It could be because I’ve got a lot of time on my hands, or it could be that I’m listening to what Dave and I once to referred to as “Satan’s CD” recently, but I feel the need to return to some of my old writing and give an olde fashion rant.
This rant was inspired by an interview I heard on Fresh air with the journalist Max Blumenthal. I found the interview to be scary as hell. Having known some of these extreme right wingers I can attest to their intense levels of crazy. If you would like — strike that– you SHOULD listen to this interview. Once your done, you can check out these videos on
Ok, enough of the linkage.
I’ll start by confessing that I didn’t only grow up Republican, but once consider my self one. I have also had links, long ago, to an Evangelical Christian group called “Young Life”. My split came with this group while I was dating a bisexual girl and was doing a lot of thinking around the idea of whether or not being gay was a sin, meaning it was a choice, or if one was just born being attracted to someone of the same sex. My feeling at the time was that it didn’t matter. What did matter was that we were called by god to love our neighbors as ourselves. (When I think about that in correlation to this quote by Ike, the Christian right’s attitude towards gays make perfect sense.) With that, the group changed their meeting time and place. They couldn’t even find the courage to confront me head on, or save me for that matter.
I digress. The truth is, there is still part of that Republican streak in me. My biggest beef with the party is that it has been hijacked by what is referred to as “The Christian Right”. I don’t believe these people are Republicans, or even democrats (as in people who support Democracy as a form of government) for that matter. What people like Pat Robertson, Dobson and the thankfully late Jerry Falwell. It is their goal to build a society build the law Leviticus. This is NO different than the legion of sheet wearing loonies in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan who want to establish a kaliphate throughout the Middle East.
In my opinion this is the biggest threat facing our nation. Health care is just the cover for it. These people are threat to the fabric of America. They want to bandy about the intentions of the founders and how the founders where Christians escaping religious persecution are full of shit. The founders had seen first hand the horrors of the integration of church and state.
Actually…I’m so frustrated by this that I can’t write, speak, or think.
I have tried to defend, or make the case for my turn to agnosticism. I have attempt to make the case for the good that religion can do. I now have to admit that I just can’t see it. I have never ever thought of moving to another country because of who was or who maybe elected. But after listening to this interview, I strongly thought about moving to another…more rational country.
These horrible, belligerent people are intent on blasting us back to the dark ages. Human advancement was stymied by the church during the Renaissance. You want to know where you jet car is? Religion took it from you with the fear of death that kept good science under wraps. I know that’s a silly example. My brain is short circuiting from frustration.