Those Iowa Evangelicals

Ah, religion once again. ‘Imagine no religion, too.’ Wise words of John Lennon. What would the world be like if there were no religions? Of course, we’ll never know because it permeates the planet, with ‘good missionaries’ polluting the minds of aboriginal cultures deep in the wilderness.

Reuters reports: “Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum – who has built his long-shot campaign around trying to appeal to evangelical Christians in the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday – received a boost when several prominent preachers said their followers were coalescing behind Santorum.

Evangelical preachers…like the Rev. Mike Huckabee who actually won the Iowa caucus in 2008.

Does America need a president who is a strong ‘believer?’ If so, then why? Some ‘believe’ that a person who is wrapped around the Bible would be just the right person to sit in the Oval Office. Sadly, those who don’t know the political agenda of evangelicals may think that this would be optimal.  However, the casual Christian doesn’t know that the Fundamentalist wing of the Evangelicals  believe in Old Testament law more than the saving grace of the New Testament. Beliefs of Iron Age tribes that included vengeance, eye-for-an-eye, righteous wars and condemnation of outsiders.

Wow! That’s scary.  Reminds me of the Inquisition or the Salem Witch Trials.

So, as Iowa Evangelicals mull their choices for president, it may be good to see who they choose on Tuesday. Then, we can hope like hell that that candidate fades fast afterward.

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8 thoughts on “Those Iowa Evangelicals

  1. Muddy- Does America need a president who is a strong ‘believer?’ If so, then why? Some ‘believe’ that a person who is wrapped around the Bible would be just the right person to sit in the Oval Office.

    My answer to your question, is no

  2. Hello Muddy,
    I just had a memory pop into my head today. When I was a young man, I joined the Navy and was sent to Orlando, FL for basic training. As you may well know or can imagine, young men from their late teens or early twenties, were all thrown together in a barracks and cut off from the rest of the world for the first couple of weeks. Needless to say you got to know the other guys quite well.

    Where I am going with this was one of the young men with me was from Iowa. A good hearted “Corn Feed Good Ol’ Boy” and he confided to us that at the age of almost 20 years old, he had never seen a black person in real life. Yea he had seen them on TV and Magazines etc. but never one in real life until he had been sent to basic training in Florida.

    Now here is my thought, how many people voting early in just a few days for the Republican Presidential Primary deciding who would be the front runner for the Party…..and have never met a person of color or any different life experiences than what they have been exposed to in their sheltered life’s viewpoints. What true input can they really have in the process with such limited life’s experiences to base their viewpoints on?

    When I refer to the importance of utilizing “John Nash’s Game Theory” where you must identify all of the variable factors then play the scenarios out; these people with such sheltered lives and have no idea of the different, potential variable, factors that would be in play because they have no idea of the existence of many.

    Just a point to ponder….

    1. What true input can they really have in the process with such limited life’s experiences

      Exactly, Engineer. Great point to ponder especially with all of the hoopla going on out there, knee-deep among the withering stalks of corn. Your last point, these people with such sheltered lives and have no idea of the different, potential variable, factors that would be in play because they have no idea of the existence of many. is especially frightening. It reminds me of those suburban voters too. Most are afraid to drive through the inner city and as a result, have no idea of what real poverty looks like.

  3. You might find this show from the BBC interesting:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00mgpmr.

    Does this playing the “culture war” BS really play to the general public, or only a small amount of single issue and limited knowledge voters?

    Not to mention that someone should start squacking about Article VI and the First Amendment prohibition about government interference with religion.

    That said, I have no taste for US elections–they last too long and aren’t really democratic. They preclude a good portion of voters from really having any choice by shaking out all except for a few well funded candidates from getting to the end.

    But they are well distracted for all the coverage the elections get!

  4. “‘good missionaries’ polluting the minds of aboriginal cultures deep in the wilderness.”

    Exactly the way it was accomplished in the U.S. This helps explain the struggle of our “aboriginals”, the Native Americans”. As we know, “the Indian problem”
    existed from the time that the Europeans landed on American soil, North
    and South. The Spaniards dealt with it in the South, the English and French
    in the North. To make a long story short, which we already know to some degree, the Indian question was settled after the Civil War, as tribe after
    tribe was defeated and put on isolated “reserved land” under treaty, thus
    creating in the 1880s and 1890s the “reservation system” of Indian
    administration under a Department of Indian Affairs. My point to the “post”
    is that each newly created Reservation was given over to a religious
    denomination in the belief that religion would pacify the “savages”. Every
    reservation became a “mission” to some religious group. We see how well this has turned out for the Native American!

    Just another reason to throw all the bums out….Restore the AMERICAN
    DREAM for ALL the people of the United States…..

  5. Hello ALL,
    It is so good to see everyone I hold dear related with this site here today making comments. This is by far the most insightful and articulate gathering of people. I just wish Microdot had joined us as I do want to include him and maybe he will soon. Lacy, you have been away too long my friend and we do miss you.

    I will take this time to wish everyone a “Sincere Happy New Year.”

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