For those who don't like polemic, the post's got two links to AlterNet in it. One is an article concerning the frightening proportion of American schools that use textbooks filled with propaganda that's not only very, very deep in the reality-denying end of the right-wing scale (such as claiming that environmentalists' only goal in discussing global warming is to destroy the economies of rich countries), but also extremely, and openly, Christian supremacist:
The A Beka civics text states, “God’s original purpose for government was to punish the evil and reward the good.” The same text describes the ideal form of government. “All governments are ordained by God, but none compare to government by God, theocracy.”
They truly believe that if you have not been “saved,” you are living under a curse and are incapable of knowing what is best and that because of this you should be ruled over. You should also know they do not believe that even centuries-old Christian communities (Catholics, Anglicans, Greek Orthodox, etc.) are “saved,” only those who think like they do.
I guess you're right on that one. Given how underhanded the bastards are being at it, it might arguably still fit the term. So what shall we call it?
I'll just copypasta a bit from the ex-pastor's article that illustrates what I mean.
"I want you to know that the fundamentalist political movement is the beginning of a cultural revolution that will take our nation to a very dark place. You have to understand that this has been methodically planned and is being carried out with the utmost vigilance. In accordance with their worldview, my old friends do not in the least care about what you think. They are against democracy, and they are seeking to end the rule of the majority in our great country."
If that's true - and I'd hope he has some evidence to back it up, but I can see why they wouldn't want to mention this shit in writing - then people better start pushing back. Hard.
The philosophy they are open about says that citizens should not be given the rights to sin or not, for that makes the nation sinful. That is directly against freedom of speech, religion and democracy in general. Why else would they fight for the laws they do?
Maybe I'm just paranoid, but I don't see their schemes to fundamentally change US government as going on in the dark, it seems right out in front to me.
Dark place? I was responding to:
Given how underhanded the bastards are being at it, it might arguably still fit the term. So what shall we call it?
I used the term "going on in the dark" for underhanded. I wasn't referring to the quote that Mick was using.
Oh, discussion boards, where the lack of context makes stuff confusing that seems straight forward at the time.