bigjohn

There is many a good tune played on an old fiddle.

  • Warning! Elderly Person Blogging

    elderly1.jpg

    Creative Commons License
    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

    t-blogger.jpg

    lion-2.jpg

  • Awarded by Terri. Click below for 'Island Writer'.

  • My Life and Times

    I was born in 1939 BC. That's 'Before Computers'. Luckily I survived the following events in my life, such as World War II, The London Blitz, Rationing, and worst of all... Archbishop Temple's School.

    me-poster.jpg

    me-r-book.jpg

    a-b-t-1.jpg

    During the mid 1950s I was enjoying Rock 'n' Roll and being a first generation teenager, when suddenly, just like Elvis, I found myself in uniform during 'The Cold War'...and then

    copy-me-rr.jpg

    me-w-badge.jpg

    wed-baby.jpg

    I became 'a family'. Which meant that I sort of missed the 'swinging sixties', but still managed to look a complete prat in the 70s, just like everyone else.

    copy-of-70s.jpg

    me-pit.jpg

    golf-dinner.jpg

    During the 'Thatcher Years' I lost my hair and a lot of people lost a good deal more. My career fluctuated to say the least as I was demoted, promoted, fired and hired a number of times, but still I managed to stagger on into a welcome retirement and to celebrate 50 years of happy marriage.
  • May 2008
    M T W T F S S
    « Apr   Jun »
     1234
    567891011
    12131415161718
    19202122232425
    262728293031  
  • Meta

  • RSS Validated.

    valid-rss.png
  • Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 54 other followers

Fervent ‘fundies’ are no fun.

Posted by Big John on May 23, 2008

Whenever I visited the USA back in the 70’s and 80’s I liked to watch all of those bible bashing preachers on TV on a Sunday morning. I found them more fun to watch than many of the comedy shows.

Now, years later, I find very little funny about American style Christian fundamentalism and am dismayed that it now seems to have a foothold in this country.

The other evening I watched the TV programme ‘Dispatches’ – ‘In God’s Name’, which showed how hard-line Christian activists are now attempting to make an impact on our society by mobilising their well funded believers nationally.

Amongst other things, followers believe that homosexuality and abortion should be illegal, that there should be no sex before marriage and that the law of blasphemy should be strictly enforced, and .. Oh ! .. “the world is only 4000 years old .. or .. Umm ? .. maybe 6000 years” !

They believe that the Bible is the true word of God .. literally ! .. and are intolerant of, and hostile towards other faiths. One religious nutter said that ‘Allah’ was “Satan” and that Islam is “a false religion”.

The film followed politically active and agressive Christian groups and showed them making some headway as a significant voice in British politics.

Having seen what influence the ‘Christian Right’ can have in America, where an unbelievable 20% of the population are said to be ‘fundamentalists’, I am concerned that these looney peoples’ ideas and methods will take root here.   

Now, as a non believer, I have always said the everyone is entitled to follow any religion they choose, so long as they do no harm, and do not try to impose their beliefs on others. I include in this the good old religious practices of ‘brain-washing’ young children and scaring the shit out of the more primitive peoples of the world. 

I’ve not yet come across one of these religious ‘storm troopers’, but if one should come to my door wanting to ‘save me’, I will greet him with the news that I am a ‘born again atheist’ who … 

…   only needs saving from the likes of him.

4 Responses to “Fervent ‘fundies’ are no fun.”

  1. Betty said

    The Right-Wing Wackos, as we are so fond of calling them, were let out from under their rocks at the GOP convention that nominated George H.W. Bush. It has taken us this long to beat them back, but this year, at last, there is some evidence that we are succeeding. It has been a grim few years with them meddling into politics. I don’t wish it on any other country.

  2. Ginnie said

    Once again, you are right “on”, John. This poor world is in sad shape and so much of it is done “in the name of God.” Makes me sick.

  3. I think we have spent long decades believing that religion is on the way out and that it is a spent force. We have therefore done little or nothing to counter its mendacious propaganda, thinking this unnecessary. By now, anyone with half a brain should be aware that this is no longer the case.

    We need to teach science properly in schools, and actively combat the passing off of fantasy as fact. This is one reason why the government’s infatuation with faith schools is so wrong. Letting religious organizations teach our children is not “liberal”; it is the very opposite. It is conspiring to close young minds and lock out their ability to learn.

    The battle against bigotry can be won – and I believe it must inevitably be won in the long run – but we risk a setback here and now if we don’t keep our wits about us.

  4. Bruce Dearborn Walker said

    There are a lot fewer of these people than you would suppose from TV. On television every Muslim is a terrorist, every cop a psychotic thug, and every Christian a narrow minded Bible-belt bigot. TV makes it’s money by shocking and scaring us while appealing to our worse natures and prejudices. They find the absolute worst examples of a group and then trumpet them as if they are the norm.

    All of the Christians I know are very decent live-and-let-live types who are trying to be better people, and would give you a good hand up if you needed it and asked. For that matter, so are all of the Muslims I know.

    The preachers (and Imams) and politicians–well, they are a different matter entirely.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 54 other followers

%d bloggers like this: