Glenn Beck blames godlessness for America's problems

Do rational and logical people actually believe this idiot? I'm one of the "Nones", that's non-religious, that he blames for ruining our country. I've actually found those who aren't religious, or who are even atheist, to be some of the biggest protectors and respecters of life and freedom. If anything is wrong with America, it starts at the heart of bigoted fundamentalist thinking.

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Comment by Gordo on October 2, 2009 at 1:36pm
Like the Dalai Lama said in response to 9-11, here,

"The message we hear from all sources of truth is clear: We are all one. That is a message the human race has largely ignored. Forgetting this truth is the only cause of hatred and war, and the way to remember is simple: Love, this and every moment. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."

Lest any progressive intellectuals believe they're immune to this kind of group thinking, watch Jonathan Haidt's TED lecture on the Moral roots of liberals and conservatives. here

Jonathan Haidt studies how -- and why -- we evolved to be moral. By understanding more about our moral roots, his hope is that we can learn to be civil and understanding of those whose morals don't match ours, but who are equally good and moral people on their own terms.
Comment by Gordo on October 2, 2009 at 1:38pm
Here's an excellent interview with the late author Forrest Church I heard this week on NPR,

GROSS: And then you say, you don't like it when people say about a tragedy or about, you know, an illness or death, well, God has his reasons. It's just part of God's plan.

CHURCH: This is God's plan.

GROSS: What do you object to about that? Why isn't that the…

CHURCH: Well, I can see how it can give comfort. But God doesn't throw a three-year-old child out of a third story window or allow a drunken driver to kill a family crossing the street. This is not part of God's plan. These are the accidents of life and death. And if God, for instance, is responsible for a tsunami that obliterates the lives of a hundred thousand people and leaves their families in tatters, then God's a bastard.

I cannot believe in such a God. For me, God is the life force, that which is greater than all and yet present in each. But God is not micromanaging this world, that that is a presumption that we are naturally drawn to because of our sense of centrality and self-importance, but there are 1,500 stars for every living human being. And the God that I believe in is an absolute, magnificent mystery.

I think that is the common thread between religion and other despotic ideologies, they all attract followers because they appeal the natural greedy desire for self aggrandizement.

It's the will to power that Nietzsche spoke about, the natural desire to expand one’s power. By attaching one's self/ego (personal narrative) to a meta-narrative, God's/Demagogues like Beck/Limbaugh/Hitler/Stalin/Pol Pot/Mao.

Greed makes people believe they are extending their power, to develop a master race, carry out 'the final solution', to overcome death, to be chosen, 'saved', exalted, to literally become Gods, in a heaven where they will be rewarded with 72 virgins if they only carry out some unconscionable act of inhumanity here on earth.

Look at Nazi Germany under Hitler, Cambodia under Pol Pot, USSR under Stalin, China under Mao and other genocidal regimes, which required the collaboration of the masses in order to carry out genocide.

We are naturally drawn to the idea of a God/Demagogue who favors us because we are members of 'the chosen ones' (a tribe). Our affections are then reserved for members of our tribe and our hatred is directed towards those who are not members of our tribe.

Never in the whole history of humanity has one group of people said about another group, "They are the people chosen by God and we're damned." Always it is 'others' who are damned and 'us' who are saved. It is the 'us' vs. 'them' mentality that gives us a sense of centrality and self-importance, which is the antithesis of the triumph of Logos over Mythos, which constitutes authentic spirituality.

"To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

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