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When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movement becomes headlong – faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thought of obstacles and forget that a precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it’s too late.
Bene Gesserit proverb, quoted by Lady Jessica
Dune by:Frank Hurbert.

TOMmorw 3 Mar 13

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“The worst thing that could happen to a society, is to fall in to the hands of a hero..”
Frank Hurbert


Trumpism is largely enabled by Christian Fundamentalism and by non-Fundamentalist Christians who are complicit in that they're too timid to speak out against it.

It is Evangelicals who said Trump gets a "Mulligan" for the Stormy Daniels thing so long as he keeps delivering temporal power -- er, supreme court justices. It is Alabama Baptists (who all other Baptists I confront about it now disavow as some special kind of Baptist, predictably) who gave credibly accused child molester and twice-defrocked FORMER judge Roy Moore comfort, support and a public platform during his ghastly run for the Senate.

All this because of the unholy marriage, beginning in the 1950s and culminating in the 1980s, of fundamentalist Christianity, guns and right-wing politics. And now it's come home to roost by whipping up all the resentful rednecks and xenophobes in the country, who for some reason are coalesced around fundamentalist churches, to vote in the most immoral, self-aggrandizing asshat possible, to an office he could never have pretended to without their credulous assistance.

Thanks, Christianity.


If only people understood this. Religion should guide you in your personal life, not allow you to dictate what others are allowed to do with their lives. I remember people being upset that JFK was a Catholic because they were afraid that the Pope would be making our country's decisions. Now people in government would like to keep my friends from being married, keep my daughter from being in control of her own body, keep me from making as much money as my male colleagues, and they cite God as their inspiration. And they wonder why people are turning away from organized religion...

What’s interesting is Frank Hurbert said that JFK was the worst thing that could of happened to America. He likens him to a truly heroic and charismatic leader. If he’d of lived there is no telling the good or bad he could of brought to us. But he also said, that Richard Nixon was the best thing to ever happen to the American people, Nixon taught us not to trust our government.


Like watching a train crash, horrifying but you can't tear your eyes away.


The comingling of religion and politics is a real threat to democracy and personal freedoms.


It's a good quote. I like it. All too often people don't notice the warnings about out-of-control religion and politics in these books.


So well said. nice one

I can’t take credit, Frank Hurbert’s words.

you can take credit for finding the words, love them


I will face my fear, fear is the little mind killer. I will let it pass through me, and when it passes it shall leave nothing behind but me. Bene Gesserit mantra.


They can all go over a cliff.
I promise I won't cry.

@irascible When you're right, you're right. 😉

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