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    Dave Niewert over at Orcinus has been doing some good stuff on fundie penetration of the military. He's had several posts on what's been happening at the U.S. Air Force academy. If you contact him, I expect there could be some synergy.

    Alas, what you fear is not new. Robert A. Heinlein wrote a fictional account of a religious takeover of the U.S. back in 1954 as part of his future history series. I've seen it titled "Revolt in 2100" It's been reprinted numerous times and is often paired with Methusaleh's Children.

    Heinlein explored religion in a number of his works. He had some observationsthat are as apropos today as they were then.

    "As for the second notion, the idea that we could lose our freedom by succumbing to a wave of religious hysteria, I am sorry to say that I consider it possible. I hope that it is not probable. But there is a latent deep strain of religious fanaticism in this, our culture. It is rooted in our history and has broken out many times in the past. It is with us now; there has been a sharp rise in strongly evangelical sects in the country in recent years, some of which hold beliefs theocratic in the extreme, anti-intellectual, anti-scientific, and anti-libertarian."

    "It is a truism that almost any sect, cult or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so. . . . The custodians of the True Faith cannot logically admit tolerance of heresy to be a virtue."

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 07:18:51 PM PDT

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