Worthwhile Reads: Santorum, environmentalism, and more

Julie Ingersoll’s excellent article, “Obama’s ‘Phony Religion’ is Environmentalism, Santorum Explains,” discusses the anti-environmentalism rhetoric of the right and even draws connections to leading Christian Patriarchy group Vision Forum.

Feministe is beginning a series on Evangelical Christianity, and I am keenly interested to read their take. Read the introduction here.

Sierra discusses my post on Christian Patriarchy’s concerns about women voting by pointing out an egregious contradiction in their reasoning.  She is excellent, as usual!

Melissa talks about how church has made her young daughter scared of God. Only telling her daughter that God is “just a story” ended the recurrent night terrors.

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Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM

    Thank you for the link to Ingersoll’s article. It explained something about the Reconstructionists that I hadn’t understood before:

    This is not to claim that Santorum is a secret Reconstructionist, but rather to point out how successful Reconstructionists have been at shaping the discourse in the half-century since Rushdoony began writing.

  • StevoR

    Thanks for that.

    In the context of Republicans versus the environment I’d like to recomend this clip :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHYhovvLQyc&list=PL029130BFDC78FA33&index=1&feature=plpp_video

    about the attacks on Katherine Hayhoe (interviewed) who once a wrote a pro-climate science chapter in one of Newt Gingriches book which he later trashed.

    Just over the last few years the shift in attitude for this area seems, to me, to have just got ever worse.

  • http://aceofsevens.wordpress.com Ace of Sevens

    Shit. I was planning to write a series using the same approach Feministe has here. I hadn’t seen it done before. All I’ve got so far is a page or so of notes. They are going to beat me.

  • Besomyka

    The No Longer Quivering article fits nicely into the conversation on several blogs here (Greta and Natalie, I think) about how those catch-22 situations point to an underlying irrational bias. That article highlighted the conflict quite clearly!

    They may try to make it sound like they are being compassionate about women, but the conflict reveals the underlying truth of their opinion: women cannot be trusted to make decisions.

    It doesn’t really matter what the context is, they will rationalize their opinion with whatever facts they have at hand, and with whatever arguments they think are likely to convince themselves and those around them.

    It strikes me that seriously holding that sort of thought in your head takes a profound lack of empathy. I suspect they are, generally, fairly empathetic people. I mean, I doubt the percentage of people that are sociopaths is higher than the general population, so the only thing I can figure to reconcile those things is that they must not see women as people.

    I mean, the ‘care’ that I see them give women is about as much care as people generally give pets. Makes my stomach turn. Ugh.


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