Terry Gross did an interview with Peter Wagner, a leader of the New Apostolic Reformation or NAR. NAR was one of the organizers of the prayer rally that Rick Perry attended. This interview is jaw dropping. I have to hand it to Gross for handling this well. What she does is ask Wagner to talk about the emperor of Japan’s “marriage” to the Sun Goddess and he takes it from there. It’s in the first part of the interview. Go listen.
There’s a picture of Wagner of his wife. They look so sweet. He’s a rounder, more cherubic version of Colonel Sanders, she looks like one of those nice ladies you meet at a church bake sale who always makes those killer combo bars. You would never know that they are a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal. Their earnestness disguises a disrespectful hardness towards your personal belief system. What *they* believe is inviolable. What YOU believe is up for negotiations. And they will never, never stop trying to convert you or pull the country over to their way of thinking. It never occurs to them that they sound unhinged or that their belief system concentrates everything on an afterlife and nothing on ameliorating the suffering in the current life. It’s narrow minded, conformist and judgmental. They determine what is moral and if you don’t get with the program, you’re a target for evangelism or social shunning.
Sure, these people are making a living but don’t think for a second that they don’t believe it. The sun goddess of Japan is a demon and the emperor had sex with her.
It sort of reminds me of this guy:
If you’re one of them, yes, you really do sound this crazy. No, I cannot take you seriously. I don’t care if I’m not going to paradise with you.
By the way, there is evidence that more Americans identify themselves as atheists, freethinkers and naturalists. Peter Wagner has his work cut out for him.
Note: I see that @apostolicnews is now following me on Twitter. Please note that I am not your typical elitist snob. I know people like you personally, know what you believe, know what programs you watch and understand the way you think. I reject your form of christianity not because I’m a snob but because I find it arrogant and disrespectful of other people’s belief systems and incompatible with goodwill to all people. Save your breath. You are not going to make any converts here.
On another note, The American Prospect has finally gotten around to posting something about the hidden discrimination that women face in the workplace in the post Sexism’s Low Grade Fever. Here’s a money quote:
The unwelcoming workplace isn’t a deadly cancer; rather, it’s a steady low-grade fever that wears you down by degrees (if you’ll forgive my pun). You can diagnosis this illness through one critical measure: Women rarely stay long enough to rise up through the ranks. Or because they rarely rise, they leave. That’s a loss of momentum for women’s careers and energies—and a loss of energy and talent for the organization that derides, diminishes, and disparages their work.
For instance, I’m reminded of a major nonprofit that produced an impressive, in-depth project related to violence against women. When I congratulated the women who’d produced it, they told me that their bosses had been openly hostile to the project—and had ignored, undermined, and belittled their efforts at every turn. They’d never have been permitted to do it, but they’d wrangled a grant for it on their own. The project made an enormous splash and got critical White House attention. But within months after they’d finished the project, all but one of the women who produced it were gone; they were either pushed out or departed on their own. The women had to work on creating successful careers within different organizations—a real loss of momentum for them and talent for the organization. The men who’d rolled their eyes at the project were left to collect the awards.
Yes. It’s always a stupid idea until the woman is out of the way and then it’s suddenly brilliant for the guy who stands to benefit when she leaves.
It’s about a week too late and sounds very familiar. Here’s a recent Confluence post on this. And here’s another. Actually, I can probably go back through the last couple of years to find similar posts that I wrote. This is a big problem that has been simmering for quite a while. I don’t know whether guys have gotten more blatant about it lately or whether it was always there. Or maybe the problem is that enough women have developed enough expertise in their fields that the discrimination is severely hurting their careers and they’re just discovering that the behavior they’re coached to deploy doesn’t cut it. The problem is that men aren’t cooperating and women have had enough.
E.J. Graff, the author, says we should quantify it? (I think I suggested that first) Ok, but quantifying it goes beyond simply measuring salaries and promotions that Graff suggested. In fact, if you only do that, you will miss all the memorable self-esteem and career crushing “features” that working in male centric environments have to offer. By the way, did you know that Finland (yes, them again) has a program run by the government called Gender Glasses? It conducts investigations of workplaces where gender discrimination is alleged. One of the tools they use to ferret out the truth is statistics. EVERYTHING can be measured, including how much men ignore their female colleagues. Just mine the digital data that is already archived on the company servers.
If I were an enterprising politician, I’d run with this.
One more thing: Peep pointed me to this post at CNN this morning that shows what a disaster the 2008 Democratic primary has been for the Democrats. Most of this analysis is correct, although I disagree on a few elements. For example, Obama’s “superior” organization in the caucus states was helped by the fact that no one who complained about being screamed at, jostled, locked out and overwritten at the caucus sites who was a Hillary supporter was actually taken seriously. If superior organization means hiring operatives and thugs and bussing people in from an adjoining state to go to caucuses to make sure you win no matter what, then, yeah, Obama did a much better job at that than Clinton. The other thing is that the way the DNC at first withheld and then awarded the delegates in Michigan and Florida at the May 31, 2008 RBC hearing completely invalidated the votes of every other Hillary voter in all the other primary states. And the fact that this is what the DNC was planning all along was crystal clear shortly (like within a day) of SuperTuesday in early February 2008. The fix was in that early. Buying the superdelegates was just icing on the cake.
So, now it looks like buyer’s remorse has set in and Obama doesn’t have coattails. No s#@%, Sherlock. As Harold Ickes said at the RBC meeting, it was not a good way to start down the path of party unity. Obama didn’t have the consent of half of his own party and those of us who witnessed what the party did to its stronger candidate will never forget how we were disenfranchised so it could anoint a banker financed, shmoozing political neophyte to the presidency during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. And don’t say, “Nobody could have predicted”. We did.
(I love this comment from the CNN article: THOUGHT OF THE DAY: If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you weren’t a racist, please do our great country a huge favor and vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you’re not an IDIOT.)
There is still time to replace him at the top of the ticket. To do otherwise would be extremely irresponsible.
Oh, By the way, whatever happened to this guy who gave away the entire NJ 121 vote delegation to the candidate who lost the state in the primary in 2008?
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