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When Fascism Comes to America… May 21, 2010

Posted by Skippy in Culture, Politics, Rants.
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…it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross:

Cynthia Dunbar is one of the people on the Texas board of education responsible for the reprehensible changes to the state’s curriculum. Among those changes is an attempt to delete the word “slave” from the Transatlantic Slave Trade. It’s new name? “Atlantic triangular trade.” Sounds peachy, right? Yeah. Anyway, Dunbar opened today’s debate on social studies with an “invocation.” Actually, it’s less an invocation and more a harangue of those who think that this country wasn’t founded by Jesus and the twelve disciples and that some supernatural superintelligence didn’t create the world ex nihilo and let humans pal around with Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Let’s parse the self-serving, sanctimonious drivel which fell from her lips, shall we?

I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the Good Book and the spirit of the savior have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses.

Well, I believe that no one can read the tales of Kal-El, the Last Son of Krypton (aka Superman) without realizing that he is the best superhero ever and was clearly the creation of two great, towering intellects. See what I did there? I made an assertion without ANY proof. Besides, what Dunbar’s asserting isn’t a prayer–how is this a communication with the divine? If it’s supposed to be a communication with God, it’s little more than ego-propping—-why does your deity need its ego stroked? But let’s dispense with questions and get straight to it: what she’s doing is using the “invocation” in order to try to shame others who have more than a gnat’s grasp of American history into falling in line with her ignorant, intolerant, fearful and fear-driven theocratic leanings.

Furthermore, she can believe what she believes all she wants—however, if she has read the history of our country as she’s implicitly stating, she’d know that our country’s founding wasn’t led by any “Good Book” or “spirit of [a] savior.” But why should she let a little thing like actual history get in the way of her dogmatism?

Whether we look to the first charter of Virginia, or the charter of New England…the same objective is present — a Christian land governed by Christian principles.

Really, Dunbar? Really? How about looking to the United States Constitution and the first of the Bill of Rights? Why are you looking to the first charter of Virginia or New England as proof of what the entire nation ought to be? Oh, that’s right—-because you can’t locate in the Constitution or Bill of Rights (those documents that govern this nation, in case you needed a reminder) anything about this nation being a “Christian” nation.

I like to believe we are living today in the spirit of the Christian religion. I like also to believe that as long as we do so, no great harm can come to our country.

These are the two dumbest sentences I’ve heard fall out of someone’s mouth in about 24 hours. I’d’ve said a week, but Rand Paul went and opened his fool mouth, so he reset that clock. Anyway, what does she mean that “we are living today in the spirit of the Christian religion”? I’d like to run this by a Buddhist. Or a Muslim. Or an atheist. Are we not Americans? Maybe Dunbar would like to round all us non-Christians up and send us away to a camp where we could get re-educated or something like that. Aside from that first sentence being so vague as to be virtually meaningless, the second sentence is so…so…so STUPID, I can barely wrap my brain around it. As long as we vaguely do something that makes no sense except to her, “no great harm can come to our country”?

Really?

Perhaps Dunbar thinks that because American children have been taught that there was a horrible moment in human history called the Translatlantic Slave Trade caused 9/11? Does she think that teaching children that our existence is the result of millions of years of natural selection made some universal superintelligence angry enough to make religious zealots in another part of the world decide to hijack planes and fly them into the Twin Towers?

Making children grow up to be religious zealots never ends well.

But herein lies the cultural chauvinism in Dunbar’s arrogant, self-serving “prayer.” She and others of her ilk are bolstered by their ignorance. They think (if one could call what they do “thinking”) that their religion is The Best, and everything else is clearly inferior. Worse, they think that everyone needs to believe in their universal superintelligence in the exact way they do. They are not critical thinkers—-thinking about the problems of their beliefs (the contradictions, the absurdities, the moral ambiguities) is verboten; they will not brook one iota of dissent or critique. Further, they clothe their rigid religious zealotry in “American culture.” They talk about America in nothing less than idolatrous terms—-of course, that’s fine for them, for the “nation” is a “divinely inspired” entity. They talk about America as though they’ve never even heard of “manifest destiny.” It’s probably even worse; they probably don’t care anything about manifest destiny and what that meant for America’s initial inhabitants.

But deep in the recesses of their squalid minds, they know that the weight of historical and scientific inquiry is against them. They know that as time progresses, more and more people will adopt other ways of thinking. They know that with each scientific discovery, their theistic dogmatism inches ever closer to dying. Thus, they try to forestall the impending collapse of their moribund theistic dogmatism by ensuring that succeeding generations are utterly and completely ignorant. As long as they can keep children in the dark about the world around them, they can inculcate in those children their fears and prejudices. Knowledge for these people isn’t liberating. Rather, it is frightening for them. They see people living their lives (or trying to, anyway) and not going to their church and not looking like them and not loving like them and it scares them. It scares them to consider the possibility that they might be wrong. It is untenable.

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about ignorant people is that sometimes, they not only desire to remain ignorant, but will violently resist being enlightened. For people like Dunbar, they will spend their lives making sure that everyone is as ignorant as they are. They will try to cloak their ignorance in “patriotism,” but make no mistake: it is pure, unadulterated voluntary ignorance. And it is dangerous and must be resisted vigorously.

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