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Why Are Religion and Right-Wing Politics So Entwined?
You may have noticed an article in the New York Times on January 7, 2012, headlined “EVANGELICALS STEP UP EFFORTS TO UNITE ON AN ALTERNATIVE TO ROMNEY.”
The article said that dozens of conservative Christian leaders are meeting in Texas this coming weekend to pick which Republican presidential nominee they will choose, and it wasn’t going to be the Mormon Romney.
Christian Evangelical ministers are picking the nation’s Republican presidential nominee? If you are anything like the rest of us Atheists, what went through your mind when you read that statement was: Wait a minute, these conservative Christian leaders and pastors--(including the heads of the ultra-right groups Focus on the Family and The American Family Association)-- are powerful enough to choose the (religious) Republican candidate they want?
Fundie Pastors Tell How to Vote
And yes, reader, these pastors do tell their church members who to vote for. NYC Atheists’ director of communications, Jane Everhart, has a daughter, Brook, who lives in Colorado and is a born-again Christian. Brook left her Baptist church last year because, she says, the pastor told church members, in every sermon, on every Sunday, that they must vote Republican.
“I don’t see why a religious person can’t be a Democrat,” says Brook, a lifelong Democrat. She is still looking, unsuccessfully, for a church in Colorado where a Democrat is not a pariah.
Brainwashing the Working Class
So, what is this love affair between religious evangelical fundamentalists and the ultra-conservative political right wing? Why are the fundies sticking with the party of the rich and conservative? Why are evangelical pastors advising their redneck working-class parishioners to vote against their own best interests--including voting to lower taxes for the rich?
Are religious evangelicals the keepers of old-fashioned American values? Do fundies have a monopoly on patriotism? Why is this vast religious cabal that is sweeping through the heartland of our country joining forces to pick a presidential candidate that will enforce its religious ideas and values? Is this the beginning of a nascent theocracy?
Natty Adams Leads Discussion
What is going on in the Midwest, the Southeast and the Southwest of our country? How can we overcome this tsunami of reactionary ideas that is being reinforced every Sunday in every pulpit across the hinterlands of our country?
Come on Tuesday, January 17, to NYCA’s Discussion group to examine this perplexing, divisive problem that threatens to hold back American progress. With us will be Nathaniel “Natty” Adams, substituting for Michael Dorian as discussion leader.
Longtime members will remember Natty, who led our discussion group at Stone Creek for several seasons. Natty left to work for his Master’s degree at Columbia School of Journalism and is now writing a book. But his Atheist passion never left him and many will always remember the moving tribute to Christopher Hitchens that Natty recently wrote for the NYC Atheists newsletter. Come and enjoy Natty’s considerate, analytical leadership again as he fills in at the Stone Creek for Michael Dorian.
COST: FREE. But participants are expected to purchase a drink or food to compensate Stone Creek for use of their space. There is a superb selection of beers, and the reasonably priced knoshies and sandwiches are tasty.