Why Fundamentalist Christians Fear Intellectualism By Mark Sandlin – For a Fundamentalist Christian, the protective walls around their core beliefs are tall and rigid and with good reason. We have to keep in mind, these core beliefs are so much more than ideas or ideals, they are identification and identity. Who we understand ourselves to be is formed around them. When you challenge a specific belief you are also, in small part, challenging the person’s understanding of who they are.
For Fundamentalist Christians, it is even more complicated than just that. In both direct and subtle ways, they believe their salvation, at least in part, is dependent upon being correct on issues of faith.
Intellectualism invites the constant assessment of the “correctness” of a person’s belief system. That’s dangerous ground for a fundamentalist Christian. When you confront them on a particular belief you are not only confronting them on an idea that they have held to more rigidly for a longer time than most other folks but you are confronting the very core of who they understand themselves to be. For them, it is those core beliefs upon which their salvation hangs in the balance, at least in part. Questioning it doesn’t just question the thought but, for them, it puts into question a lifetime of holding on tightly to that thought.
Nothing to do with Jesus By John Pierce, Personal Reflections – One significant revelation in this endless political season has been the clear disclosure of “the Christian right” as a political movement having nothing to do with Jesus. Absolutely nothing. And it never has.
It’s always been about power, and political pushback rooted in a growing fear of diversity and overall change. Yet it gets bundled up and baptized in the language of faith.
It is more effective that way. Yet, in the final analysis, it is not and has never been about Jesus. Political fundamentalism of religious-right leaders like Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson and James Dobson offers a perverted gospel that exploits the anxieties of their gullible followers, seeks greater access to power and reduces the Christian message to mere politics of fear and exclusion.
‘Colonel’ behind the “caging” attack on Black voters in North Carolina exposed – RFK Jr.: “A felony crime.” The bigger purge by same group could flip the US Senate. by Greg Palast Investigative reporter Palast wrote Rolling Stone’s recent exposé, The GOP’s Stealth War Against Voters.
While the rest of the press is shocked that white North Carolina vigilantes are using racially-poisonous trickery to knock more than 6,700 Black citizens off the voter rolls, we already have the ringleader of the scheme on camera boasting of his election-snatching tactics.
The NAACP has identified the Voter Integrity Project of Raleigh, North Carolina, as the organization directing the mass mailings to voters in minority communities. When the letters marked “Do Not Forward” were returned to vigilante citizens guided by VIP, the group’s frontmen then challenged the Black citizens’ right to vote. Republican officials then quickly removed these voters from the rolls despite the lack of any evidence that any are fraudulent voters. – The Right to Vote Under Attack: The Campaign to Keep Millions of Americans from the Ballot Box By Right Wing Watch Staff
Voter suppression helped make Donald Trump president — now he’ll make it worse – President Trump will get at least one Supreme Court pick and maybe more. That’s devastating for voter rights By AMANDA MARCOTTE – Donald Trump is going to be president. That not only means he will be able to fill former justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat on the Supreme Court, but he will also quite likely get to replace one of the liberal members of the court, such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg (age 83) or Stephen Breyer (age 78). As I previously reported, same-sex marriage and to a lesser extent abortion rights are both shielded from immediate legal threats, thanks to protections offered by previous Supreme Court decisions.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of voting rights, which are in serious and pressing danger from a Trump presidency. “It’s not the apocalypse yet,” Dale Ho, the director of the voting rights project at the American Civil Liberties Union, explained over the phone. “It could be the apocalypse. I’m not going to say it’s not going to be the apocalypse. But on voting, we’re obviously not in as good a position as we expected to be in, and we’re going to have to wait and see.” – North Carolina GOP Brags Racist Voter Suppression Is Working – and They’re Right. Early voting data confirms that blacks in the swing state aren’t voting as much as in 2012 – not for a lack of enthusiasm or effort, but because of rules designed to stop them. by JAY MICHAELSON
Pastor John Hagee: ‘Atheism Has Never Healed a Disease’ by Pastor John Hagee has a habit of railing against things he really doesn’t understand. Like the Harry Potter series and Ouija boards and rock music.
In a sermon delivered last weekend, Hagee explained how atheism is intellectually and morally bankrupt… and that it has never cured a disease (implying, strangely, that “Christianity” can): The Bible says: “The fool hath said in his heart ‘There is no God’.” Atheists say there is no God. Let me tell you that atheism has never painted a masterpiece. Atheism has never dispelled fear. Atheism has never healed a disease; faith in God has, but not atheism. Atheism has never given anyone piece of mind. Atheism has never dried a tear. Atheism has never given an intellectual answer to the creation. Atheism is bankrupt and empty; it’s brain dead.
MIKE PENCE WILL BE THE MOST POWERFUL CHRISTIAN SUPREMACIST IN U.S. HISTORY By Jeremy Scahill – THE ELECTION OF Donald Trump has sent shock waves through the souls of compassionate, humane people across the country and the world. Horror that a candidate who ran on a platform of open bigotry, threats against immigrants and Muslims, and blatant misogyny will soon be president is now sinking in.
Trump appointed a white nationalist, Steve Bannon, as chief White House strategist — which was promptly celebrated by the American Nazi Party and the Ku Klux Klan. Bannon and other possible extremist Trump appointees, such as John Bolton, a neocon who believes the U.S. should “bomb Iran,” and the authoritarian Rudy Giuliani, are now receiving much deserved public scrutiny. – American evangelical Christians have created a terror state for gays in Uganda By
An Insider’s View: The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural America. In deep-red white America, the white Christian God is king. By Forsetti’s Justice / AlterNet – As the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, working-class, fly-over America.”
Trump supporters are saying this. Progressive pundits are saying this. Talking heads across all forms of the media are saying this. Even some Democratic leaders are saying this. It doesn’t matter how many people say it, it is complete bullshit. It is an intellectual/linguistic sleight of hand meant to throw attention away from the real problem.
The real problem isn’t east coast elites who don’t understand or care about rural America. The real problem is rural America doesn’t understand the causes of their own situations and fears and they have shown no interest in finding out. They don’t want to know why they feel the way they do or why they are struggling because they don’t want to admit it is in large part because of choices they’ve made and horrible things they’ve allowed themselves to believe.