Culture Warriors category archive
Connie Schultz notes Donald Trump’s recent visit to an evangelical “Christian” church and marvels at his new-found faith. A snippet:
This (visit to a church–ed.) may be a bit confounding for those of you who remember that Trump rarely visited a church during the 2016 campaign, and when he did in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he pulled dollar bills out of his pocket when the communion plate passed his way. Well, look, if you’re going to dwell on all that, you are never going to be invited to join Trump’s newly founded Christian Church of Campaign Convenience.
If one does not
understand know have awareness of value grasp appreciate one’s own culture, one likely will not appreciate that of others.
In the Idaho State Journal, Idaho attorney Steve Taggart takes a look at the bizarre beliefs of Washington State Representative Matt Shea, who was recently expelled from the Washington Republican caucus for “participating in a act of domestic terrorism.”
Shea distributed a 4-page manifesto entitled “Biblical Basis for War” which called for “killing all males” who supported abortion, same sex marriage and refused to follow biblical law. Also, he specified that “killing tyrants is just, not murder”.
He also presented to the group a document called “Restoration” that called for forming a theocratic government . . . .
Follow the link for more about that “theocratic government.”
It is somewhat disquieting.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Bobby Azarian probes the Evangelical “Christians” willingness to swallow Donald Trump’s particular type of hogwash, despite the hog’s being in plain sight. It’s an interesting read.
Here is a snippet (emphasis added):
One reason Trump supporters believe him comes from a basic fact about the brain: it takes more mental effort to reject an idea as false than to accept it as true. In other words, it’s easier to believe than to not.
For Christian fundamentalists, being taught to suppress critical thinking begins at a very early age. It is the combination of the brain’s vulnerability to believing unsupported facts and aggressive indoctrination that create the perfect storm for gullibility. Due to the brain’s neuroplasticity, or ability to be sculpted by lived experiences, evangelicals literally become hardwired to believe far-fetched statements.
David discusses the fallacy of designating Judaism a “nationality” and how it may feed certain tropes of anti-Semitism.
(Warning: Commercial starts at the six-minute mark. I have no knowledge of the product being advertised. Despite the commercial, I think David’s points on the topic are worth including the video.)
A California Methodist Church wonders what might have happened had the Holy Family fled, not to Egypt, but to Donald Trump’s America. Here’s a bit from the news item:
A Methodist church in Claremont unveiled a Nativity scene Saturday night depicting Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees in cages, likening one of the most well-known images of the Christmas season to photos that have become synonymous with criticism of the Trump administration’s border separation policies.
David reports on the rise of anti-Semitic behavior that he has witnessed related to the impeachment hearings.