I have just finished Crucifying America - The Unholy Alliance Between the Christian Right and Wall Street - . J. Werleman
IMO this is a very important (short) book that every humanist concerned with the welfare of all should read. It’s theme purports to illustrate the connection between the .1% at the top of the economy and the Xtian (southern) Right that the upper .1% need for votes. It does this but the main theme is to show how economic injustice is destroying the basic values of the US. Werleman does point out that it seems that we are not done with the civil war as yet. Warning; it is often in barroom language.
“The south is fixated on everything related to controlling race, sex, religious, practice, abortion laws, and repealing every progressive law that has come out of the federal government.”
For the years 1977 to 2010, the wealth of the top 1 percent increased by 281 percent, whereas the wealth of the middle class grew by 16 percent. In that same period, the incomes of CEOs grew by 726 percent, whereas the average worker’s income grew by just 5.7 percent.
Today, the minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. But according to a 2013 study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the minimum wage should now be $21.72 if it kept up with increases in worker productivity. Even on a pure inflationary comparison, sans productivity, wageworkers should be earning a minimum of $10.25 per hour.
. . . the mainstream media’s desperation to appear unbiased at all times has meant journalists have confused objectivity with neutrality
Christianity’s simplistic world view divides the world into two halves: sinners versus do-gooders. Evil versus righteousness. Christian versus infidel. Good versus bad. Black versus white. In their narrow minds, there is no gray, there is no nuance.
Thanks to the Christian Right the nation has become an intellectual two speed nation, with an informed and technocratic elite on one side, and a willfully and proudly ignorant mass on the other. The problem for us all is the stupid party has figured out how to win elections, albeit disingenuously, and that is the giant threat to the future of America.
. . . the goal of anti-intellectualism is to oppress political dissent and, in the Christian Right, corporate interests have again found the perfect partner to help them in their goal of cutting taxes, opposing green initiatives, expanding oil drilling, increasing military spending, and eliminating benefits for the working class.
In fact, in 2012, just a tick over 31,000 individuals accounted for 25 percent of the total of $6 billion in contributions (to political candidates- GH) from identifiable sources.
Also, atheists tend to limit themselves to fighting fires that have little or no consequence in the broader sense of the nation’s body politick. Filing a lawsuit against a city that prevents it from displaying “Merry Christmas” is of far less value than ensuring corporate stooges dressed as fundamentalist Christians, like Scott Walker, Nikki Haley, and Rick Perry are prevented from gaining office, so that they cannot enact the corporate-driven religiously conservative agenda.