News of Note

The Religious Right’s Last Stand

Editorial Cartoon by Joe Wolf Flickr/creative commons

Back now from a few days meditation on the shifting political sands brought about by recent Supreme Court rulings (healthcaremarriage, and against gerrymandering) and other intersecting events, such as  President Obama's Eulogy for Clementa Pickney. I've been soaking in all that has been written about this extraordinary week and how it relates to the future fortunes of the religious right. You can catch up with the last few weeks of my posts which have focused exclusively on the religious right, and in particular the dominionist, political-religious philosophy that ...

Read More

Scalia Just Outed Himself as Secret Dominionist

Poster of Justice Antonin Scalia by Mike Licht, yesterday Flickr/creative commons

In his dissenting opinion to today's Supreme Court decision that has made marriage equality the law of the land, Justice Antonin Scalia was very emotional and just as dissembled as he was yesterday after the American Care Act was upheld, and many days before. But his few court-published words this morning in particular make them tower in importance because they are so succinctly self-incriminating (something I like to call self-repudiation). "Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court." I recently posited that ...

Read More

On the Anniversary of Custer’s Last Stand, the Religious Right Implodes

Major G. A. Custer Flickr/creative commons

Self-repudiation: (def.) the ability to shoot one's self in the foot by one's own words and deeds.

Custer was part of a murderous US political-military strategy that wiped out 95% of the indigenous First Peoples. Pause to think about today's survivors and how they see the American flag's stars and stripes as a relic of terrorism and racism, just as much as we are trying to make the flag of the confederacy disappear. Today the progeny of these religious European expansionists continues attempts to silence (perhaps not be murder) nearly as many of us because we don't ...

Read More

Why Is Sex So Important To The Religious Right?

by Lucas Cobb Flickr/creative commons

"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

Cash and Carry Religion

by P.O. Arnas Flickr/creative commons

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

The Sordid Money Trail of the Religious Right

images

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

The Insanity of the Religious Right

Screen Shot 2015-06-20 at 1.33.58 PM

"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

Weekend Special: Religious Right Politicians Must Go!

by Steve Rhodes Flickr/creative commons

"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 ...

Read More

The Rhetoric of American Fundamentalism Fuels White Supremacy

by Martin Prochnik Flickr/creative commons

"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 ...

Read More

The Christian Fundamentalist’s Erotic Dream

by Chicago Man Flickr/creative commons

"[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