To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Observercast

Ignorance, Personified

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BY JAMES NIMMO

The Duck Dynasty incident points out how abysmally ignorant most of the country is.

For me it’s not what Phil Roberston said – ignorant people with a soapbox are nothing new – rather it was the response from people who objected to the speaker’s punishment by the corporation he works for that offends and frightens me.

The religion called the Constitution is as misunderstood as all the other proverbial “true” religions of the world. Religion is used as a veil to hide the reality of the world, to displace the inconvenient truth that humans make some lousy decisions and choices such as allowing corporations to economically impoverish the working class, and irretrievably pollute the only world we will ever have.

Linking the American Constitution with any religious belief is a dangerous road to theocracy, a one-size-fits-all forced way to cancel out the thoughts, actions, and education of those the dominant religion disagrees with. Flat-earthers often think all god people think alike and if only the atheists and hedonists could be removed from the public square then all would be right with “god’s” plan.

The Christian religion in America boasts many members and denominations. This multiplicity flourishes because until a few years ago when some wanted to gain political power at the expense of religious purity, religion was strong enough to support itself.

Flat-earthers, dismayed that their work meets resistance, then try even harder to convince others of the “rightness” of violating the First Amendment that they so self-righteously claim they are defending, resulting in a image of a dog chasing it’s tail.

James Nimmo lives in Oklahoma City and is an occasional contributor to The Oklahoma Observer

 

Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.