I know many of you have seen Glenn Beck on Fox and are as sickened by the wacked-out message he is sending. He claims that he is just putting two and two together and reading the signs on the wall. Personally, I think he is mixing apples with oranges and forcing people to eat fruit salad. Whether he is identifiying a problem we have in the US with religious tension, or stirring up said tension himself, he is insinuating - daily- that "the time has come", that "the prefect storm is arrising". He speaks not just of political unrest, but of Muslims bringing a caliphate to America, and We The People standing firm with the religion of our Founding Fathers (ha), and doing all things to the glory of God... yada yada yada.
Every other day or so, I catch about 5 minutes of his show while I am switching channels. Yesterday, he was telling people -- once again -- to stockpile food, and to 'look around and know who your friends are' while raising his eyebrows above his glasses. He really frightens me and I don't even believe any of his jumbled, psychotic crap. What scares me the most, is that I know tons of people who do. I think that there are so many deluded Christians out there who have watched a little to much reality TV, read every book in the Left Behind Series, and played soooooooooo many video games, that they can't wait for the End Of The World to begin so they can 'kill people for Jesus'!
And all this got me to thinking: What if this storyline plays out? Either way.. because he saw it coming, or he and the Fear-Mongers stirred it into action?
How does a small atheist family in the middle of the Bible Belt defend itself? (Please don't advise me to stockpile weapons or join a compound.)
How will I maintain my beliefs without being targeted by my neighbors?
Where would you go to stay safe and when?
How can the Atheist community do something of good measure to stop the religious people of the US before they do something stupid? This is my real hope..... Although I think Christians would see any uprising by Atheists as an attempt to wipe out Christianity and contribute to bringing about the end of the world.
Or am I just playing into the whole delusion?
Any thoughts a welcome.
I think all you can do is just live your life and do nothing but be confident in your own non-belief. Glenn Beck is a fear monger and nothing more. When and if there is a religious war, which I feel is unlikely, it will be due as much to Glenn Beck's ravings as it will be to religion itself. Both are equally despicable. If you can ever engage moderate Christians in debate you should but other than that, just live your life. The only way to live, is to live without fear. Believers live in fear. Fear of their god, fear of the unknown, fear of hell, fear of others. Glenn Beck to me is a scared and delusional little man. The fact that he has so much influence reflects the joke that is Fox news but even pressure is coming from the right to get rid of him. Be strong. Be brave. Live without fear.
A little fear is not a bad thing. But, I agree with the general sentiment.
There's not going to be any "religious war" in this country. In the near term, evangelicals will continue to seek increased power and influence within the existing political and social structure as long as they keep receiving approbation from deranged demagogues like Beck, but the chances that such a movement will lead to widespread, violent conflict are nil.
In the long term, today's angry and desperate impulses toward theocracy in America will wane as the citizenry's enthusiasm for religious dogma continues to diminish. All the railing against nonbelief (and other anti-religious attitudes) is more of a fearful, convulsive reaction against change than it is the vanguard of some godly uprising.
The friction and wrangling way well worsen in the years ahead, and yet at the same time I'm sure that those like us, who inveigh against religious control, will see more and more support in almost every part of the country. Tensions will no doubt increase, but in the long run secular reason will gradually win out.