It would seem that Carson isn't the only candidate with a crazy religious background

http://jonathanturley.org/2013/10/12/ted-cruz-dominionism-and-jesus/

If you read the Hedges' book mentioned in the article, it makes a certain amount of very scary sense.

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Thanks for that article. You got me interested in discovering similarities between Dominionism and Wahhabism, which can obviously threaten secularism.

I don't know if you've read Chris Hedges' "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America"? I have to be honest and say I couldn't finish it - the anger and sense of helplessness was overwhelming.

I have to preface these comments by saying that I really kind of hate conspiracy theories; they smack of paranoia and Chicken Little-ism. That being said, though, this book really does put the xianization of America in that light and in a very believable way. Dominionism (which, honestly, I'd never heard of before) makes it less crazy to think that there really is a conspiracy to put everyone in thrall.

Speaking from my own experience as a former cult member, I know how the conditioning process works, and what the desired results are. Members' critical thinking processes are shut down and cognitive dissonance is short-circuited. It's horrifyingly simple, and it doesn't just happen to weak-willed losers . . . in the right situation and with the right sales-pitch, it can happen to absolutely anyone.

I believe you can consider yourself in the clear if you believe you're about to be lumped in with conspiracy nutters.  It's not a conspiracy, it's an orchestrated propaganda campaign.

While Dominionists achieving power this would be a disaster for the United States, it also would most probably mark the end of humanity.

Inserting an apostrophe and dropping the "this" produces a sentence I can question.

While Dominionists['] achieving power this would be a disaster for the United States, it also would most probably mark the end of humanity.

Since moneyed elites rule the United States, Dominionism won't be a disaster for them.

Saying its success "would ... mark the end of humanity" is a huge leap over some necessary logic.

America's experiment with democracy, oligarchy by another name, has never been, and won't be, a spectator sport. We secularists will have to get off our rumps and win it.

If it prevented the rest of the world from developing the eventual ability to colonize other worlds, THEN it could result in the end of humanity.

I'm pretty sure that humanity in general consists of more than the US, I think I saw some map with populations, somewhere, that can back that up.

THAT is a reason for hope.

:D

Also, the far right can't win a national election so far at least (Trump, really, that's the front runner for them?), indicating pockets of potential sanity in large portions of the US population.

This may one day allow the middle at least to gain control one day, tempering the wilder ends of the bell curve.

If so, the US may even contribute significantly to saving humanity.

It could hapen.

:D

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