The pieces fall into place now. This book and what it documents are really stunning. This feels like the 47% video, only for the whole conservative party. The wealthiest Americans had 17,000 Christian ministers and preachers competing with each other (for cash prizes) to write the best anti-New Deal sermon? Oh wow.
it's only twice as bad as your comment suggests. sure, it was the titans of industry who shelled out the bucks to flim-flam the public. but it was a bunch of (so-called) men of god who, in exchange for a few pieces of silver, agreed to do the hands on flimming and flamming. plenty of malfeasance on all sides of this story, I'd say...
Jesus would have used the word "hypocrite." Matthew 6:5-6 says:
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love
to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they
may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their
reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray
to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will
When the Pope says, "Serve with love," I've seen a couple CapitaChristian friends of mine squirm. I'm not Roman Catholic, but watching a Christian who doesn't clang like a bell is a real treat.
(Clanging bell reference courtesy of Pau alias Saul of Tarsus.)
It's been documented that a handful of the richest Americans deliberately manipulated conservative religious leaders to spread false propaganda (in the rich men's favor, and at the expense of the other 99%), and that's all you can say? Astounding.
I knew it. Corporate America needed the fundamentalist Christians. Oligarchs have trouble ruling without an ignorant, superstitious underclass to parrot the talking points. The crazy theory that our education system was deliberately undermined to produce more people willing to vote against their own interests starts to seem plausible.
Not only that...I believe its worse now because our corporate oligarchs, and a bunch of Repubes, don't want a return to that awful time...the sixties and seventies...when the children of WWII vet's were actually being educated instead of trained. Remember art in a classroom? Remember phys-ed? Remember music? Remember Western world history? The classics? Debate? A decent 2 year Liberal Arts base?
Never again. We's got too dang smart to work in massah's factory.
A fascinating history--some of which I knew having lived it. I grew up in the 50s and 60s, saying the Pledge of Allegiance (and "under God") everyday in school for years. Mine was a church-going Eisenhower family. Yet none of my siblings today are conservatives. In fact, we're all very happy and successful leftist/socialist atheists. So the cynical attempts to dupe and brainwash us as kids clearly failed, thank Zeus...
Here's another level to think about: Christian conservatives have for generations been kept focused on sexual issues (abortion, homosexuality) rather than ECONOMIC morality - because there's no way that that the fruits of modern capitalism can pass moral muster.
What's really astonishing is that most all of the history and the facts - at least about the "under God" controversy - were actually mentioned in my local newspaper and even in local television broadcast news, forty years ago. As I say here elsewhere, there was some controversy in the year leading up to the bicentennial about reviving the Pledge of Allegiance as an institution in my region and in others as well.
Thomas Jefferson said it best "History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes."
-Thomas Jefferson to Alexander von Humboldt, Dec. 6, 1813.