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  •  We have to kind of go back and deconstruct (3+ / 0-)
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    recent history to figure that out:

    (First of all, Hitler made hundreds of references to "Restoring Christianity" to the center of German life before he assumed absolute power. We've also had an ebb and flow of "evangelical revivals" in this country before the 1950's)

    Very rough outline:

    When I was a kid, only the most ignorant hillbilly types still believed in the literal truth of the Bible. I remember seeing "Inherit the Wind" on tv. The inheritors of the "evangelical revival" huckster tradition were the southern baptists and fundamentalists, who supported segregation and were politically allied with the John Birchers opposing "godless communism".

    Then with the advent of televangelism, this hustle exploded into a massive multi-billion $ tax-exempt industry.
    Then the christian right was defeated and humiliated on desegregation.
    Then they found a new angle with the legalization of abortion. The argument against abortion requires a strict reading of the Bible and a rejection of critical thinking and science.
    The Soviet Union collapsed and the anticommunist industry found itself needing a new enemy, so they engaged liberals and then finally moderate Republicanism, and now even conservative Republicans aren't conservative enough.
    Meanwhile, socially, the country has continued to move away from strict fundamentalist values. This only exacerbates the hysteria on the right.

    In the near future, the "evangelical project" will begin to collapse. They will attempt to hang onto their inordinate level of power as they have recently, by being footsoldiers for Big Oil , and they are also making a play for hispanic believers.

    However, they will lose power and relevance. This is one main reason 29% of the country thinks "armed revolt" will be necessary to "preserve freedom" . That 29% is the religious right. Some of them will act out in that regard.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Thu May 02, 2013 at 01:21:37 PM PDT

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    •  Desegregation of public schools (1+ / 0-)
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      became a huge strategic victoryfor the Christian Right.  They rushed into the gap with their religiously-based "seg academies", giving themselves the sort of organized, institutional social base they'd never had before.  Generations have now passed through the seg academy system, enriching it with their donor/endowment dollars at the same time that the public schools have been starved for funds by "austerity" budgeting.  It is a triumph for their privatization ideology along with the religious and racial components.  It provides an ongoing social basis for the breeding and development of the next generation of right-wingers.  The American madrassas are now well into their third generation of students, and have never had a stronger placee on the American scene.

      Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

      by ActivistGuy on Thu May 02, 2013 at 05:58:39 PM PDT

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