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The All-Powerful Frightened Kitten


 


A woman is leading my education training this week.  We did some ice breakers at the beginning and she modeled a four-step exercise for us:


  1.  Your name


  2.  Your place of work


  3.  Your preferred kind of music


  4.  A job you would do if you could be doing anything you could imagine besides teaching


 


When she modeled the exercise, she shared that her favorite music was Christian Worship.  This was greeted by a few "ah's" around my table area and some quiet nods of approval.  Everyone in the training used a small sheet of paper to write out their answers.  Responses have been read when drawn for prizes.  Nearly half of the people who have been drawn also love Christian music - and country; which is apparently not too secular.


 


I don't mind the signaling of the in-group / out-group this sets in motion; I think it's nothing more than a cultural artifact of the overwhelming majority of the population's preference.  I am somewhat bothered by what I consider the bastardization of human expression for a cause or identification...I see fair parallels in using artwork to sell khaki pants or athletic prowess to peddle Coke products.  When a form of expression is high jacked or sold to a secondary cause, that form of expression is invariably lessened - but that's another topic for another day.


 


No...no, what continues to get my goat is the way that an association is so self-righteously ubiquitous yet simultaneously so resilient to reasonable questioning.


 


How can an association be so self-congratulatory yet so insecure?


 


As this country moves into the next presidential election, some of the population are saddened by the lack of success of what might have been a democratic socialist in office.  When the nation first started to take the notion seriously, the press and the public had significant questions about what it meant to be a democratic socialist as well as what that might look like for the future of our country.  The country and the press have a right to ask these questions.  When people heard about what democratic socialism is - including how it is already an integral part of our current system - it didn't seem so scary.


 


But if we flip this coin over, we have to think about what happened when a seemingly authentic Mormon ran for office.  One would think that the country and the press might have voiced concerns about what this candidate's personal convictions might have meant for the country. 


 


"Mr. Romney - do you authentically believe that Jesus ascended into heaven out of Israel and made a bee-line to minister to the American Indians?  What about Native Canadian Indians - does God have something against Eskimos?"  Or "Do you really believe in a second coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of heaven on earth centered in Missouri?"  How about: "Will you honor the commitments of your presidential term in Washington if such a heaven on earth is established in the mid-west?"  Maybe even: "Mr. Romney, do you have a vested interest in helping to usher in this new heaven on earth by aiding a believed necessary Armageddon through the powers and privileges of your potential office?"


 


These seem laughable in the present. But aren't they significantly salient questions for the person who controls the largest nuclear arsenal in the world?  Doesn't a candidate's sincere belief in End Times have just as much merit to be questioned as her plan for economic regulation?


 


Apparently not because it's just taboo to ask someone those kinds of questions...though that never stopped a candidate from shouldering off popularity as a "candidate of faith"


 


As a professional educator...how does my trainer square the circle of 'spare the rod' mentality of corporal punishment?   How does she celebrate equal rights for girls in title 9 when females are consistently mentioned after chattle in the bible her praise music celebrates?


 


...It's a shame that the rules of polite conversation will never let me ask even when she is free to tell 60 professional educators how great christian music of for her...


 


...What an all powerfull - yet easily frightened - little kitten this faith is


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Yeah, support for Romney always baffled me.  I wish someone has asked him if he wears magic underwear.

 

I also wish people would hammer Trump harder about his lies about being a Christian.

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This has crossed my mind a lot when I hear politicians professing their "belief"

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Yeah, support for Romney always baffled me.  I wish someone has asked him if he wears magic underwear.

 

I also wish people would hammer Trump harder about his lies about being a Christian.

 

My thoughts exactly. What did most Christians think abut Mormonism before Romney(Mormons aren't "True Christians")? Maybe Trump will come out as an Atheist, after his second term election of course? It might be interresting.

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Yeah, support for Romney always baffled me.  I wish someone has asked him if he wears magic underwear.

 

I also wish people would hammer Trump harder about his lies about being a Christian.

 

My thoughts exactly. What did most Christians think abut Mormonism before Romney(Mormons aren't "True Christians")? Maybe Trump will come out as an Atheist, after his second term election of course? It might be interresting.

 

 

Trump knows faith. He has the best faith.

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