Just a Sunday read

I found this commentary from the L.A. Times interesting and thought you would too.

How times change.  As I grew up in the 1960’s and ’70’s, articles like this were commonplace.  In fact, when the hyper-right started to flex its faux Jesus wings in the mid 1970’s, they were met with shock, disbelief, and deservedly savage beatings from comedians.  We had become an almost wholly secular society by then, after all, and all of a sudden there were these apparent masses of angry white people blaming every bit of societal progress (especially the women’s movement) for all that they saw going wrong with the world — and that was just about everything.

And now it turns out that the far-right hyper-religious are among the screwy-ist of the screwed up, and rapidly running out of bad guys to blame for their own screwiness.  But nowadays we’re a bit more like a budding theocrazy (or is it theocracy), which until very recently has made it easy for the Evanglinuts to hide the truth.

Here’s part of the truth: I was part of the original Jesus-freak movement in the early-mid 1970’s, from which the current Evangelical movement gained its initial strength.  Although most late ’60’s and early ’70’s kids became neither hippies nor rock musicians, and many never touched illegal drugs, the overall impression given by the media was that these trends were pandemics among the young.  The right wing, being particularly vulnerable to the news media’s distortions, took this as the truth and voila the Jesus Freak movement was born to counter this perceived mass deviance among the young. And for some of the most vulnerable, it worked.  Most of the kids involved in the Jesus-freak movement were active or recently ex-drug addicts. I was neither, which caused me to drop out; I was too together for that movement, scattered as I was at that age.

Some things never change.

Never mind that although I know a few more crazed evangelicals than I did 30 years ago, the majority of people I’ve known all along are no more religious now than they were prior to the Jesus-boom.  And I don’t see the under-30 crowd as being much different than we were; some are religious and the majority are not, really.

Born-again Christians are still the most unChristian (and usually the most screwed-up) people I know.  I’ve already gone off on this blog about Christian bitches and the Rise of the Crazy (Christian) Lady; for some reason I’ve often missed out on criticizing the men — but rest assured, in my mind they aren’t being cut any slack.

I have no doubt the same is true for extreme Jews and Muslims — that they’re the worst of the worst as far as their religion is concerned.

But anyway, read the article.  These days it’s a rare piece of independent thought, and it may offer a glimpse into what’s really going on out there…for a change not colored with Evangelical rose-colored glasses.

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