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Mon Jul 14, 2014, 05:53 PM

 

How Hobby Lobby Came To Represent Christianity — While Progressives Got Left Behind

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Shameless efforts to dress up bigotry in religious garb go back to the very beginnings of the religious right, which is younger than a lot of people think. The modern politicized religious right movement was born in the 1970s in a battle over whether all-white "Christian schools" could exclude black students while maintaining tax-exempt status as religious organizations. In the subsequent years, the religious right’s strategists grew savvier, recasting their agenda as a defense of “family values” and of “unborn babies.” And backed by deep-pocketed conservative donors, they set about building a powerful political, legal, and communications empire — largely bypassing existing church and denominational structures and relying instead on creative use of then-new communications technologies like direct mail, cable television, and talk radio.

Meanwhile, after playing a leading role in the social movements of the 1960s, mainline protestant denominations have since been devastated by generational decline, bureaucratic dysfunction, and internal battles, especially over the inclusion of LGBT people in church life and ministry. (Sensing weakness, outside religious-right organizations have contributed much of the money and infrastructure on the conservative side of these fights.)

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But while business and religious conservatives have consistently made common cause, secular progressives have grown increasingly disinterested in, or even hostile to, Christian faith. In reaction to the religious right, too many progressive leaders have adopted unhelpful keep-your-bibles-out-of-our-bedrooms rhetoric — and too many progressive foundations and donors have ruled out investing in anything religious. (One wonders how many checkbooks would open up today for a Baptist pastor from Montgomery, Alabama who gives sermons about how America must be born again.)

So today’s debates about birth control (which nearly all Christians support using) or anti-gay discrimination (which most Christians oppose) are thus a byproduct of four decades of institutional religious history. And even before Hobby Lobby, the right’s best strategists have been planning to spend the next decade in a fight to redefine “religious freedom” so as to create a backdoor for all kinds of noxious and discriminatory practices, not just in private employment but in the provision of healthcare and social services. In a country where over 70 percent of people continue to identify as Christians, progressives simply cannot afford to continue ceding Christianity to the right.

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Mon Jul 14, 2014, 07:37 PM

1. Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war . . .

The ranks of the so-called "religious conservatives" are morbidly swollen by ignorant Creationists
and bigoted ideologue Dominionists who would forcefully impose their own dictatorial theology upon us.
As capitalists they do not follow the precepts of our first great socialist leader the Man Jesus of Nazareth.
For theirs are the Ways of Mammon . . .

Although I am an atheist and often I do fail, I attempt to follow the scriptures of Jesus.
I honor and respect those Christians who do walk in his footsteps.

"It is not your Christ, that I do not like, it is your Christians." - Mohandas Gandhi

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