The author is far younger than I am. She came along after I’d already begun the process of leaving.
And I have a couple of slight quibbles with what she says.
Through these programs we learned how to argue effectively. As students, we were taught critical thinking skills but given only a narrow view of what was acceptable to argue for. We were, after all, being trained to take over the country for Christ, literally. We knew how to perform logical gymnastics about abortion, Christianity and any evangelical talking point you could throw at us.
They were not taught critical thinking skills. Not. Critical thinking skills involve being able to look at all sides of a position. To do that, you first have to recognize that there might well be more than two sides, maybe more than three or four. You have to be able to understand the opposition, not just out-argue them.
These folks don’t have that skill.
I know they don’t because I didn’t. I was never taught it. In fact, I was inoculated against it. Even attempting to understand another viewpoint was seen as “compromise” and was evil.
We impressed every government official and staff member with our questions, earnesty [sic] and demeanor. In short, we were sneaky and polite Trojan horses; we had an agenda. Yes, even as 15-year-olds. It was forcefully handed to us by the adults in our lives who had been preparing for this since before we were born.
My generation, too, did this. We were encouraged into political activism with the rise of Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority (which was neither moral nor a majority).
And I knew Mike Farris way back before he started Generation Joshua. I remember reading some of the stuff from HSLDA, though, and getting a glimmer of what he envisioned. He has actually failed absymally, in spite of the election of that moron in the White House.
Progressive culture has made great strides in my lifetime. It’s going to be difficult to tell LGBTQ people to get back in the closet, to dissolve their marriages, to tell women that exercising reproductive choice is evil and that their duty is to have babies.
Farris and company want to turn the clock back, and doing that is almost impossible.
The problem this subculture has is numerical.
They know this. They don’t have the people.
So they attempt to breed them. Make babies. Adopt babies. Lots of kids = good. Few/no kids = not God’s will so you’re selfish and evil.
But they have not been as successful in keeping the babies in the fold as they have been at having them.
And therein lies hope.
However, and this is a big deal, I do not agree with her that Pence is seen as the Messiah.
This might be true among the faithful, but the faithful is a shrinking group. As these fundigelicals quit going to church, they typically don’t abandon “God.” I didn’t for a long, long time. I understand why they don’t. It’s part habit, part deep-seated indoctrination, and part fear. Instead, they abandon the organized church and bring their horrible “God” with them.
What they do seem to do is become more racist and nationalistic, just like the awful “God” they continue to embrace, which is the core problem that gave us the moron in the White House.
And therein lies horror.
I found this piece to be interesting, from Richard Dawkins, reporting on a study done about the prevalence of atheism in America. However, I thought the description of exactly how they did the study confusing, so I went and read the report itself and it was actually pretty brilliant. It was also done by a couple of psychology profs at the University of Kentucky.
Maybe there are more of me out there.