Is there any difference between converting a far right winger and a religious fundamentalist?
I'm sure just about all of us know a right winger or two, perhaps more. Some of these right wing fundamentalists may be very close to us, our friends/co-workers or to members of our families.
I have a family member (not in my immediate family, but close) that I'm concerned about. I'm hoping the AN group can help me with some conversion tactics. I'll refer to him as "RW" (right winger).
RW has had Rush and co invading and hi-jacking his brain for years. He avidly follows Rush, Beck, Mark Levin as well as local right wing programming. He buys damn near all of Becks stupid ass books. He listens to RW radio ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT. RW believes every word he reads and hears from these demagogues and he has been convinced that every other viewpoint is wrong - way wrong.
RW has a large network of fellow right wingers.
RW has a "Don't Tread on Me" icon as his facebook profile pic. Well over 90% of his facebook posts are right wing propaganda. He has a large following (over 500 facebook friends), including children.
RW is indoctrinating his teenage children. His 3 kids "like" Bush, Reagan, Beck and "conservative" facebook fan pages.
RW is Christian. Raised Methodist but converted to Catholisim when he married into our family. He is an active member of the church.
RW and I used to get into FB battles - until I de-friended him. I had to for two reasons. I have a job and can't spend all day battling it out on social networks (he does not have such limitations) and I feared that one of us would write something that would break our ties permanently. We haven't conversed in several months.
I did some research and came up with this article:
What do you think, is this a viable technique? Shame, ridicule and humiliation? Do you have other recommendations that are less confrontational, but still effective? Personal experiences to share? References? Anything?
As always I'd appreciate your advise. I'm sure others with similiar problems will as well.