Culture Warriors category archive
At the Hartford Courant, Bailey Talbot discusses the sexism that underlies many school dress codes.
It’s worth a read.
Farhad Manjoo uses the spread of the coronavirus–more precisely, the spread of misinformation and hysteria and outright falsehoods about the coronavirus–to highlight a larger problem: the failure to pay attention to and heed what science and scientists have to say about real things happening in the real world.
Here’s a bit (emphasis added):
On social networks and in too many corners of the mainstream media, scientific expertise is cloaked by a fog of propaganda, misinformation and scam ads for essential oils and that one mystery food every gut doctor in America is begging you to throw out. From the food industry to the drug industry to the oil and gas industry, corporate America routinely hides science under a haze of well-funded oppo. The gun industry did one better: Under legislation pushed for by the National Rifle Association, the federal government until recently was hamstrung in even funding scientific research into gun violence.
Our collective inability to communicate about science has thoroughly perverted our politics. Because science has become so deeply intertwined with partisan dogma, people’s very conception of scientific expertise has been hijacked by tribal reflex. Today, a lot of people seem to determine how much they trust scientists based on their political ideas, which is backward and bizarre.
Keith Franklin, in a letter to the editor of The Roanoke Times, exposes the con.
Leonard Pitts, Jr., reacts to Franklin Graham’s criticism of the Super Bowl halftime show. A snippet (emphasis added):
Here’s the less obvious part: Why is it always sex? Why is it that conservatives only ever see a moral dimension, cause for moral indignation, in the evocation of this most natural and common of human activities?
Beg pardon, but is it not a moral concern when you rip babies from parents’ arms? When the planet burns? When hate crimes spike? When government steals ballots — and thus, voices — from vulnerable voters?
You’d think these would be moral issues, yet somehow, the right never frames them as such. Congress robs the poor to give to the rich, people are sick because being healthy costs too much, a black man in Mississippi is doing 12 years for possession of a cellphone … and there is nary a flicker of indignation from the likes of Graham. But let a barely sheathed buttock flicker across his screen, and he’s apoplectic?
Read the rest. It’s worth the three minutes.
I did not watch the Super Bowl.
All I’ve seen of the halftime show is a few pictures in the media.
It looks to me a lot like what happens in Las Vegas every day of the year.
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.