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Truthout: For God's Sake - Stop Talking


-by: Cliff Schecter

July 15, 2011- The US takes pride in its separation of church and state, but the current political scene is "strangely" religious.

Lately, there would seem to be a whole lot more people who have a direct channel to the Big Guy Upstairs than one could have humanly thought possible.

It is oft said that "God works in mysterious ways." But when Michele Bachmann hears voices telling her to run for president, am I the only who thinks the most likely explanation is a batch of bad clams or one too many nights role playing "The Book of Eli" with her equally demented husband Marcus?

Perhaps, these are the very same voices that have shared with her the important role "founding father John Quincy Adams" played in ending slavery as he battled the oncoming scourge of puberty? I don't know, just a stab in the dark.

Regardless, whether it is gay marriage or spotting the Virgin Mary in your gordita, our re-embrace of culture by theology in the United States (not unlike much of the rest of the world) has led supposedly "serious people" to say things that not so long ago would have landed them a starring role in "Girl, Interrupted."

In our current age, in fact, possessing a direct cerebral channel to Deus (or at least claiming you do) would seem to be a requirement for receiving an invitation to a GOP presidential debate.

Additionally, it equally pervades the rest of right-wing political culture in the US, as twisted scripture both provides ready justification for those who hate everything about the this country post-1930, and renders more difficult the job of the media to effectively criticize any crackpot theory - lest they lose their "objectivity" for a moment and offend some True Believers.

For example, in light of the recent law passed by the New York State Legislature providing full marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples, dingy-old-Hammerhead-Bat Pat Robertson offered his expert testimony that "there's never been a civilization ever in history that has embraced homosexuality and turned away from traditional fidelity, traditional marriage, traditional child-rearing, and has survived."

He went on to compare the United States to Sodom and pleasantly predict we'd suffer the same fate - complete annihilation.

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