This article I came across yesterday - the title of piece was too long for our formatting here, the actual title is a bit lengthier:
Believe How Fast Americans Are Losing Their Religion -- But the Fundamentalists Have a Plan
As their power declines in America, fundamentalists are moving to developing countries not as far along the secularization curve. And they're causing
And this bothers me very, very much.
It discusses how the mega-churches are missionaries are infecting the most vulnerable populations in foreign countries. Even setting up "satellite"
churches abroad -
and it's very disturbing. A few pertinent extracts:
March 15, 2013 |
Sometime last year, the US quietly passed a milestone demographers had long been predicting: for the first time in its history, this country is no
longer majority Protestant. Fewer than 50 percent of Americans now identify as Protestant Christians of any denomination.
This change has come on surprisingly recently, and from a historical perspective, with breathtaking speed. As recently as 1993, almost two-thirds of
Americans identified as Protestants, a number that had remained stable for the several preceding decades. But sometime in the 1990s, the ground
started to shift, and it's been sliding ever since. Whether it's the "mainline" Protestant denominations like Methodists, Episcopalians, Lutherans or
Presbyterians, or the independent evangelical, charismatic and fundamentalist sects, the decline is happening across the board. The rise of so-called
megachurches, like Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in California or Mark Driscoll's Mars Hill in Seattle, represents not growth, but
What's happening to these vanishing Protestants? For the most part, they're not converting to any other religion, but rather are walking away from
religion entirely. They're becoming "nones," as the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life puts it. It seems likely that this is the same secularizing
trend being observed in Europe, as people of advanced, peaceful democracies find religion increasingly irrelevant to their daily lives.
As it should be, in my opinion, since the churches can't get with modern society and update their stale, tainted dogma ....so...what will the churches
do? Well, they try to blame "liberal theology" for the flight of youth from archaic, bigoted stances, and say they need to thump their bibles even
harder! But not on the heads of American youths or vulnerable, hurting people - nono...they're taking it to developing countries to assault the
The first example is Uganda, where the most despicable kind of American culture warriors have run amok with horrifying results. Since 2009, the
country's parliament has been debating an "Anti-Homosexuality Bill," which among other things would establish a crime of "aggravated homosexuality,"
punishable by life imprisonment or death.
What's less well known is that three American evangelical preachers, Scott Lively, Caleb Lee Brundidge and Don Schmierer, visited the country a month
before the bill was introduced, giving talks about how "the gay movement is an evil institution" which seeks to prey on children, destroy "the moral
fiber of the people," and abolish marriage and the family and replace it with "a culture of sexual promiscuity." Lively boasted that their campaign
was "a nuclear bomb against the gay agenda in Uganda," and later admitted to meeting with Ugandan lawmakers to help draft the bill, although he
professed ignorance of the death penalty provision. Other American evangelicals, including Kevin Swanson and Lou Engle, have also expressed their
support for the so-called Kill the Gays bill.
We know about the people killing children and maiming them for being "witches" - it's atrocious. Why doesn't someone stop them?
Well, it's not just Africa, either - Mexico, Brazil, Russia, France, Pakistan, Israel and elsewhere now have "branches" of evangelical preaching
outposts mainly focused on persecuting gays and subjugating women - and creating "special priveleges" for 'Christians'.
This just seems beyond bizarre. Didn't Jesus hang out
with women and other outcasts?
Do the fundie congregation members know that their "tithes" are being used in this way - and do they approve
This reminds me of how, 500 years ago, the first "Pilgrims" came and accosted the real "Americans", who'd lived here for eons....
bringing disease, slaughter, puritan Protestant rigidity, and FORCED the native peoples to either comply or die.
That's what really happened. (O Happy Thanksgiving! Give thanks! We slaughtered them all!! Now we can eat with the severed head of a tribe chief as a
centerpiece! Praise God! We are the victors and the chosen people of God in the New World)
I hope I've sparked your interest enough to look at the article - there is SO MUCH MORE information in it, horrifying and terrible goings-on. These
people are insane. Clinically, certifiably insane.
The point of all this is that stopping the religious right is a global issue. The harm they do in America isn't trivial, but they do far greater
harm in developing countries where constitutional protections aren't as strong, and where American money exerts an outsized influence. If we can't
stop them here, there are people all over the world who will suffer much worse repercussions.
For better or worse, what happens in America resonates throughout the world. That's why standing against the religious right is a moral imperative:
not just for the sake of people in the First World, but for the sake of people everywhere in the world.
What say you, ATS?
edit on 20-3-2013 by wildtimes because: (no reason given)