The Trouble with Spikol

Dumb Religion: The End of Daze

By Liz Spikol
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At that event, she blended politics and religion in a way that makes church-state separatists cringe. In speaking about a natural gas pipeline for Alaska, she said: "I think God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built," she said. "So pray for that."

Smart people believe pipelines have more to do with lobbyists, money and political realities than they do with God. God may be in the details, but in pipelines?

In Time magazine's recent article "Does Sarah Palin Have a Pentecostal Problem?" Amy Sullivan says Pentecostalism is "characterized by a focus on the Holy Spirit and a belief in spiritual gifts, such as healing and speaking in tongues."

Such religious practice makes critical thinkers uncomfortable--even, reportedly, John McCain, despite the fact that he told Beliefnet.com that since America is a Christian nation, he'd prefer a Christian president. (Take that, Joe Lieberman.)

 


 

Palin seems to want to talk about Obama's connection to Rev. Wright. Does she want to discuss Kalnins too? The more she talks about her religion, her church and her belief in the End of Days, the more she's going to push away those snotty intellectuals.

Given my own views, when the Rapture comes, I'm sure I'll be swept away in some kind of Cormac McCarthy On the Road nightmare. The proto-civilians will laugh at my stupidity as they gnaw on my shin bones and sizzle my fingernails into mini potato chips over a fire.

So be it. Just so long as they're reading.

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1. Kent said... on Oct 16, 2008 at 10:05PM

“Thanks for helping to put this in perspective, Liz. It does indeed bring out the religious fanatics when misery is widespread. I'm a retired Catholic myself, so I try not to think too much about religion, but the stuff about "the Rapture" (or "End Times") reminds me of a radio show Garrison Keillor once did. As with a lot of things, it's kind of fuzzy in my memory, but I think the premise of the show was that he'd heard a rumor that the Rapture might be taking place. So he called around to various churches to see if anyone had been raptured away. First he called all the mainstream religions (he named several), and found that they were all still here. It looked like maybe there hadn't been any Rapture after all, but finally he got around to calling the Unitarians and found that they were all gone - so apparently they were the only ones who had been called away. Anyway, it seemed funny when I heard it on the radio. Good article - I like the way you mix wisdom and humor.”

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