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These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Anti-religious Hysteria?

23 January 2006
From Utne Online on
Frank Feridi @ Spiked Online

The curious rise of anti-religious hysteria

It is the Anglo-American cultural elites' insecurity about their own values that encourages their frenzied attacks on religion.

"To the outspoken British libertarian Frank Furedi, nearly everything that staunch liberals believe about conservatives is wrong. Simply looking at the terms we've cooked up for conservatives -- right-wing, fundamentalist, extremist -- betrays the amount of emotion and vitriol that has seeped into the left versus right debate. 'Until recently,' Furedi writes in Spiked, 'cultural expressions of religious faith were simply considered old-fashioned and gauche. But over the past decade, scorn has turned into bigotry and hatred.'"

Furedi seems to believe that the political left in the United States is if not godless, at the very least agnostic; that as a group we look down our noses on spiritual practices in general, lumping them into some all purpose category of illiterate, red neck, fundamentalist christianity.

I cannot speak for anyone else but it would seem to me that what people object to is that a political group has attempted to coopt God and morality as though they were a one note melody that everyone must sing or suffer eternal damnation in this life and the next.

While I think that Furedi has a valid point to make about religious bigotry, he seems to forget that our country was founded on the hope of religious freedom. This country is full of those who would have it otherwise. There may not be a conspiracy of dunces within our borders. But there sits a man in the White House who has embraced the idea that we ought to be a religious State.

This is my mantra: I support anyone's right to think me wrong. But your freedom ends where my face begins.

I cannot stand idly by with my mouth shut when those who remain ignorant of the Constitution attempt to dictate the direction of my personal moral compass.

Kinja, the weblog guide


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