This essay on the 18th century philosopher David Hume illustrates the difficulty 18th century and later Christians had accepting his combination of atheism and virtue. They considered it an offense and challenge to their beliefs. Here in the US, we’re in the early 21st century and dealing with much the same religious fear and intolerance.
If you’re interested in critical thinking and the remarkable ability of many people to delude themselves and others, it’s worth reading this short reference on crank magnetism, which may remind you of several people you know. We certainly have some people among our relatives and my kids’ friends who are walking demonstrations of crank magnetism.
RationalWiki is a good resource for critical thinking and research on ideas and people you encounter. I’ve found it well written and have not found any obvious false or misleading statements in my occasional visits to the site.
A Christian minister named Dave Barnhart wrote the powerful statement below, exposing the bad faith of the US right wing pseudo-Christians.
“The unborn” are a convenient group of people to advocate for. They never make demands of you; they are morally uncomplicated, unlike the incarcerated, addicted, or the chronically poor; they don’t resent your condescension or complain that you are not politically correct; unlike widows, they don’t ask you to question patriarchy; unlike orphans, they don’t need money, education, or childcare; unlike aliens, they don’t bring all that racial, cultural, and religious baggage that you dislike; they allow you to feel good about yourself without any work at creating or maintaining relationships; and when they are born, you can forget about them, because they cease to be unborn…You can love the unborn and advocate for them without substantially challenging your own wealth, power, or privilege, without re-imagining social structures, apologizing, or making reparations to anyone. They are, in short, the perfect people to love if you want to claim you love Jesus but actually dislike people who breathe.
Prisoners? Immigrants? The sick? The poor? Widows? Orphans? All the groups that are specifically mentioned in the Bible? They all get thrown under the bus for the unborn.
– Dave Barnhart
Dave has a blog at https://davebarnhart.wordpress.com, where he wrote more on the topic of the pseudo-Christian’s war against abortion – https://davebarnhart.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/if-they-actually-cared-about-abortion. He’s also on Twitter and is worth following there – https://twitter.com/davebarnhart.
Humans at their best. Thank you to these women for bringing some much needed beauty into the world.
Splinter News covers this latest grotesquery.
“Southern Baptist megachurch pastor and Donald Trump “adviser” Robert Jeffress— the guy who delivered a prayer at the recent opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem—took to his second-favorite pulpit—Fox News—to explain how evangelicals could justify their continued support of a serially lying and adulterous president.
The short answer: Ronald Reagan cheated, too.”
I feel like most of the political stuff I’m sharing lately is just jaw droppingly stupid or uses “logic” only a far right moron will find compelling.
We can argue that this justification is a logical fallacy but the main issue is that this isn’t a moral justification at all and that people who claim to base their lives on a particular set of moral values and then use an antithetical set of values to justify their actions are morally corrupt and irrational and cannot be reasoned with.
From the New York Times:
The night before Shane Claiborne came to town to preach at a Christian revival, he received a letter from the chief of police at Liberty University warning that if he set foot on the property, he would be arrested for trespassing and face up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.
At first glance, Mr. Claiborne hardly appeared a threat to Liberty University, a dominant force in Lynchburg, Va., and a powerful engine in evangelical Christianity. Wearing baggy clothes that he sews himself, Mr. Claiborne preaches the Gospel, lives among the poor and befriends prisoners on death row, modeling his ministry on the life of Jesus.
It should come as no surprise that the anti-Christian Trump Supporting Evangelicals fear actual followers of Christ. The Christian images and rituals they’ve adopted to cover their tribalism and hatred cannot withstand the presence of an actual Christian. Their attempt to hide their true nature from themselves and the world will come undone. No doubt they’d consider a living Jesus Christ an existential threat and do their best to silence him.
The Pew Research Center’s latest poll shows that the majority of white evangelicals believe the US has no responsibility to accept refugees. Many of these evangelicals are actively hostile to refugees and anyone else outside their tribe. I’m not surprised these anti-Christians hate the most vulnerable. Like many before them, they plaster the images and rituals of Christianity over their tribalism and hatred, attempting to hide their true nature from themselves and the world.
The Daily Beast covers a resegregation trend among America’s Christians: “Black worshippers who left the comfort and familiarity of the black church to forge an inclusive, integrated church with their white neighbors now find themselves church-less. The support of DT’s divisive rhetoric within their predominantly white churches made their continued attendance untenable. ”
White churches in the United States, especially the white Evangelicals, are doing their best to create a mythical 1950s America, where the term “American” means White Straight Christian and the enemy is anyone who questions the supremacy of that America.
Anyone who supports Trump needs to answer for his character. If they claim to support him for religious or moral reasons, they’re too delusional to be reached and you should walk away to save yourself time and frustration.