Monday, May 5, 2008

Oh Happy Day

From An Atheist Goes Undercover to Join the Flock of Mad Pastor John Hagee by Matt Taibbi:

When most Americans think of the Christian right, they think of scenes from television -- great halls full of perfectly groomed people in pale suits and light-colored dresses, smiling and happy and full of the Holy Spirit, robotically singing hymns at the behest of some squeaky-clean pastor with a baritone voice and impossible hair. We don't get to see the utterly batshit world they live in, when the cameras are turned off and their pastors are not afraid of saying the really dumb stuff, for fear of it turning up on CNN. In American evangelical Christianity, in other words, there's a ready-for-prime-time stage act -- toned down and lip-synced to match a set of PG lyrics that won't scare the advertisers -- and then there's the real party backstage, where the spiritual hair really gets let down.
There is more on Matt Taibbi and his new book The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire over at A Tiny Revolution. Jonathan Schwarz comes to this conclusion:
It's things like this that make me convinced progressives, whoever we are, will ultimately lose and mankind will destroy itself.

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