Friday, February 11, 2011

Dear God

My Twitter feed alerted me to this post from Digby:
Grayson tried to do that and used the "T" word, which is out of bounds because apparently Americans can never be compared to anything evil, whether historical or contemporary, even if the analogy is extremely apt. He got hammered not only for being imprecise in his ad but for taking on his opponents fringe religious views at all. I'm sure it was noted by other politicians and it will be a cold day in hell before anyone does it again. And that's too bad because Grayson was right. Webster is a member of a fringe, patriarchal cult that is as far out of the Christian mainstream as the Taliban is outside the mainstream of Islam...
It also includes a link to this disturbing profile of right-wing evangelist Bill Gothard. Both are worth the read*.

What amazes me is that there are people who possess the strength to break free from these closed worlds. How hard must it be to leave a lifetime of belief and your closest friends and family who remain believers? It's a wonder that it happens at all.

(*on the same subject, I'd like to point you towards yesterday's POI, which includes a link to The New Yorker's profile of Paul Haggis, a former Scientologist)

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