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rd_kent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:52 AM
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Right-Wing Hatemongering Fueled by Christianity?
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 11:02 AM by rd_kent
http://www.alternet.org/story/142755/right-wing_hatemon...

Former president Jimmy Carter went on the record to point out that he believes that racism is at the heart of the great deal of the extreme animosity being leveled at President Obama (NBC News September 15). Carter identified himself as a Southerner with an insider's understanding. There's something he didn't mention however: the special culpability of his own religion -- Evangelical Christianity -- for the anti-Obama hyperventilating and furious reaction to our first black president. And that reaction has less to do with race and more to do with the ugliest side of religion.

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Here Are The Alternatives To Change the Theologically-Induced Hate Landscape:

A) all sane Americans must become atheists or agnostics,

or...

B) those of us who are Christians must rescue Christianity from the willfully ignorant evangelicals and fundamentalists.

I favor the second alternative. First, having been raised in an evangelical/fundamentalist home I've long since moved beyond my background when it comes to my politics and my theology. That proves something; people can change their minds! I did.

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So, what say the Christians here? Is this right? Are the choices correct? Will you take back your religion from the fringe?

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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:56 AM
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1. I'm a recovering Fundy...
The hypocrisy drove me out of the church more than anything.

Christians need to take back their religion and make it about their Christ... just like the GOP needs to take back their party... and I vote for their making it more like their Goldwater :)
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KatyaR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:59 AM
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2. Same here.
There needs to be a BIG change in Christianity and how I perceive it before I ever consider going back to church.

I can only hope that sooner or later the hypocrisy will catch up with them.
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rd_kent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:00 AM
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3. But waiting for a change will not bring change.
If you want your religion back, you have to TAKE it back. Be proactive!
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Zoeisright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:15 AM
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7. Me too.
I grew up (literally and figuratively) and started thinking about it. That was the death of fundiness (fundieism?) in my life.
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:05 AM
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4. Carter did leave the church he had belonged to most of his life
Interesting read as to how, why, and how painful his decision was.

That said, Christianity is not the root problem. It is just one of many tools for propaganda that the RW uses to foment political turmoil.
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jemelanson Donating Member (254 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:13 AM
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6. Yes Carter did cut his ties to the Church
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/losing-my-religion-for...

Losing my religion for equality JIMMY CARTER
July 15, 2009

Illustration: Dyson
Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.


If the Christians want their religion back they are going to have to take it back.
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nealmhughes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:09 AM
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5. "Evangelical" is a catchall phrase that has lost all meaning these days.
Methodists are "evangelical" in theory, as are many Anglicans. Not merely Southern Baptists, Assemblies of God and the various "Bible," Pentecostal, and "Community" chapels are "evangelical."

What the more apt term should be is: "Misguided reactionary elements within the much larger Protestant movement who flock to authority wrapped in the flag and bearing the Cross."

It is big daddy, the strong father, guided form of cultic activity under the aegis and guise of religious activity. The groups are relatively small inside the wider ranks of Protestant churches. However, they are very loud and frequently vocal and public in extremis. Many of the soi disant clergy are not well educated, at all. They are self taught ranters who frequently are at the mercy of a Bigger Daddy on earth for their daily bread, as one word from the Head Cheeses of Fundamentalistlandia can be the end of their careers and they must return to their first love: used car salesman.

Many of these chapels are independent of any type of oversight or organization save the local preacher and his cronies. They lead a captive audience, for a variety of reasons, fear being one of the main ones, due to the utter conviction in the voices of the leaders.

While this lot differ in polity and often dogma, what they have in common is a their reading and TV viewing. It is not pretty. It seems like every preacher these days has some set of CDs or even DVDs for sale, bugger just posting your sermons on line for free, that is not seemly for this lot of simonizing apostates.

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