Our Constitution granted each and every one of us the freedom to believe or not believe as we decide. That protection applies to all of us. When one group has decided by some form of spiritual osmosis that their version of the unverifiable and occasionally insane has been decreed to be the new Law, and thus their political mission is to ensure that is so, then it is up to the rest of us to put that crazy back where it belongs: away from public influence
Our Constitution granted each and every one of us the freedom to believe or not believe as we decide. That protection applies to all of us. When one group has decided by some form of spiritual osmosis that their version of the unverifiable and occasionally insane has been decreed to be the new Law, and thus their political mission is to ensure that is so, then it is up to the rest of us to put that crazy back where it belongs: away from public influence. Continue reading →
Increasingly, conservative politicians are abandoning the basic task of representing the interests of their voters and instead are exploiting their voters in the same way televangelists and other fundamentalist charlatans exploit the true believers that come to them looking for spiritual salvation.
As I suggested in last week’s post—despite the apparent evidence to the contrary—there are not just a select few who have been deemed by an external Supreme Being or by Fate to be blessed, while the rest of us, for whatever puzzling reason, have been doomed to just endure the drudgery of living every day. It is nonsense to think that the vast majority of us are so doomed because, for whatever other odd reasons, that is some God’s/Allah’s/Whoever’s Will for us. It’s just as nuts and destructive to believe we just have to trust that all we are enduring is for some higher and better reason in the Next Life.
The biggest fallacy in our modern political discourse is this belief that because one believes in God, one has to involve God’s wishes in your decision-making. The problem with that … is no one actually knows what God is thinking and so they are simply asserting what they believe and assuming God is along for the ride.
An ideology and philosophy premised on fear is hardly the wisest choice for rational adults in the 21st Century. It wasn’t much more valid a millennium earlier, either. To insist that this life has been made available to each and every one of us not to pursue our individual and collective highest and best, but those imagined by “leaders” of mankind’s earliest eras who were not much more intelligent than a bag of rocks, suggests that some of the methodology, principles, and activities could use some tweaking.
[R]eligious fundamentalists … are highly likely to be authoritarian followers. They are highly submissive to established authority, aggressive in the name of that authority, and conventional to the point of insisting everyone should behave as their authorities decide. They are fearful and self-righteous and have a lot of hostility in them that they readily direct toward various out-groups. They are easily incited, easily led, rather un-inclined to think for themselves, largely impervious to facts and reason, and rely instead on social support to maintain their beliefs. They bring strong loyalty to their in-groups, have thick-walled, highly compartmentalized minds, use a lot of double standards in their judgments, are surprisingly unprincipled at times, and are often hypocrites. But they are also Teflon-coated when it comes to guilt. They are blind to themselves, ethnocentric and prejudiced, and as closed-minded as they are narrow- minded. They can be woefully uninformed about things they oppose, but they prefer ignorance and want to make others become as ignorant as they. They are also surprisingly uninformed about the things they say they believe in…. – Robert Altemeyer, The Authoritarians
If there is no Source, no Infinite Intelligence—or Supreme Being, or God, or Allah, or Consciousness, or for that matter, no Flying Spaghetti Monster*—then the Universe came into existence as a result of a magical, outside-of-science science which caused the Big Bang to serve as the first unit and moment of this Universe. How do we define or understand the concept of “no preceding cause?”