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Christian Right Has Major Role in Hastening Decline of Religion in America


Society & Culture  (tags: society, religion, fundamentalism, Christian fundamentalists, americans )

Cal
- 244 days ago - alternet.org
Soon, there will be more atheists and agnostics than Christians.



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Past Member (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 4:17 am
Interesting. Not surprising though. Ty Cal.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 4:19 am
The Christian Right are just as dangerous as the extreme Muslims actually. Scary stuff.
 

Jeaneen A. (149)
Monday March 24, 2014, 7:17 am
I saw a show on TV last night and it was about the early 1900's when women were not allowed to use contraceptives, if they did they went to jail. Sounds lie what the conservative republicans have in mind for women in this country. Any women out there reading this wake up before the only rights you have is to obey your husband and the conservatives or go to jail and with this one you do not get an out of jail card.
 

Dee C. (210)
Monday March 24, 2014, 8:00 am
Politics and religion have no place to be tied together..Though there are certainly those that insist on making it their personal cause..
I think people are going to continue to believe what they believe..regardless of any religion..That is not going to change..And there will always be "extremists" in any religion..
I am in my 60's..I stopped being in any religion a very long time ago..I think it truly separates people..causes personal conflicts in many..I just don't see anything good in it..
Having some faith that there perhaps in something more universal..Just a given rule for all to follow..is what has always worked best for me personally..

Good article..
Thanks Cal..
Noted..

 

Beverly M. (86)
Monday March 24, 2014, 11:39 am
There are too many "good Christians" I know who preach constantly but don't practice what they preach yet they want us to all follow the same beliefs they do. My faith doesn't judge and doesn't intrude and never wavers and it's mine.
 

donald Baumgartner (6)
Monday March 24, 2014, 1:58 pm
Love one Another!!!!
 

Nancy M. (202)
Monday March 24, 2014, 2:17 pm
Thanks for the article. I have felt that way for quite a while.
 

pam w. (191)
Monday March 24, 2014, 2:45 pm
No surprise there...none at all! Christians have ''turned off'' soooo many of us!
 

Elizabeth M. (67)
Monday March 24, 2014, 3:57 pm
Great article Cal. I have my own belief and as Beverly M. says "it doesn't introde and never wavers and it's mine".
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Monday March 24, 2014, 5:54 pm
Noted w/thanks for posting, Cal. Ah! This gave me a huge smile, which I was badly in need of! And, I'm proud to say that I've done my best to contribute to the "none" category with my own kids....raised them by the Golden Rule. When people finally discover they don't have to bow to any religion to be a good person, a light bulb goes on.
 

Debbie S. (33)
Monday March 24, 2014, 5:57 pm
Beverly M. says it very well, I'm with you. Thank the Goddess I'm pagan
 

Mitchell D. (130)
Monday March 24, 2014, 7:30 pm
Well, that settles it! I've got to stay true to my gym regimen, and healthy eating, being, as I am, already an old fart...so I can live to be some 110 years old, and be in the secular majority.
Alternet's article about Neil de Grass Tyson is also great.
I knew, as soon as he brought up the evolution of the human eye,in episode 2, that the fundanutsies would take offense!
 

Walter F. (69)
Monday March 24, 2014, 10:26 pm
To correct a previous comment ,The Christian right is not as dangerous as islamic extremists.We can have a good laugh at the Christian right ,but we cannot laugh at islamic extremistsm We have good reason to fear them.As for being a Christian If you do not try to follow the teachings of Christ to the best of your ability you are not a Christian.Love, tolerance. humility. service. compassion, willingness to die for humanity.I don't see too many of these attributes in your Christian right..
 

Susan Allen (218)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 12:00 am
I disagree with you Boods. The extreme fundamentalist christians are just as nutso as the extreme fundamentalists of any religion; doesn't matter which one. Fundamentalist christians can't get away with biblical law right now, but you can bet that's where they'd like to take us and more and more of them are getting elected to office. And they are such bullies which is evident by the way they have taken over the House. Boehner has no control over his own party at all.

Biblical law is every bit has nasty as sharia law. These are two of the Abrahamic religions and they all have the same god with the same nastiness. The christians just believe that once they got Jesus, christianity transformed into a religion of love. I know about anyone else, but I don't see much love coming out of these right-wing, fundamentalist christians that are trying to take over our government. All I see are the very types of people that the bible says Jesus didn't care for.
 

. (0)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 2:13 am
Extremists of any faith are quite frightening and will put many people off.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 4:58 am
I think the biggest cause is that the parent dropped it, but it's also likely that many will return to it in a few years. Actually Pew Data indicates that Catholics numbers have declined more than Protestants and that probably points to the the handling of the sex scandal.
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 10:24 am
Noted
 

Walter F. (69)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 6:38 pm
Susan you seem to misinterpret. to belisve and follow the ethical teachings of Christ has nothing to do with Christian fundamentalism.You obviously have never heard of Unitarianism. take time to look it up.There are tousands of Unitarians in America who follow the teachings of Christ,,particulary His sermon on the mount ,and like those in every country they are regarded as pariahs.by fundamentalists.
 

tasunka m. (337)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 11:07 pm
Fanaticism makes us take a hard look at our own beliefs, many times we can see the hypocrisy
Thanks Cal
 

Freya H. (313)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 5:46 pm
The fanatics in any organization are its worst enemies. I look forward to the day that I can proclaim my atheism anywhere and not worry about being hounded by some forked-tongued neo-Nazi slimewads. One happy day, the last believer will be buried and the last church will be repurposed.
 

Danuta Watola (1210)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 3:53 am
noted
 

Susan Allen (218)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 1:30 pm
Boods, I think you may have misunderstood what I said. I was comparing the fundamentalist sects of any of the major Abrahamic religions as one being just as bad as the other. I didn't point to Unitarianism. What I know of that religion is, if it's the one I'm thinking of, is seen in the northeastern US quite a bit. As a tiny baby, I believe that was the first church that my parents had me baptized in. I am now an atheist and I am proud of that fact. I detest religion of any kind, any where, under any name. Please note, I am not talking about spirituality as I, personally, don't feel that has a thing to do with religion. Religion is at the root of most of the evil in this world. If we didn't have religion, the US would not be in the turmoil it is in currently. You see it all over the world however.
 

Winn Adams (199)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 4:57 pm
An extremist is an extremist and usually hurts the cause they are espousing.
 

DaleLovesOttawa O. (192)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 8:50 pm
I agreed with Susan Allen. If some of the far right wing fundamentalists had their way and were able to seize power, they would only be too happy to invoke the Old Testament as law and while they are at it, totally suppress woman as in the Hand Maid's Tale (Margaret Atwood).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Handmaid's_Tale
 

Barry T. (891)
Saturday March 29, 2014, 12:27 pm
It is almost a cliché to see religion and spirituality as distinctly different things but that is nevertheless the way I and many other people view the world of belief.

In that context, if the religious right is hastening the decline of religion, it seems they have finally proven themselves to have SOME value, to be performing some service LOL and IMO … and for that at least I am grateful.

The problem with religious beliefs, as Sam Harris is fond of pointing out, is that they aren’t JUST beliefs; they are not just harmless abstractions that “only exist on Sundays when we go to church and study the bible”. Rather, they are - as Harris says - quoting him directly here, “beliefs are representations of the world” (as perceived by any individual or group), they are “machinery for guiding our behavior and emotions”.

So our beliefs MATTER. And when we engage in organized religion the situation gets more concerning because that always means somebody (priest, pope, pastor, Imam, prophet, etc.) has put himself in the position of interpreting what god wants us to do … and we had better do it or we are going to hell!
 

Franck R. (54)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 6:21 am
Noted
 
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