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Christianity Thomas on 20 Aug 2009 12:52 am

How religious delusion affects people in real life

If you read this article, you can see the effect that religious delusion is having on people in real life:

Johann Hari: Republicans, religion and the triumph of unreason

Now, every conversation about healthcare has to begin with a Democrat explaining at great length that, no, they are not in favour of killing the elderly – while Republicans get away with defending a status quo that kills 18,000 people a year. The hypocrisy was startling: when Sarah Palin was Governor of Alaska, she encouraged citizens there to take out living wills. Almost all the Republicans leading the charge against “death panels” have voted for living wills in the past. But the lie has done its work: a confetti of distractions has been thrown up, and support is leaking away from the plan that would save lives.

These increasingly frenzied claims have become so detached from reality that they often seem like black comedy. The right-wing magazine US Investors’ Daily claimed that if Stephen Hawking had been British, he would have been allowed to die at birth by its “socialist” healthcare system. Hawking responded with a polite cough that he is British, and “I wouldn’t be here without the NHS”.

This tendency to simply deny inconvenient facts and invent a fantasy world isn’t new; it’s only becoming more heightened. It ran through the Bush years like a dash of bourbon in water. When it became clear that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction, the US right simply claimed they had been shipped to Syria. When the scientific evidence for man-made global warming became unanswerable, they claimed – as one Republican congressman put it – that it was “the greatest hoax in human history”, and that all the world’s climatologists were “liars”. The American media then presents itself as an umpire between “the rival sides”, as if they both had evidence behind them.

The people fomenting these lies, and the people who follow them, are insane. Their delusion is a form of insanity, and apparently it affects all aspects of their world view. Unfortunately, it is also impacting every part of our society in highly negative ways. The only solution would be to heal the insanity, and the best place to start would be with religion – the biggest delusion of them all:

7 Responses to “How religious delusion affects people in real life”

  1. on 22 Aug 2009 at 7:00 pm 1.Xenon said …

    Don’t waste your time on the article. Johann Sari is a gay Euro social democrat, an islamaphobe and the Brits biggest whiner. He is equally incapable of impartiality and resorts to distortions and half-truths.
    No doubt he would like to see the US as messed up as the UK. Nothing spews out the venom like envy.

  2. on 22 Aug 2009 at 8:03 pm 2.VeridicusX said …

    Xenon said …

    I personally believe that US Americans should not waste their time on this article and such as. Because South Africans and Eye-rak and the Asian countries, like such as, don’t have maps. (Like the gay Euro social democrats they are).

    Johann Sari and his fabulous cousin Johann Burkha don’t want sharia and intolerance along with beheadings and amputations and public stonings in the UK because they are un-American.

    They don’t want to see 18000 people a year dying due to lack of medical insurance in US America, like such as, because they are envious and they hate our freedom.

    And I believe that our education over here should help the US, should help South Africa, should help Eye-rak and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future … for us.

  3. on 23 Aug 2009 at 12:42 am 3.Xenon said …

    Ah, the typical Obamacare strawman argument. If we Americans do not want Gov healthcare then we must not want improvement. Hmm, in the V world big government and socialism is the answer to all problems. Not in the eyes of Jefferson.

    Hmm, lets look at history of government care. Hawaii, lasted 7 months, Massachusetts, on the verge of bankruptcy, Canada, imploding system, UK, long lines, Germany rationed care, Australia, a combination of the above.

    Bottom line, the wealthy come here for care. Our system is the best, but regardless of how good or bad a system might be, the congress can make it worse. If you want Euro care then blaze a trail on over there and get in line. Cash for a Clunker anyone? lol! and they want our healthcare.

  4. on 23 Aug 2009 at 6:58 pm 4.Lou said …

    Isn’t BHO a strawman?

    Some folks like the government taking care of all their needs. That is why we have generation after generation who would rather stay on welfare.

  5. on 23 Aug 2009 at 7:09 pm 5.Horatio said …

    Ha Ha Ha, I got a tingle up my leg as this narrator healed our nation.

    Wow, he is incredible. If we could only package him and send him to China and heal those delusional people.

    Oh wait, they are atheist. Yikes!

  6. on 24 Aug 2009 at 5:26 pm 6.jtownjohn said …

    what about the beliefs of Nichren Diashonin”s Buddhism> It explains that there are myths that are mixed with natural and spiritual laws to form the religion and some of the ideas tht can from Buddhism as begun by followers of Shakyimuna. Maybe it will clear up some of the delusions about the relationship of man and all other life forms. Maybe you will develope faith is some power other than you self

  7. on 29 Aug 2009 at 6:54 pm 7.Foster said …

    On the retina of the eye, there are 120 million rods and 7 million cones. One million nerve fibers connect to the brain to aid the eye in processing. It takes the Cray Supercomputer several minutes to process information for one single nerve cell in the retina. It only takes the human eye 10 miliseconds, thats 0.01 second! And, there are over 10 million cells to process. It would take a minimum of 100 years for the Cray supercomputer to process the same information the eye does in one second! We haven’t even begun to talk about the rest of the eye, the OTHER eye, the brain, and other body parts.

    And this was all caused by randomness? Take it from a physicist: EVOLUTION IS NOT TRUE. Why do you think it has stayed a theory, and not become a law? There is too much disagreement in the scientific community to promote it to law status, not to mention IT ISN’T RIGHT! At its most basic level, evolution is a faith-based religion. Darwin has never been to 300 Million+ years ago and back to see a “progressive evolution of species.” Most of the theory is conjecture, but it answers a lot of questions scientists have without the investment in faith. The truth is one needs an infinite amount of time to explain the complexity of organic and inorganic matter in the universe. Thus, enter evolution, which says the age of the universe is infinite , essentially (14.5 Billion years old), and the earth is also relatively infinite (at 4.5 Billion years old). Viola! Now everything works and is explained! But, no one truly knows how old any of the matter in the universe is. Only God,

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