Re: Is America already a fundamentalist State?"From afar thought, it looks to me like Britain is in a much worse situation. Not with the religious whack jobs but with a seeming determination to bring about Orwell's vision of government monitoring of the populace. What the hell is going on over there?"
I agree with you. In fact, I agree wholeheartedly. Don't imagine I'm in any way unwilling to criticize the U.K. over a whole number of issues.
I think I've tackled this in the past before when I've posted as I'm totally against these identity cards they're trying to bring out over here. Likewise, I'm dead against these so-called faith schools Blair has been promoting.
As for Blair and his new Labour I think he's totally knackered the country.
At any rate, back to that documentary. Here is what I witnessed and here is why I was appalled:
The documentary focused on a family that limited their children to a so-called Biblical "education". The closest the syllabus got to evolution was a book entitled, "Discovering God's World". No doubt, the closest they got to zoology was Noah's Ark and if dinosaurs featured in history lessons, I'd be surprised.
During an interview, the lady in particular quoted chapter and verse about "sparing the rod and spoiling the child". That seemed to her like a great idea so the kids were literally thrashed by a switch on a regular basis should they fail to get up at 7.00 a.m. in the morning and do chores.
So, the question I asked myself was how in the name of common sense kids in that State weren't protected by the authorities and given their right to a decent, balanced, sensible education?
The mind boggles as to how those parents are allowed to effectively brainwash and program their own kids!
Please, folks, don't take this lightly. Believe me: The consequences of this kind of upbringing are downright dangerous.
Another documentary I saw showed a group of teenagers camping outside synagogues with placards that read, "God Hates Jews!" Other tracts were handed out with the slogans, "God Hates Fags!"
The journalist interviewed one particular blond girl who was handing out various leaflets and it turned out she'd been given a Biblical education all her life so the truth was she'd never really known anything else.
Need I mention the other "nutter" who runs a "paddles for parents" website.
Originally Posted by Bro Deal
Obviously the U.S. is not run by the Christian taliban--yet. But the religious right has grown in political power over the last twenty-five years. The high point so far has been the election of Dubya. This has resulted in a backlash. It would be nice to see signs that the fundamentalist fervor is retreating but I fear that the Iraq debacle may end up just being a speed bump.
The real hardcore have built up a huge inferiority complex where they blame the damned liberals, the damned gays, the damned government, and other coastal types for trying to destroy their Christian and, in their mind, American way of life. We now have to deal with these Intelligent Design nutters. The situation has become very polarizing and the U.S. form of democracy is not designed to handle it because it is a winner take all system rather than a parliamentary democracy.
From afar thought, it looks to me like Britain is in a much worse situation. Not with the religious whack jobs but with a seeming determination to bring about Orwell's vision of government monitoring of the populace. What the hell is going on over there?