The following video is an example of the Right Wing Christian Fundamentalist belief system. Unfortunately, there are an overwhelming number of people who actually adhere to these beliefs. Currenly at the forefront of this mindset are Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann. Perhaps they will run together on the Republican ballot for President. We could call it the Crazy Ticket.
There are far too many very large churches who believe this way. The pastors of these churches lead their "flock" down the path and call it righteousness. At Emmanual Christian Center in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, Pastor G. Mark Denyes once said during a sermon that everyone who is a Christian should vote for George W. Bush because that was God's choice. When Bush won, he told them that "God's choice won." There are hundreds of churches such as this in Minnesota alone.
Other examples of people who engage in this dangerous way of thinking, which excludes logic and reason, are Pat Robertson, Hal Lindsay, Jerry Falwell, James Dobson (Focus on the Family), Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Glen Beck, Eric Erickson, Michael Savage and many others.
Right wing fundamentalists believe that the Bible is the only true word of God. They believe that God told men exactly what to say. To them, every word in the Bible is the absolute truth. When asked how they know this, they say because the Bible says so. They use circular reasoning to defend their belief system. Their beliefs prevent them from accepting evolution as scientific fact. Many still believe that the world was created only 5,000 years ago, although there is a segment who agree that in the Bible, a day can be a thousand years or vice versa. Other beliefs include the idea that homosexuality is an abomination to God and that the only way to eternal life is if one accepts Jesus Christ as personal saviour. In other words, one must say the magic words, "I accept Jesus into my heart."
The problem with this kind of belief system is, of course, that there is no room for reason and that the logic used is faulty at best. There is no proof for any of their assertions, yet they cling to their beliefs because of faith. These people head to fundamentalist churches on Sundays and often during the week as well, where they are fed a steady diet of emotionalism in the form of Christian rock music. Some of these churches have services in which there is waving and clapping of hands held high in the air, speaking in tongues and interpretations. Often the speaker will say that it is a direct revelation from God.
Why do so many people adhere to such a belief system? Much of it is fear. Fear of going to hell if they don't accept these beliefs. Fear that God will be angry with them. Fear that God will smite them. Or the belief that their actions will be displeasing to God if they don't comply with this mindset. They don't understand or accept that they are being irrational. I suppose it wouldn't be so bad if they didn't keep trying to push their beliefs onto everyone else. And if they didn't try to make it a vital part of American government.
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