[FoRK] Republicanism as Religion

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Thu Sep 15 09:57:09 PDT 2011

I just thought this line was an example: "(which is a subset of the 
decline of rational problem solving in America)"

I'm not in disagreement that the US has declined in rational problem 
solving, but trying to make some point about how religion is causing it 
is just silly.   I understood the rest of the comments to use the 
broader definition.

For the tea party, sure there's followers and there's leaders.  I happen 
to agree with the tea party principles of common sense government, 
fiscal responsibility, constitutionalism as a mechanism of change and 
reform, and most importantly economic freedom which includes 
deregulation, lower taxes, economic mobility, and *entrepreneurship*. :-)


On 9/15/2011 9:27 AM, Stephen Williams wrote:
> I didn't take it as "religious bigotry", but more as "religious
> principles and operating methods" as a style of thinking and acting, and
> fundamentalist religious mental patterns in particular.  Perhaps it is
> best typically exemplified by religious bigotry of other religions,
> although in this case I don't think the dogma being protected in a
> religious bigotry sort of way is religion itself, but particular strains
> of Republican / Tea Party dogma.
> You don't think that there is any ring of truth there?  Is the "right"
> side of Congress acting collegiate or with blind fundamentalist fervor?
> All I know is that Bachman gives me the creeps.
> A number of candidates seem reasonably likable, but others are pretty
> foreign.
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