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Re: [humanism-174] Religious Right reaching for Rolaids?

From: Greg P.
Sent on: Thursday, November 8, 2012 1:00 PM
I'm happy about this news, but not overly optimistic. Have 
we reached a tipping point? I don't know. The electorate 
tends to be very fickle, and swings back and forth.

In 2008 things also looked pretty good right after the 
election, and then the Tea Party came roaring in for the 
2010 mid terms. The R's will certainly be well prepared in 
2014, but I hope they'll need to be selling something 
better than they were in 2012.

 From the comments on the Religion Dispatches article:

"I do think religion is going to have to submit to more 
rigorous, evidentiary demands of public discourse, even 
though I don't trust science to provide a reliable road 
map to social good.

Part of we religious peoples' angst is that many of the 
things about the world we've gotten away with simply 
asserting for generations are being called into question 
and put to tests we're not ready or willing - frankly - to 

On Thu, 8 Nov[masked]:19:47 -0500
  Mark Tiborsky <[address removed]> wrote:
> Wow- it's becoming clear that this was a great election 
>for social
> progressives. Amendments in favor of equality for gay 
>Americans pass in 3
> states (first time by popular vote), and amendments to 
>ban fail in at least
> one state (Minnesota). Measures to repeal "Obamacare" 
>and another to grant
> special privileges to religious groups fail in 
> Two states vote to legalize pot for recreational use. 
>Wisconsin voters have
> elected the nation's first openly gay U.S. Senator, 
>Tammy Baldwin.
> http://m.jsonline...­
> ...Who also professes no religion :) Meanwhile, nut 
>Michelle Bachmann
> narrowly kept her seat, but a good handful of the worst
> conservative/religio­us nuts went down in flames- 
>including the "legitimate
> rape/god's gift" twins, Akin and Mourdock, and the 
>ridiculous Rep. Allen
> West of Florida.
> And all the goofy God talk & posturing didn't seem to 
>have much effect...
> Anthea Butler of Religion Dispatches writes that "fake 
>God talk doesn't cut
> it with Americans", but I think maybe it goes beyond. Is 
>the Religious
> Right truly losing its influence over the American 
>populace in general?
> http://www.religi...­

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