Religious Nuts

As a natural non-believer, I’m always skeptical of fanatics. I think if you believe something so intensely that it takes over your thinking on everything, you cannot be trusted. You are no longer a master of yourself. Instead, you are a slave to the ideology or religion or cause that has taken over your mind. That means if it comes down to a choice between loyalty to the cause and me, you will pick the cause. This is the seed of mass murder, state terrorism and the organized mayhem that has been the traveling partner of every ideology since a handful of fanatics gathered at Rue Saint-Jacques.

Not all fanatics are the same, of course. I’ve met a lot of Evangelical Christians. They are harmless because their religious beliefs put things like the sanctity of human life above all else. This keeps them from causing too much mischief. On the other hand, fundamental Muslims are a danger to everyone around them. They celebrate death and therefore have a blood lust that is stoked by their religious fervor, which in turn is stoked by the taste of blood. It is why we keep seeing more and more extreme iterations of Islamic fanaticism. The Taliban trumped Iran, ISIS is now topping the Taliban.

Anyway, that’s my general view on belief. It is what came to mind when I saw this story on the Cult News Network the other day. I call it that because the Huffington Post is Internet fly paper for every Progressive wackjob with access to Al Gore’s Contrivance. Like all Progressive hives, they obsess over other religions to the point of distraction.

Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.

Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types of stories — religious, fantastical and realistic –- in an effort to gauge how well they could identify narratives with impossible elements as fictional.

The study found that, of the 66 participants, children who went to church or were enrolled in a parochial school were significantly less able than secular children to identify supernatural elements, such as talking animals, as fictional.

For starters, a tiny sample size of children is not a study. It is people getting paid to spend the day at the local elementary school. Further, not adjusting for race, IQ, sex and economic class invalidates any results that could be teased from this small sample set. But, that’s social science these days. It is government supported alchemy.

By relating seemingly impossible religious events achieved through divine intervention (e.g., Jesus transforming water into wine) to fictional narratives, religious children would more heavily rely on religion to justify their false categorizations.

“In both studies, [children exposed to religion] were less likely to judge the characters in the fantastical stories as pretend, and in line with this equivocation, they made more appeals to reality and fewer appeals to impossibility than did secular children,” the study concluded.

Refuting previous hypotheses claiming that children are “born believers,” the authors suggest that “religious teaching, especially exposure to miracle stories, leads children to a more generic receptivity toward the impossible, that is, a more wide-ranging acceptance that the impossible can happen in defiance of ordinary causal relations.”

There’s the important bit. Progressives see religion generally and Christianity specifically as their chief rival. They view Christians as evil. That leaves the Left with two choices. They can do as their spiritual brothers in the Middle East do and murder the Christians, or they can convert the Christians to their religion. They don’t call their thing a religion, but the lack of self-awareness is the hallmark of the fanatic.

Mass compulsory conversion is not practical or even possible, so the next best thing is to ban the teaching of Christianity to children. Sending children to parochial schools is a form of child abuse, because science says they end up believing in magic. Or so the Cult of Modern Liberalism would have us believe. If the idea of people with heads full of magical thinking fretting about the teaching of “bad magic” to children makes you laugh, keep in mind that these lunatics are in charge.

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James LePore
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Eric Hoffer nailed this insanity in 1951 in The True Believer.

CaptDMO
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CaptDMO

But..but…see, here’s the problem.
No matter WHICH side of the unscientific nature vs. nurture non debate one stands on,
Kids from two parent families that ALSO attend “religion” in one way or another consistently end up better placed in EVERY measure, but the ultimate (actually) productive, above “average”, non violent, tax PAYING, parent slot is the disparate impact that such little citizens can expect to aspire to.

Shuddh Bharatiyaan
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Shuddh Bharatiyaan

The problem isn’t religion per se, its how any given religion interprets myth. Christians and Muslims are encouraged to interpret Biblical and Quranic myths as “literal absolute truths”. Moreover they are encouraged to interpret their mythology as the “the one true narrative” while other mythologies are interpreted as well, merely mythologies.

Asian religions on the other hand interpret their myths entirely differently and if Christianity and Islam hope to survive into the future, then they will have to transform the way they engage with and interpret their myths.

james wilson
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james wilson

It is being dismissive and insulting to frame practicing Christians as harmless. If that is your intention, ok.

I don’t need an “It’s a Wonderful Life” to see what the country would look like without a majority of practicing Christians, because we’re looking at it.

fodderwing
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fodderwing

The U.S. has had vast numbers of Christian believers involved in building and running things for well over two centuries with generally good results. By their fruits you will know them. Post Christian Europe has fruit of its own. One poll in Germany shows that 75 percent of Germans believe the U.S. government may have been involved in the 9/11 mess. Seventy-five percent! Christian children may be trained in the lore of the fantastic, but I suspect this actually enhances their ability as adults to separate fact from fantasy. Evangelical Christians were the last ones to believe Barack Obama. The… Read more »

james wilson
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james wilson

Perhaps so, Zman, but harmless does not carry the same meaning as causing no harm.

BTW, nothing personal. I am not a Christian.

james wilson
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james wilson

None. But language is what it is. When a thing or an idea is described as harmless it is also being diminished or dismissed, and implies a comparative inferiority to the writer. No one, for example, would describe your opinions as harmless, neither friend or enemy. One would see them as causing no harm, and the other, as harmful.

I am instructed by your language, rightly or wrongly, to assume that you are dismissive of Christianity and Christians, and particularly of Evangelicals.

Teri Pittman
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Teri Pittman

These are the same folks that think a man can become a woman with a little surgery and hormone replacement. They are oh so scientific until the science goes against their own beliefs.