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  •  Much of it has to do with control (11+ / 0-)

    As marriage equality continues to win out state-by-state, religious conservatives are struggling to maintain some measure of control over others based on their beliefs, because they can no longer count on regressive laws and shared beliefs being widely supported: witness the Arizona "turn away the gays" bill.

    I consider this and other conservative Christian-based legislative attempts to discriminate against or otherwise control and regulate others, especially the capital-O Others, as a logical continuation of the right-wing hysteria that has been growing exponentially since Obama's election. (I researched this for four years and wrote a thesis on it, and carefully traced the trajectory of this hysteria and its manifestations. I am also cautious with using the term 'hysteria,' so much so that I wrote a third of a chapter on this alone!)

    I agree with the author that these are death throes — certainly, drawn-out ones that will go on for years — but the legislative measures themselves are growing increasingly hysterical and desperate.

    For a more polemical take on this and evolving American identity in general, see my diary Who, the People?

    What do we want? Evidence-based change! When do we want it? After peer review!

    by puckmtl on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:58:27 AM PST

    •  I think its about self control. (4+ / 0-)
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      tacet, Calamity Jean, ebohlman, DavidMS

      and a lot of the piggies squealing the loudest don't have it. That's why they have to put theological baby bumpers on everything. So they can keep from hurting themselves and save themselves from temptation.

      They are mental children.

      "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

      by GreenMother on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 10:21:42 AM PST

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