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  •  don't forget religious bigotry (6+ / 0-)

    and economic deceit. As dreadful as the blatant racism & xenophobia is in the GOP, the religious intolerance of the fundie Christians, who have captured that party, really pisses me off. To them, anyone wearing a turban or a head scarf is a terrorist. And atheists, humanists, Buddhists, agnostics, et. al. are in league with the devil. What unfolds from their religious bigotry is refusal for access to abortions and contraceptives, denial of climate change, denial of evolution, antagonism toward science education.  

    Then there's all their lies about how trickle-down voo-doo economics is just wonderful.

    the Republican brand is totally bankrupt.

    by vlyons on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 09:34:08 AM PDT

    •  Exactly, interestingly a friend of mine was just (3+ / 0-)
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      saying that about a mutual friend of ours from college who always was a moderate Conservative but now that he is part of some mega church, he has turned obnoxiously over the top rigid religious. He has lost his sense of humor, his kindness and empathy are gone, and he almost shuts us out where before, he was outgoing and friendly.

      And that is just him on a personal level, on a political level, he seems racist, angry, mean spirited and judgmental. Those are things his sister was but never him, now he is worse than his sister.

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      by wishingwell on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 10:19:31 AM PDT

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      •  Welcome to the world of the cult (1+ / 0-)
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        Yes, there are certainly some Christian ministries/churches that are cults, plain and simple. While captured in a cult, some folks don't realize they're in one. But after travelled in some cults in my youth, I can guarantee you 100% that your friend is suffering.

        That's Buddha's #1 Noble Truth. There is suffering, and all of us get to experience a life full of it. The suffering of physical & mental difficulties, the suffering of failed relationships, the suffering of jobs that suck, and careers being stressful and not working out. The suffering of growing up in a dysfunctional family, neglected, abused. The suffering of not realizing dreams, hope exhausted. It just goes on and on. But of course, people trapped in a cult can't admit that they're still suffering, because the cult is the one true way with all the answers to make one successful and happy.

        So I guess I'm saying that the RW Christian fundies that drive the GOP, well they're a cult too. There's a long, long tradition of some Christians labelling as "heretic" anyone outside the cult. It has nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus. Christian dogma was established by Constantine the Great to rule an empire.

        Acknowledging the existence of suffering is supposed to lead to viewing others with some compassion and understanding. I don't see much of that coming from the GOP.

        the Republican brand is totally bankrupt.

        by vlyons on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 10:51:06 AM PDT

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      •  Michelle Shocked comes to mind. (1+ / 0-)
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