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Godspotting

I see god. I see his people godsplaining daily. 

At a recent anti-Iran deal event, we got to enjoy the crazy all in one day. Phil Robertson complained that he was told "god was dead in college, but he wasn't." From there he expressed his love for all things jewish; "You know why I love Israel? Because they wrote the bible, when god decided to become flesh 2015 years ago - just look at your calendar - he became jewish flesh." Robertson is a godly man, he's "anti-pulling babies outta women's wombs, he is anti-perversion" - that means you, gay people. He claims that "WE," which I gather includes you and I and everyone else, "are pro-god almighty, we're pro-gun, we're pro get-your-ass-out and go to work." In his words, "America isn't religious enough."

The Tea-Party anti-Iran rally was more of a church service then anything else. Glenn Beck is still alive, dammit, and he was as crazy as always.

Before he started his sermon, he got one quick anti-science jab in; you know, you can't have god without stupid. Beck says, "I've solved the issue of global warming, it's not our SUVs, it's that big flaming thing in the sky."

Then the sermon started.

"We live in a world that is suffering under the delusion of peace and prosperity..." he says. "The confusion comes from the abandonment of truth, a truth that has been chased out of our public square, out of our public buildings, out of the media, our universities, and quite frankly, out of many of our churches as well."

Tell me more about how truth/religion has been booted from public discourse jackass sitting on the lawn in front of the United States Capitol. Please. Then tell us the why peace and prosperity is a delusion, maybe religion?

The fun continues. "But god's timing is divine, if we fail to restore truth, god will do it for us... In this week's torah portion, we are told about the early Israelites, where moses stood at the edge of the promised land and commanded god's people to choose, life or death, light or darkness, or they would be swept from their promised land. Today we are faced with the exact same choice. Because something is happening in America, something is happening around the world, I believe we are no longer fooled by those who made good evil, and evil good. With Planned Parenthood and the slaughter of our police officers out on the streets, while we get into bed with bad guys... We realized we have been silent too long, we have been dulled, been dulled, into a senseless slumber. But there are millions of people waking up all around the world, they are shaking themselves, and their families, awake. They are turning back to eternal principles, because there is a hunger for truth."

Silent? If only bitches. Yep, I see you god. Truth? You can't handle the truth.

Politicians on the right seem to think getting all friendly and cozy with a myth is the only way to run a campaign.

I see Kim Davis holding hands with Mike Huckabee, a candidate for the president of the United States. I see the rallies for stupid at the jailhouse where she should still be locked up. Kim refuses to follow the law of the land, and this ties in with all the rest. Mike lets us know how "courageous" Kim is for standing up for her beliefs. She takes the stage with Eye of the Tiger playing in the background, (yeah, lawsuit coming). Raising her arms in the usual worshipping pose, she proclaims that "I just want to give god the glory. His people have rallied, and you are a strong people. We serve a living god who knows exactly where each and everyone of us is at. Just keep on pressing, don't let down, because he is here. He's worthy, he's worthy"

Oh crap, he was watching me again? God dammit, give me some privacy god. The anti-government terrorist group, the Oath Keepers," have offered to guard Kim from the state in case they try to arrest her again. Yes, make my day.

Although I like to joke about the stupidity, this is also about a horror that we cannot allow. As with the tea party rally, this is a call to the believers that only god's word is law, not man's. All these events have one thing in common, and that is to impose god's law on the land. Christian law, Sharia law; religion wants us to bow our heads to the idiocy that all holy books promote. The christian conservative right is losing the numbers they once had to promote their agenda, so now the war becomes more "in your face."

The attacks come in all manners, many are hidden.

In Tennessee a mom would like to ban a book on science. The mom, Jackie Sims,  thinks that "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" - which is a book about science, race, and ethics - is pornography. Prudes and the anti-education crowd all come from the same pot, religion. I like the ones who try to work around mentioning religion, but all the signs point in that direction. As I've said before, I don't care what someone wants to believe as long as it is not inflicting society as a whole. If she wants to keep her son uneducated, I guess she can. The problem here is that she wants to limit education to all the students in that school. It's not good enough that her son will be less informed, she wants all students to mire in her unenlightened view of the world.

This is how religion is fighting the demise of belief in the U.S. Fear and stupidity are always the main weapons used  in the battle, that hasn't ever changed. 

The godspotting will continue. 

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Good post Neal - especially the Robertson snippets!

"The historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. once noted that American politics runs in a kind of roller-coaster cycle: When a conservative president is in power, the country goes to hell, so then comes a center-left president to clean things up — after which the national condition is just good enough to reopen the door to a conservative redux. And again off to the bottom we go. Schlesinger's was a fierce generalization, but he had Harding-Coolidge-Hoover and Ronald-through-George W. as reasonable confirmations. And throughout, even under Hoover, what conservative dunderheadedness has done here has affected others overseas. - See more at: http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/#sthash.Q6zTMhUS.dpuf"

Great post Neal.

America would go to the dogs if the Christians like Pat have their way

I thought this was  a funny and pointed comment on American History - I wonder if we would be more like Canada if the R War was lost?

How the song Yankee Doodle was about obnoxious, 18th century hipsters

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I always thought the sheer number of Puritans in early USA is one cause of our odd culture

NEW ENGLAND PURITANS & PILGRIMS STATISTICS

By the Numbers

Approximate number of Native Americans living in New England when the Pilgrams first arrived: 100,000

Number of English colonists who settled in to New England in the seventeenth century: 21,0002 Number of English colonists who settled in the Chesapeake region: 120,000
Number of English colonists who settled in the Caribbean: 180,000
Number of English colonists who settled in Ireland: 180,0003

Percentage of all seventeenth-century English immigrants to North America bound for New England: 12.8%

Estimated number of sermons the average Puritan listened to in his or her lifetime: 7,000
Average length of each sermon: two hours or more4

Average age at which women in colonial New England first married: 22
Average number of children born to each woman: 75

African-American proportion of the total population of New England in 1660: 1.7%
… in 1700: 1.8%6

African-American proportion of the total population of the Middle Colonies in 1660: 11.5%
…in 1700: 6.8%

African-American proportion of the total population of the Upper South in 1660: 3.6%
…in 1700: 13.1%

African-American proportion of the total population of the Lower South in 1660: 2.0%
…in 1700: 17.6%

African-American proportion of the total population of the British West Indies in 1660: 42.0%
…in 1700: 77.7%

Crazy.

Lice and the need for wigs?
If would be interesting to see real political debates among the presidential candidates such as Universities have rather than the circus act of posturing it's been - perhaps forever within the American political process.
At one time the U.S.P.S. United States Postal service provided free mail to newspapers to spread freedom of speech and provide diversified viewpoints.
The Republican Presidential Candidate 'debate' led by a Unic moderator driven by media  controlled by a few multinational companies backing the candidates can never produce anything other than hype for pundits to spin.
There is no need to convey information. It’s about Product branding.

Looks like Canada has similar problems with the religious refusing to do their job.

MUN prof refuses to wear device for hearing disabled student, cites religious reasons

Ranee Panjabi was involved in a similar situation about 20 years ago
By Todd O'Brien and Geoff Bartlett, CBC News Posted: Sep 16, 2015 4:42 PM NT Last Updated: Sep 17, 2015 9:19 AM NT

History major William Sears of Memorial University in St. John's depends on an FM transmitter to hear instructors in the classroom. 

A Memorial University student with a hearing disability is upset that one of his professors refused to wear a sound-transmitting device last week during a lecture, and he said she told him it was because of religious reasons.

William Sears, 20, says Ranee Panjabi would not wear an FM transmitter system that he needs to hear lectures at the school in St. John's.

'When she said she would not wear the FM system, it was effectively saying to me that "I will not teach you"— because I need that FM system in order to hear the instructor.'
- William Sears, 20, history major at Memorial University.

"I've never experienced an instructor refusing to wear the FM, both at the university and throughout public school," said Sears, a third-year history major.

CBC News reached out to Memorial University for a response to the complaint, and was told the university has worked with the student to reach "an acceptable accommodation," but could not comment further due to privacy concerns.

Panjabi has not responded to CBC's requests for an interview.

More at CBCNews

I read about this story before, and this Ms Panjabi has got form she has done exactly the same thing in the past, but she hasn't said what her religious reasons are for denying this death man he's education. Ive not seen anything in scripture which says a person cant wear a FM System.

Am i being naive, but surely the GOP haven't got a chance of winning in 2016 if they choose one of these Bible Thump er's. From over here across the pond it doesn't seem possible that the American people would be so stupid as to vote for anyone of these idiots.  

Crazier things have happened. America is a dysfunctional society at best. If a progressive wins the White House again, maybe change will start. Not all conservatives are idiots, just the ones they hire. 

Also remember that the largest voting block in this country are independents. They are the ones who really direct our elections.

Religion being used by the right to win elections is dwindling, that'll help as well. When they sit on the stage and bring god up every other sentence, they irritate the religious as well.

I was informed I had the wrong year on the header to this post. Heh, another day that I wasn't perfect. =)

This happened in 2015

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The Donald is a true outlier in the GOP field.

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