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  •  Anytime somebody posts one of these (19+ / 0-)

    diaries on a some-little-nobody-messed-up-big-time-with-tragic-consequences theme in this venue (and we have at least one prominent contributor who never tires of them), I always ask myself if this situation, while tragic, has broader social resonance. Since we live in a society enamored of persecuting little-nobodies-who-mess-up-big, without heed to their broader cultural and organizational context, we need to ask ourselves if such a news item really belongs in a progressive blog. Couldn't we just as well get it from CNN?

    In this case, the answer's no. The story belongs here. For the story's inherent potential to be sensationalized, we exist partly to keep tabs on crazy religions and ideologies that lure vulnerable people to do awful things.

    Tipped and rec'd.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:38:26 PM PDT

    •  Broader cultural context (11+ / 0-)

      Has everything to do with Religious Exemption from health care responsibilities. I will bet you even money that there is more than one CEO out there that would love to have an angle that would allow their company to declare this sect as its "religion" and free it from the terrible moral burden of having to provide health insurance for its employees.

      And think of the sweet cash-in a pharmacist of this "religion" could get with a religious exemption against having to dispense, well, anything whatsoever because his or her "religion" prohibits pharmaceutical intervention in "God's will." That's the classic definition of sitting on your ass and collecting a paycheck for doing nothing right there.

      How does the Republican Congress sit down with all the butthurt over taxing the wealthy?

      by athenap on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:17:02 PM PDT

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      •  Interesting point. (1+ / 0-)
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        There's also the general concern about other sinister, hurtful influences taking advantage of these people for how gullible and vulnerable they obviously are.

        It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

        by karmsy on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:22:37 PM PDT

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    •  And with the RW's propensity (2+ / 0-)
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      towards foisting their religion and religious beliefs on the rest of the country, how much longer will it be before these religious fanatics attempt to legislate their extreme brand of religious beliefs on us?

    •  If it were on CNN (1+ / 0-)
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      They would be trying to figure out when the parents became "radicalized".

      I am so sick of that word. They've worn it out in less than one week.

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