"Americans Leaving Churches in Droves"



Here's an interesting article
on the collapse of the corporatist church in America. It's written by a right wing Protestant, and offers outsiders an interesting glimpse at the various flavors of "Evangelical" religion in America. Having grown up in a conservative church (in the traditional sense of the word, our church was partnered with the local Nazarene college), I remember when the pre-packaged Evangelical movement began to seep into other congregations. Even the Catholic Church was not immune- I attended Charismatic meetings at Sacred Heart at the behest of my then-girlfriend. Many traditional churches were unable to compete and collapsed under the well-financed "Evangelical" onslaught (which was a wholly-owned subsidiary of a small cadre of plutocrats).

Go read the article. It's fascinating to see the various reactions of people who wake up in horror and realize how much of their lives they've invested in the entertainment wing of the Republican Party.

2 comments:

  1. My grandfather was a pastor for 40 years, and a lifelong Democrat. I remember him getting angry when Pat Robertson sent him a letter telling him who to vote for. He knew the abortion issue was a scam, republicans would use it to get elected then not really do anything about it. Mixing religion and politics really angered him. I would say he was a man ahead of his time, but in truth he remembered how things were before the invention of the "religious right." Unfortunatly, there aren't many like him still around.

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  2. is the sacred heart symbolism

    symbolic of the connection that needs to be made with the new changes in the sun?

    for example:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioUWBXx2HW4&feature=related

    why put weapons through the heart? they dont signify "connections" they signify SEVERING them.

    right? at least that is what im seeing. and it to me, feels right.

    -sky-

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