Religious liberals, as compared with fundamentalists, have no coherent theory or worldview. They are all over the place in picking various bits they like while ignoring the parts they don’t care for. This results in an incoherent mosaic of ideas slapped together without any sort of unifying principles. Much like the “New Age” perspectives many Christians love to criticize, liberal religion offers no theory to understand or evaluate.
There is plenty I despise about fundamentalist Christianity. I’d much rather associate with liberal Christians in my day-to-day life, and I’d much rather have them in positions of political power. However, I now have a better sense of what I do find more appealing about the fundamentalists and why.
Probably the most galling thing about the (slowly – but inexorably – collapsing) juggernaut of “organized” religion, is the way various denominations/sects/cults attempt to “deal with” the mythos in which they pretend to ‘believe”.
I say pretend, because the vast majority of them have neither read their own mythos in its entirety, or – if they have, are (mostly) unfamiliar with how their particular “canon” was created.
On one hand, you have Fundie/Evangelical/”Conservative” Protestants who attempt (haphazardly) to believe that the (KJV/NIV) “Bible” is “literally” true, and “inerrant” . (These are the sort of “people” who continue pretending that “Creation” occurred in 4004 BC, over the course of six, literal “days” – and who wet themselves in terror that their children might inadvertently be exposed to such scientific subjects as: biology, paleontology, archeology, etc. (Er, I mean “Darwinism”.)
the slightly more “sane” variants of this is aptly illustrated by a “sermon” (in a comparatively up-scale, overwhelmingly “White” Baptist church) introducing the story of Balaam’s ass, with a clip from the movie shrek (because there was a talking donkey in it.)
The above illustrates two things:
- Even fundamentalism/literalism is collapsing – because the anti-science, anti-reality- premise upon which Fundamentalism is predicated necessarily results in the “faith” being progressively “dumbed-down” and yokel-ized.
- The “Mainstream” (IE: those with the courage to admit that at least large chunks of their (purportedly) “Sacred” scriptures are in fact mere mythology) are stuck in a bind:Once you’ve admitted that, how do you keep your “flock” coming back every Sunday?
Further, how do you keep them insulated from other such competing MYTHOLOGIES?
That was the issue at the heart of the “Fundamentalist/Modernist” controversy of the early 20th century, and the myriad theological chickens resultant from that “controversy” are now coming home to roost:
Now, I’ve spent the last several posts relentlessly slagging the “Amish” – for good reasons.
Having said that, I can’t help but have a certain (very limited) amount of sympathy for the victims of what passes for Amish “culture”: those who were unlucky enough to have been born and “raised” within that particular sociological “Skinner Box”.
I genuinely feel bad for them.
I feel bad that they were effectively “predestined” to a life of ignorance and poverty – merely because some (comparatively distant) ancestor(s) chose to join a cult.
I feel bad that this initial “choice” has resulted in generations of inbreeding among their descendants.
I feel bad that those descendants/victims are deliberately prevented from/propagandized against the wider non-Amish (“English”) world (thus, ensuring that the cycle of inbreeding, ignorance and cult-delusion continues).
I feel bad that the (comparatively few) individuals who were unlucky enough to have been born and “raised” within that inbred/ignorant/delusional milieu, but who happen to show a modicum of curiosity/strength of character eventually end up being “Shunned”.
The entire “culture” of the Amish is systematically designed to PREVENT and/or PENALIZE intelligence, curiosity, individual integrity, etc. – for the SOLE PURPOSE of perpetrating a “tradition” of inbreeding, subcultural isolation, superstition and impoverishment – as an “end in itself”.
Meanwhile, the Amish also insist on “Free riding” on that oh-so-terrifying “English” world (for instance, by accessing modern medical technology, or – hypocritically – applying otherwise-verboten technological innovations to their commercial activities.
THIS is what I mean by familial pathologies being multi-generational.
In my last post, I pointed out two things which are individually extremely problematic, but which – in combination – are genuinely evil:
1. The Amish are specifically exempted from a veritable thicket of “laws” which are (otherwise) treated as binding on everyone else – including the vast majority of their fellow “Whites”.
2. The above-mentioned sate of affairs is mostly either ignored – or viewed as some sort of positive good – *merely* because the Amish happen to be (passably) “White”.
In other words, if any aggregate of so-called “Brown people” attempted to enact any of the “quaint customs” which constitute the essence of Amish “Culture” – they would either be seen as a laughing-stock, or threat to public safety/health/decency, etc.
Now, here’s the thing:
My having “called out” the above sort of “special treatment” extended to the Amish *could* be mistaken for “support” of fthe aforementioned “thicket of laws” from which they (qua Amish) just happen to be exempt.
That wasn’t my intention. My complaint has to do with the fact that the Amish are specifically treated as some sort of “Minority group” – even though (absent their stupid constumes and garbled cult-jargon), they could credibly “pass” for any other run-of-the-mill “WHite” person.
Now, one could possibly ogject that the “special treatment” is merely intended to permit the Amish to excercise their “religious freedom” (since at least *some* of their “customs” are sometimes “explained” as attempts to comply with various bible verses, or suchlike. (For example, their stupid costumes are rigidly “gendered”, such sexism being typically “explained” as an attempt to differentiate between “Men’s” and “women’s” clothing. Same goes for their women’s “traditonal” head-coverings.)
However, this objection collapses, for several reasons:
1. Assuming that someone decided to create a “revived” version of the Aztec blood-sacrifice religion. Would we expect areas infested with some arbitrary (but signiicant) fractio of the population who “believed” in such ritualized slaughter to (for example) carve out an explicitly ‘religious” exemptions to the existing homicide laws?
2. Further, not *all* of the “quaint” customs associated with the Amish have any sort of plausible underlying theological rationalize. For example, the ubiquitous “horse with a buggy behind” is (somewhat) less overtly “theological” than their antipathy against photography, and those weird, faceless Amish dolls. (Ironically enough, a literalist reading of the “no graven images” thing would *only* prohibit statuary/carvings.)
The best thing about the Amish is: the ever-increasing amount of inbreeding among them has led to a plethora of mutations and syndromes. This will eventually result in ALL Amish communities become NONVIABLE (IE: unable to breed future generations).
Basically, in the (comparatively) near-term (since they tend to breed like rats) the Amish population will continue increasing.
However, this *also* means that this increased population will contain will continue to be afflicted by the mutations and syndromes and suchlike.
This problem is going to continue escalating, since Amish sub-groups tend to “split” (often over mind-numbingly trivial bullshit), and then “shun” one another.
What this means is: IF the Amish continue to BE “Amish” (IE: insular, ignorant, and In-bred), they WILL eventually either go extinct completely, or end up with something like the fucked-up Mormon mutants:
I honestly don’t know how the various tourism boards who (mistakenly) see the Amish as “quaint” are going to be able to “spin” things, when the “Amish” population have turned into six-fingered, drooling, barely-verbal Dwarfs:
That should be amusing.
A real-world version of The Hills have Eyes comes to mind:
Continuing from my last post:
Besides the weird, “selective” primitivism and stupid costumes, probably the other thing for which the Amish are most noteworthy” is the distinctive “language” – so-called “Pennsylvania Dutch” (or – slightly more accurately – “Pennsylvania German”).
In actuality, this “language” amounts to a garbled, degraded hash of dialects which went extinct in regions where actual German is still spoken, centuries ago.
To be accurate, Pennsylvania “Dutch” isn’t really a “language”, so much as it is an unusually elaborate system in-group “shibboleth”.
the whole purpose of this “language” (as with all such in-group slang/shibboleths), is contained in the following two points:
- It allows in-group members to “communicate” ( in a limited, and rigidly-circumscribed) fashion, among themselves.
- It PREVENTS communication with “outsiders”.
It does this in two ways:
- the “language” itself
- The (garbled and annoying) accent/linguistic “tics” victims of “Pennsylvania Dutch” typically carry over to their attempts to learn/speak English.
The following is a perfect – absolutely textbook -illustration of how this garbled pseudo-language/its bastardized pseudo-English derivative function:
Now, here’s the truly amazing thing:
An entire population who have lived on this continent for CENTURIES – get away with either failing to learn to speak English at all/only ever managing to speak a garbled/broken variant.
How do they do it?
Two words: “White” privilege.
If any of the Amish’s antics were perpetrated by a population “of color”, they would be denounced as inbred trash living in self-imposed ghettoization – and told in no uncertain terms that they should go “back where they came from”:
However, since they can credibly pass for “White”, their superstitions/ins, taboos and tribal mumbo-jumbo is relentlessly milked for every dime of “tourist” cash possible.
More in the next post! 🙂
As I’ve covered elsewhere in the blog, my views of “organized” religion have been shaped (at least in part) by my having grown up in so-called “Pennsylvania Dutch Country”.
That region brings the whole “geography of religion” thing into stark visibility, to the point where the only way anyone could fail to “notice” it, would be if that individual tacitly assumes that the Cosmos “ends” at the border with Maryland.
Oh sure, people subconsciously acknowledge the existence of other places (Ohio, Kansas, California, Mexico etc. – but up until (comparatively) recently, that area had somehow managed to remain one of those (overwhelmingly “White”) regions where the fabled “Melting Pot” simply hadn’t “melted” anybody all that much.
For one thing, the actual indigenous population of that region (the various so-called “Indian” tribes) had – as per S.O.P during the “settlement” of this continent – either been “accidentally” exterminated (by European diseases for which they had no immunity), forcibly resettled, or simply slaughtered en masse if they attempted to resist – after which the ancestral lands of such “savages” were opened up to “settlement”, by populations who – by any rational criterion – were the dregs, failures and “Drop-outs” of “White” Europe.
We can all attempt to pretty this up, but the fact is: in the overwhelming majority of cases: “Immigrants” – whether “legal” or “illegal” – wouldn’t leave their “homeland”, unless something had gone disastrously wrong.
Whether we’re talking about Irish immigrants fleeing the Potato Famine, or the myriad of other European immigrants whose desperate desire to escape grinding poverty is euphemistically described as a desire for “opportunity” – in the vast majority of cases, the ancestors of “White” Americans
invaded (er, I mean “Settled”) this continent for exactly the same reasons immigrates (both “legal” and ilegal) do today.
Typically, they are attempting to escape one (or more) of the following:
- Political/religious/”ethnic”/tribal brutality
- Class/caste-based brutality
In any case, the desire to emigrate is not typically motivated by mere whim.
Having said that, it is sometimes motivated by delusion.
Pennsylvania “Dutch” country is infested with two Ethno-religious subcultures which are (virtually) unknown anywhere else: the Amish and Mennonites.
Now the weirdly counter-intuitive thing about the above two groups is: the more overtly primitive, isolated and inbred group (the Amish), actually originated as a splinter-sect of the (slightly) less primitive, isolated and inbred group (the Mennonites).
(Don’t get me wrong: I actually have something of a “soft-spot” for Mennonites: in particular, one family. However, that doesn’t change the underlying reality of their particular subculture.
As a rough (but accurate) simplification, the Amish (mostly) don’t use any technology developed after the mid-19th century in their non-business affairs (IE: they are the only reason the local Wal-marts “need” hitching-posts).
They’re not stupid enough to refrain from using otherwise-forbidden technologies during business ventures, however. (Another tacit confirmation of the Libertarian claim that Capitalism erodes ethnic/religious idiocy).
The Amish resort to weird bullshit like this:
The use of the “community phone” or “phone shanty” was permitted beginning in the 1950s, when more Amish were forced to go into businesses and hotels to use phones for emergency purposes and to contact doctors, dentists, veterinarians and food dealers. This community phone building, which often resembles an outhouse, is typically built at the end of a farm lane and shared by several neighboring families. The objective of this concept was to allow access, but maintain distance. Hence, the phone is not in the house and the number is unlisted, to be used essentially for necessary outgoing calls, not socializing.
(Notice how the “tourism” pukes take pains to put a “positive” spin on what any sane person would regard as an idiotic delusion laced with hypocrisy.
(TL;DR: any “Englisher” – Non-Amish – who permits his Amish “neighbor” to use his telephone/consents to driving any of the inbred, cultic fucks around in a motor-vehicle etc. – is functioning as the equivalent of a shabbos goy:
By doing so, he or she is actively profiting off of hypocrisy, by enabling such “neighbors” to get away with violating their STUPID FUCKING TRIBAL TABOOS, if and when such idiotic taboos prove to be “impractical”.
This permits – hell, even encourages – inbred cultic pseudo-cultures (such as the Amish and Hasidic Jews) to never face the consequences of actually living up to their stupid taboos.
(Hint: IF owning a telephone is “wrong” for the “reasons” invoked by such inbred, pinhead trash, then your “English” neighbor’s ownership of a telephone is “wrong” for exactly the same reason.
In principle, I see no difference between an Amish guy side-stepping the Amish prohibition against telephones in the house by using his “English” neighbor’s telephone – and somebody hiring a hit-man to commit murder, instead of committing the murder him-or-herself.
If it’s wrong “for you”/your “tribe”, why is it NOT wrong “for them”, too?
Moreover, doesn’t sidestepping tribal taboos of this kind amount to a tacit endorsement of exactly the sort of “cultural relativism” anti-Leftists are always complaining about?
More in the next post…..