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Religion is also the power that some people use to exert control over other people's lives. Taken on a national scale (e.g. Saudi Arabia) it leads to repression and subjugation, the antithesis of what their religion ostensibly subscribes to as their primary ordained mission.
As one who has discussed religion with many people worldwide, for the most part I have been amazed at the 100 percent certitude in their convictions. Indoctrination of religious beliefs begins from the day you are born, and the differences in various denominations of Christianity, Islam and others stem from the inconsistencies in the respective scriptures written by different people over hundreds of years. I try not mock or deride another person's beliefs but rather try understand and find common ground.
However, as certain religious folks try to impose their brand of religion on others through governmental policies, then we must push back using many of their tactics. If, for example, they say God created humans in his own image, then are not the LGBTQ community God's creations also? Or did their God deliberately create some humans with the intent that they would be discriminated against? If so, what kind of God is that?
We do not know the facts yet so much of this is speculation Yes, there are reports that his locator beacon was transmitting meaning he might still have been alive and maybe not if the insurgents took his body a mile away and dumped it. There are other worst case scenarios considering the closed casket. I suspect that considering how long its been since the attack happened, much of the truth is being suppressed. We can expect it will take a long time before the public gets any more knowledge directly from the Pentagon. It's also not fertile grounds for journalists to be wandering around.
Dutch -- I am not suggesting in anyway that racism is an inherited trait. But as humans have evolved from our hunter gatherer days, certain traits became more dominant in some individuals through natural selection. The emotion of fear, for example, is much stronger in some individuals than others. Is it fear of the after life that makes so many individuals succumb to religious doctrine?
For mankind's survival certain physical and biological traits including intelligence evolved. The fact that we had "hate" long before biblical times and that genocide is nothing new in today's worldly conflicts, suggest to me that some people are more susceptible to "fear of the other" than others. In modern civilized cultures we have learned to be tolerant of each other and have passed laws to protect people's rights.
When we were born, we did not hate and we were not racists. Those traits were indeed learned, but some people learned more easily than others.
Interesting topic Dutch. Society today largely opposes racism in its many forms, but we also have to acknowledge that we have extremists who fear "the other". If we were to go even much further back in history, we would find many examples of fear of the other in the bible where outright genocidal actions against other ethnic groups were a part of their everyday society. But the bible contradicts itself with many other references that oppose such actions. Different authors at different times with different views. It's why we have so many different denominations of Christianity.
However, we could go even further back in time and speculate why we have traces of Neanderthal DNA in our systems. Did some early humans accept and interbreed with the Neanderthals while others feared them so much that they wiped them out in genocidal actions? Just some far out critical thinking about the origins of our diversity and the way we react to our DNA driven emotions.
Trump's first seven months in office has indeed been a kakistocracy, a government by the least qualified or unprincipled persons. Bannon certainly had a lead role, but a fish rots from the head down.
It's not only "Lyin TedCruz". It's the whole bunch of Republican opponents who ran against him with the exception of Lindsay Graham. "Little Marco" and his wife also had dinner at the White House. "Look at that face" Carla Fiorina met with Trump at Trump Tower looking for a job. She praised his "executive abilities". Sleepy Ben Carson, came crawling to Trump and landed a job after brown nosing him. Even Mitt Romney, who once rightly called Romney a "phony", had dinner with Trump and obligingly praised him afterward. All these Republicans and more came back to kiss his ring...or worse. It's why 88 percent of Republicans approve of Trump's performance... he's secretly admired for doing what he is doing. The "locker room talk" further endears him to the jock crowd. Many of the women who support him are already submissive to their husbands...evangelical women especially. The authoritarian bully has a certain appeal to the authoritarian follower.
While it is uncertain of how long Trump will last in the job before being removed, Republicans for now are supporting him as it is their golden opportunity to undue Obama legislation and enact their own for the benefit of corporations and the rich. The only thing that can really stop him is divisions within the Republican Party itself brought on in part by massive protests. Lesson learned -- when Democrats don't vote, elections have consequences.
Donald Trump is taking notice. His latest tweet: "The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!" Keep up the good work liberal activists...you are getting to Trump's head.
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