar Bergman

    by Pirogue on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 05:42:08 AM PDT

    •  What's the big deal about being called a cult? (2+ / 0-)
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      which is defined as:

      a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies.
      bottom line: every religion is a cult, so what?
      •  It's considered derogatory (1+ / 0-)
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        And look up some sociological and anthropological definitions as well - your definition is unusual in that it seems to recognize no distinction between religions and cults.

      •  My statement was about the internal contradiction. (0+ / 0-)

        They all think they are a religion and the other guy's beliefs are a cult. But the real story about B. Graham's thinking processes that allow him to disparage ideas he thinks are a cult while at the same time endorsing an adherent of those beliefs for the highest office in the land.

        In my earlier comment I called it compartmental thinking but on further consideration I think that is a mistake. Compartmentalization is when they simply don't allow themselves to recognize the contradiction. Because this contradiction is far too obvious and closely related they go through a process they call reconciliation. It is the way they resolve, for example, two obviously contradictory passages in the Bible. They cook up some explanation that has just enough plausibility for the faithful to buy and use that as a "reconciliation" of an "apparent" contradiction. (Just to be clear, I am not saying this is a conscious deception, it is as much a self- deception as it is a deception of anyone else.) Anyway, for what it is worth this is my understanding of how the fundamentalist mind handles this kind of problem.

        So I don't doubt that he has recognized what he will call an "apparent" contradiction, while providing some king of "reconciliation" of the conflict.

        The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. -Ingmar Bergman

        by Pirogue on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 01:16:55 PM PDT

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    •  Bill Graham is all but dead. He has been an (1+ / 0-)
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      extremely sick man so this smacks of his son's BS.

    •  Well, yes (1+ / 0-)
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      That's really why I posted this.

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