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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 11:00 AM
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12. maximal conservatisim--in a fundamentalist movement, furthest out wins
any argument.

An Oxford don, James Barr, wrote this about christian fundamentalists.

So if someone says the Bible is God's inspired mistake-free word and better than all other books,they can be trumped by someone who says the Bible is the only book you should read. If you disagree, you sound like a theological liberal.

Ann Coulter essentially does that for the right. In the political realm, it has the added advantage of pulling the debate further right, and desensitizing people to threats and hatred as acceptable means of political discourse.

What has scared me the most about this right wing movement is that the gap between their hateful rhetoric and actual actions has closed. First you heard this nutty out there stuff only from Rush, Ann, O'Reilly, and Mike Savage. Then it became acceptable for congressmen and senators to talk like that, even on the floor of Congress. And it is being enacted into law. The last step they have to go is to tell their followers to go Hutu on us. Their invasion of a vote counting location in 2000 was the first hint of direct violence.

That seems a little less likely now that they are significantly below 50% in the polls and not all would heed the call anyway, but with their back against the wall and Bush and/or Cheney looking at prison as well as impeachment (impeachment at least is likely if they lose control of one of the houses of Congress), they could ratchet up the rhetoric a notch, add a terrorist attack, and send the religious right and paranoid schizophrenics out to protect the rule of their dear leader from his enemies.

Hillbilly Hitler art:


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