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TechBear_Seattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-30-07 01:46 PM
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"Defending America against religious traitors"
Edited on Mon Apr-30-07 01:54 PM by TechBear_Seattle
No, that's not the tag-line for a right-wing website denouncing gay rights, abortion and working women. It is the tag-line for a left-wing website denouncing the right-wing Talibangelicals who promote "Christian Nationalism" and theocracy against the Constitution, i.e. people who are using religion to destroy the United States.

Right now it is just a thought experiment, but reading "Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism" by Michelle Goldberg has gotten me stirred. The idea is to create a single website that refutes, point by point, the claims made by proponents of Christian Nationalism: the doctrine that the United States was founded as a Christian theocracy and that no law, not even the Constitution, should in any way stand against a very conservative, literalist interpretation of Christian dogma. In large part, it would be an encyclopedia of dogmas, beliefs and leaders of Christian Nationalism and how they operate (think "Jesus Camp" as a wiki) along with a feed of current news and a central archive of the stupid, ignorant and even treasonous comments made by the wanna-be theocrats. This would help publicize the threat these people pose to the secular country created by Franklin, Jefferson, Madison and the other Founders, and (I hope) provide strategies on how to counter their revisionism and outright lies for the 2008 election and beyond.


Also, I'm trying to find a good name for the group. It should be a turn-around-back-stab using the rhetoric and language of the religious right-wing, much as the Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance (see link below.) The ideal name should make unsuspecting sheeple stop by to find new ways of lynching abortion doctors in the name of the Holy Motherland. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to post or PM.

Added Since sig lines are turned off, here is the link mentioned above: Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance.
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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-30-07 01:52 PM
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1. I applaud your efforts
and heartily endorse your mission. For a name, I'm stuck on Leviticus. Like "How to apply leviticus in an ever secular universe." Or If you can't lick Leviticus kneel before him." My creative meter is not pegging today.
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endarkenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-30-07 02:04 PM
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2. That book scared the bejezus out of me, pun intended.
Oddly enough I was transfixed by it in a starbucks in downtown seattle while attending some msft conference, right in your neck of the woods.

Since then I have an allergy to fundocrats. I think the grass roots organizations are everywhere. It is scary shit. I overhear stuff every now and then that makes me very nervous.
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TechBear_Seattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-30-07 02:07 PM
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3. My point exactly
How are progressives going to learn enough about them to fight them?

I'm toying with the name of Secular Jihadists, taking the very label used by the Talibangelicals for anyone daring to stand in their way. But that might be a tad too "in your face."
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conscious evolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-30-07 03:59 PM
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4. Here is an excellant source

YR has some very good research on the rise of the religous right.Actually,they have pretty much already covered your idea.
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