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Born Again American

2009-01-17 16:07:35
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A friend sent me this with his only comment being "I think you might enjoy taking a few minutes to watch and listen to this." It was a little longer than I expected, although the performance concept is interesting it's... well, if you have a moment hit play.

I dunno, I just couldn't get past the religion thing. Phrases like "My Bible and the Bill of Rights, my creedís equality" are slippery slopes. Nice that they got the token Muslim and Jew in there, but if your Bible is part of your sense of equality, people with other beliefs will always be in the shadows. Tolerated perhaps, but not an American like you.

I've gotten a little stronger on this issue since seeing Religulous. Although I think Bill Mahr is a jerk, and the humor and attacking were both poorly conceived in that movie, it made me think a lot more about this Christian America thing. It sparks so much hatred and marginalizes so many people that it's nothing about rights. I seriously doubt we would have Guantanamo Bay if our adversaries were extremist, fundamentalist Christians, instead of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims.

As for what they're trying to say about jobs and fat cats in Washington, I agree, but they've so clouded the message with religion that it makes it about being a good born again, ahem, American, rather than being a good American. Period.

What do you think?

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Landinn: Re: Born Again American
2009-01-17 16:48:36

OK sounds like a lot of worried republicans. "My bible and my bill of rights", "my creed's equality"? How often are the bible thumpers completely *exclusive*; if you don't follow their beliefs you go to hell, do not pass Go?

If they had left out the religion it might be a good message and video.

Kid2Nite: Re: Born Again American
2009-12-02 06:06:03

OH NOoooooooo!!! for the for the hills!

You have a sad little life

Michael Bissell: Re: Born Again American
2009-12-02 09:17:27

Kid2Nite: Are you trying to make my point? Or did you miss entirely that I feel that there's this exclusionary attitude with a lot of Christians?

Your comment sums it up nicely -- a quick slice of sarcasm, and then a jab about my "sad little life." I don't know what you base that comment on, but it certainly isn't constructive argument. Hell, it's not even argument, it's just a flip insult supposedly in defense of the man who said "love thy neighbor" and "judge not the sinner."

I just want my America back. You know, the one that was founded by free thinking, enlightened people who based argument in logic and reason, and not knee jerk insults and dogma.

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