Worthwhile Reads: Reconstruction and Secularist “Religion”

I was delighted to see two recent excellent articles by two of my favorite scholars, so I thought I’d share.

Kirk Cameron’s Growing Circle of Reconstrucitonist Friends, by Julie Ingersoll

Behind the Right’s Phony War on the Nonexistent Religion of Secularism, by Rick Perlstein

The Real Travesty of the "Hero Mom" Story
Let's Talk about Riots
A Letter from Hell, and Self-Reinforcing Beliefs
Andrée Seu Peterson's Appalling Column on Bisexuality
About Libby Anne

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.

  • Paula G V aka Yukimi

    Creepy stuff… I found the second article specially worrisome. It makes me glad to live in Spain where the main conservative party is way closer to your Democrats than to your Republicans… but still here you see that smear campaigns work better than facts and logic in the common electorate and how the left parties are always divided and easy to sway (because there’s more idealization) while the righties have a quasi militaristic obedience and will vote their party no matter how devastating scandals are discovered in their leaders. In our last elections there was a great disillusionment between the young people and the conservative party won with the same number of votes it had lost the former elections (but with and incredible percentage this time around since people didn’t even want to vote).

    Anyway, I think that this time around democrats have a good shot at winning the US presidency but I hope there aren’t nasty surprises and that stupid stuff like thinking that Secularism is a religion gets contested.

  • Rilian

    If you don’t mention god, then you’re automatically “secular humanist”. But what about the other godless religions mentioned in that court thingie? Why do they disregard those?

  • http://baroncognito.livejournal.com Baroncognito

    I read “reconstructionist” and I think “liberal jews who decide that their synagogue is more interested in having people eat organic than keeping the laws of kashroot, and probably say their prayers in English, but maybe not.” This is only exacerbated by “Reconstruction and Secularist ‘Religion’” because I’d wager a fair number of reconstructionist jews are humanistic.

    • http://baroncognito.livejournal.com Baroncognito

      Which is just to say that I was surprised to hear that Kirk had a GROWING number of Liberal Jewish friends.