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Obama is like Hitler; his healthcare reform legislation includes a provision to create an army of Marxist brownshirt thugs; the hour is late, the church now faces what German churches faced, with the rise of the Nazis, in the 1930s - we must fight now, or never; taxpayers are the Jews for Obama's ovens; stop Obama, or face another Holocaust.

The 2012 election may pivot on evangelical turnout, and now that the IRS has ceased enforcing its rule that prohibits tax deductible religious nonprofits such as churches from making political endorsements, evangelical leaders are free to openly warn their flocks that a horrific fate awaits unless they vote for Mitt Romney in the 2012 election. Typically dismissed by the left as mere lunatic hyperbole, there's a vast, dark ideological underside to such warnings.

At an October 30, 2012 pastors rally in Tampa, Florida, with the election only days away, prominent Texas Southern Baptist megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, who in 2011 attacked Mormonism (Mitt Romney's faith) as a cult, informed his audience that failing to stop President Barack Obama from gaining a 2nd term in office would be like failing to stop Hitler and could lead to another Holocaust.

From the far-right fever swamps of the Internet, to the leadership of the potentially revolutionary Christian right, to the heights of elite evangelicalism, at the Fellowship-sponsored yearly National Prayer Breakfast (attended by U.S. presidents since Eisenhower), conservative evangelicals paint a picture of America on the verge of full-blown, left-wing fascism.

Their evidence ? - the Obama Administration's health care reform efforts, including an HHS rule that some religious charities must offer birth control in their healthcare plans. Plus the existence of legalized abortion, and the spread of legal same-sex marriage.

While that might sound insane to American unfamiliar with such culture war tropes, these claims make eminent sense to millions of conservative evangelicals.

Pastor Jeffress' warning, of a looming 2nd Holocaust, was not an aberration - he was merely reinforcing a narrative that has been told to millions of evangelical Christians: from megachurch pulpits, from the pulpit of the Glenn Beck Show, via evangelical broadcast networks, through secular rightwing books and magazine articles, by Internet conspiracy theories.

As I wrote in an early 2010 article published by Zeek, an imprint of the Jewish Daily Forward,

"Who killed Europe’s Jews? Millions on the American evangelical right have grown up believing the culprits were liberals and leftists, homosexuals, evolutionists and atheists, occult worshipers and even Jews themselves. "
While many observers have noted that American culture has split into culturally antagonistic factions, few have noted the extent to which these factions hold wildly conflicting views of reality.

This goes beyond the mere fact that more registered Republicans believe in the possibility of demon possession (68%) than believe that the Earth's climate is warming (48%).

Books like Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism, pseudo-documentaries like MAAFA 21, and of course inflammatory TV and radio monologs Glenn Beck fit into a preexisting uber-narrative in which Hitler and the Brownshirts never cracked the skulls of communists and leftists in Germany's streets because the Nazis were communists, or socialists at least, and gay as well; and all the horrors of World War Two, especially the Holocaust, were natural outgrowths of secular, Darwin-inspired eugenicist thinking. This grand narrative also presents both legal abortion and civil rights for homosexuals as signs of incipient fascism.  

Here are some examples of how these themes are deployed :

-- New Apostolic Reformation prophets such as The Call cofounder Lou Engle warn that legal abortion has caused the holocaust of our time and declare that the death of "fifty million little babies" will require repayment in blood. Before late-term abortionist George Tiller's assassination, Engle compared Tiller to an Auschwitz death camp worker.

-- Evangelical propagandist Scott Lively, author of The Pink Swastika, warns Christians from America, to Africa, to Eastern Europe and Russia that Hitler and his top Nazis were gay, and that homosexuals are, by nature, sociopaths. Lively's ideas have been cited as a key inspiration for Uganda's so-called "kill the gays" bill that has loomed before Uganda's parliament since late 2009.

-- Texas megachurch pastor John Hagee broadcasts to the world that Jewish Rothschild bankers based in Europe control America through the Federal Reserve and are scheming to bankrupt the common man, and declares that Hitler was sent by God, to chase Europe's Jews toward Palestine, the only home God even intended for the Jewish people according to Hagee.

-- Demons under Illuminati sway have have infiltrated liberal churches, says a military pastor whose overseer controlled six to seven percent of active duty pastors in the U.S. military and who toured America in the 1990s promoting anti-government conspiracy theories, broadcast out over TV and radio networks that could in theory reach 10% or so of Americans, in which Bill Clinton was ready to sign the U.S. over to UN control, after which Chinese, German, and UN troops would rampage out from their secret lairs in national parks, to rape, pillage, and round up good Christian citizens, packing them into boxcars en route to secret, razor wire-ringed concentration camps. Behind the plot ? Rothschilds and other Jewish banking families, the Illuminati, and the antichrist.    

Of course, conspiracy narratives are anything but new to American politics - in the 1800 presidential election, New England press and Christian pastors tarred Thomas Jefferson as an infiltrator linked to a dark conspiracy of Illuminati and Freemasons that would bring the horrors of the French Revolution to America. In the 1960s, anticommunist conspiracy theories of the John Birch Society permeated the U.S. far-right.

If anything distinguishes this new evangelical conspiracy oeuvre, it is in the supple, sophisticated quality of its narratives, that can be used at will to selectively attack, scapegoat and demonize targeted populations and organizations - Muslims and liberal Jews, gays, abortionists, liberal Christians, the Federal Reserve and the federal government, the National Park system -- all of which are reduced to minions, witting or not, of a world banker/Illuminati conspiracy that will soon be controlled by an antichrist figure who will kill up to 1/3 of the Earth's population and will be, according to pastor Hagee, homosexual and "at least partially Jewish".      

The intended victims of this vast apocalyptic end-time conspiracy will be, of course, good Christians who must, it goes without saying, arm and organize themselves and be ready, at a moment's notice, to fight back. As I wrote in my Zeek story,

"In 1990 [Pat] Robertson, responding to criticism from the Miami Herald for his involvement in the Florida governor’s race, vented “Do you also have a ghetto chosen to herd the pro-life Catholics and evangelicals into ? Have you designed the appropriate yellow patch that Christians should wear… ?”

[...]

Robertson’s views were no aberration. A video version of the Left Behind series narrative first released in 2001 by John Hagee Ministries, titled “Vanished - In the twinkling of an eye,” portrays born-again Christians suffering their own “Kristallnacht” in which gays, Jews, and Catholics, led by the Antichrist, attack born-again Christians and set their churches ablaze. One burning church is identified as being in Berlin."

In the 1990s, such prophetic warnings helped give rise to the militia movement. But, largely unnoticed even by acknowledged experts who study the growth of the militant far right, starting in the late 1980s evangelicals, some with relatively high-level military backgrounds, began crisscrossing America warning of a looming, eliminationist dictatorship. Their tales were as shocking as they were unprovable - twenty thousand Chinese boxcars, fitted out with shackles and guillotines, had arrived at a West Coast port, ready for the great round up. Trust us, these former military evangelicals told their audience, We've seen it with our own eyes..

Their warnings went out via videocassettes and tapes, by fax machine and small-scale radio and television broadcast networks, sometimes even by growing evangelical broadcast networks too. Then, the rise of the Internet made the project far easier.

Former Undersecretary of Defense William Boykin was only the latest in a two and a half decade long lineage, when he stated, in a video promoted by the New Apostolic Reformation group The Oak Initiative, "Remember Hitler had the brown shirts and in the night of the long knives even Hitler got scared of the brown shirts and killed thousands of them...", then claimed that Obama's healthcare legislation was,

"laying the groundwork for a constabulary force that will control the population in America.  You need to understand that this is happening in America and its fits the model that has been used when societies move to Marxism."
Why are so many conservative evangelicals hostile to the federal government ? One possible reason is the cumulative impact of such conspiracy theory narratives, which function like a CIA style infowar destabilization campaign, but directed against the United States government itself.    

This essay continues here, at Talk To Action

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  •  Can I just say, "FUCK YOU" (8+ / 0-)

    To these assholes. They're the ones willing to send 40,000 people a year to their deaths from lack of health care. Hundreds of women DIE from pregnancy in this country and they want to make that number higher. In every possible way they want to kill more people and they have the nerve, the audacity, to claim Obama is like Hitler? Fuck them all with rusty garden implements. Sideways.

    Attention rich bastards, this is real important,
    I thought you might want to know
    That $5,000 suits don't hide your 5¢ souls.

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 11:51:16 AM PST

  •  These assholes can go fuck themselves (4+ / 0-)
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    Troutfishing, CherryTheTart, sfbob, NonnyO

    They get away with this because they think we're "nice."

    "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

    by CFAmick on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 11:53:24 AM PST

    •  They also get away with it because... (18+ / 0-)

      ...respectable evangelicals, the ones with intellectual pedigrees and pretense to honesty, don't call them out on it.

      •  they also get away with it because (8+ / 0-)

        few other people in public life call them out on it, or even pay sufficient attention to know that there is something to call them out on in the first place.  I think the neglect is so bad, we can't even really say that anyone is getting away with anything. We encourage it by pretending its not there -- or if it is, it doesn't really matter anyway. Move along, nothing to see here...

      •  what I don't get is: (2+ / 0-)
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        From your link to Huff Poo:  "...the Alliance Defending Freedom, which considers the regulations unconstitutional government intrusion..."

        What kind of twisted logic can they possibly come up with, to claim that the privilege of tax exemption is also exempt from any requirement to refrain from partisan campaigning?  In effect they are lobbying for the privilege of conducting campaigns while receiving a taxpayer subsidy.  The phrase that comes to mind for that is "freeloaders and moochers."

        The answer to this one is simple: churches are free to engage in all the partisan campaigns they want, but not with taxpayer subsidy.  They can have one or the other but not both.

        Though if it was up to me, there should be no tax exemptions for any institutions, only for charitable and educational activity as such, regardless of which institution carries out that activity.

        Get a call from GOP GOTV? Talk their ear off! Keep 'em busy! Plus one long call to a progressive = minus two or three calls to undecideds!

        by G2geek on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 02:45:10 PM PST

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        •  No tax exemptions. (2+ / 0-)
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          Religion concerns me because these groups seem to want to use this as a loophole to drive an agenda of oppressive political organization.  They're highly motivated to do this.

          If they want to politically organize against unions and the working person, then they should have to pay the same taxes a union member or a worker has to pay.

          Anything else would leave the playing field uneven, and unfair.

        •  Then there is... (1+ / 0-)
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          G2geek

          ... the "office of faith-based initiatives" that was set up with an executive order by Dumbya to run out of the White House and expanded by Obama [the "Constitutional scholar" let us all down by not abolishing the office on grounds of separation of church and state].

          The office means religions have a foot in the door to their ultimate goal of having a national religion.  (Which one is not discussed now, but which one would it be?  Or do we change religions every four or eight years?)  To find out what happens when the state controls religion or becomes as powerful as the Vatican which used to control the countries via religion, or acknowledge a state religion brings with it death, torture, and wars for religious causes, they'd have to have some knowledge of history..., but they refuse to educate themselves.

          As a nation, our weak-kneed elected "leaders" are allowing the religious reichwingnuts to control the national discourse for making laws based on a minority religion's misogyny.  The elected "leaders" fear saying anything to these fucking morons for fear of hurting their widdle itty bitty fweelings 'cuz they'll throw a temper tantrum and scream that their rights to preach their religion is a free speech thing..., without recognizing that those who hold a different view are being polite by letting these uneducated, bigoted, misogynistic morons run off at the mouth, but those who disagree and have a more common sense view of the world based on truth and rational thought processes also matter, and they also deserve as much free air time as the reichwingnuts.  Worse, Moronic Media gives these reichwingnuttia arseholes free air time!  Shame on them!

          I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

          by NonnyO on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 11:16:56 PM PST

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          •  oooh, that was just friggin' brilliant: (1+ / 0-)
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            What you said, minus the parentheses, plus added emphasis:

            "Which one is not discussed now, but which one would it be?  Or do we change religions every four or eight years?"

            OK, this is what we need to do:

            Promote a movement to vote for a national religion every four years.

            Promote a Constitutional amendment.  

            Make it look totally serious.  

            Every four years we vote for a national religion, and that one gets full government support from taxpayers plus its own church built in any town that doesn't have one.   Plus a bunch of space on the FM radio dial (they've already taken over the left end of the dial where there used to be college stations, so this will call attention to that).  

            If we do this right, we'll get various extreme-right churches jumping on the bandwagon.  

            If we're particularly successful it'll start to grow with some real seriousness behind it.

            And if THAT doesn't start the backlash to beat all backlashes, then we deserve what we get;-)

            Get a call from GOP GOTV? Talk their ear off! Keep 'em busy! Plus one long call to a progressive = minus two or three calls to undecideds!

            by G2geek on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 05:41:04 AM PST

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            •  ;-) Ooooh, funny! (0+ / 0-)

              'Cept what we deserve is ZERO mentions of religion in politics or referencing religion in political campaigns or about the religion of various political candidates..., and MORE mentions of the Constitution saying there is 'no religious test to hold office' and the First Amendment's 'separation of church and state.'  The US Constitution is a secular document for a secular nation with secular leaders and their religion(s) are meaningless.  THAT needs to be emphasized.

              Unfortunately, what you're proposing is just what the reichwingnuttia types would take seriously.  Hell, they'd start an actual civil war over religion if they had their way!

              In an attempt to educate the cretins (not easy to educate those who refuse to learn; it's their right to refuse to learn new things, but it's difficult to deal with the willfully ignorant who don't know the difference between personal opinion and FACTS):  Add Jefferson's other writing to reinforce separation of church and state (much of it online on educational web sites so it can be looked up and read), and if they really want to find out some FACTS about early American history, they need to study the contemporary colonial New England writers who were battling things out regarding imposing religion on others and how Rhode Island was the only refuge for religiously oppressed people - Quakers, in particular, some of whom were my ancestors, two of whom signed the Portsmouth Compact, and one married into my family and he had been whipped in MA... et cetera and so on and so forth.  The Separatists of the Mayflower who settled in Plymouth didn't care much about imposing their religion on others (some were not religious at all, in fact, and had not been part of the Separatists in Leyden) as much as those who came later who were quite vicious in their religious denunciations of anyone who wasn't part of their group.  They spawned the people who eventually hung the Salem witches.

              The mere mention of religion is enough to get everyone off on side tracks and discussing their ideas and opinions about religion instead of discussing genuine issues that matter, especially Moronic Media who is so easily led by the nose and become gleeful when the new shiny objects are dangled in front of their faces.

              Giving money to religions or religious "leaders" to be part of the 'faith-based initiatives' advisory board is, IMNSHO, a travesty that needs to be remedied by following the Constitution and eliminating religion of any and every kind from government and government functions..., including, BTW, the presidential oath of office as written in the US Constitution which does NOT include the words "so help me god."  It could be argued that adding that phrase invalidates the secular oath as it was written - if one wanted to point out that we need to follow the Constitution to the letter.  (Who pays their salaries of these "religious advisers" - who are listed in the Wiki article about the 'office of faith-based initiatives' - and where does the money come from?  If the money comes from our tax dollars, that's unconstitutional.)

              I'm fed up to here (indicating way above my head), drowning in the religious shite that's been shoveled the last twelve years in particular, and it's getting worse every day, it seems.  I'm bored senseless with the topic, and having read the constitution, know it's pointless to talk about something that should never be mentioned in connection with our government or political leaders.  It's totally irrelevant.  So, when religion in politics is mentioned day after day after day after day, I become angry at the stupidity of those who insist on talking about something that the constitution did not take seriously..., so why should we?

              I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

              by NonnyO on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 12:50:55 PM PST

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  •  Jesus called these folks... (6+ / 0-)

    ..."a brood of vipers."  Then they killed him.

    "The opposite of faith is not doubt. It's certainty."

    by Simul Iustus et Peccator on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 11:57:16 AM PST

  •  Have at thee, Fundies! (3+ / 0-)
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    I come bearing the sword of mild and mostly toothless regulation of Wall St and a somewhat higher tax rate for the upper income brackets!

    What a holocaust!

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    by The Dead Man on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 11:59:06 AM PST

  •  Thank for this important reporting (8+ / 0-)

    The religious right seems to have erased our own history where the North American holocaust was carried out, in part, in the name of so-called "Christian" values vs. native faiths of various kinds.

    Racism in evangelical churches has been swept under the rug for a long time.  One potential upside is that these preachers, in their naked lust for power, are showing themselves for who they have been all along.

    We might just be surprised how many progressive evangelical communities there already are, and we might see a surge in new church groups that will repudiate such irrational hatred that has made for such odd coalitions.

    I'm surprised that new displays of their raw drive for political power can still shock me.

  •  Religion is a conspiracy theory (0+ / 0-)

    This isn't all that surprising.  Consider for a moment that religion proposes a young earth, which scientists hide, a soul which evidence denies, and a god who is the supreme height of morality yet whose works are evil.

    The thing about conspiracy theories is that if you believe in one, more become tempting.  It's why I generally argue against any conspiracy theories.

    Oh, and as for the 'everything that makes no sense is symbolism' crowd, your religion is not a conspiracy theory, so what I said does not apply to you.

    •  Uh ... >:| (3+ / 0-)

      You don't get to say "religion is a conspiracy theory" and then add "oh but I didn't mean yours."

      Well, I mean, obviously you do get to say it, but it kinda makes you look like a jerkface.

      •  From the perspective of this skeptic, they are. (0+ / 0-)

        I don't understand how one could abandon large segments as mere 'symbolism', yet keep other bits.  It seems strange to abandon broad segments, yet keep others.  Imagine if the 9/11 Truthers did that.  Would people who take them seriously now still take them seriously?

        Religion makes no sense to me, but I do understand that there are broad segments of the religious community who basically ignore anything that makes no sense.  I don't understand what value the religion can possibly have at that point.

        People who want me to accept a conspiracy theory, and people who would like me to accept a religion both have the same quality of argument and evidence.  They're basically both equally justified.

        If someone doesn't care if I accept their religious views, then the comparison obviously falls apart.  But they still usually promote their beliefs to others (their children, other peoples' children, for instance).  Lacking good justification for a belief matters, because it makes the belief not reasonable, unfounded.

        It makes a whole lot of sense to me, in this context, that the religious community should become insular against reason, and rampant with wild conspiracies completely contradictory to reality.  From my perspective, it's merely a feature of the animal, not an aberrant behavior.

        It's hard for me to distinguish between conspiracy theories and religions.  Scientology would be one of the best in-between examples I could probably give you.

        If I look like a jerk, that's fine.  I have it on good authority and from multiple sources that I deserve eternal torture anyway.  All I really want is to have an opinion that can be understood.

        I hope this clarifies my thoughts for you.

        •  Oh, that's not where I have a problem. (0+ / 0-)

          I can respect an argument that religions, like conspiracy theories, attract followers who are willing to believe things without proof.  There's certainly a basis for comparison, at least.  I don't agree with that assessment, but I could respect it enough to enter into a discussion about it.

          What makes you look like a jerk is trying to sidestep any counter-examples by saying "well, if what I just said doesn't apply to your religion, then I didn't mean your religion" ... after making a blanket statement about religion.

          Either state at the outset that this is something you've observed in some religions, or make your statement about all religions and then stand by it.

          •  Conspiracy theories and people. (0+ / 0-)

            That particular statement was intended as mild snark.  I thought I clarified that in my followup.

            It was the same sort of thing where one talks about how stupid everyone who does 'x' is, then says, "Of course I don't mean you.  I mean other people, out of listening range."

            That's a pretty common sort of sentiment to express when one's opinion is controversial.

            I generally take it for granted that religious people reading comments on dailykos support teaching evolution and support science-based policies.  The fact that we may disagree on some minor point is really of little consequence to me.  We still do disagree, but I'm willing to overlook those very (very) mild conspiracy theories, if we still agree about the important things.

            For instance, I am good friends with a democrat who believes the government is covering up alien visitation evidence.  It's still ridiculous nonsense that he believes it, but I don't generally want to waste my time talking with him about it.  I'd prefer he doesn't believe that, so I do discuss it sometimes, but that's not really all that important in the political sphere.

            What matters is that he and I pretty much agree in everything that matters for good public policy.  Sure, he accepts this conspiracy theory as something valid (which it is not), but if I ever do talk to him about conspiracy theories like that, I have to be careful not to offend him, lest he thinks I'm trying to pick a fight with him.

            He thinks the 9/11 Truthers are just as stupid as I think they are.  But he's offended if I refer to his pet beliefs as a conspiracy theory, and group them in with those.  The fact that he accepts a conspiracy theory?  Well, nothing much I can do about that, but he does.  His belief in alien visitation is equally as justified as '9/11 inside job' Truthers.  The classification is based on the merit of the claims made, and both groups often use the same flawed arguments for their position.

            In short, I do consider all religions (yes, even those) to be conspiracy theories.

            If you disagree, then that's fine.  I don't want to get into an argument over whether the classification is true.  All I was really hoping for is for my perspective to make sense to others.

            I was stating my observations about the phenomena in general.  Conspiracy theories encourage other conspiracy theories, and since religion is a conspiracy theory, it gently encourages others to crop up and develop.

            This mostly appears to have taken hold in the right-wing segment of religion.  Lots of people (like my ufo friend) can accept one ridiculous idea without having it impact the rest of their life.  It doesn't necessarily mean they're a bad person (or crazy).  I would suppose that most religious people here are like that.

            •  Ah, okay. Fair enough. (1+ / 0-)
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              Yeah, I didn't get that you meant it as snark -- I thought it was a genuine attempt at CYA.

              Anyway, yes, I disagree, but I'm okay with disagreeing if you are.  :)

              •  Certainly fine. I've had the same reaction before. (1+ / 0-)
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                I've had my own conflicts with others that 'those guys' aren't true christians, or that mormons are 'different' from other religious groups and 'not like us'.  Like, more bad or something, by definition.

                I think I do understand your reaction, which is why I tried to clarify things.  I've felt that same thing myself towards similar sentiments, which happen to be non-sarcastic.

                Surprisingly, it appears text continues to be a poor medium to communicate sarcasm.

                Anyway, it's been nice talking with you.

    •  not all religion proposes a young Earth etc. (1+ / 0-)
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      The whole "young earth" thread in Christianity can be traced to one preacher in the late 1800s or early 1900s, who worked his way back from all the "begets and begats" in the Bible.  It was bad scriptural analysis then, and it still is, but it's turned into a movement on the part of people whose brains can't grasp large numbers, paid for by people whose brains readily grasp the large numbers on their balance sheets.  

      The mainstream of Christianity makes no such claims, nor does it make claims about the "end times," considering all such things to be deeper mysteries and thereby having no problem when science steps in with data and rational theories.

      Hinduism is historically comfortable with large numbers, and places the origins of the universe at a point that translates from Sanskrit to English as "billions" of years ago.  

      Most other religions have creation myths set in a time/space context that is given as being outside of our present normal time/space.  Beliefs with ancient roots preceding European contact, such as those of the Australian aborigines who speak of "the dreamtime" as the context of the origin of the universe, often make that explicit.  Here again, no inherent reason for them to object to science elucidating the origins of the physical universe.

      It does the vast majority of humans no good to extrapolate from one peculiar strain that is uniquely American, to generalize about all others, any more than it does with regard to food preferences.  

      Get a call from GOP GOTV? Talk their ear off! Keep 'em busy! Plus one long call to a progressive = minus two or three calls to undecideds!

      by G2geek on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 02:30:44 PM PST

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  •  bascially, projection. (5+ / 0-)

    these are things they want to do to us.

    they want to line every gay person up and shoot them.

    they hate liberals.

    they're racist as hell.

    This is all projection. It's what they want to do to us.

    pseudoscience can kill

    by terrypinder on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 01:04:15 PM PST

  •  Tipped, Rec'd, & Hotlisted (0+ / 0-)

    The more I know about these reichwingnut crazies, the more I know that there is an increasing number of people in this country who participate in mass hysteria willingly..., and the newer converts to reichwingnuttia since '01 are rabid in their denouncement of sanity and rational thinking processes.

    I.do.not.understand.the.mindset.

    As I've said since '01 when the fearmongering and massive amounts of lies became "reality": If I had youth, my health, and money, I'd emigrate, give up my citizenship, and not look back.  I really can't abide the fact that so many Americans have willingly given up their rational thought processes.

    At one time I was dumbfounded and used to ask "Why?"  I got zero truthful or rational answers in response.

    I no longer care why.  At some point people must grow up and take responsibility for their thoughts, even if they have only believed lies and irrational things because of brainwashing and their own desperate desire to be part of some artificial group of people.  There has to be a point at which some of them can spontaneously shed the scales over their eyes and see the truth for what it is and emerge from their cocoon of lies.

    If not... too bad, so sad, but it's not my responsibility to force them to see truths they refuse to see or learn.  Once they're hooked on kool-aid, only they can break free..., and only if they want to.

    Still, I'm heartily sick and tired of these cretins who label themselves "religious leaders" spew their hatred and lies, lies, and more lies in front of church congregations and on TV every Sunday.

    Ick.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 11:01:52 PM PST

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