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  •  Belief is irrelevant in the long run. (7+ / 0-)

    Belief is a the process of hardening the mind against doubt.  When used that way religiously or politically the observation of reality is mucked-up and errors are created.

    If the believer persists in intractable faith against evidence, the horrors of religion ensue.

    If the believer analyzes, refines, verifies, or rejects based on evidence, the benefits of science are released.

    I am disgusted at (1) Apostolic Reconstructionism, (2) Dominionism, and (3) GOP religious hypocrisy.  The latter evident as "the prosperity gospel," a yellow lie that swept Texas and the South.  THE GOP uses primitive Calvinist evangelists and will discard them at whim for more gold when necessary.

    The BIG question is "Why is this not obvious to those who are crushed?"

    I aim to live in agreement with Benjamin Franklin's admonition to "Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty."

    by delonix on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 12:32:07 PM PDT

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    •  delonix (0+ / 0-)

      One of the best comments I've read.  Thanks.

    •  pbs... We Shall Remain (0+ / 0-)

      The "redskins" know they were crushed.

      Free Leonard Peltier. Free Manning.

      Obama jails heroes.

      More Fear, More Profit. Its Math.

      by Pattern Math on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 01:57:20 PM PDT

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    •  Why? (4+ / 0-)

      "The latter evident as "the prosperity gospel," a yellow lie that swept Texas and the South."

      Isn't that just another Cargo Cult?
      Desperate people grasping at straws as they see their already poor economic lifestyles become poorer.

      If you begin with the idea that it's every man for himself--Devil take the hindmost, the best you will be able to do is to join a group: "Us Against the World."

      Even better if your group knows "The Secret" to power and wealth.

      "...we live in the best most expensive third world country." "If only the NEA could figure out all they have to do is define the ignorance of the next generation as a WMD..." ---Stolen from posts on Daily Kos

      by jestbill on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 01:59:15 PM PDT

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      •  Cargo cult. Absolutely. (3+ / 0-)
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        radarlady, LanceBoyle, delonix

        I became familiar with that odd bit of social behavior about the time I was making my transition from conservative evangelicalism to utilitarian liberalism.

        It's such a perfect analogue: people believe in things and behave in ways that make no sense, because when they believed in those things and behaved in those ways before, times were good.

        You would think folks who believe so strongly in personal responsibility over circumstance would be better at tracing effect to its cause.

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