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Monthly ArchiveJuly 2011

Christianity &Science Thomas on 29 Jul 2011

Undestanding ‘Republicanity’

Stating the obvious – Republicanism has become a religion:

‘Republicanity’—The GOP Transformation is Nearly Complete

The Republican Party is no longer a political party—it’s a full-fledged religious movement. The political ideology fueling this movement is religious to the core; and while it might be easiest to label the religious element “Christian,” that designation is too broad and generous for the true complexities at work here.

The article covers four elements of the Republican brand of religion:
1) Mythology
2) Rituals
3) Ethics
4) Theology

One of the elements of Republican mythology is supply-side economics, also known as trickle-down economics. The mythology is pushed relentlessly by Republicans even in the face of facts demonstrating that the idea is bankrupt:

The final nail in the supply side coffin

The theory of supply-side economics tells us that if you cut taxes on rich people and corporations, the newly liberated moguls and businessmen will take their windfall and invest it, creating jobs and accelerating the rate of economic growth. The benefits of a light hand on the upper class, therefore, will “trickle down” to the working man and woman.

Ever since Ronald Reagan first attempted to make supply-side economics a reality and proceeded to inaugurate an era of persistent government deficits and growing income inequality, it has become harder and harder to make the trickle-down argument with a straight face. But we’ve never seen anything quite like the disaster that’s playing out right now….

Adherence to this mythology is complete in the Republican party, even though all actual evidence tells us that supply-side economics is harmful.

This is exactly what we would expect from a group of people who believe in an imaginary “god”. The same delusion that powers the belief in an imaginary person powers the belief in imaginary economic benefits. When you are delusional, evidence doesn’t matter.

Christianity Thomas on 09 Jul 2011

Which is more popular – church or marijuana?

See for yourself:

It makes you wonder about the statistics on Christianity in the United States.

Christianity Thomas on 08 Jul 2011

The extent to which Christians hope to control the lives and freedoms of others

There is a pledge making the rounds for Republican candidates to sign. The full text is available here:

THE MARRIAGE VOW – A Declaration of Dependence upon MARRIAGE and FAMiLY

Michele Bachmann is the first to sign it:

Bachmann is first to sign Family Leader’s pro-marriage pledge

The Family Leader, a prominent Iowa group that promotes Christian conservative social values, said Thursday it is asking all presidential candidates to sign a pledge regarding their personal convictions on traditional marriage.

The pledge is entitled, “The Marriage Vow – A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family.”

The organization’s chief executive officer is Bob Vander Plaats, a conservative evangelical leader who was the state chair of Mike Huckabee’s Republican presidential campaign when he won the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. Vander Plaats said the Family Leader will not support any candidate who declines to sign the pledge.

“If you are looking at being a leader of our great country….we would like to have you pledge personal fidelity to your own spouse and a respect for the marital bonds of others,” Vander Plaats told reporters at a news conference on the steps of the Iowa Statehouse.

The idea of Republicans being faithful to their spouses is important and Republicans do need to be reminded of this. However, the document goes far further than “personal fidelity to your own spouse and a respect for the marital bonds of others”. The 14 points in the document are quite broad and demonstrate how much Christians hope to control the lives and freedom of others.

Christianity &Islam &Judaism Thomas on 04 Jul 2011

The essence of religion

As this video reveals, it is (for some reason) fun for a group of people to believe in an imaginary being:

And when the imaginary beings are removed, it is, for many, less fun. To the point of being boring and empty. Why this is so is unclear.

This is exactly what happens with “God”. An imaginary being is created. He is talked about, credited for many things happening in our world, consulted for wisdom, used as an authority to justify different actions, etc. Everyone knows he is imaginary, but they keep him around because it is more fun that way.