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Christianity Thomas on 15 Sep 2009 12:26 am

How religious delusion affects real life

Footage from the September 12, 2009 Tea Party in Washington DC. Note the amount of religion in this video:

From the video description:

On 9.12.2009, we went to Washington DC to document the Tea Party protests against, well, a lot of things, including health insurance reform, the IRS, abortion, global warming, and our “socialist/communist/fascist/Nazi/Muslim ” president, Barack Obama. Some of them called for a return to McCarthyism, while others called for Glenn Beck to run for office–indeed, it seemed the only thing that everyone agreed on was Fox News.

11 Responses to “How religious delusion affects real life”

  1. on 15 Sep 2009 at 10:37 am 1..Burebista said …

    Beck for POTUS? Well he has as much as experienced and he certainly couldn’t be any bigger screw-up. Might as well stick Miley Cyrus in there.

    I remember just a few years ago “dissent is patriotic” was the cry, from the left. All of sudden, it consists of fringe right wing loonies according to some media and politicians. Bush was a Nazi, an idiot, flew planes into buildings and personally caused Katrina by sabotoging levies.

    The far left is full of some strange individuals. I for one know Jefferson would be pround of these 9/11 people and would be calling for rvolution. Read his biography by Joseph J Ellis.

    Our poster obviously chose a media source biased against the movement. Not surprising.

  2. on 15 Sep 2009 at 1:16 pm 2.Markus said …

    Such a crazy bunch, the tea baggers and birthers …

    totally deluded and ignorant.

  3. on 15 Sep 2009 at 2:19 pm 3.Rox1SMF said …

    Dissent IS patriotic. It helps if you actually know WTF you’re talking about and these people don’t. They’re satisfied with whatever the guy behind the pulpit (or microphone) tells them is happening. They don’t need facts when they’ve got FAITH.

    Such ignorance shouldn’t be allowed to go unchallenged or UNRIDICULED.

  4. on 15 Sep 2009 at 3:02 pm 4.Horatio said …

    “They’re satisfied with whatever the guy behind the pulpit (or microphone) tells them is happening.”

    You mean Barrack?

  5. on 15 Sep 2009 at 6:26 pm 5.K said …

    Our government is based on the fact that since its inception, people have second-guessed everything, and kept it in check. A big part of that was that people used to find value in knowing what they were arguing against, which has sadly been abandoned, it seems.

    Can’t anyone agree, partisanship aside, that launching hateful campaigns without bothering to INDEPENDENTLY research the truth is both ignorant and harmful to all involved? Why is there no responsibility for beginning or propagating lies? What pride is there to be found ignorance?

    Someone in this film commented on the government trying to turn us into a ‘third-world country’… the thing that sets (and has always set) us apart from places like Somalia and southern Africa is the fact that we have the knowledge and ability to improve our lives… if we try to utilize ability without knowledge, it’s like a bicycle without a chain. You can pedal all you want, but you’re not going anywhere.

    We – America? – We’re not going anywhere.

  6. on 15 Sep 2009 at 7:07 pm 6.Horatio said …

    There are people in America on both sides who do not know what the real truth is. Why? Because we have politician who twist truth, outright lie and provide misinformation. Obama’s speech the other night was a great example. He complains about the fear campaign but he is one of the best at predicting doom if not given his way.

    The chutpah of this guy is amazing. He lies about cost when the CBO has showed him he is absolutely wrong.

    Truth is with all the bills in the congress, anything right now is possible with this attempt at Obama-care. There is the real truth. Want me to buy in? The congress must be required to use the same plan. I bet they will not be that sold on the plan.

  7. on 15 Sep 2009 at 7:32 pm 7.STEVE-O said …

    The C.B.O. has not been right about anything for a long time. Remember Clinton’s 1993 tax reform? The C.B.O. estimated double digit unemployment, inflation, and stock market crashing. What happened? How about the war in Iraq? C.B.O. estimates were 100 billion at the very most. Please check their #’s history. They are usually wrong .

  8. on 15 Sep 2009 at 8:40 pm 8.Bishop said …

    “They are usually wrong”

    As has been Obama. Remember the stimulus which if not passed would cause unemployment to go up to 8%? We are passed it and we have the stimulus….

    Remember the 7 trillion dollar defecit? Oops, it is 9 Trillion.

    Remember Obama says he will pay healthcare with Medicare waste savings. Why not do that anyhow? The 1st time the gov cuts waste will be the first.

    I’ll take the estimate of the CBO over some guy who has never even ran a candy store.

  9. on 15 Sep 2009 at 9:39 pm 9.STEVE-O said …

    This is not political. This is fact. Can you name one instance when the C.B.O. was correct within 10%? Just don’t accept their analysis because of their name. Talk to David Walker about their lack of objectivity. He rejects their data out of hand. David Walker has been a prophet and no one likes to hear bad news, however his predictions are far more accurate.

  10. on 16 Sep 2009 at 1:51 pm 10.K said …

    Apparently the answer to my question was ‘No, we can’t stop following what a single person tells us – whether it be the president, CBO, Glenn Beck, etc. and research the actual things we’re fighting about.”

    Didn’t anyone’s mother ever tell them “Don’t believe everything you read?” … Yeah, that should extent to the other senses, too.

    This is the greatest way to ensure that the GOP continues to decline. You don’t find new blood, new voters, and new candidates by launching what’s showing to be small threads of fact woven into insurmountable piles of a hundred different flavors of hatred.

    The left and the right are both fumbling this really badly. Both sides are executing ability without intelligence. I think the true patriots are the ones who are worried about the fact that party politics are preying on the fact that they can lie to the American people to twist and distort their views.

    You’re spending time attacking your fellow american citizens when you should be attacking the people who have the power, and are using it to incite violence. I don’t care what anyone says… God is not behind these violent, angry campaigns that are kept running hot by hate and lies… and if you believe any differently, I’ve got a book you should check out.

  11. on 16 Sep 2009 at 3:45 pm 11.T said …

    Everytime you seek information you are listening to someone. Since you have a problem with the single person maybe you believe a group of people is better? No one man can personally investigate everything.

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