let's face it, the highly religious, the ones we here have the biggest problem with, is the base of the Republican Party. given this, news of its imminent demise should thrill most Atheists. and make no mistake, barring a gargantuan shift in policies and rhetoric, they are absolutely on the path towards extinction.
it's common knowledge that the GOP is an old, white party. while not an absolute, that is an accurate enough description of the Republican Party today. two trends to keep in mind here. one, old people tend to die at a faster rate than young people. two, white people are shrinking as a percentage of the electorate. they are running out of supporters, and it's happening quicker than many thought.
take yesterday's election. President Obama won over 90% of the black vote and 70% of the latino and asian vote. Romney did well with seniors and whites overall. meanwhile, the country is getting browner. the GOP may end up becoming a whites only club, a nativist and pale collection of isolationists who choose to ignore the changing demographics of the country. worse, they may choose to keep it this way. if they choose this path, their extinction is all but guaranteed. their option would be to abandon their social issues, immigration policies, and economic austery programs and to open up their tent through real policy change.
anyone wanna bet which way they go?
for Atheists, either way is a win. if the GOP becomes irrelevant then the power of the religious right goes with it. if they truly make changes to make more people inclusive and begin to part with their religious base Atheists will celebrate. yesterday's election is better for Atheists than most people would think.
Good point. He did say he never heard the Wright comments that got so much attention four years ago. Maybe he just sat there and tuned him out ?
lol. well played.
My guess, if he is a closet nonbeliever, he's an agnostic. By the way matthew, you misspelled "extinct" in the title.
holy shit! how did i (and everyone else who has commented) miss that. should i fix it or leave it be? i'd hate for your comment to become irrelevant.
Matthew, I'd leave it be. I think that changing the title can affect the followup. Not sure. I saw it too, but not wanting to be a spelling nazi, some times just good to let it be.
Susan, fault Jeremiah Wright for being a minister (a con man) if you like.
When he said "Goddamn America" he was expressing an emotion felt by many of America's minorities.
Why do so many on here assume he's really smart ? We have never seen his grades. He needs a teleprompter to deliver a coherent thought. He has never held a job outside of politics and community organizer.
Do you think the majority of Harvard grads are morons? How do you know he needs a teleprompter to make a "coherent thought"? So you are saying that politicians and community organizers are morons? BTW, those are not the only jobs he had. From Wikipedia:
In 1991, Obama accepted a two-year position as Visiting Law and Government Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School to work on his first book. He then taught at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years—as a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996, and as a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004—teaching constitutional law.
From April to October 1992, Obama directed Illinois's Project Vote, a voter registration campaign with ten staffers and seven hundred volunteer registrars; it achieved its goal of registering 150,000 of 400,000 unregistered African Americans in the state, leading Crain's Chicago Business to name Obama to its 1993 list of "40 under Forty" powers to be.
In 1993, he joined Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a 13-attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development, where he was an associate for three years from 1993 to 1996, then of counsel from 1996 to 2004. His law license became inactive in 2007.
From 1994 to 2002, Obama served on the boards of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, which in 1985 had been the first foundation to fund the Developing Communities Project; and of the Joyce Foundation. He served on the board of directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995 to 2002, as founding president and chairman of the board of directors from 1995 to 1999.
I suppose only idiots do those things? You really should try harder to show your hatred for Obama. It hasn't shown yet.
good lord do we need a like button! well said Susan.
I wish there was a like button too. I feel like sometimes I have to respond to a comment in order to put it into my timeline and 'save' it for later. So I don't have to wade through pages and pages again.