A Siege Mentality Works For All Of Us

The election of Donald Trump and the candidacy of Roy Moore has seen “religion” outpaced the threat of siege. “They are coming for our guns, gays are coming for our children, Muslims and Mexicans are coming for our jobs, etc.” The irony is Trump and Moore are the enemies of churches. Church attendance is down heavily in the populations most devoted to these two politicians. Supporters are not worried about the decline in churches.

Siege is used by liberals, too. Right now there are rallies all around the country of women who hare weary of being touched and harassed by men. They are under siege.

We who do not believe in government promoting one religion over another or in promoting religion at all have had to watch Congress and state legislators continually ramping up their efforts to make laws requiring adherence to religious tenets. Branches of the faith want their religious views of abortion and homosexuality to be the law of the land. They have been at it for so long with little to show for their efforts maybe we can say they are lobbing artillery in from a distance and have not put us under siege.

The success Roy Moore has had so far in holding onto his supporters is a laboratory experiment is tribal politics. Even though religion is brought up often, there is little religion involved. It is about, instead, gathering the wagons in a circle to keep out the other tribe.

5 Responses

  1. Juan Ruiz

    Circling the wagons is a common mechanism. It happened decades ago when a classmate attacked my son and broke his arm. The teachers at the school were instructed not to divulge any information about the anti-social history of the other kid to our lawyer.

    1. Henry

      JR:“The teachers at the school were instructed not to divulge any information about the anti-social history of the other kid to our lawyer.”

      Of course. Even if the school was sympathetic to your interests, it would be illegal for them to leak private information to you about the other student.

      1. Juan Ruiz

        It all eventually worked out. My son graduated magna cum laude in two majors 15 years later. The other kid served time at the Bismarck State Prison.

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