Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Concentration camps for Christians!

New conspiracy theory!

Erik Rush is a far far right-wing columnist with an obsession about Obama. His current mania is the notion that Obama, working with the American Psychiatric Association, is going to designate Christianity as a mental illness. Christians would then be deprived of their rights and thrown into some ghastly prison/hospital, or relegated to some second-class citizenship, like Jews in Hitler’s Germany.

The mere fact that Rush believes this is the surest sign that he is, in fact, mentally ill. Obama is a devout Christian himself and has no intent whatsoever to try to hijack the entire national psychiatric community for such an end.

But what if he did?

Look at the pathology. The most severe forms of mental illness are characterized by personalities who cling bitterly to delusions that have no basis in reality, contrary to all the evidence. Christians are much more likely to believe things that are provably untrue: the creation myth in Genesis, heaven and hell, the virgin birth, the resurrection, the ascension into heaven, the imposition of sin on newborn infants, and the notion that a supernatural being agrees with them and intends to destroy anyone who disagrees with them. Jesus rode a dinosaur!

God is my special, magical, invisible friend. He can do anything, but you can't see it. Of all the trillions of creatures in the world, he knows he, he loves me, and that makes me better than you. When I do something bad, he washes it away. And he will make me live forever, even after I die, although you won't see that either. He's magic!”

And by the same token, Christians are much more likely to listen to Fox and Limbaugh, slack-jawed, and buy into whatever laughably obvious lies they’re peddling every day – Obama’s Kenyan birth, his intent to impose both Islam and Communism on America even though they’re contradictory, Obama’s concentration camps and death squads, his intent to kill all our grandmothers, etc etc.

Christianity, at least as practiced by today’s evangelicals, is indeed a delusion. A manic resistance to facing reality. Perhaps in his lucid moments Rush realizes that the right-wing whackaloons are crazy as a sack of rats.


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