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  •  One more for your list (4.00)
    That's quite a list!

    I can get on board with most of it, though, and do so gladly.  Especially "sustainable energy" and "reactionary."

    "Christianist" sounds too invented and not already defined for most people... I would go with "Biblical extremist".  We all can understand what that means. Moderate Christians are quick to say they don't literally believe in the Bible word for word; the cultist fundies are quick to say they DO and that the Bible should rule over us all.  Let's cleave them in two on it.

    I have one more:  Freedom to Marry instead of "gay rights/gay marriage."  Yes, there are other gay rights issues as well, but this is the big one at this time and it needs some honest reframing.  

    •  Christianist (none)
      works well because it is not fully defined yet for most people. This is a good try at separating the right from the majority of christians and placing them in a minority portion of christianity. Plus it has the sounds-like-Islamist thing going for it too.
    •  I've also seen 'marriage equity,' (none)
      which I liked.

      If Bush were President when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, he would have invaded Mexico.-- Cervantes

      by jem6x on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 10:49:28 AM PDT

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    •  I propose Religious Hardliner (none)
      Religious Hardliner is pre-defined as bad, and it has a great deal of currency, dating from the Iran hostage crisis, courtesy of the Top-down Media.

      It accurately aligns the aims Christian fundamentalists with those of fundamentalists of other faiths.

      It subtly raises the specter of theocracy: if religious hardliners succeed in Iran, the result is a Muslim theocracy. If they succeed in the U.S., we get a hardline Christian theocracy. Nobody who thinks about it at all wants to turn American democracy into theocracy.

      And, it helps undo the very purposeful misconception that Christian means politically conservative.

      Talk doesn't cook rice -- Chinese Proverb

      by OldYellerDog on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 01:43:09 PM PDT

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