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robbedvoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 01:06 PM
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Gene Lyons: Embattled faith needs enemies for focus


First, fundamentalist Christianity is an embattled faith, requiring an everevolving enemies list to keep its focus. One year its Satan worshippers, "secular humanists" the next. Panic over supermarket bar codes allegedly harboring the Mark of the Beast yields to worry that Harry Potter novels may seduce Americas youth into witchcraft. This years enemy is Democrats. Even secular pundits have taken up the cry. The soulless pseudo-sophisticates of Boston and Seattle, were told, must henceforth take moral instruction from backwoods Mississippi.
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checks-n-balances Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-20-04 07:29 PM
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1. Great article - thanks for posting!
This mindset has been the bane of my existence as a mainline Protestant, and now, as thinking Americans, it is also OURS.
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Ranec Donating Member (336 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:25 AM
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2. Isn't this the case for a lot of republicans
My wife was commenting just the other day about how angry the rightwingers seemed. "Shouldn't they be happy. They won!"

But I think anger and outrage are the emotions that motivate them.

And it seems like it is a culture that they view as "permissive" that causes this anger. It isn't hard to imagine feeling powerless to change the world against constant onslaughts of dreck from cable television. Heck, I feel the same way, just about Fox"news" and not "The Simpsons."

What to do about it? How can we change the progressive message to make people feel like they have voice in a society that more and more feels like it is out of control?

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