Culture Warriors category archive
Mangy comments at the Youtube page:
Lauren Boebert’s recent empty-headed comments about Jesus and guns makes it clear that the reason many fundamentalist Christians profess to love Jesus is because they are convinced that, for all intents and purposes, THEY are Jesus. Their entire concept of Jesus is totally based on their own biases, fears, animosities, prejudices and desires. Forget what the Bible says. Their ‘gut’ tells them what the REAL Jesus was like, and he was EXACTLY like them. If they would like to shoot some people, Jesus would have wanted to shoot the same people. If they hate gay people, Jesus would have hated them too. If they hate feeding the poor, THEIR Jesus would be happy to have let those folks starve. Mangy Fetlocks decided to write a little song to summarize this egocentric religious viewpoint.
Will Bunch sees a disturbing precedent for the Republican Party’s escalation demonization of LGBTQ persons. Here’s a bit of his article; follow the link for his evidence.
In focusing on laws like transgender sports bans — which affect a handful of kids, in a matter that can and should be handled by sports regulatory bodies, and not the stuff of state legislation — or Florida’s notoriously and now-copied “Don’t Say Gay” law, the Republican Party is sending a message that is both heartbreakingly cruel to the humans directly affected but also meant to intimidate all people it wants to keep on society’s margin. We have a word for when this type of inhumane bullying becomes the governing philosophy, and it’s time to start using it.
That word is fascism.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Araya Baker explores religious fundamentalism, which he refers to as a “political-religious” movement, as distinct from a purely religious one. He notes that
. . . it is imperative that we understand how religious fundamentalism threatens democracy. This public scholarship is intended to be used as a condensed primer that disassembles the ideology to 1) illustrate how and why it spans all religious doctrines and 2) how it differs from healthy spirituality, so that valid critiques of fundamentalism can pre-empt conflation with anti-theism.
I commend his piece to your attention, particularly for the list of characteristics that he suggests is common to fundamentalist movements, whether they be Christian, Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist.
At the Idaho State Journal, Chris Huston, in a longer article about how, in the fuss over abortion, men are somehow in no way held responsible for their role in unwanted pregnancies, expresses his befuddlement.
Writing at the Tampa Bay Times, Roy Peter Clark suggests that Republicans’ current efforts to shut down the free market place of ideas may have unintended side effects (emphasis added); follow the link for the rest.
I have read banned books — along with books that were deemed age inappropriate — from elementary school on. It’s important for you to know — and the book censors to understand — that I read Huckleberry Finn, Brave New World, The Grapes of Wrath, The Catcher in the Rye, A Clockwork Orange, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lolita, The Bluest Eye not in spite of their controversial status, but because of it.
Methinks he is an optimist.
For every adventurous soul who would open a closed door, there are nine sheep who would knock once, then walk away, and twenty who are retweeting randos on Twitter and liking zombie bots on the Zuckerborg.
I am not sanguine.
At the Washington Monthly, Paul Finkelman argues that Florida Governor DeSantis and his “Don’t Say Gay” law stand squarely in the middle of a long tradition of suppressing speech in the American South, a tradition which, like so many of the negative aspects of our society, ultimately reaches back to racism and slavery.
Follow the link for his reasoning.
Sam and his crew discuss the Republican war on trans persons.
The number of trans people is minuscule.
The number of people driven absolutely bonkers by the very idea of trans people is appalling.
Florida Man wants to resurrect Pravda with a Southern accent.
The blatant obviousness of it does rather take one aback, does it not?
Michael in Norfolk addresses the same subject.
Farron points out, “You gotta pay attention the follow through.”
He has a point. Too often in the haste to chase breaking news, neither the media nor its audience and readers pay attention to the rest of the story.