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“God will protect us from bad things” & American Nationalism #rape #freemarket #climate #OWS

August 24, 2012 By: Theoblogical Category: Occupy Theology, OWS

This whole rape can’t cause pregnancy thing has me thinking abou the tentacles of this current of “God will protect us from ourselves” mentality of the right wing (both the political and the theological).  The notion that God won’t let pregnancies happen from rape is a form of this.  The “free market fundamentalism” is a form of this (and also,  not coinicidentally,  a very convenient justification/”have at it”  kind of attitude to “let it all hang out” and it will all come out  in the wash.  Consequences are but “collateral damage” in light of the “greater good for everybody” (“everybody” here is simply code for the ones considered as somebodies,  as opposed to those who don’t count).  And then there’s the environment and global climate change.  Same deal.  I wrote a blog post last week lambasting this attitiude as put forth so clearly in a WIRED article trying to knock down climate change and lumping it with a history of other things that “didn’t happen”.  I

I have heard people use this same line of thinking regarding our financial issues in the United States.  We even made it out of the depression.  The bottom didn’t fall out.  we worked it out”.  But what happpens when the political will to “work it out” is just not there?  What happens when the power of those who like their situation becomes so great that they have the effectual power to prevent the measures of those who ARE ACTUALLY trying  to work it out with REAL SOLUTIONS?  At  least some ACTUAL attempts at solutions?  The RW (and thier oligarchic backers)  would have us stop all this “class warfare” of “accusations” and “unite  the country” like it was “back when Jefferson was a fundamentalist Christian” (courtesy David Barton)

This is a serious problem of casting God as a cosmic fall-back to prevent us from destroyiing ourselves.  If all this bad shit can’t possibly happen,  then what is one to think of the Holocaust?  (that’s the most obvious caveat to this).  But this is rampant in our politics now.  I am reminded of Jeremiah’s warning to the religious leaders of his day.  He warned them not to take refuge  in “We are the People of the Lord,  the People of the Lord,  the People of the Lord”  (you can just hear the sarcastic tone he must have used to say this dripping from repitition of the phrase).  Being God’s people does not shield from consequences.  Becuase if you think it does,  then you are even more likely to suffer the consequences of that.

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Don’t Let them Get Away with it AGAIN!

September 04, 2007 By: Theoblogical Category: Uncategorized

 What was that saying that Bush totally bungled?  “Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice,  shame on me”.  Well,  it’s going to be tested.  We’ve seen the start of it already.  And one of the sources for this story is a Republican who calls this attempt to start a war with Iran “Lunacy”.

Test Marketing

If there were a threat level on the possibility of war with Iran, it might have just gone up to orange. Barnett Rubin, the highly respected Afghanistan expert at New York University, has written an account of a conversation with a friend who has connections to someone at a neoconservative institution in Washington. Rubin can’t confirm his friend’s story; neither can I. But it’s worth a heads-up

Interesting Times: George Packer: Online Only: The New Yorker

Now is the time,  it appears, for the church to stand up and say , in effect,  “don’t even think about it”. 

The Mountaintop » Common Sense

August 31, 2007 By: Theoblogical Category: Uncategorized

Amen , Steve. 

While the other candidates are talking about under what circumstances the use of nuclear weapons should be “on the table,” Edwards and Kucinich are willing to stick their necks out and confront the patent immorality of continuing to possess weapons which could annihilate the entire world in the span of an hour.

And so continue our other “leaders” in their insistence that we “be real” and justify our country’s rather obvious hypocrisy in condemning the nuclear ambitions of other countries because they ,  as we all know,  are “dangerous” and can’t be trusted to have them for the same reason we do (for “deterrence”),  and what we don’t say but continue to do : as “threat” (ie. “all options are on the table”).  If Iran were to say that,  it would be dev con 1.  Madness.

The Mountaintop » Common Sense

This is "why they hate us"

August 10, 2007 By: Theoblogical Category: Uncategorized

Not the inane blather fed to us by the Bush administration (“they hate our freedoms”, etc.),  but rather,  crap like this:

SANGIN, Afghanistan — A senior British commander in southern Afghanistan said in recent weeks that he had asked that American Special Forces leave his area of operations because the high level of civilian casualties they had caused was making it difficult to win over local people.

British Criticize U.S. Air Attacks in Afghan Region – The Huffington Post

And the leaders keep blathering on about “that’s war” and “regrettable”,  all the while proving how thoroughly they’ve bought into the myth of war,  and all its dogmas.  “Collateral damage” is the dogma here,  and it is “unavoidable”.  No.  It IS avoidable.  DON’T drop bombs on cities, towns,  etc. where, you know, PEOPLE live.  In our country, we don’t blow up apartment buildings where “criminals” MIGHT live,  and just sigh and talk about how “regrettable” civilian deaths are.  In war, however,  we make this excuse all the time.  It’s the “anonymous”, “foreign” deaths of people in cultures foreign to our own that are ultimately “acceptable”.  We also would not stand for such battles to be waged “on our soil”.  Life here is to be protected at all costs from random acts causing “collateral damage”. 

Upcoming from Brian McLaren

August 04, 2007 By: Theoblogical Category: Uncategorized

hat tip to Jay at : The latest from Brian… at Only Wonder Understands