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My Worst Nightmare

These people, the Christian Reconstructionists, AKA the American Taliban, are genuinely frightening because they've become so accepted. What's worse, I live just down the street from one of their madrassas, the Fairview Christian School. Creepier still, this Christian School is my polling place. Ick. Whatever happened to separation of church and state?

The article on Reconstructionists is worth your time. "How many outsiders know the depth and specificity of Reconstructionist political indoctrination in these schools? For example, Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, a college exclusively for Christian homeschoolers, offers programs in strategic government intelligence, legal training and foreign policy, all with a strict, Bible-based “Christian worldview.” Patrick Henry is so heavily funded by the Christian right it can offer classes below cost. In the Bush administration, seven percent of all internships are handed out to Patrick Henry students, along with many others distributed among similar religious rightist colleges."

How is this worldview even sustainable in the modern world?

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bobhowe
May. 25th, 2004 01:39 am (UTC)
Good post. I'm not quite as willing as Bageant to cede the culture to the fundamentalists:

For starters, we libs are even more embattled than most of us choose to believe. Any significant liberal and progressive support is limited to a few urban pockets on each coast and along the upper edge of the Midwestern tier states. Most of the rest of the nation, the much vaunted heartland, is the dominion of the conservative and charismatic Christian. Turf-wise, it’s pretty much their country...

Fundamentalism is reactionary, and what it's a reaction to is the secular and commercial culture in which it's embedded. Opposition to gay marriage, for example, is largely generational: the cohort in college now, though in many ways more conservative than the boomers, are much more egalitarian on matters of sexual orientation.

Most Americans visit physicians, not faith healers, when they're sick; popular culture is overwhelmingly gay friendly (Dan Savage said that lesbianism has gone from "the love that dare not speak its name" to "the love that won't shut up"); one of the most successful sitcoms of the last decade featured a psychiatrist as its protagonist; and despite the best efforts of the Bush administration to roll back Roe v. Wade, the great majority of Americans still believe in a woman's right to have an abortion.

That's not to say the fundamentalists (of all stripes) aren't dangerous, it only takes a few angry nutcases to terrorize a city, but they're dangerous because they feel like victims of the larger culture, and hence entitled to use any means necessary to "fight back."
mckitterick
May. 25th, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC)
...And don't forget that Lawrence is the heart of the Heartland, and it's liberal central.

I'm kinda hoping for the Rapture. Soon. Get rid of 'em while we can still enjoy their absence.

Chris
bobhowe
May. 28th, 2004 03:17 am (UTC)
Well that'll work only if their version of god is really the one in charge. In my version, a giant hand pokes down out of the heavens and flicks those self-important scolds into eternal damnation with His powerful middle finger.
hygelakthedread
May. 25th, 2004 10:00 am (UTC)
Heinlein was right...
Unfortunately, there is no one "Nehemiah Scudder" head of this dragon that we can simply cut off. The cancer has metastasized throughout our body politic, and it would require a massive social equivalent of chemotherapy and radiation therapy to eliminate it. There are, however, a few major nodes that can be excised surgically... we just need to find a surgeon. Whether that will give our country the time to clear out the rest of the cancer before social extinction is another question altogether...
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