Let’s dissect this, shall we?
To the right stands former Virginia delegate Joe Morrissey, 57, a Democrat running for a Virginia state Senate seat as an Independent after Democratic Party officials rejected his attempt to seek office. Joining Morrissey are his 19-year-old receptionist, Myrna Pride, and their 9-week-old son Chase, a child Morrissey publicly acknowledged as his son for the first time Wednesday.
There is a pretty awesome web game called “Stormfront or SJW” where you are presented with quotes from websites and have to guess whether the quote appeared on the Neo-Nazi Stormfront or is from a far-left “social justice warrior”.
I think this is such a great illustration of the recent partial convergence of rhetoric and ideas between the far left and the far right. Both are united in:
1) their lack of commitment to our Constitutional framework and for change to be achieved through democracy and elections
2) their reliance on conspiracy theories
3) their hostility to American involvement of any sort in international affairs
4) their omnipresent utter derangement toward Israel and Jews
People have often debated what is the proper geometric model for political views. Is it a one-dimensional left-right axis where depending on their opinions individuals somewhere on the linear continuum? Is it rather a two-dimensional political compass with economic and social issues on orthogonal axes? My view is that whatever the dimensionality, politics has a closed geometry where going far enough to the extreme links you directly up with the other extreme.
We always knew Michele Bachmann was, to put it politely, not the sharpest knife in the drawer. But Obama’s deal with Iran seems to have truly pushed the ex-congresswoman over whatever ledge her sanity was still clinging to.
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann is very excited that the world may be coming to an end. Iran may be getting the bomb, and gay people are getting married these days, and all of this is wonderful news because it means Israel is going to be destroyed and there will be wars and plagues and famines and that means Jesus is going to come back to fly all the bestest Bachmann-approving-of Christians into heaven while her enemies get left to rot in whatever post-nuclear wasteland comes next. You think we are making this up. We are not making this up.
No, they are not making it up. Not even close. It’s the truth folks. A former member of the US Congress is celebrating the coming destruction of Israel and thus the world. Thanks to Obama, The Rapture is on its way, and Bachmann couldn’t be more happy.
Bachmann, however, then seemed to approve of the President moving mankind into “the midnight hour.”
“We get to be living in the most exciting time in history,” she said, urging fellow Christians to “rejoice.”
“Jesus Christ is coming back. We, in our lifetimes potentially, could see Jesus Christ returning to Earth, the Rapture of the Church.”
“These are wonderful times,” she concluded.
Now maybe it’s because I’m a damned Heathen, pun intended. Or that I’m basically a Secular Humanist cursed with incurable optimism. But some how the idea of millions of people being wiped off the face of the earth by the fabled Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse, and whole countries being destroyed does not strike me as cause for celebration. Bachmann doesn’t see it that way, however. She’s positively thrilled, exhorting Christians to rejoice.
“That’s why so many Christians I think are sad and despairing because we know what the word of God says,” she said. “But it is also a chastening as individual believers for our good and that, to me, is extremely exciting.
A reminder: This is a former Congresswoman positively jubilating over the potential destruction of the country she swore an oath to protect, and uphold the laws of. As a Canadian watching this particular spectacle, my mind is truly boggled. What can the many supporters of Israel be thinking as they watch one of the darlings of the Conservatives positively thrilled by what she thinks is the imminent destruction of said country?
Maybe this is a good thing. Maybe this will finally make people realize why so-called Christians support Israel so strongly. They don’t love Israel. It’s just that its destruction and that of the Jewish people are required to bring about The Rapture. Hopefully, this will be like a bucket of ice water to the faces of so many who hadn’t realized, or maybe didn’t want to, that the support of Right Wing Christians for Israel is predicated on its destruction. Of course, as previously mentioned, I’m an optimist.
PS One wonders how the destruction caused by the terrible Nepal earthquake is playing out inside Bachmann’s head and inside the circle of those who share her beliefs. Is this too, grounds for celebration?
Interesting, thoughtful article. As always, avoid the comments.
This is strange. Why are conservatives more hostile to Muslims and Islam today than they were in the terrifying aftermath of 9/11? And why have American Muslims, who in 2000 mostly voted Republican, apparently replaced gays and feminists as the right’s chief culture-war foe?
Muslims have become the right’s greatest cultural enemy in large part because they are what remains after the ideological collapse of the “war on terror.”
For half a century, cultural conservatives have vowed to protect America against threats from domestic insurgencies: black militancy, feminism, the gay-rights movement. But those insurgencies involved large and restive groups. Muslims, by contrast, make up only 1 percent of the U.S. population. And they are not restive. Yes, a tiny share sympathizes with Salafi groups like the Islamic State, or ISIS. But unlike the civil-rights, abortion-rights, and gay-rights activists of eras past, American Muslims are not seeking to transform American culture and law. They are not marching in the streets. For the most part, they constitute a small, well-educated, culturally conservative minority that wants little more from the government than to be left alone.
Muslims have become the right’s greatest cultural enemy in large part because they are what remains after the ideological collapse of the “war on terror.” After September 11, George W. Bush outlined an epic, generational struggle—a successor to World War II and the Cold War—to make the Middle East democratic and pro-American. “In our grief and anger,” he told a joint session of Congress nine days after the attacks, “we have found our mission and our moment.”
For a time, that mission directed the right’s energies outward. Most conservatives (along with many liberals) supported Bush’s efforts to occupy and transform Afghanistan and Iraq. Undergirding these efforts lay a deep confidence in the power of American arms, the size of America’s bank account, and the universal relevance of American democracy. […]
Here are some of the clown car’s greatest hits gathered into one article.
Corporate shilling? Check.
Insane, mouth-breather conspiracy theories? Check.
Morons who oppose anything Obama favors, no matter what? Check and check.
The NRA is having a convention soon and they’re telling people attending not to bring their guns to it.
And after all the trees that have died for them to tell us we should be able to take guns anywhere. What is an ordinary person to think? ///
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Finally, creationism and anti vaccination on the same webpage! To think I was worried that creationists wouldn’t try anything new. Emil Karlsson, takes on Cornelius Hunter and power owns him to death with science!
One of the more frightening conceptual aspects of pseudoscience is known as the crank magnetism effect. It occurs when someone, who promotes one kind of pseudoscience, becomes more likely of promoting other kinds of crankery. Someone who promotes HIV/AIDS denialism may also promote alternative medicine, someone who promotes conspiracy theories about 9/11 might also believe that chemtrails are real, someone who are against vaccines might advocate for conspiracy theories about condoms and so on. This might occur because of similar core beliefs, such as the alleged severe deceitfulness of the government or because of extreme religious beliefs, or perhaps because of the similar themes and content of many kinds of pseudoscience.
Cornelius Hunter, an intelligent design creationist associated with the Center for Science and Culture (previously named the Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture) at the Discovery Institute, is a good illustration of the concept of crank magnetism. In two recent blog post, he promoted a number of classic anti-vaccine talking points, but these were not completely unrelated to his intelligent design creationist activism. Instead, he appears to see both of the conflicts as part of a larger culture war between mainstream science (that he calls “scientism”) and various religious and anti-scientific groups and individuals.
In Georgia a State Rep. has most likely killed SB129, Georgia’s Religious
Freedom Power Bill.
He added an amendment that stated the bill cannot circumvent state and local nondiscrimination laws. At once the wingnuts said that this would “gut the bill”.
Good on Rep. Jacobs.
“Brazil is an extremely contradictory country. On the one hand, we are a pink country, celebrating sexual diversity and showing gay couples easily on our telenovelas,” said Luiz Mott, founder of the Grupo Gay da Bahia, an LGBT rights group. “Then, there is another color, the red blood of victims. Brazil has unfortunately inherited deep institutional and cultural homophobia over hundreds of years … and the country has become characterized by extreme violence and rising numbers of murders.”
On the one hand, we are a pink country, celebrating sexual diversity and showing gay couples easily on our telenovelas. Then, there is another color, the red blood of victims. - Luiz Mott, founder of the Grupo Gay da Bahia, speaking of Brazil
According to his group’s 2014 homicide report, at least 326 lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals were killed in attacks related to their sexual orientation last year, up from 159 in 2004. Last year, 163 victims were gay men and 134 were transgender individuals. The most deaths occurred in Sao Paulo state, the country’s most populous. Per capita, the deadliest state was Paraiba, in the northeast, where Lopes grew up.
Wonder how will the European far-right who often bring up Muslim homophobia will have anything to say about this startling development from Brazil?