"The laws regulating people’s sexual behavior originated in the interpretation of the Bible and religious texts by some citizens, providing the rationale for government intrusion in other citizens’ private lives," wrote Robert Levine.I have long posited that the anti-science, anti-women, anti-LGBT, and xenophobic aggression coming from the religious right springs from something very deep inside these white men, a place of sexual repression and fear so great that they dare not examine it closely. Just as much as they seem to abhor legislating human rights and equality, the monster they fear the most is their own self -- what ... Read More›
American Fundamentalists are succeeding in denying science and establishing punishing, religion-based legislation for one reason only. They have wisely aligned themselves with interests of corporate profiteers. The scheme is as old as time, and today's clearest example of this unholy marriage of religion and money is an organization called The Family (aka The Fellowship), something I have been writing about here for weeks. Like all cults of its ilk, The Family carries forth the dominionism doctrine, brought here by the Puritans. Dominionism is a political and religious philosophy calling for the end of the rule of law and the ...Read More›
Wistfully, I recall presidential candidate John F. Kennedy speaking before a skeptical audience of Protestant clergy in 1960 who had been questioning whether his Roman Catholic faith would allow him to make important national decisions as president independent of the church.
"I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote …"
Asked, and answered. The last presidential candidate to do so.On Saturday as part ... Read More›
"Religious liberty – the right to worship freely, and safely – is evidence of a thriving democracy. Roof threatened that because he first threatened the equal rights of black Americans. It’s not the other way around." Detached From Reality, Religious Right Claims Charleston Massacre is Proof of Anti-Christian Bias (Sarah Jones, Americans United for Separation of Church and State)We always have to tip our hat to Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (au.org) in hitting the nail on the head. And thank authors such as Jeff ... Read More›
"I wish I could say more about it, but it's working precisely because it works." -- President Ronald Reagan in 1985 referring to The Family (aka The Fellowship), the large, secret dominionist cult, operating at your expense throughout our governmentPresident George W. Bush received and still receives all of his spiritual counseling from a Family member. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia prays regularly with Family members, as did former Justice William Rehnquist, and no doubt others. "Praying" in groups is what the Family calls a meeting, since its members are primarily profiteers who don't even have to be christian to join ... Read More›
"We need to look at our country's original sin. Our founding fathers were liberators from the crown but they didn't liberate black folks." -- Radio Host, Peter DominickHeinous acts such as what transpired this week in Charleston, South Carolina, underscore the role christian fundamentalism plays in the culture of white supremacy. Although there are some non-white fundamentalists, it is their white counterparts, the majority, who are primarily engaged in ... Read More›
"[T]he erotic dream of Amreican fundamentalism: a restoration of chivalry, a cleansing of impurity, a nation without sin, an empire of the personal as political." From Jeff Sharlet's The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power (2009)This dream is especially important to understand, particularly as we await the pending Supreme Court decision that is likely to authorize federal same-sex marriage without interference from the states. Either way the court goes, this singular decision promises to further divide the christian right from everyone else. This dream, this sexual fantasy, helps explain the root of the intense, ... Read More›
The large and secretive dominionist cult called The Family (aka The Fellowship), through the agency of thousands of its American members, view foreign nations, especially developing nations, as more fertile ground than Main Street to pursue their culture wars, but it goes so much deeper than that. Practically every country in the world has been targeted by The Family to be made over as experiments in faith-based initiatives aimed at establishing theocratic regimes throughout the world for one purpose: to reap maximum profits for their members, who don't even have to be christian as long as they fulfill ...Read More›
"The love of power--world changing power, messianic power--is not an American invention; but our civil religion, the belief that such a move can coexist peacefully with both God and democracy is." [Jeff Sharlet, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power (2009)] Following up my related posts last week (linked below), here is the first in a promised series of short articles attempting a rounded introduction to The Family (aka The Fellowship) in the form of Opinion-Editorials for educational purposes. I crave your feedback and participation. If you are not already familiar with ...Read More›
I will be continuing in this space to demonstrate how American Dominionism -- a political and religious philosophy calling for the end of rule of law and replacing it with (their skewed version of) "god's law" -- is poisoning our democracy with a total disregard for the separation of church and state. Today, I would like you, if you haven't already, to become familiar with and support the great work being done by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (au.org). Their website is a must-read for anyone who cares how our democracy is being ...Read More›