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  •  No, the reasons for the spread of Creationism (3+ / 0-)
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    have nothing to do with giving it respect. It has spread in large part because it was disrespected by its viciously hated enemies, particularly in the Civil War and again in the Civil Rights era, in the same way that all of the Lost Cause resentments against Yankee tyranny spread during and after the Civil War. Creationism is in large part the denial that Whites are descended from Black Africans just like the rest of us, which Darwin told them in 1859.

    The reasons are frank racism, coming from the Southern Baptist "Curse of Ham" apologetics for slavery before the Civil War, and expanding greatly in the Civil Rights era when Flood Geology became popular; and a twisted theology that claims that an omnipotent God cannot save sinful humans without the bizarre blood sacrifice of himself as his own Son to himself as Father in order to redeem the Fall, which must therefore be literal history. All mixed with ritual cannibalism and dunking people in rivers. All of which appeals to members of a twisted society that defined itself by racism, bigotry, misogyny, and Mammonism, among other sins, and found that defining itself as the Born-Again Elect fit right in with their other prejudices.

    The Southern Baptist Convention officially condemned racism, and now has a Black President; but it doubled down on the bigotry, misogyny, and Mammonism in the process, and still holds to the essential but covert racism of Creation.

    I can't explain that theology properly because of the vast number of points at which it entirely fails to make sense, contradicts itself, contradicts the Bible, and so on.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 11:50:19 AM PST

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    •  Nope (0+ / 0-)
      No, the reasons for the spread of Creationism have nothing to do with giving it respect.
      That's flat out wrong.
      Nutcase goofball craziness spreads when given credibility. Happens all the time.
      Happens not just to crazy ideas about evolution - it also happens to crazy ideas about guns, global warming and rape.
      •  Ah, that must be why the goofball crazies (1+ / 0-)
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        are losing easily winnable Senate seats. Like Richard "Rape babies are God's will" Mourdock, who was too crazy for Indiana Republicans.

        Because they get too much respect.

        May I ask what you put in your breakfast cereal?

        Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

        by Mokurai on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 12:15:06 PM PST

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        •  They're winning seats too. (0+ / 0-)

          Hey - remember that governor down in South Carolina that disappeared for six days?
          He's back - in congress.
          How about Louie Gohmert?
          Rick Perry
          Representative Paul Broun
          Sam Brownback

          BTW - my cereal? What's in it? Only God knows.
          I can only tell you it's NOT addictive - much.

          •  You keep saying someone is "given" credibility. (1+ / 0-)
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            By who? You can't ignore Rick Perry and expect him to go away.  Mark Sanford was ridiculed, the people of South Carolina put him in the Senate.  It wasn't because someone gave him "credibility."  The truth is these people have credibility already because they are already supported by a vast number of like-minded people before they ever make it to your TV.  Mark Sanford, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry didn't spring out of nowhere.  They were highly "credible" people before they slipped into public office.  

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