BRUCE LERRO—When the founders mention “The Creator” the Christian nationalists break out in celebration, declaring victory. Hold your horses and bugles! Nowhere is Jesus or Yahweh specifically mentioned. Virtually all cultures have a creator god who is more or less involved in his creation. The same is true with the Golden Rule. Christian nationalists act as if this rule was unique to Christianity. Most cultures in the world have their own version of the Golden Rule often dating to thousands of years before Christianity. Furthermore, when god was named it was “nature’s” god. Seidel rightly points this is more likely to resemble the god of the wind or the trees than the description of a biblical god. Nature’s god is a pagan god, not the Judeo-Christian monotheistic god.
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Via his iconic novel Elmer Gantry Sinclair Lewis criticized the US pervasive religiosity, and warned Americans about their propensity to believe hucksters. That America has long been the land of appalling, bovine gullibility, a fact that has made multi-millionaires of scores of religious charlatans, the most outrageous preaching and flaunting a “prosperity gospel” (get rich quick) to justify their own greed, is a reality decried by all progressive observers across the globe.
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ED CURTIN—In 2007 the Catholic Church declared Jägerstätter a martyr and beatified him. The irony of making a saint out of a man whose spiritual witness was opposed by the institutional church authorities cannot be lost on a thinking person. Long dead, safely in his grave, a monument can be erected to his memory. [As, by official overpraise we also defanged the meaning and legacy of Martin Luther King.—Ed]
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While christofascim makes inroads in government and armed forces, a significant number of Americans are choosing atheism
Religiosity —chiefly Christian fundamentalism of a variety of sorts—has long been a feature of the American social and political landscape. Its effects have been nefarious, not just for the culture as a whole, but for the faithful themselves, who are often victimised by reactionary ideologies and outright predatory preachers. The impact of these people—as a voting bloc —has helped to elect the likes of George W Bush and similar types, with consequent injuries to American society in the form of support for criminal imperialist wars (Billy Graham set the pattern for this in the postwar), delays in badly needed medical advances (blocking of stem cell research), and so on.
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BOB JOHNSON—Breaking the nuclear agreement with Iran and the other nations has moved us much closer to a US religious war with Iran for the benefit of Israel. This seems to be the top priority of Israel. This was seen recently when Israeli PM Netanyahu got upset with the European Union for trying to salvage the nuclear agreement. As Israel and its supporters did in the build up to the unnecessary US war against Iraq, that was fought and paid for for the benefit of Israel, Netanyahu accused the Europeans of appeasing Iran just as was done in the 1930s regarding Hitler.