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

From: Mark T.
Sent on: Thursday, November 8, 2012 2:41 PM

Very interesting comment there- it seems like the secular "movement", or whatever it is, is leaving its mark.

Yeah, it's hard to say... the beginnings of a progressive shift, or just a blip?

On Nov 8,[masked]:00 PM, "Greg Priddy" <[address removed]> wrote:
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 pass."

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 Florida...

Two states vote to legalize pot for recreational use. Wisconsin voters have
elected the nation's first openly gay U.S. Senator, Tammy Baldwin.

...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?

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