America is not a Christian nation: The dark capitalist roots of our country’s most destructive myth

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    Apr 29, 2015 6:13 PM GMT

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    Princeton professor Kevin Kruse on Christian libertarianism and what we get wrong about America's religious revival
    http://www.salon.com/2015/04/29/america_is_not_a_christian_nation_the_dark_capitalist_roots_of_our_countrys_most_destructive_myth_partner/

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    Apr 29, 2015 9:56 PM GMT
    i was under the impression the "In God We Trust" was invented or at least made more popular to fight off the godless communists. Thus a cold war marketing strategy
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    Apr 30, 2015 1:06 AM GMT
    American fundamentalism dates back just over a hundred years; "Jesus loves profit" to the 50's. But they both work for the likes of the Kochs and the rest of the right wing. It's great to make piles of money; if you can feel righteous doing it - it's an added perk. Meanwhile, you fuel fear and divisiveness and wreck the environment.

    One of these days we have to take our share (99%?)of the country back.

    You can start by voting.
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    Apr 30, 2015 1:55 AM GMT
    pellaz saidi was under the impression the "In God We Trust" was invented or at east made more popular to fight off the godless communists. Thus a cold war marketing strategy



    Yep, Yep, that is where the 1950 conservatives got the idea that gay people were communists, with the Hitler connection as well (some conservatives still believe this today), which then I think spread to the Anita Bryant movement of the 70's.


    Communism and homosexuality
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communism_and_homosexuality
    Lavender scare
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavender_scare

    The lavender scare refers to the fear and persecution of homosexuals in the 1950s in the United States and United Kingdom, which paralleled the anti-communist campaign known as McCarthyism. Gay men and lesbians were often considered "fellow travelers" of the communists, and the era that the lavender scare began "may be seen as the time when homosexuals became the chief scapegoats of the Cold War

    In 1950, the same year that Senator Joseph McCarthy claimed 205 communists were working in the State Department, Undersecretary of State John Peurifoy said that the State Department had allowed 91 homosexuals to resign.[7][8] On April 19, 1950, the Republican National Chairman Guy George Gabrielson said that "sexual perverts who have infiltrated our Government in recent years" were "perhaps as dangerous as the actual Communists".[9] McCarthy hired Roy Cohn–later widely believed to be a closeted homosexual[10][11]–as chief counsel of his Congressional subcommittee. Together, McCarthy and Cohn were responsible for the firing of scores of gay men from government employment and strong-armed many opponents into silence using rumors of their homosexuality.[12][13][14] In 1953, during the final months of the Truman administration, the State Department reported that it had fired 425 employees for allegations of homosexuality.[15][16][17]

    McCarthy often used accusations of homosexuality as a smear tactic in his anti-communist crusade, often combining the Second Red Scare with the Lavender Scare. On one occasion, he went so far as to announce to reporters, "If you want to be against McCarthy, boys, you've got to be either a Communist or a cocksucker."[18] Some historians have argued that, in linking communism and homosexuality and psychological imbalance, McCarthy was employing guilt-by-association if evidence for communist activity was lacking
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    Apr 30, 2015 2:23 AM GMT
    ^Interesting history, anti gay McCarthy died so young, of hepatitis, now known association with alcohol cirrhosis of the liver. Maybe McCarthy was one of those conservatives, if he had lived, would have got caught in a closeted homo scandal, much like many republican, religious nut jobs get caught today. They say, art imitates life, he was obviously a troubled man, the same many, would-be closeted gays of that era, the same gay people is was trying to out. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Was he closeted gay and drank himself to death because he couldn't deal?


    McCarthy died in Bethesda Naval Hospital on May 2, 1957, at the age of 48. The official cause of death was acute hepatitis; it is widely accepted that this was caused, or at least exacerbated, by alcoholism

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