The groundbreaking marijuana legalization initiative that passed this month in Colorado won a majority of the vote even in El Paso county, home to Colorado Springs — the “Mecca” of Evangelical Christianity. There is a large military presence there as well, of course, but this county is reliably conservative. Romney won it by over 21 points. [Read more...]
Though the logic of same-sex marriage today seems obvious, this was certainly not the case ten (or even five) years ago. To almost everyone back then, that same-sex marriage could possibly be so widely embraced across the United States (as it is in 2012) was a far-fetched, almost frivolous idea. [Read more...]
It’s easy to sit back and snark at the many hoary Thanksgiving Day traditions venerated across America — presidential turkey-pardoning ceremonies, depraved Black Friday madness, gluttonous indulgences. The Christian Right regularly attempts to arrogate Thanksgiving unto themselves, imbuing it with a kind of vaguely divine significance. I can recall attending Thanksgiving “services” at my hometown “Our Lady of the Suburbs” Catholic parish in northern New Jersey. [Read more...]
Conspiracy theories have always been popular in America to one degree or another. Way back when, they proliferated by word of mouth. Fast-forward to the late 20th century and the preferred mode of dissemination became fax machines. Today, the Internet.
Scanning the post-election comment threads at Breitbart.com has been instructive. The mindset of hateful conspiracy theorists who flood that site on a regular basis (its influence continues to expand) is worthwhile for the skeptically-minded to grok, because they provide insight into how the fundamentalist religious mind functions. (Many of these commenters are themselves Christian fundamentalists.) [Read more...]