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  •  I grew up in a suburb of Kansas City (10+ / 0-)

    I am the same age as you, and I have family who still lives back there.  Like you, I am appalled at what has happened to a place where I spent my formative years.  We went back to visit two summers ago, and everyone in my family who has stayed in the area seem to have entered some twilight zone of survivalist mentality.  My parents live in Shawnee, one brother lives in Merriam, and another brother lives in Lawrence.  I can't even talk to them about anything substantive because they are only informed by Fux News and other conservative outlets. These are educated people with decent jobs - they've been doing well financially in spite of the recession.

    The one thing that I think informs their worldview is their religious affiliation.  My parents are Lutheran - I grew up what initially was the Lutheran Church of America (LCA) which became the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) 20+ years ago.  Evidently that was not conservative enough for my parents and they switched to the Missouri Synod which is repressively conservative.  I have seen them become more racist in their outlook.  And this is in spite of them having a family where four of the six of us kids are Chinese, or multi-racial (five of us are adopted).  When I was quite young, I remember marching with my parents in a civil rights march.  Flash forward to the 2008 election when my dad was certain that Obama would be shown to have secret Muslim ties.  We lived overseas in several countries that have a high number of Muslims - he should have  known better than that.  But between his church and his news viewing, we don't talk about much these days.

    When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? Eleanor Roosevelt

    by seefleur on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 01:36:18 PM PST

    •  When we lived in the small town (5+ / 0-)

      we also had both flavors of Lutheranism.  We belonged to the ELCA as well because it seemed much more liberal than the Missouri Synod across town.  I am not sure there is much difference between them now.  I think the point of my article was to point out the distinct difference I have seen lately.  This is something you point out nicely with the example of your family.

    •  ELCA (7+ / 0-)

      We like ELCA folks. We have found many that are Matthew 25 Christians, so they are fairly liberal. Even though we are atheists, we like to sing in choir and be with good people. When we moved to Wichita, we elected to try Reformation Lutheran because it had been home to Dr. Tiller. His lovely wife is in the choir. That is a church that understands something.

      -bent tube, one arm of which was the size of a pipe-stem and the other big enough to hold the ocean, water would stand at the same height in one as in the other. -discussion equalizes fools and wise men in the same way, and the fools know it. OW Holmes

      by MoGemStone on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 07:25:12 PM PST

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