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It can’t remain a footnote in my previous post, it’s too important

Posted by direwolff on October 14, 2006

I just got done reading the Lyceum Lecture delivered by Dr. Robin Meyers. Dr. Robin Meyers is senior minister of Mayflower Congregational UCC Church of Oklahoma City, and professor of rhetoric in the philosophy department at Oklahoma City University. He is author of the newly released book, WHY THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT IS WRONG: A Minister’s Manifesto for Taking Back Your Faith, Your Flag, Your Future. This Lyceum Lecture was delivered on August 6, 2006, in the pulpit of the Unitarian Universalist church of Peterborough, New Hampshire, and broadcast throughout New England on New Hampshire Public Radio on August 19, 2006. To listen, go to: http://www.nhpr.org/node/9518.

This lecture is inspiring and a relief to me personally after having just yesterday watched the movie, “Red State“. It reminds me of the relief I got in reading Joseph J. Martos’ “May God Bless America: George Bush and Biblical Morality“. Having been raised Catholic, it’s a great to see that the goodness that I understood from the texts that I was exposed to was indeed goodness, and not what its meaning has been twisted into by many twisted evangelicals taking advantage of those more ignorant than them. Joseph Campbell, a personal hero to me if I ever had one, was the first to help me through this dilemma of faith, as he too was able to get to the unifying messages across all faiths, rather than the divisiveness raised by current so-called fundamentalists of all faiths.

One common theme that both Martos’ book touches upon and Meyers’ speech refers to directly via a Rheinhold Niebhur quote, is “Some times the worst evil is done by good people who do not know that they are not good”. This of course, gives the benefit of the doubt to those in public perpetrating evil, but my perspective would be to concede this point if they all admit to this and stop it (highly unlikely of course).

Another eye opening and important point raised by Dr. Meyers early in his speech, is borne by a concise list written by political scientist Lawrence Britt, of 14 characteristics that are unmistakable signs that a nation is moving in a fascist direction:

1) Powerful and continuing nationalism,
2) distain for the recognition of human rights,
3) identification of enemies and scapegoats as a unifying cause,
4) supremacy of the military,
5) rampant sexism,
6) controlled mass media,
7) obsession with national security,
8) religion and government intertwined,
9) protection of corporate power,
10) suppression of labor power,
11) disdain for intellectuals and the arts,
12) obsession with crime and punishment,
13) rampant cronyism and corruption,
14) fraudulent elections.

Scary list, isn’t it. Especially when you can actually point to events that suggest that all of these things are currently happening. Yikes!!!

Sadly, some times I wonder if people really care about this stuff, since even with all of the information that has been released and published, everything from the lies about the war, the issues around torture, the suspension of human rights for so-called “enemy combatants”, the dissemination of lies about political opponents, the abuses of the oil companies under the protection of the administration, and still our current President was re-elected to a 2nd term. Does he really have to get a blow-job from a 22 year old for people to care enough to drive him out of office? Is that what it will really take?!

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