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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:02 PM

 

The Weakling God of the Religious Right

Much religious conservativism is blatantly self-contradictory. Take this tweet from Fox News commentator Todd Starnes in response to the supreme court decision about DOMA:

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The God that Todd Starnes and others like him believe in is apparently one who wants his will imposed on society, but lacks the power either to compel or to persuade sufficient numbers of people to do so. Apparently he is so powerful that he can hurl storms at areas infested with supporters of gay marriage, but nonetheless he was unable to get one aimed at the supreme court, and give it enough intensity or time it right, so as to persuade just one judge to vote the other way. His will is said to be sovereign, and yet a handful of judges have power of veto over him. He can guarantee you a parking spot when you go shopping, but big things like getting legislation passed and enforced are just too hard. Or at least, that is the impression one would get from listening to conservative commentators.

The ones with the weakest deity, of course, are the ones who would turn to violence to get their way. Their God is not only off with the timing or intensity of the storms that project his wrath. He is such a weakling, he needs people with guns to protect his honor. Or at least thatís the impression that militant fundamentalists give.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2013/06/the-weakling-god-of-the-religious-right.html

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SecularMotion Jun 2013 OP
handmade34 Jun 2013 #1
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longship Jun 2013 #2
cbayer Jun 2013 #3
mr blur Jun 2013 #4
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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:12 PM

1. so tired

of people using God as an excuse...


"...so many...talk about their God as an omnipotent tyrant whose will cannot be thwarted, while also speaking about him as incapable of getting his way..." ok, fundies, which way is it??

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 02:04 AM

6. it's the God of Assisted Living

who can't do a single thing on his own but must be assisted by his faithful every day and doing every task.

I'm always amazed they worship such a little, powerless god, but I suppose doing god's work for him makes them feel like gods, themselves.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:15 PM

2. These are the same attributes of a god which does not exist.

Or one that, as George Carlin said, "doesn't give a shit!" That would "explain a lot of these bad results."

Joe Bless You.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:29 PM

3. The religious right was really flopping around yesterday.

They appear to be more confused than ever.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:20 PM

4. "The ones with the weakest deity, of course, are the ones who would turn to violence..."

 

Like the militant Catholic IRA, for example?

Absolutely.

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Response to mr blur (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:23 PM

5. I've always considered the IRA much more of a political organization than a religious one.

At any rate, I have never thought their battles had anything to do with whose god was right and whose was wrong.

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