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Principia Discordia => Aneristic Illusions => Topic started by: MMIX on December 21, 2016, 08:36:27 pm

Title: A question for America
Post by: MMIX on December 21, 2016, 08:36:27 pm
So this odd thought keeps wandering through the back of my mind. How many Americans thought they were voting for the end of the world on Nov 8th? Now excuse my ignorance if this is a dumb question but we don't have a "Rapture" culture over here in GB. Its a term I had never even come across until I was nearly 50. It definitely seems to be a key part of some voters mindset though. I was very struck by the number of times people would reply to incredulous reporters saying to them "but he's not a Christian" "he's a serial philanderer" "he's a liar" "he's not a good man" something to the effect of "god can work through anyone like he did through prostitutes ".

So was Armageddon on the back of ballot in flaming letters?

Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on December 21, 2016, 08:44:21 pm
So this odd thought keeps wandering through the back of my mind. How many Americans thought they were voting for the end of the world on Nov 8th? Now excuse my ignorance if this is a dumb question but we don't have a "Rapture" culture over here in GB. Its a term I had never even come across until I was nearly 50. It definitely seems to be a key part of some voters mindset though. I was very struck by the number of times people would reply to incredulous reporters saying to them "but he's not a Christian" "he's a serial philanderer" "he's a liar" "he's not a good man" something to the effect of "god can work through anyone like he did through prostitutes ".

So was Armageddon on the back of ballot in flaming letters?

About 40% - IIRC - of Americans believe that they are living in the end times.

Mostly, I think, because they can't imagine God bothering to continue things after their special snowflake ass has gone and died.

It's also worth mentioning that the whole idea of the rapture was made up 200 years ago by some asshat country preacher.
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on December 21, 2016, 09:25:44 pm
I was raised Baptist, a denomination that dates all the way back to around the time of the Civil War or so, but nobody's exactly sure because nobody bothered to keep track or remember anything. This type of evangelical Christianity is distinctly American, which shows in its outright xenophobic, fundamentalist extremism. It's the religion we needed to justify slaughtering all those Indians and Manifest Destiny. But Baptists themselves actually believe they are practicing "original" Christianity, and will go to great lengths to draw surprisingly fabricated lines through a mostly fictional history all the way back to John the Baptist, because, you know, he was "the Baptist" in exactly the same way they are Baptists. You can tell because it's the same word. In English.

Anyway, there's a very large cult of the End Times among Baptists and more or less every other evangelical strain of Christianity. Only the denominations with recorded history dating back farther than 1825 seem to be immune -- Lutherans, Methodists, and Catholics of course. But the vast majority of American Christians are "evangelical", meaning they believe any history that runs contrary to what they learned in Sunday School is not only false, but an outright conspiracy to bury the truth and persecute them. They literally meet disagreeing beliefs and actual evidence in a way that strengthens their faith because, to them, it's only evidence of how "tricky" Satan is, and how they're the smart ones because they see through all those confusing numbers and experiments and clinical trials and... I digress, but yeah, America has the End Times Disease real, real bad.

As for this particular election, I honestly don't think it was that religious. The only function religion served last month for most Trump voters was to conveniently buckle and give way without so much as a peep. This was a very blatant, very deliberate backlash against Obama and against everything he and his supporters represent. It was an outright assault on multiculturalism, on liberal values (both modern and classical, no matter what these people try to tell you), on every conceivable type of equality. They viewed it as a referendum on the last hundred years of progress, and they rose up and smashed it to pieces. Their religion, insofar as it was involved at all, was more like a cheerleader than a band leader.
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: Scott The Cuck on December 22, 2016, 01:52:53 am
Jews and Pot.
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 22, 2016, 06:20:45 am
As for this particular election, I honestly don't think it was that religious. The only function religion served last month for most Trump voters was to conveniently buckle and give way without so much as a peep. This was a very blatant, very deliberate backlash against Obama and against everything he and his supporters represent. It was an outright assault on multiculturalism, on liberal values (both modern and classical, no matter what these people try to tell you), on every conceivable type of equality. They viewed it as a referendum on the last hundred years of progress, and they rose up and smashed it to pieces. Their religion, insofar as it was involved at all, was more like a cheerleader than a band leader.

I don't think it was even that. I think it's just that he's the kind of alpha male type that people people tend to respond to, despite the fact that they make terribly incompetant leaders (or at best are no better than a random draw), because ultimately we're not very far removed from chimps and monkeys and have been unable to buck the vestigial garbage programming left over from the days of small brands of early primates.

This tangentially relates to religion though as religion is, in many ways, the cultural equivalent of useless vestigial traits.

I was raised Baptist, a denomination that dates all the way back to around the time of the Civil War or so, but nobody's exactly sure because nobody bothered to keep track or remember anything. This type of evangelical Christianity is distinctly American, which shows in its outright xenophobic, fundamentalist extremism.

I disagree with that, xenophobic fundamentalist extremism is one of the general defining traits of abrahamic religion, or they all go through periods of it once they get established; the jews did it in the old testament days, the catholic christians did it in the middle ages, the anglican protestants after them, and the non-anglican  protestants and the muslims are doing it now. Ultimately it's still a part of judiasm and catholicism and anglicanism too - it's still in the damn book and stuff - but they've expanded into mediocrity and thankfully most of them are now of the only-religious-on-Christmas-and-Easter/Rosh-Hashanah-and-Yom-Kippur type don't really give a fuck
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on December 22, 2016, 06:39:29 am
I don't think it was even that. I think it's just that he's the kind of alpha male type that people people tend to respond to, despite the fact that they make terribly incompetant leaders (or at beas are no better than a random draw), because ultimately we're not very far removed from chimps and monkeys and have been unable to buck the vestigial garbage programming left over from the days of small brands of early primates.

This tangentially relates to religion though as religion is, in many ways, the cultural equivalent of useless vestigial traits.

You're probably right. And this is even worse, of course. Even outright racism and stubborn willful ignorance would take too much mental effort for a lot of people.
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 22, 2016, 06:48:47 am
About 40% - IIRC - of Americans believe that they are living in the end times.
Probably considerably more than that now. Many of those who never have and never will think it for religious reasons are probably thinking it due to Trump calling the shots on the ICBMs and/or Putin calling the shots on US elections
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: LuciferX on December 22, 2016, 09:13:37 am
So this odd thought keeps wandering through the back of my mind. How many Americans thought ...
So was Armageddon on the back of ballot in flaming letters?
Not at first. After being "woke" in this reality, yes.
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: Roly Poly Oly-Garch on December 22, 2016, 07:41:50 pm
I think GW was the last presidential candidate that evangelicals were really excited about. Rapture means we don't have to worry about climate change, but politically, I think they mainly just vote GOP as a reflex because of abortion.

Also, there's the dominionists in the evangelical wing, so anyone who supports Israeli settlement is helping to usher in the second coming.
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 22, 2016, 11:30:25 pm
There's also the issue that, in addition to the recognized religions, many Americans now worship money and those who have it - partly as a result of the anti-communist pro-capitalism propaganda of the Cold War (as if Russia being terrible didn't long predate and long outlive the Soviet Union) - and Trump (strangely, considering the record of his businesses) has a lot of money
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on December 23, 2016, 01:36:40 am
This gives me a truly American idea: Declare myself a church and that my religion is the worship of money. Instant tax-exempt status.
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 23, 2016, 02:13:00 am
I think GW was the last presidential candidate that evangelicals were really excited about. Rapture means we don't have to worry about climate change, but politically, I think they mainly just vote GOP as a reflex because of abortion.

Which is ironic because they're ultimately probably a big reason why more people aren't pro-life; anyone who isn't a religious crackpot associates pro-life positions negatively with people who are religious crackpots, and any cogent or intelligent pro-life argument gets drowned out amid a din of "Jesus this, Moses that, Abraham hit me with a wiffle-ball bat"
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: Salty on December 23, 2016, 02:29:30 am
This gives me a truly American idea: Declare myself a church and that my religion is the worship of money. Instant tax-exempt status.

I love this. With the right kind of literature and set up this could really work. Make Scientology look like a child's attempt at religion. More-so, anyway.
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: LMNO on December 23, 2016, 12:43:49 pm
You must not know about The Prosperity Gospel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y1xJAVZxXg).
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on December 23, 2016, 04:28:30 pm
This gives me a truly American idea: Declare myself a church and that my religion is the worship of money. Instant tax-exempt status.

Didn't Jim and Tammy Bakker already do this?
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on December 23, 2016, 09:58:01 pm
This gives me a truly American idea: Declare myself a church and that my religion is the worship of money. Instant tax-exempt status.

Didn't Jim and Tammy Bakker already do this?

That's exactly what they did. But it isn't what they said they did.
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: Emo Howard on December 23, 2016, 10:20:24 pm
The Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption Church is closer, and yet still not explicitly that thing you said.
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on December 24, 2016, 06:41:44 am
This gives me a truly American idea: Declare myself a church and that my religion is the worship of money. Instant tax-exempt status.

Didn't Jim and Tammy Bakker already do this?

That's exactly what they did. But it isn't what they said they did.

And on the converse you have the Church of the SubGenius, which says it does this* but actually doesn't

*or at least says "BOB" does this; IIRC in Arise he is described as "a comicbook character who communicates with space aliens and worships money"
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: LuciferX on December 24, 2016, 10:31:10 am
Profet
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 27, 2017, 09:36:05 am
I've got to say that since November I've had a growing suspicion that we are living in the end times, though not necessarily the Christian end times (though if it is the Christian end times I'd put money on Revelations chapter 18 (http://biblehub.com/revelation/18.htm) turning out to be about America)
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: Cain on January 27, 2017, 04:14:06 pm
I'm of the opinion that Revelations 16:3 is a terribly close prediction of the election:

Quote
Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Pepe, coming out of the mouth of The Dragon (Bannon), the Beast (Trump) and the False Prophet (4chan)
Title: Re: A question for America
Post by: Prelate Diogenes Shandor on January 28, 2017, 05:14:08 pm
I'm of the opinion that Revelations 16:3 is a terribly close prediction of the election:

Quote
Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Pepe, coming out of the mouth of The Dragon (Bannon), the Beast (Trump) and the False Prophet (4chan)

I was thinking more like Revelations 18:2-5,

"Babylon the great has fallen! Has fallen! She has become the habitation of demons, and of every evil spirit, and of every unclean and deplorable creature that lives on the earth. For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality. Come out of her my people so that you will not participate in her sins, so that you will not receive of her plagues. For her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes."

Tell me that isn't about Donald Trump's America.