This is a documentary from the Four Corners program in Australia. Program goes for 45mins. In Australia a real-estate boom on the outskirts of major cities is the focus of a "bible belt" fringe. Some of the cults developing here are pretty toxic. These outlying suburbs on city edges are devoid of decent transportation infrastructure and have few community services. They are really just rows and rows of McMansions bought by average families up to their eyeballs in mortgage debt. The super-fundies have moved right in with Sunday song-and-dance routines which for the poor bastards who live in these suburbs is the only entertainment around. I post this because the people interviewed (many of whom are still religious) so candidly and honestly convey the stupidities of religious belief (e.g. not being able to understand the preacher's nonsense but carrying on regardless).
The scary thing for me is that these communities are beginning to demonstrate considerable political influence in a way which I think is analogous to but not yet as serious as the US situation.
I am interested especially in the experiences of those in the US, and your advice....How would you act at an early stage to oppose Christian fundamentalism as a political force?
I hope the bloody link works after all that...