Guest Column by RobRoy McCandless
A friend of mine, defined by conservatives as a “liberal” but really just a left-leaning moderate, did a talk show with Jesse Lee Peterson, a pretty far-right conservative host. I don’t have a lot of experience with these shows. I’ve listened to a few Rush Limbaugh episodes, and of course the attendant sound bites that receive media attention. A few others have passed across my radar without making much of an impact. They aren’t speaking to me, just about me. Because I voted for Obama, or support Social Security and unemployment protection, I’m labeled. It’s interesting to be told how I’m a liar, how I hate America and how I’m tearing down the country, but only for so long. It gets stale after the first ten or fifteen minutes, and it’s a rote script pretty much across the board.
The caveat here is that I don’t listen to liberal talk shows either, unless NPR can be considered that. The wire to my TV was cut years ago, so neither liberal or conservative news programs make it into the house either. I have no idea if the same is true on the other side of the extreme. But far-right conservative talk show hosts seem to operate by a rote script dictated from the hive mind. It seems like they have a checklist of things they know their audience will equate with and latch onto, and spend their allotted airtime filling in as many boxes as possible. Continue reading
I wrote an article a couple years ago about “Crucifixion Porn.” I don’t want to rehash it, so follow the link if you’d like to read it, but for some reason, this now-old article still generates occasional comments from Christians who often respond with the duel strategy of disavowing “religion” while at the same time quoting scripture to me to make me see the error of my ways.
It’s not even Thanksgiving, and I’ve already seen several news stories on the War on Christmas. I’ve written about this before, but I never expected this to become as regular as Eggnog and as ubiquitous as the fat man himself.
Fortunately, I’m not the only one noticing. Here’s a great piece about it from the Humanist perspective. And just for fun, here’s a great Meme. Happy Holidays:
Stop the madness!
Dear Bryan Fischer: I adore you.
Ah, sweet Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, delightful, sentimental, hateful, misinformed, conspiracy theorist, and racist hatemonger. You are the greatest gift to the secular moment since Christopher Hitchens passed too soon from the planet.
Hitch was shrewd, funny, charismatic and intelligent—all the things that you are not, but still, Bryan, you are an inspiration to us all.
Your brand of Christianity is more offensive than the caricature many atheists create of Christianity to try and scare the people on the fence. Even better: Your opinions are real. For a while I was stuck on Poe’s Law, assuming your radio, television and media empires were just some elaborate joke. Continue reading
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Tagged American Family Association, atheism, atheist, blasphemy, Bryan Fischer, Christopher Hitchens, Hate Group, Islam, jesus, Love Letter, Mohammad, reason, religion, religious right, Republican, tea party, Theocracy
This essay appeared in the Good Men Project: One of my favorite web outlets. Check out that version here!
I first noticed America’s problem with labels while reading about so called “family groups,” like the American Family Association, Focus on the Family and others. The more these groups harped on “family,” the less I could see my own family reflected in their “values.” In short, these groups don’t represent—or even recognize—my secular, progressive family.
I could not be more delighted.
The latest word that rings in my ears daily is “Patriot.” Take a moment to think about how often you’ve heard this word over the past year or so, and you’ll notice it’s always used in the context of some person or group self-identifying. It’s almost exclusively a self-adopted label. Continue reading
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Tagged American Family Association, constitution, libtard, patriot, patriotism, reason, religious right, Republican, Republican Debate, Sarah Palin, secular progressive, tea party, Theocracy
An abbreviated version of this article appeared on the Good Men Project.
As a secular minded person, I find American religiosity sometimes annoying, but it’s fairly easy to ignore as an adult. During prayers at a sporting event or a public meeting, I shove my hands in my pocket or fiddle with my phone. Much like a prostate exam, it’s over soon enough. When it comes to my children, America’s brand of intrusive religiosity becomes much more sinister. In fact, it is all but impossible to raise children religiously neutral while living in America.
As only one of many examples, recently a family friend babysat our two youngest children, aged four and six. At some point, she told our children that “Jesus died for your sins and now he lives in Heaven.” She is a very nice person and I never expected her to do such a thing. Her words had no impact on my four-year-old, but my son, Ray, who is six, hasn’t stopped talking about it ever since. Continue reading
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Tagged atheism, atheist, blasphemy, children, Christianity, education, fatherhood, First Amendment, reason, religious right, Theocracy, Wiccan