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I see a religious right that does everything it can to shove an agenda down my throat, and I see a secular left that does all it can to resist. The truth is that the religious right is not the religious right, it is the christian right, which promotes an image in this country of being the One religion that encompasses all. It promotes secularism as the enemy and essentially ignores other religious groups, other than the various forms of christianity, which provide fodder for internal squabbling. It's an odd conflict, and one borne entirely of politics. The marriage of ambition and religion is not something to be encouraged, in my opinion, and I fully support the resistance of the secular left. Is that my own personal form of bigotry rearing its ugly head? In all fairness, I suppose that isn't for me to decide.
Living here very near the zipper of the Bible Belt we tend to get to where we really compartmentalize religion. As an example, much of the driving forces behind the political/religious movements is spread over the open denomination big box churches [really only a 25 year old phenomenon] and the fringe elements of churches like the Southern Baptists.

I break the SBC down into different groups because I know, from decades of experience with them that not all of their churches are PACs and not all toe the SBC line [SBC has an autonomous rule with all their churches].

Many of the Christian religions, from Methodists to Presbyterians tend to actually have as many Liberal as Conservative churches. The church that I went to when I first came back to Lexington [a Presbyterian Church] was a very Liberal church yet had as its minister Jeb Magruder, it was quite a juxtaposition but it worked.

Many of those churches, and I think most of the churches don’t really live in that black and white world that the more fundamental churches chose to paint.


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^ I have a fair number of family members that count themselves among those stereotypical evangelicals drawn to GW Bush like moths to a flame for some reason that completely eludes me. Southern Baptists, every one. I recall the scandal of one of my first cousin's marriage to a (gasp!) Methodist! And yes, we are definitely talking deep south here.

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Another swing and a miss.

You seem to miss a lot lately..............

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