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  • Maybe They Should Go To Church Once For the Experience

    Posted by Shannon Love on September 3rd, 2008 (All posts by )

    An amusing little bit of religious ignorance from Huffington Post:

    “Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God,” she exhorted the congregants. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”

    In other words: “Pray that we’re doing the right thing.” Wow, I can really see how that is controversial. Clearly, Palin comes from a nest of religious fanatics. 

    As an atheist I find it very amusing to watch secular types go into a frothing tizzy about religious speech, especially when it’s very clear they simply do not understand the context. The same people lectured us sagely about how we should interpret the Rev. Wright’s racist ranting, but now we must regard an expressed hope that we’re following the correct national policy as something sinister. 

    I find it doubly ironic that someone can evince concern about a mainstream American denomination and at the same time find it perfectly reasonable that Obama’s circle of leftist friends and supporters embrace and respect an unrepentant Maoist terrorist. They see framing your world view in the same traditional religious terms that have guided us to this point in history as signs of dangerous political extremism. On the other hand they see someone framing their world view in the tradition of a megacidal tyrant and carrying out acts of attempted murder in that cause as OK. 

     

    2 Responses to “Maybe They Should Go To Church Once For the Experience”

    1. Lexington Green Says:

      For people who live in a majority Christian country, and who hate and fear and despise Christianity, the supposedly smart people in this country know damn little about it, either as a matter of history, or of how it is actually lived today. It is more comfortable to stay in the cocoon of smug bigotry, with others equally ignorant, and bask in your imagined superiority.

    2. Helen Says:

      Sorry to bring up an example from this side of the Pond but I realized just how Pagan the country or, at least, the media had become just after Diana was killed. There were these shocked comments that her children were “dragged off” to church after the news had come through. To church? To pray for their mother? Well, whatever next?