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Creeping Theocracy

Official prayers in schools or at school events.
Ten commandments in courthouses and other government offices.
Handouts of (Christianist) religious literature in schools.
School field trips to religious revivals.
"Intelligent Design" in science classes.
Science and history texts being reviewed by thinly disguised religious bodies.
"Abstinence Only" as the standard for sex education.
Antiabortion terrorists being lauded and barely pursued.
"BattleCry" and other teen recruiting methods built around base emotion and violent imagery.
Pharmacists getting away with not doing their jobs because of "religious objections."
"Defense" of marriage initiatives and amendments, designed to deny rights to gays.
Gay bashing, discrimination and family rejection.
"Culture Wars" - waged by Christianists and their god warriors on the rest of us.
Police, teachers and fire department people judged to not meet "morals" standards, even if their activities are lawful.
Politicians derided as "not Christian enough".
Politicians who must parade their faith in order to get elected.
Churches and corporations teaming up to lobby.
Christianist wedge issue license plates, but no Jewish or Pagan ones.
Increasing emphasis in the corporate media on females who have lots of kids, and the whole "family friendly society" thing.
The constant crap about woman == mother even in the online world.
"Decency" laws and rules in the damnedest places.
Omnipresent Christian "witness" and Christianism in the military.
High ranking Generals making Christianist statements.
Series of books like "Left Behind".
Games where you have to convert or shoot the unbelievers - targeted at kids.
Eliminationist political blowhards and hypocrites like Coulter and Limbaugh getting serious discussions of what are essentially vicious crackpot ideas.
Bible quoting US Attorneys.
Companies that kowtow to Christianist groups like AFA.
Companies that have religious type hiring criteria.

I'm sure there's more that I've forgotten.

The point is, the military-industrial-religious complex wants to rule our nation. Are you going to sit back and let them??

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lisa_marli
Apr. 9th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
Happy Note - You can now have a Gay Marriage at Disneyland and Disney World! Seriously. They used to have a rule that the marriage had to be a legal one as well as a Happy One! But then they decided they were losing a buck, so they opened their Marriage Package to Any One crazy enough to pay for it! Capitalism at its best!
They also give partner benefits and other gay friendly items.
There are actually more gays that show up for Gay Pride Day than used to show up for Christian Family Day. So yeah, that money thing again.
It should be noted that the Far Right is already feeding on its young. FoxNews has lost all respect as a news organization. The Religious Richt are now demanding a So Far Off The End Agenda, politicians are starting to say "Forgetaboutit". Soon they won't have anyone they want to vote for. Couldn't happen to a better bunch of wingnuts.
Don't blame me, I vote Democratic!
germankitty
Apr. 9th, 2007 10:33 am (UTC)
Kinda makes me glad to live in a country where the Christian church may have some influence -- they're extremely vocal in their attempts to stop any and all opening of shops on Sundays, for example; we also still have so-called "quiet holidays", like Good Friday and Christmas Eve where certain activities are forbidden by law: No dancing, no sports events before 6pm, slightly more serious programming on radio and TV.

I can live with that out of respect for those who take the "seventh day" rule seriously; it may inconvenience me a little at times, but what the hell.

But nobody cares whether a politician attends church or not; God's name is never invoked in politics or to bless the country. We don't have crusades to "convert" people, gay civil unions are legal if not fully equal to traditional marriage, and while we have mandatory religious instruction (separated into Catholic/Protestant) at schools, at age 14 kids can choose to leave both the church and participation in said religious instruction without their parents' consent because the LAW says it's up to them. They also get proper sex education at school. And even though one of the two big political parties has "Christian" in their name, they wouldn't dream of changing any of those things.

Yay liberalism!
sunfell
Apr. 9th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
I hope you'll cross post this over at dark_christian- it's a very nice lineup of all the little things that are eroding our democracy.
ravan
Apr. 9th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
Done.
heethen_crone
Apr. 9th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
No.
bosn
Apr. 9th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
Actually I see this big push as a good thing. I see it as the kicking and screaming of a dieing man. Science has shaken beliefs and The religions of the world are not going to go down peacefully. Jesus hasn't come, the rapture didn't happen and religious fokes see the world changing and there upset that there might not be a place for them.

Religion can have its spurts, but in the end (I hope) Science and logic will rule the day.
shrikefeather
Apr. 10th, 2007 11:21 am (UTC)
Aye
Agreed.

Stuff like this makes me want to go gunhappy, but the wiser part of me realizes that I am Very lucky, and probably just need to wait.

Mine is the generation growing up watching this and scowling.

Mine is the generation that will inherit the consequences of their actions.

Mine is the generation that will tear the world these people have made to shreds with premarital sex, dissolution of the 'family' unit, acceptance of the idea of human sexuality and hopefulyl a more balanced view towards everything in general as soon as they are either invalids or dead.

Twenty years, maybe more, maybe less, and I get to watch these guys cry in their nursing homes as their precious values, supposedly upheld by a omnipotent god, get pissed on and discarded like so much trash.

Much crueler than a bullet, and the idea of every view of reality and truth being a twist of the knife until the last of them keel over and die sounds fitting to me, and what kills them, as likely as not, will be the medical care systems they themselves have crippled.

They have to live in the world they've made until they become too small a minority or die. I need only do the same.

--flutter
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