The Notoriety of Doofus and Dotty



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I stumbled across a blog in Australia in which the blogger decries the potential lunatic, fear-filled reactions of American Christians to the projected Obama/Biden victory. See: The anti-Obama Christian bloggers.

"Moreover, I have to say that I am starting to get concerned about where this will lead. Polls suggest a much greater chance of an Obama win than a McCain win, which means that a situation might arise in which a great number of angry, terrified Christians are faced with an Obama White House and a Pelosi/Reid Congress.

What will these Christians do? Hopefully they will settle down, look back at what they believed in the lead up to his victory and then begin to exmaine [sic] their beliefs more objectively. Unfortunately, given the propensity of American Christians to be convinced that fiction is fact (eg Harry Potter and Satanism) I don't think this is going to happen. I'm worried, though, that violence may occur in response to an Obama/Reid/Pelosi victory as Christians take up the arms guaranteed by the constitution, refuse to pay taxes and begin overt resistance to the world of evil that they believe exists in the form of Obama and the Democrats."
Dream on, buddy, "objective examination of beliefs" and fundamentalist Christianity are diametrically opposed.

Fundamentalist American Christians are "angry and terrified" because, in their ill-intentioned bid for power, Doofus (top left) and Dotty (right) have been telling lies and whipping up hatred against Obama, presumably because they read the unthinking emotionality of their "congregation" well.



(I probably did not need to clarify whom I am calling Doofus and Dotty.)

How else could Brat Maverick hope to win with a platform that can be summarized as: "Let's cut down on Washington waste while continuing to spend billions on a war that we will not admit cannot be won."?

In essence:
"He is interested in two things, and two things only: making you afraid of it,and telling you who's to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections."
The writer is clear and fair, yet is an "evangelical" (what is Australia coming to?). I take this to indicate that he is familiar with the emotional reactivity that passes for thinking in fellow fundamentalists.

"That means I do believe in the spirit world, including the existence of Satan."
What an interesting example of philosophical tension!. He recognizes the disconnection between Harry Potter and the mythical "fallen angel", Mormon brother to Jesus, and yet he believes in equally ridiculous notions. Proof positive that otherwise intelligent people can entertain indoctrinated stupidities that are utterly without evidence. They call if Faith, I call it something completely different.

2 comments:

One Salient Oversight said...

Hello Salient Al. It's good to finally meet another Salient blogger.

I like to think of myself as an evangelical Christian who does spend time exmaining (sic) my own beliefs.

At the moment, though, I am tearing my hair out (what is left of it) at the stupidity of my fellow evangelicals.

Needless to say I do not see you or Atheism as any "threat" to society.

salient said...

You have probably noticed that I found your blog through a search for "salient". Australian caught my eye because I grew up partly in Sydney and the South Coast.

It's refreshing to discover an intelligent, fair-minded evangelical. Perhaps we have your being Australian to thank for the fair-mindedness.

I don't think that atheism is any threat to society, nor does is it intended to be so. The threat comes from emotion-powered stupidity.