Politics



I’ve always known since last year’s election that at least one Idaho members of the US Congress would be an embarrassment to one degree or another. As if the past few months haven’t been bad enough, Bill Sali – apparently not one to be out done when it comes to looking like a colossal birk – decided to one-up Larry Craig. Now he wants Idahoans to document they are as intellectually challenged as he is. Anyone in is his district is probably aware of this already, but for those of you who aren’t allow me to show you this painfully hilarious example of democracy inaction. (more…)

On November 7, 2006, Idahoans will vote on HJR 2 and thereby decide whether to join the 18 other states that have banned gay marriage by amending their states’ constitutions. I will vote against such an amendment, because I am a Christian.

Does this make sense to you? If it does, we have something in common. If it doesn’t, doesn’t that make you marvel at just how different our perceptions of our own faith can differ? (more…)

Fundamentalism

What is to be accomplished by fundamentalism? What is its purpose? Why does it propagate itself?

It is on the forefront of the world stage now. We see in it both religion and politics. In America these are combined in the radical religious right. In the Middle East they are combined in so-called “Islamic” terrorism.

What is fundamentalism? Jimmy Carter characterized fundamentalism beautifully1 as:

  • “Almost invariably… led by authoritarian males who consider themselves to be superior to others…”
  • “Fundamentalists draw clear distinction between themselves, as true believers, and others, convinced that they are right and anyone who contradicts them is ignorant and possibly evil.”
  • “Fundamentalists tend to make their self-definition increasingly narrow and restricted, to isolate themselves, to demagogue emotional issues, and to view change, cooperation, negotiation, and other efforts to resolves differences as signs of weakness.”

The three words he chose to summarize these characteristics were: “rigidity, domination and exclusion”. (more…)