My previous post was on a Madville post that claimed a bill supported by 13 of the 19 Democratic South Dakota legislators insulted women. The comment section came alive without realizing the above fact. It turned more interesting when bearcreekbat (BCB) and female ELCA false pastor Deb Geelsdottir began a conversation:
Salon recently published an article by former evangelist, Frank Schaeffer, explaining his perception of the motivation behind these legislative proposal that seek to interfere with a woman's relationship with her doctor. He states,
"When you read the latest news stories about Mike Huckabee, CPAC, Fox News or whomever, fomenting yet more anti-woman or anti-feminist rhetoric, and crafting a “traditional values” Republican platform, you need to know that this anti-woman reaction has a carefully crafted cynical history."
Deb, what is your opinion about Frank Schaeffer's essay? Do you see it as accurate?
Yes BCB, I think the Schaeffer essay is exactly right. I found myself copying one item after another because it was so well stated. I'll settle for this one:
"Reconstructionist-inspired religious right"
That is indeed a movement based on fear, ignorance and hate, just like all prejudices. The human lust for power and wealth is not mitigated in a movement like that.
As I read near the end of Schaeffer's essay, I resonated with his description of the religious right's information sources. I thought about a commenter here, SS, who is a far right religious type. One of the frustrations in trying to discuss with him is his utter reliance on a very few sources that reinforce his preconceived notions/prejudices.
These types of things are always based on fear which is then skillfully and reprehensibly exploited. I loathe the exploiters.
Thanks Deb! Spooky isn't it? I posted another link on Madville today that identifies a connected historical event - how telling the truth and debating real facts was superceded by conservatives choosing instead to chant the mantra "Christianity and economic freedom" while either disregarding the actual facts or boldly mis-stating them while focusing the public's attention on the mantra and away from the truth.
It is spooky BCB. The conservative "reality", clearly based on lies to create a fantasy world, will bring ruin, as it always has.
As I read your Salon link, I was struck by how similar it is to what the Muslim jihadists are doing, minus the violence. Just as the jihadists have distorted the Koran and Muslim theology, the Religious Right has bastardized Christianity beyond recognition.
I don't know what the numbers are regarding Islam's growth or decline, but I guarantee that Christianity's decline is due to the Religious Right's co-optation of the religion into something unrecognizable and ugly. I have seen scientific, statistical proof of that, but I don't know where to begin to search for a link.
So the ELCA female pastor compares Christians to jihadists. Sad that Pat Powers decides to join Madville and attack conservatives for turning the table on those liberals:
For the second time this legislative session, the headlines have blared nationally over stupid things that Republican legislators have come up with off of the top of their heads.
First, we were treated to Representative Isaac Latterell bringing decapitations and terrorists into the pro-life/pro-choice debate
Conservatives and their limited government agenda is under attack by the establishments of both parties. And you see that here in the South Dakota political blogosphere. Democrats are constantly comparing Christians to terrorists. And when conservatives like Latterell find ways to return fire, the SDGOP Establishment goes on the attack instead of supporting the cause. This happened after the 2004 uptick in the conservative power base when John Thune defeated Tom Daschle. Today we have South Dakota conservatives being marginalized routinely by liberals in both parties.