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Delusional Politics (at the pulpit and on the soap box)

I came across this snippet from Richard Dawkins’s “The God Delusion” which immediately reminded me of what’s happening (has been happening for 30yrs) in American politics. Rick Santorum has shamelessly used his deformed child to get votes; he’s sidled up to the Religious Right, who, being Fundamentalist Christians and Baptists and Pentecostals (and but for needing to use their religious-political power to make controls on American behavior), wouldn’t otherwise waste time spitting on a Catholic. Meanwhile, Mit Romney’s Mormanism isn’t talked about; at least not publicly. And then there is Newt Gingrich, the poster-boy for everything bad about 1) politics, 2) men, 3) women who like powerful men, and 4) liars.

march 10, 2007

“Precisely because America is legally secular, religion has become free enterprise. Rival churches compete for congregations—not least for the fat tithes that they bring—and the competition is waged with all the aggressive hard-sell techniques of the marketplace. What works for soap flakes works for God, and the result is something approaching religious mania among today’s less educated classes.”

– Richard Dawkins, “The God Delusion”

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