8 years ago: Image is everything

June 22, 2005, on this blog: Image is everything

But I can’t believe that we’ve fallen so far that I actually have to say all these things. I can’t believe that we have reached the point where statements like “Torture is bad” and “It is good to condemn torture” are seen as controversial.

A United States Senator spoke the truth. He condemned evil and called it un-American. And then he was forced to apologize.

Jesus God.

  • Charby

    Maybe the Anti Kitten-Burning Coalition has a good point then. Maybe if they stop being so loud about how they oppose burning kittens, we’ll end up at a point in our society where condemning the burning of kittens becomes “controversial” or (worse) actively disagreed with.

  • FearlessSon

    Authoritarianism. If the authority says torture is good, then the followers think torture is good. If the authority says torture is bad, then the followers think torture is bad.

    What is controversial to them is not the moral value of torture, but disagreeing with the authority. If you disagree with the authority, then the followers disagree with you.

  • Alix

    And yet every single one of those followers insists e’s thinking for emself, not playing follow the leader.

  • FearlessSon

    It is no surprise that George W. Bush was so popular among the religious right. They tend to be an authoritarian sort, with the way they regard God as being the ultimate authority. It is why people like Tim LaHay and Jerry Jenkins seem to assume a “Well, God did it, so it must be good,” kind of theology. It is a short step from there to “The (religiously legitimate in my eyes) President said it’s good, so it must be good.”

    As Fred pretty aptly demonstrates though, being a good Christian does not mean being blindly obedient.

  • the shepard

    there used to be a belief that kings held their thrones through divine right, that they were literally chosen by God to rule. a great example is seen in king lear, where lear’s abdication literally throws nature into chaos.

    given that sort of attitude towards the divinely appointed authority, to disagree becomes an act of heresy.

    it probably also explains the unreasoning hatred and distrust of obama, who is seen as an unbeliever by many on the far right and therefor cannot possibly be a legitimate authority figure.

  • P J Evans

    Some of them explicitly invoke the president as chosen by god. (So where do all the millions of votes come from?)

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    Heh, like Bachmann having said more than once now that God has explicitly chosen her to do whatever. If that’s the case, then God apparently keeps getting outvoted…

  • FearlessSon

    Candidates like Bachmann are pretty emblematic of the religious right’s election pattern. If the candidate/policy “Chosen by God” gets voted up, then that is a validation of the righteousness and correctness of their beliefs. Contrarily, if the divinely ordained champion is defeated, it only shows how fall the society around them has fallen to nihilistic depravity.

    Either way, it translates to a moral victory for the religious right voters, and further galvanizes them to get out the vote next election, something that their passionate approach to evangelism drives them to do well.


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