We are a remarkably moronic nation and I’m not talking about the math, science and reading scores of our students. It’s the adults. The ones who ‘believe’ lots of idiocy. Yesterday my wife found the photo below on her Facebook page posted by a right-wing ‘friend.’
It truly is amazing what we Americans ‘believe.’ I wonder, though, if it is universal, cutting across national borders? Are Europeans and Canadians as gullible as we Americans? Or do they have a built-in ‘sensibility’ filter that many Americans lack?
Take religion for example. I’ve been playing around on a religious website lately observing the ‘beliefs’ of a group of fundamentalist Christians. When I throw in my agnostic thoughts I’m attacked like a rabid dog. Seriously. These people are sold on Creationism, the young earth hypothesis, blood atonement, literalism of the Bible, and anything else you can imagine. It doesn’t take too much effort to ‘imagine’ what else is in their box of beliefs.
What else could account for the odd and skewed ‘beliefs’ demonstrated by those on the right-edge of the political spectrum? After all, most are God-fearing, born-again, Bible-thumping Christians. You know, those who answer any question of morality with, “For the Bible says…”
I’m not talking a small group by any means. The Pew Forum’s U.S. Religious Landscape survey found that 26.3% of U.S. Protestants refer to themselves as evangelical. One fourth! Another Pew survey found that about 27% of the U.S. Catholic population consider themselves as old-style, literalist, charismatic Catholics. Together, this is a huge number of people across this nation.
Given this, why would we wonder why so many Americans hold odd ‘beliefs’ on other, non-religious issues? If this group can hold on to incredible religious beliefs that defy history and science, it is easy to understand that this group may be quite vulnerable to accept propaganda of a political nature.
In a Fairleigh Dickinson University survey released January 2013, 75 percent of Republicans say that at least one political conspiracy theory [of 4 given to them] is likely true. This includes 64 percent who think that President Obama is hiding information about his background and early life and 19 percent who think the 2012 Presidential election was stolen. Yes, that stuff!
My unproven theory is this: a religiously marinated mind is a sponge for conniving politicos. What do you think?