Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The End Of The World Christian Right

I just came across an article published in Salon in October by a guy named Edwyn Lyngar that absolutely destroys the Christian Right. Ostensibly a review of a new Christian Right movie about the end of the world, the so-called "end times" that some people think the Bible predicts, Lyngar takes the opportunity to say exactly what's wrong with right wing Christianity. He apparently has been at this awhile because he's good at it. He just tees off on them -- paragraph after paragraph. There's not a sentence in this article that isn't a devastatingly accurate criticism of fundamentalist Christianity.

There was a time when I would have said Lyngar is going a bit too far in his article, that you can't condemn a people to the extent that they become wholly written off and irredeemable, but I've become entirely fed up myself with what I call Republican Christianity. A lot of it has to do with a brother of mine, a dittohead Republican fundamentalist Christian who I spent quite a bit of time and effort trying to reconcile with earlier this year, who has become so narrow minded and intractable that's it's almost impossible to have any kind of conversation with him at all. The poor guy has been stuffing his head so full of bullshit for so many years now that it's hard to imagine him ever recovering.

It also has to do with the fact that the Christian Right, the Fox News Rush Limbaugh tea bagger right, has just so completely veered off the plane of reality into a swamp of bitterness and self delusion. As Lyngar points out, they are becoming a smaller percentage of the populace all the time and are especially unpopular among young people. As they become a smaller minority and are left further behind by the rest of the world, the fear that drives them to reject everything but the narrow set of beliefs they cling to will only get worse.  I hope that instead of turning into a panic that makes them violent they will adapt to their circumstance in some other way, maybe by gathering into highly segregated little colonies off by themselves where they make colorful clothing for themselves and eat home grown corn on the cob.


  1. I will mention that the extremes of the left and right seem to be the folks with the oars on the ship we call the United States. The partisan nature of politics seem to be getting worse and worse and present all over the spectrum of politics, all of the way to small town politics.

    I do understand that it has always been partisan, but this seems to be getting worse as we move along. I blame Nixon for having destroyed a certain respect we used to have for the highest office in the land. With his dirty tricks, enemies lists, cover ups etc., we seem to have lost faith. And from then, at least for me, it has all been downhill.

    I do understand it is hard to deal with folks who seem so far out there. Especially family members, I would imagine we all have nuts that fell too far away from the tree in our families. I try not to discuss politics or religion at family gatherings, you never really know when some right wing Christian or left wing medical pot nut will "fess" up.

    And, trust me, both will be absolutely positive that they are the ones in the right. Makes it sorta hard to make friends, sorta lonely being in her middle.... lol