fundamentalism

Why Is Sex So Important To The Religious Right?

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"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 ...

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Weekend Special: Religious Right Politicians Must Go!

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"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 government

President 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 ...

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The Rhetoric of American Fundamentalism Fuels White Supremacy

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"We will not be turned around by the religion of hatred, bigotry, and bias." -- Cornell William Brooks, NAACP National President, today

 "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 Dominick

Heinous 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 ...

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The Christian Fundamentalist’s Erotic Dream

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"[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, ...

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Scalia’s Cry for Help: Impeach Me!

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The most recent insanity expressed by United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: …[T]he separation of church and state “doesn’t mean the government cannot favor religion over non-religion.” …[S]ecularists concern over the overreach of religion into the government and every aspect of the public sphere is “utterly absurd” ... …[T]he Constitution’s only obligation is to protect Christian’s [sic] freedom of religion and was never intended to protect Americans from religious imposition. The only pronouncement from Scalia that could be considered rational: I'm guilty of sedition. I am guilty of putting my religious fundamentalism ahead of all reason and justice. Impeach me, please! Like an errant child, ...

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