DONALD TRUMP: The Unvarnished Evangelical Christian

. . . [T]he Southern Baptist reluctance to condemn white supremacy outright may be egregious but it is not illogical. This Convention came into existence over the defense of slavery.  —Daniel José Camacho

I’ve been trying to analyse a perplexing question: Why do ~80% of Christian evangelicals enthusiastically support Donald Trump, who is about as antithetical to their professed belief in, and adherence to, the preachings of Jesus as one can be? Is Trump the very model of the unvarnished, evangelical Christian? Was the failure of writer’s of the Gospels to have Jesus denounce slavery the very germ that infected the doctrine for centuries to come, including our own?

This commentary by Daniel José Camacho lays out the explanation with which I was toying, and it makes perfect sense. But while I agree with the author’s solution, I think it will take at least the better part of another millennium to happen.

donald-trump-capt-queegCondemning white supremacy and the alt-right movement shouldn’t be hard. But the Southern Baptist Convention – the nation’s largest Protestant denomination– had its doubts about whether to do so this week.

Read more at . . . https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/17/powerful-church-group-southern-baptist-struggle-denounce-white-supremacy

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‘Post-Materialist’ Science?’

ouija_boardMy notion of grownups, from tothood (which can be excused) through high school (which is much less excusable), was that they were, generally, beings of integrity and honor.

Obviously, I was not paying a lot of attention. It wasn’t until I went to college, however, that I realized how wrong I was.

There are a great many (apparent) frauds in politics, religion (rather easy to see for those who dare to use reason), and science (not so easy to see) where agenda-motivated sophistry abounds, easily and dangerously deceiving the uninformed, the faith-locked, and the ill educated.

I have no doubt that critical thinking (informal logic), world religions, and ethics should be taught as early in

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A scientist reviews Dr. Oz’s work

public schools as possible (well before college). These courses, like math, reading, writing, and science should be mandatory. We truly need an informed and logically minded public.

‘Post-Materialist’ Science? A Smokescreen for Woo

Sadri Hassani

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

Pseudoscience has been rapidly gaining ground in the past few decades. Dietary supplements and homeopathic preparations, advertised by the disgraced Dr. Oz and his ilk, now constitute a multi-billion-dollar industry. . . read more at http://www.csicop.org/si/show/post-materialist_science_a_smokescreen_for_woo

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