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Liberals - The New Fundamentalists.
Friday, October 14, 2005
I remember sitting in a tent revival meeting as a child and asking my father about the speaker "Is he mad, Daddy? Who is he angry at?" Over the years, the more I ran into fundamentalists and their often concrete thought I was struck by their aura of anger and omnipresent sense of defeatism. ___________________________________________________ Fire raining down from the heavens, an evil lord and his corrupt legions overrunning the earth, unchecked unrighteousness, doom, judgment...

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Fast forwarding to 2005, no, you aren't sitting in a fire-breathing fundamental Chruch of God, you are at your average every-day neighborhood liberal get-together. Whether it is Al Gore, red-faced, white shirt dripping with sweat, challenging the powers of darkness or Howard Dean running up and down the aisles being "slain in the spirit", the old southern circuit ridin' evangelist seems to have been reborn in America's liberal leaders.

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The dogma presented is just as concrete and faith-based. There are deities and demons. Worshipped are the gods of environmentalism, entitlement and pacifism while they battle the devils of "big business", conservatism, and often plain reason. The feeling of righteousness and moral superiority is palpable.

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The congregation is caught up in the religious fervor, hanging with rapture on the words coming from the pultpit, accepting it as gospel, pure and righteous. Then, each one, fancying themself a crusader of light, goes forth throughout the week to spread the good news to every creature. Stopping you in the hall, they witness to you in the most sincere way, sharing the light through their internet portals, congregating with each other for mutual edification. One day, one may even open one's front door to two such acolytes, "Elder Such-and-such" on button one, "Disciple This-and-that", on the other, a copy of "My Life" (written by patron-saint Bill Clinton) tucked under respectful arms.

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Fundamentalism has its appeal. Requiring little thought, extreme faith, complete devotion, and unbridled passion. Anyone is capable. It's droning mantras intoned by high priests are repeated reverently over and over by the flock until it becomes truth--a world of foundational absolutes. There is no wonder it attracts so many.

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Go ye into all the world, liberals, and preach the gospel.
posted by Jack Mercer @ 10/14/2005 08:30:00 PM  
7 Comments:
  • At 10/14/2005 10:35:00 PM, Blogger Bookworm said…

    Not only are you back, Jack, you're smoking! What an excellent post. I'm linking.

     
  • At 10/14/2005 10:41:00 PM, Blogger mokawanis said…

    Hello again, Jack!
    Glad to hear you're feeling better and looking forward to seeing your comments on Miers...and Delay, Rove, Libby, Frist, and Bush.
    Have to tell you I laughed when I saw your post with the pic of the trucks in front of the White House.

     
  • At 10/14/2005 10:50:00 PM, Blogger Anna said…

    Great post and so true! The liberals are always yelling and if you try to state your point of view, they just yell louder over you!

    You have explained it perfectly!

     
  • At 10/14/2005 10:53:00 PM, Blogger Lightning Bug's Butt said…

    Health dive? What's wrong? You OK?

     
  • At 10/15/2005 05:16:00 PM, Blogger mochi said…

    Again, hope you are OK, I much prefer life with our debates. If there's anything I can do let me know.

    To your post:

    I get it, you are the protector of big business and we are the socialist religious zealots. Seems a little oxymoronic. Liberals do hold the moral high ground and we don't need to hide behind ignorance (religion) to prove it. What will conservatives do when everyone works for WalMart and abortion is illegal? Ahhh there's always the threat of muslim fundamentalism or a black uprising. You are not thinking of uprising are you Jack?

     
  • At 10/15/2005 07:44:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi All!

    Thought I would hop back into the fray in a big way. Mochi, I have given things much thought during my absence, and you don't impress me as a "fundamentalist" liberal. (This is a compliment:). There is evidence on your website that would "condemn" you with some of the "bretheren". Much I read at NL's indicates rational thought. Rational thought is not the hallmark of die hard liberals.

    Mok, looking forward to giving opinion and analysis on all you speak of. Especially the Miers debacle!

    Anna, THANKS for stopping by! I just noticed that many liberals seem so angry all the time--reminded me of some people I have known over the years.

    Thanks, BW! Missed you guys!

    Bug, doing much better!

    -Jack

     
  • At 3/08/2006 04:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hmmm as a post-grad Christian in Britain I often encounter these kinds of comments and am saddened by them.

    re the absolute truth issue, hegelian methodology 'there is no right or wrong' attempts to be a statement of truth and therefore destroys itself. There must be truth and the question is what this is.


    re lack of reason - both Facism and Stalinism are the logical consequences of humanistic evolution applied in slightly different ways to society and the unthinking masses of Germany and Russia both embraced these ideas.

    re 'gloom' the word 'gospel' means good news! - the world is messed up, as anyone who is not fortunate enough to live in our affluent nations can confirm. The message of Jesus is hope not despair.


    Humanism is a faith (take the idea e.g. that 96% of the universe is taken to be 'dark-matter' and 'dark-energy' despite the fact neither have ever been detected in any way despite 16 years or so of looking).

    It seems a pity that you rejected what that 'revivalist' was saying because he acted 'mad'-evangelicals do look sometimes odd and have behaviour that is often alien to many but this doesnt make them wrong.

     
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