Christian Fundamentalism = Anti-intellectualism = Societal slide to the Dark Ages

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Christian Fundamentalism = Anti-intellectualism = Societal slide to the Dark Ages
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Wed, 02-20-2013 - 12:12pm

Christian Fundamentalsts are Driving Our Country Into the Dark Ages

I read this article today and I have to say that I agree.  While the Catholic church in a surprising (to me) reversal of their traditional protection of the lesser and weak of society, has been much in the news in their attempts to dismantle the single greatest step forward in medical care in this country because they don't want women--any women--to take birth control, even if the church isn't paying for it.  But they really AREN'T the worst of the bunch.  The so-called "fundi-gelicals" are the worst, for their insidious inroads into local politics and their attempted domination of the House and Senate with their Tea Party idiots.

<p>But I agree, they are leading us to intellectual ruin.  In another generation or two, if they are left unchecked, US children will rank among the lowest and least educated in the world.  Already they are all but dismantling true science education by trying to force creationism--the magic science--into the classroom.  Our children can barely read, they consistently fall behind most every other 1st world country in math and science.  And we're abdicating our nation's food sources to Monsanto and corporate farming.

<p>I had a dream a week ago that I was a very old woman, telling my great grandchildren about how I used to be able to vote.

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<p>From a theological standpoint, I am always horrified by literal interpretations of scripture because I find that those who interpret it literally generally pick and choose which verses they want to use for their agenda and ignore the rest. The context in which it was written is almost NEVER taken into consideration, which is utterly asinine because you can't appropriately interpret an ancient document without taking its context into consideration. </p><p>For example, Leviticus is frequently cited as the be all end all verse against homosexuality. But those who cite it don't keep kosher or stone adulterers. Why the double standard?</p>

Not to mention how insane it is for the "left behinders" both of the LeHaye variety and all who came before him, to insist that Daniel, Isaiah and Revelations were all written about now and the kinds of "oppression" like the faux war on Christmas, instead of written for a contemporary audience struggling under actual life-threatening oppression.

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From a theological standpoint, I am always horrified by literal interpretations of scripture because I find that those who interpret it literally generally pick and choose which verses they want to use for their agenda and ignore the rest. The context in which it was written is almost NEVER taken into consideration, which is utterly asinine because you can't appropriately interpret an ancient document without taking its context into consideration. 

For example, Leviticus is frequently cited as the be all end all verse against homosexuality. But those who cite it don't keep kosher or stone adulterers. Why the double standard?

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Continue funding public education, And keep creationism out of the classroom I guess.:-)

 

 

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