In America, even though sixty-two percent of us understand climate change and its ramifications for life on this planet, we still have a government that denies the problem. Out of that majority of Americans that understand the problem, there are believers among that group who still think God almighty will take care of it. It is why we are losing our place in the world, we've embraced pretend to an extent that reality is doubted.
Science is taking a back seat to wishful thinking, logic and critical thinking are thrown by the wayside, and miracles are common. We think that religion is losing its sway on the populace - and it has been - but now we live in a country where the separation of church and state is failing. As those in charge increase funding for charter schools that exist outside of the public school system, the religious fight back. Conservative Christians are gleeful about the very real possibility that they will now be able to brainwash our children by concentrating on Christian values instead of their education.
It is very apparent that religion has risen to fight back against the rise of non-believers in the country. Where else do states/municipalities help build Noah's Ark? Even while failing it still is perverting the minds of thousands of children. Dinosaurs and man living together, man always existing in his present form, every ridiculous lie that is screamed into our lives; God will be obeyed. Everything that religion promotes is a fantasy. Every time someone accepts the fantasy, America's collective intelligence takes a dive.
Religion makes believers lazy. Tragedy? Send your prayers. Nothing that I know of so simply satisfies a human need. No need to grab a hammer and help rebuild, no need to send food or funds to those in need, God will take care of it. If he doesn't it's because he has a plan bitches. Maybe you think that plan has helped you, well hallelujah brothers and sisters! Maybe it hasn't helped you, well there's a plan. No worries, everything will be taken care of, everything is as it should be, amen.
The resurgence, or at least out of the closet, of racism that is dividing America, comes straight from the heart of Jesus land. The southern states that are riddled with poverty, overwhelmed by churches and love for the Confederacy, are just another aspect of the horrors derived from religion. Keep us divided by color, race, ethnicity, belief; religion is the epicenter of the country's unrest.
This cloud of belief is a problem for the world. It perverts our natural humanity, it suppresses our intellect, it is destroying what man could and should be; a force of nature that understands the world and takes care of life and the planet. But then again, even if we delve into reality it would be hard to suppress our animal instincts. We're pretty much assholes even without religion, but at least we may have a chance.
This is a familiar topic for non-believers. No matter how many times it is reiterated, it doesn't change anything. Religion is destroying the world and we can only watch. We are observers of a world gone mad.
Neal's dope is the convenience of invoking terms that take the place of actual knowledge. So very theological of Neal to do that, though Neal's approach is out of style.
'Today, the gaze is forensic.'
(Rosi Braidotti, Deleuze and Law: Forensic Futures)
A stupid country with an overabundance of stupid believers leads us to vote for President Paper Towel who is more concerned with his feelings than the world we live in...
WaPo: “And as Tillerson has traveled the globe, Trump believes his top diplomat often seems more concerned with what the world thinks of the United States than with tending to the president’s personal image.”
Thanks Doone for the NRA logo, That's a keeper.
Good one doone!
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
A real asshole there.......no brainer which one!
Nope. I believe that one would top everyone, but of course that's the way he likes it, the best asshole over anyone else.
Hardware and the prevalence of guns can’t be separated from culture. The two underpin and catalyze each other. Guns have been embedded in American culture, particularly though not exclusively rural culture, for centuries. But what we might call extreme gun ownership – individuals owning large numbers of often quasi-military firearms – is quite new. The mass casualty shooting is no longer a random freak out by a troubled person: it’s an established American idiom of violence, a way certain people choose to make a statement to the society at large.
You’ve probably seen the statistics.
78% of Americans own no guns.
3% own fully 50% of the firearms in the country.
The remainder are owned by the other 19%. Half the privately owned weapons in the world are in the United States, which accounts for about 5% of the global population. Would a ban on “assault weapons” prevent a depressed man from killing himself with the handgun he’s owned for twenty years? Of course, not. But the fact that we have vastly more gun suicides in the US is obviously due to the fact that guns are easy to buy, almost totally unregulated and pervasive, familiar and embedded in our culture. The idea of firearms is deeply embedded in many Americans understanding of their own identity, their sense of their safety and even the way they face or contemplate their own deaths. All of those are true.
Religion can also make you hypocritical
When Obama was in office, only 30% of white evangelicals would forgive a president's immoral behavior. Now it's 72%. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/14/opinion/trump-republicans.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region®ion=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region …
Oh why am I not surprised.........