Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Creepy Mix of The Conservative Brain And Imaginary Christian Persecution

Chris Mooney, the brilliant author of The Republican Brain, has a new article on, "How the Right-Wing Brain Works and What That Means for Progressives," that needs to be read in its entirety by those with normal brains and logical minds.

"There really is a science of conservative morality, and it is vastly different from liberal morality.

"...multiple studies associate conservatism with a greater disgust reflex or sensitivity. In one telling experiment, subjects who were asked to use a hand wipe before answering questions, or to answer them near a hand sanitizer, gave more politically conservative answers. (Jonathan) Haidt even told me in our interview that when someone like Rick Santorum talks about wanting to 'throw up,' that may indeed signal a strong disgust sensitivity.

"More recently, Haidt and his colleagues added a sixth moral foundation: 'Liberty/oppression.' Liberals and conservatives alike care about being free from tyranny, from unjust exertions of power, but they seem to apply this impulse differently. Liberals use it (once again) to stand up for the poor, the weak; conservatives use it to support the 'don’t tread on me' fulminating against big government (and global government) of the Tea Party. This, incidentally, creates a key emotional bond between libertarians on the one hand, and religious conservatives on the other..."

Okay, we have a recipe for impaired reasoning, now we just throw in a dash of some imaginary enemies...

"Why right-wing Christians think they’re America’s most persecuted group."

"A new Pew poll reveals the extent of their complex. Its origins can be traced all the way back to the Bible.

"A recent Pew study found that white American evangelical Christians think they experience more discrimination than blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, atheists or Jews...

"Christianity, born in the harsh desert cultures of the Middle East, got its start by defining itself in opposition to both Judaism and the surrounding pagan religions of the Roman empire. Consequently, from the get-go teachings emerged that helped believers deal with the inevitable conflict by both predicting and glorifying suffering at the hands of outsiders. Indeed, persecution was framed as making believers more righteous, more like their suffering savior. Long before the Catholic Church made saints out of martyrs, a myriad of texts encouraged believers to embrace suffering or persecution, or even to bring it on.

"This sample from a much longer list of New Testament verses about persecution (over 100), gives a sense of how endemic persecution is to the biblical world view.

  • I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. Matthew 10:16-17
  • Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Matthew 10:21-23
  • You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. Mark 13:9
  • Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Luke 6:22

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Get rid of your old recipe books...

Ask the cook to help you put it all together...

Mix it all the ingredients...

And now you've got something extra-special for Conservatives everywhere!


Sure we had our tongue inserted firmly in cheek when we posted this, but it isn't all that funny.

We've let the rightwing leaders, their propagandists, and their Conservative Christians take us down the path to a Third World Country status with very few objections from the media, and the truly amusing thing is that the Cons can't help themselves -- all that viciousness and vapid stupidity is hard-wired in their little brains.

If we can't cure insanity and stupidity anymore because frontal lobotomies are passe, our only course is to criminalize Conservatism.

Try it, you'll like it!


"A good many things creep around in the dark besides Santa Claus."

Herbert Hoover, GOP President.


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