Friday, December 7, 2012

Religions is a tool of the right wing

Religion has been a tool of he right wing and the status quo for centuries.  The Germans viewed World War 2 as a struggle between religion and atheism  the Germans actually had more Teutonic crosses on their aircraft than swastikas. Of course, the swastika has been called a "twisted cross."

Oddly, the right wing in the US picked up where the Germans left off . in the 1990s Ronald Reagan used the evangelical community to win a presidential election. Although George HW Bush was less enamored with religion than his son, Karl Rove used religion to elect his son, GW Bush.

GW Bush even tried to give the US welfare system to church leaders after the election, but the church leaders balked at the idea stating that wasn't the mission of the churches.

Rightardia has a secular humanist slant on the world that some might call that view agnostic atheism. By using the term agnostic we mean we have no special knowledge that God exists or does not. We have no idea. At the same time the religious community has offered scant evidence of god's existence  Many religious people take a Gnostic view in that they have special knowledge of god's existence.

Pat Robertson is a good example of this when he says he knew who will be the next president.

Robertson later admitted he got God's message wrong suggesting Robertson believed God had told him that Mitt Romney would win. Robertson also said the president's policies do not reflect what American believe.  Of course, Obama had a convincing election win both in popular vote and electorally. Obama won by more that 4.5 million votes

Don't forget Billy Graham either. He invited Mitt Romney to his church and then removed the Mormon faith form the Billy Graham cult list to give the Republican an election a boost with evangelical.  Right after the election, the Mormon Church went back on the cult list when officials from Graham's church admitted they had made a mistake about the Mormon faith.

Many years ago Sinclair Lewis made a famous quite about fascism:

American fascism has elements of capitalism, religion and jingoistic patriotism  Another world for fascism is corporatism.

Churches has always looked toward corporate sponsors for church contributions and have reminded their flock to look the other way when corporate abuses were occurring. Why worry about the here and now when paradise is waiting for the obedient in heaven?

Is it possible that a supreme being created the universe?

Certainly, but why would a supreme being need to be worshiped or hang around one small planet in he middle of a very large universe?

Even the Founders believed the universe was inhabited by other intelligent worlds and that there were probably sentient beings who are a lot smarter than the people on earth. Many of the founders were also deists. They believed in God, but not in organized religion.

In fact, it  is rumored that Ben Franklin was an atheist,

Thomas Jefferson even edited the Bible.

"The Jefferson Bible, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth as it is formally titled, was a book constructed by Thomas Jefferson in the latter years of his life by cutting and pasting numerous sections from the New Testament as extractions of the doctrine of Jesus. Jefferson's condensed composition is especially notable for its exclusion of all miracles by Jesus and most mentions of the supernatural, including sections of the four gospels which contain the Resurrection and most other miracles, and passages indicating Jesus was divine," 

Of course, these same  four gospels  of gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are the ones that are embraced by evangelicals and fundamentalists. 

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