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  • The article fails to properly answer the question asked at the end of the quoted part. They point to the religious "refugees" from Europe at the foundation of the USA, but that ignores what happened since, like the official promotion of religion during the Cold War.

  • The article focuses on the hypocrites who claim to be religious but are only on the surface as part of national identity. However, an equally significant strand of American religiousity are the hypocrites for whom religiousity and free-market fundamentalism/the seeking of material riches is combined within their church, too (ignoring Biblical stuff like the quasi-communism of the Apostles or Matthew 19:24/Mark 10:25 about the camel and the rich man).

  • By focusing on church attendance, the article also overlooks the question of how fanatic the religiously active are – another field where American religiousity is special. This goes way beyond a harmless professing of a national identity when it results in silly anti-gay laws, abortion clinic bombings, the destruction of science education, or soldiers in foreign countries who run amok believing they are Crusaders.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Sep 6th, 2012 at 02:53:03 PM EST
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