A Book and a DVD
Idiot America: How Stupidity Became A virtue in the Land of the Free, by Charles S. Pierce, 2009.
This book was a delight to me the first time that I read it. The author outlines all the back stories of the whack jobs here in this country that has found a public forum with which to spread errant nonsense.
I especially enjoyed the takedown of the “creationists” by the Judge in Pennsylvania.
I went around repeating the phrase “breathtaking inanity” to counteract all the blather on Facebook that appears from time to time supporting the cult of the invisible Sky Daddy.
Concerning elections, this paragraph should be set in stone.
“By the end of the summer, one of our two major political parties had surrendered itself almost entirely to the monkey house. While undoubtedly entertaining, this was by no means a good thing.
The other, ruling party seemed utterly baffled by what was going on. They had been elected to what appeared to be a rational determination by a rational country that things had gone badly wrong and were in need of correction. Instead, every pronouncement from the White House, no matter how mild, was greeted with screeching and howling and poo-flinging.”
This reaction by the Republican right nut jobs against the new President, (Obama) is clearly a thinly disguised reaction of hidden racists. The crazies can’t come right out and say they are against a man of color holding the highest elected office in this country, so they bring out the turds of hysteria against everything.
Since the author was speaking about the 2008 election, he needs to do an update on the giant poo flinging currently going on for the 2016 election. He may do that, but I can predict what he may say.
The poo has gone from a handful to a truckload of manure from that fellow with the orange hair: there is certainly a lot of racism included, with his announcement of “rounding up all the millions of illegal aliens and deporting them.”
Not only do the Republicans want to deport any illegals, they want to slam the door on any new refugees from the Middle East on the pretext of there being sneaky terrorists among the population.
Along with our electoral ballots we need to take a shovel to the voting booth this year.
In the Shadow of the Temple, a documentary film by Dennis Lavery and KarenDi Milia.
Since 1998 I have been following the sagas of people who have renounced their membership in the LDS. The stories are mostly the same. They got baptized by their parents and locked into a cult that took their free time, brainwashed them with songs and rules for salvation from infancy, and even recommended shock therapy if they exhibited any signs of being other than heterosexual.
Seeing the people in this film, with their true stories of how they felt so betrayed by the lies taught to them by their church and family, gave me a more emotional reaction than was comfortable.
It was shocking to see a woman who was the great great granddaughter of Brigham Young relate her pain.
It was also comforting to me to see that I knew some of these people personally by attending the Ex Mormon Conference and hearing their stories. Some of the names that I had been seeing on the bulletin board for years suddenly had faces through this film, and I could certainly sympathize with those who had their families broken up by the harsh rules of their religion.
The big difference between leaving a Catholic church and a Mormon church is the hounding of the “fallen”.
When I removed myself from attending any sort of religious gathering, I never heard from any official of Rome. Moving around did not bother them or me, I had no calls, personal letters, home visits to reactivate me or any efforts to reel me back in.
The poor shmucks in the LDS face Gestapo tactics once they have made their disaffection known.
If the person does not resign in writing, they are bombarded with cards, cookies on the doorstep, phone calls to inquire as to their health, home visits by officious busy bodies who keep no confidences, and pressure from all other family members to “Pray, Pay, and Obey.”
The only other religion that is faintly as harsh in treatment of their apostates is the Amish with their shunning tactics. This is more of a punishment than an enticement to return.
The film mentions the gay problem that the LDS has with members. It has gotten much worse with the new Church Handbook ruling that children of gay parents are now barred from becoming members until the age of 18. Since this led to a mass public resignation of affronted tithe payers, the church has significantly shot itself in the foot. There are so many new developments now that the film needs an update-“Shadow II, The Great Unraveling.”