Recent events in the US of A

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Recent events in the US of A

Postby a_haworthroberts » Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:18 am

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/frankschae ... tea-party/
The BCSE blogger is flagging this Frank Schaeffer blog, though he does not comment beyond saying "this piece gives a good overview".

I'm not totally convinced of a very strong link between Christian fundamentalism and the recent crisis precipitated by a smallish group of selfish and bigoted Republican 'Tea Party' members of Congress. Also, the targeting of Billy Graham - instead of young Earth creationists - seems a little unfair.

I don't doubt that many Tea Party people are evangelical Christians and probably fundamentalists as well. But much of what they seem to stand for seems to have little if anything to do with Christianity, whether fundamentalist (and biblical) or moderate (and still biblical). (Actually, they seem more to be AGAINST lots of things rather than FOR lots of things.)

The other day I googled the shutdown ringleaders who are mentioned at Wikipedia (there may well be others) - Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Mark Meadows, Tom Graves. Of these Graves is a member of a Baptist church and Lee is a Mormon. It's not obvious whether the other two have strong Christian affiliations - or merely share the reactionary views held by many American fundamentalists.

There also appears to be some linkage in the more right wing sections of the US media - a linkage which I believe is false (but I'm open to correction/clarification) - between the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and it becoming easier to obtain abortion on demand. The other day Ken Ham wrote on his Facebook page:
"The sad battles being fought over Obamacare and abortion-inducing drugs and devices continue".
He then linked to this: http://www.becketfund.org/church-benefi ... s-mandate/
Having searched online, it appears that the Becket Fund are filing a lawsuit against the mandate described here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contracept ... ted_States)

(1) Ham is describing as "abortion-inducing drugs and devices" various contraceptives;
(2) This mandate is nothing to do with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) though it may well be that the anti-democratic Tea Party bigwigs behind the recent shutdown also hate this mandate.
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Re: Recent events in the US of A

Postby a_haworthroberts » Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:22 am

There's something wrong with that Wiki link. The page is entitled 'Contraceptive mandate (United States)'.
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Re: Recent events in the US of A

Postby Michael » Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:05 am

Frankie Schaeffer is absolutely spot on. BTW I met him in 1971 while studying under Schaeffer at L'Abri. There I came across the writings of Rushdoony and Gary North the founders of the Christian Taliban
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Re: Recent events in the US of A

Postby Michael » Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:07 am

forgot to say that the four strands of the Tea Party are to oppose

Big Government

Socialsim (n.b. Cameron is a socialist)

Gay Marriage

Evilution

There you have it in 4
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Re: Recent events in the US of A

Postby a_haworthroberts » Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:57 am

http://www.teaparty.org/about-us/
And there was me thinking they were only formed after the appearance on the political scene of hockey mom Sarah Palin failed to prevent the election of Barack Obama in 2008.
They are keen on guns as well.
And appear rooted in the 18th century.
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Re: Recent events in the US of A

Postby Roger Stanyard » Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:43 pm

a_haworthroberts wrote: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Mark Meadows, Tom Graves. Of these Graves is a member of a Baptist church and Lee is a Mormon. It's not obvious whether the other two have strong Christian affiliations - or merely share the reactionary views held by many American fundamentalists.

Ted Cruz's father is a dominionist ordained minister runing a very fundamentalist church.
Those who believe absurdities will commit atrocities - Voltaire
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