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Anti-religious right group on yahoo



I started this mainly because a community with a similar purpose was just deleted. I envision this as a place to strategize and impliment specific campaigns than a "discussion" group (where we talk about how bad the religious right is; which we should already know).

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"I want my faith back!"


Again, it looks like the element of surprise that the Dominionists were hoping for has been diluted a bit. Now that word about them is hitting the mainstream, the Sleeping Giant is starting to wake up and smell the coffee.

An Arkansas Times journalist bemoans the hijacking of her faith:

I Want My Faith Back!

There’s only one thing on my Christmas list this year:

I want my faith back.

I didn’t come by it easily. I’m a card-carrying liberal, skeptical by nature, with an almost knee-jerk eye-roll reaction to anyone who’s completely comfortable discussing their religious convictions in mixed company. I spent pretty much the entire decade of my 20s in an uncomfortable agnosticism because I just couldn’t make up my damn mind.

So now that I have — now that words like “sinful” spring to mind when I hear about the $40 million budget for George W. Bush’s inaugural soirees, instead of just “disgusting” — I’m starting to take the right wing’s
hijacking of my religion very, very personally.

“These people draw near to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. And in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrine rules made by men.”

— Matthew 15:8-9

Shortly before the election an acquaintance who, like me, is a liberal Christian and a Methodist (a denomination we share, at least officially, with President Bush), sent me an op-ed piece written by a retired Methodist bishop. It critiqued Bush’s record in light of the United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline, the denomination’s central collection of beliefs and rules. Not surprisingly, the bishop found him lacking.

I forwarded the piece to a relative in another state who’s a part-time Methodist pastor, thinking he’d at least find it interesting. His response? Harsher than anything I’d expected. He defended Bush as the “man of faith” in the election. Kerry — a lifelong practicing Catholic — apparently didn’t fit the bill, although my relative didn’t give details to support that view. Furthermore, if Kerry were elected, he would “undermine the role of religion in public life” and appoint Supreme Court justices who eventually would restrict religious expression to the point that my relative wouldn’t be able to publicly denounce homosexuality as a sin.

I tried to be as non-snarky as possible in my reply, but I haven’t heard from him since.

Listen to folks like her- she's the bellwether of the sleeping giant that is most of American Christianity. We have to remember that Dominionist contaminated sects of Christianity make up less than 10% of the total of Christians in the US. That means that they can be stopped, or at least greatly slowed down in their takeover of our government and country.


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Christmas Wars


Alternet has an interesting article about the hijacking of Christmas by the Religious Right:

Christmas Wars
By Michael Lerner, AlterNet
Posted on December 24, 2004, Printed on December 24, 2004

Flush from their electoral victories in November, some leaders of the Christian right have decided to make an issue of the secularization of Christmas. Objecting to the move by Macy's and some other retailers to wish their shoppers "Happy Holidays" or "Seasons Greetings" instead of the traditional Merry Christmas, they have begun to accuse secularists in general, and, on some of the right-wing talk shows, Jews in particular, of undermining Christmas.

It's easy to dismiss these right-wingers as sore winners. They are well on their way to packing the judiciary with judges who may erode the division between church and state, make abortion more difficult or illegal, and support the pro-torture position of Bush's choice for Attorney General. Yet the 25 percent of Jews who voted for Bush in this past election may not have imagined that along with his vigorous support for Sharon and for the war in Iraq, Bush's electoral victory could spur a public assault on the legitimacy of Jewish identity in the U.S.

The assault has been led by Bill O'Reilly, the most popular cable newscaster, who told millions of viewers that there was a systematic assault on Christmas by secularists. When challenged by a Jewish caller who said he felt uncomfortable being subject to frequent attempts to convert him by Christians at his college, O'Reilly responded: "All right. Well, what I'm tellin' you, is I think you're takin' it too seriously. You have a predominantly Christian nation. You have a federal holiday based on the philosopher Jesus. And you don't wanna hear about it? Come on – if you are really offended, you gotta go to Israel then. I mean because we live in a country founded on Judeo – and that's your guys' – Christian, that's my guys' philosophy. But overwhelmingly, America is Christian. And the holiday is a federal holiday honoring the philosopher Jesus. So, you don't wanna hear about it? Impossible. And that is an affront to the majority. You know, the majority can be insulted, too. And that's what this anti-Christmas thing is all about."More inside )

I've seen the collection of 'anti-holiday' and 'bring back Christmas' articles and reports online and on TV, but it didn't occur to me that it was an orchestrated assault by the Religious Right until the other day. "Happy Holidays" and "Seasons Greetings" have been part and parcel for this time of year forever, so why the sudden fuss? Add to that the collection of articles- often untrue- about the banning of "Merry Christmas" and other holiday activities in various places. The big lie was one about the decision not to put on "A Christmas Carol" at a school in Washington State. It wasn't because the phrase "God bless us, everyone" was part of it, it was because the acting company wanted to charge admission to the schoolkids to see it. That was reported, but the majority of papers and media did not issue a correction.

It is going to get worse before it gets better.

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More "Christmas Wars"


Les, owner of the very interesting "Stupid Evil Bastard" blog, has an excellent roundup of pro and con stories about the fate of Christmas in the US.

Links include Reason Magazine, the Moonie-run Washington Times, and even a Committee To Save "Merry Christmas"!

It's a jungle out there, folks. Personally, I'd love a nice fast forward to blaze through December, and make up for it in September. With the exception of 'that' day, September is a pretty civilized month, all told. There might be a tree or two in the stores, but the 'noise and fury' of the 'hollow-day' season is still far away.

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Ah, the glory of the faith-based initiative....


"These people need tough love," Robinson said. "I don't feel comfortable with it. God don't get no pleasure punishing us. But he does it. Jesus would have done the same thing."

===The good reverend says this as he is booting out a 21 year-old pregnant woman and her three children of the shelter he runs.

===I think this does show the difference between compasion-based faith and rules-based faith.

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Left Behind

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]hummingwolf)

For those who do not already know: A few days ago, Slacktivist finally resumed analysis of Left Behind. It's an entertaining, well-informed, highly critical look at the book and assumptions behind it. (As with most blogs, recent entries are first. To follow all the Slacktivist posts, you can add the [info]slacktivist feed to your friends list.)

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