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  •  Please Attend Your Local Megachurch Sunday! (7+ / 0-)

    Understand that Beck's message is consistent with the many different sources that much of the electorate hears from.

    To be well informed in this country you require an exceptional combination of skepticism, education, time & energy and daily dedication to fighting your society to find out what's happening. Which is why only a small fraction of people do know.

    This place is surrounded by a not very leaky information iron curtain.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 12:39:17 PM PDT

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    •  Do a quick check of your bumper stickers before (0+ / 0-)

      leaving your car unattended in the parking lot.  Somebody may feel motivated to link which church attendee may have "ungodly beliefs".  Some may feel a 'burden from the Lord' to track you down and evangelize you.

      They know their own flock by how they speak, behave, even how they dress, walk and where they sit.  Group think is turned on high in a Church setting.  People may react more strongly than they would on the street, in school or work, or even at home.

      Carrying a big Bible may help, in defensive situations.  Be prepared for lots of highly focused attention if you manage to say or suggest something 'controversial' with which they have difficulty tolerating.  When you walk into their spiritual 'home' with ideas that don't conform, some will perceive this as a bold and horrific invasion of Satan, and the emotional reaction can be strong. Perhaps, if you're not too blatant, you'll just be deemed one of Satan's deluded minions.  If you take your time, learning how to phrase questions so that you don't trigger the next Spanish Inquisition, you might last a few weeks.

      If you really wish to do good, volunteer to work with youth. Teenagers asking pesky questions tend to be told to ask those annoying questions in church.  You could be there ready to help them to pursue their questions in an intellectually honest manner and honor their relentlessness.  It may not be easy to be 'vetted' for this role, but, on the other hand, few adults last more than 18 months doing this.  Many bail after 6 months. Simply validating the process of doubt, rethinking, re-examining, deciding what's good evidence, perhaps looking at why social justice is important, will help teens mature in their thinking and considerations upon spirituality.  Teens are quite sensitive to justice issues.  It takes just a few promptings to get them going on this, if they can see they can speak freely with you, and that you're there to help them with the work of sorting out their lives.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 07:53:55 PM PDT

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    •  Go with a small group & do your homework (0+ / 0-)

      Don't go alone or walk in 'unarmed' intellectually or without your impeccable manners.  In a small group, you can help each other out, providing an 'out' for any of your group who appears 'trapped' or 'cornered.  

      Do you homework before going in. Read their website. Understand the core beliefs.  Understand the roles and authority figures within the church.  In these big new churches, there is often some very big money involved, and understanding this impact may be important. Figure out what you might wish to say or what to question, but try to find the least inflammatory expression possible.  

      The best goal is to open and start dialog with those who appear most capable of fair discussion.  Once high emotions get triggered it's best to cut things off for this week and let things cool down.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 08:01:18 PM PDT

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