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We're not going to be able to fix these people. The only hope we have is to outlast them.


Just when you thought it was safe to back into the pew.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 2 months ago

They passed separate aid packages for Ukraine and Israel. They could have done all the aid packages in one lump, but House Republicans voted it down on Trump's orders.

The speculation is that with Trump's criminal trial in session in New York, he doesn't have the capacity to micromanage Republicans on the Hill. So this was Magic Mike's first opportunity to pass the bill unobstructed, even if it required Democrats to assist.


It should surprise no one that Dominionist Mike Johnson's change of heart on Ukraine was bought by suggesting to him that it could serve his religious agenda.


Daniel Dennett, philosopher, atheist, and one of the tongue-in-cheek "Horsemen" of atheism, died today. He was 82.


Surveillance cameras showed a man walk up to the building soon after 4 a.m. on April 8 wearing a face covering, tactical vest and gloves, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI. The man then ignited an improvised explosive device, threw it at the main entrance then ran away. The bomb partially detonated, resulting in some minor fire damage, authorities said.



The bottom line is that Christian nationalism takes on different forms, and despite organizational or even ideological differences, ideas can penetrate the often porous borders between different camps. Someone who receives the daily email blast from the Family Research Council might also be drawn to Wolfe’s book, for example. On a more unnerving, macro level, major right-wing and GOP figures, including Marjorie Taylor Greene and the CEO of the Daily Wire, the podcast consortium run by conservative influencer Ben Shapiro, have embraced the rabidly antisemitic, Hitler-admiring antagonist Nick Fuentes, who is Catholic but also is accurately described as a Christian nationalist. The increasingly influential Catholic integralist movement, which seeks a Catholic-inflected replacement for the “liberal order,” is yet another unique form of Christian nationalism.


...In 2022, Stephen Wolfe (no relation to William) published a book called “The Case for Christian Nationalism.” The book was published by Canon Press, a publishing house that began as a ministry of Wilson’s church. Stephen K. Bannon, the Trump adviser, reportedly had a copy of the book stacked on his table.

In the book, Wolfe lays out a vision that veers very far into the fantastic — he rails against the advancement of women over the past several decades by using the term “gynocracy,” and describes both the Obergefell decision and the 1965 immigration reform which abolished quotas on national origin as an “imperial imposition.” One chapter, called “The Christian Prince,” advocates for a “measured and theocratic caesarism.” Wolfe has suggested that he’s playing a somewhat coy game here, using “prince” to refer not necessarily to a monarch, but possibly to the aggregate form of American governmental power. Whatever it is, in his version of Christian nationalism the prince would promote “national self-love and a manly, moral liberty.”


It's mostly good news all around. Evangelicals are the only ones who are managing to hold their ground, so that's bad. But "Unaffiliated" which includes atheists, agnostics, and "Nones" are up from 21% in 2013 to 26% in 2023. We continue to be the fastest-growing demographic in the US. Furthermore, an increasing number of Americans simply find religion irrelevant or otherwise unimportant, and those numbers are growing as well.

There is hope for the future, should we survive so long.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 3 months ago

MAGA is disgusting, yes. But sacrilege, like blasphemy, is a victimless crime. So what's the problem?

[–] [email protected] 0 points 3 months ago (2 children)

Captain Cassidy examines yet another Christian expressing pity for non-believers who must be somehow deficient to explain non-belief.


Pity the poor unseen majority who shove their religion in our faces every day. Won't someone think of them?

[–] [email protected] 0 points 3 months ago

That verse is too vague. Every Christian thinks it applies to them, especially conservatives.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 3 months ago (1 children)

The real tragedy is that we have some real world examples of exactly this attitude.


It's easy to roll one's eyes as the self-serving dramatics of MAGA voters using false claims of victimhood as cover for their ugly views. But, as the threatening language in Greene's tweet shows, this "woe is us" act is deeply dangerous. The hyperbolic conspiracy theories and dehumanizing language serve to convince Republican voters that religious liberty and democracy are simply values they can no longer afford to hold. The message is Christians are so "under siege" that the only way to fight back is by stripping everyone else of basic rights.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 3 months ago

How do you mock your enemy if you don't know who they are and what they're doing?

[–] [email protected] 0 points 3 months ago (2 children)

Did you know about them before reading this? I didn't.

Know your enemy.


They have money, they have influence, they have charisma, and they have technical expertise. And they're using to pursue a theocratic America, even if they have to kill anyone who gets in their way.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 3 months ago

That's the story they've been telling themselves so long that nobody really knows for sure. They certainly didn't allow any other narrative once they took control of every government they could.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 3 months ago

I don't see how they aren't both rotten at the core. They both spring from the same Abrahamic religion. They both cite extremely fallible and frequently inaccurate texts as scriptures. They both cherry-pick what they want from scripture and knowledge. Neither is better than the other. The only reason that Christianity isn't just as violent as Islam today is because most of the Christian world is leashed by secularism, which the Islamic world rejected a thousand years ago.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 3 months ago

In fact, Jesus was very pro-war/conflict and anti-immigrant. Shall I quote the gospel verses demonstrating it?

[–] [email protected] 0 points 3 months ago (2 children)

Well, yes and no. Yes, during the Islamic Golden Age they successfully introduced a lot of valuable knowledge. There's a reason our numbers are called "Arabic" and most of the stars we can see have Arabic names. However, the idea that they've been strictly defensive is not accurate. After the fall of the Golden Age, when clerics took back their power and declared mathematics to be satanic they began their campaign to establish a global caliphate. They're brutal with anyone they consider sexually deviant or violate gender norms, and they're not above attempting to invade a neighbor if they think they can get away with it in the name of Allah.

Just like Christianity throughout history.

The difference is that they have a lot of catching up to do before they can equal the atrocities of Christianity. And from the look of it, this lag isn't from lack of trying. They just haven't had as much time as Christians to commit all of the atrocities.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 3 months ago

It's possible, but we've been talking about that for at least fifteen years to counter the "the Founders intended us to be a Christian nation" nonsense.

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