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  •  I am not surprised; the worse things get the more (10+ / 0-)

    people tend to turn to the silly.  I refer to Gov. Perry's efforts to pray rain into TX or other prayer efforts to pray  rain into CA.

    Bottom line is that back when all of this started back in the 80's with Falwell and his cronies, they embraced Rushdooney's assumption that the US was a Christian nation that should be governed as a theocracy.  These Dominionists embraced the Seven Mountain theology which included "steeplejacking" where the faithful would infiltrate mainstream churches and by being elected to their boards and governing bodies, would be in a position to politicize those churches and politicize them.  (We have seen a shift to the right among the UMC for example)

    Here is the 7 Mountain theology in its own words in a series of articles:

    Concomitant with this is the principle of the camel's nose under the tent where there are small insertions of the sacred  into the profane such as we see here.  The idea, much like the old metaphor of a frog being boiled without realizing he is being boiled, is to desensitize the public to manifestations of fundamentalist faith and to accept them as they become more and more overt in public life.  So while a HS principal may skirt the law with his commencement address: many will see it as clever or at least as non offensive.  If he does this each year, gradually he will be able to reinstate prayer in his school.

    There are already enough egregious examples of a period of excessive religiosity when the US was literally engaged in a holy crusade against the godless atheistic commies but those years are long behind us

    The fanatics would push us back to those dark ages  

    •  well said (1+ / 0-)
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      and just BTW after Perry et al prayed for rain a hurricane headed for east Texas turned north at the Louisiana border.

    •  Bingo (0+ / 0-)

      Well stated.

      It is an ongoing threat.

      Unfortunately, the surface display (publicly seen in typical cases as you cite and featured in this post) is only the tip of a toxic iceberg of potentially monstrous proportions lurking beneath the surface.

      What really worries me is how religious fanaticism has entrenched itself in the armed forces and intelligence communities. I have to suppress a physical cringe: how ironic it is that the word "diabolical" comes to mind, that I cannot shake off incredibly black and dreadful feelings of the possibility of pure evil at work behind the scenes in agencies invested with untrammeled power under the auspices of a belief in a god. I shutter whenever I hear any of our well-trained 'bestest' in the military bark out "God and Country!" as if hammered-in motor reflex indicates rational independent thinking, and then my feeling of dread is replaced with an unassuageable feeling of shame at the depths we have allowed our country to fall to.

    •  I thought it started in the 50s with (0+ / 0-)

      the red scare (those godless commies). That's when they put "under god" in the Pledge of Allegiance. And sadly, SCOTUS thinks that's just fine. Ugh.

      Came for the politics, stayed for the pooties.

      by DreamyAJ on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 09:35:30 AM PDT

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      •  But then it was political; It was not until the (0+ / 0-)

        70s that Falwell, Kennedy, Roberts and others united to politicize religion and to infiltrate and take over mainstream denominations.  Check out Rushdooney if you wish to see the blue print that they follow to this day

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