I wish I’d written this, Part CCXX

fundamentalist-bible-david-haywardSally sends this: “The dark rigidity of fundamentalist rural America: a view from the inside.” I think it’s an interesting take on the Elites Don’t Get White Pain,” or some such thing.

Here’s a tough part:

At some point during the discussion, “That’s your education talking,” will be said, derogatorily, as a general dismissal of everything I said. They truly believe this is a legitimate response because to them education is not to be trusted. Education is the enemy of fundamentalism because fundamentalism, by its very nature, is not built on facts. The fundamentalists I grew up around aren’t anti-education. They want their kids to know how to read and write. They are anti-quality, in-depth, broad, specialized education. Learning is only valued up to the certain point.

Phew. That hurts. But how far off is it? My brand of fundamentalism taught me to question everything, and that sometimes meant deep, in-depth questioning. But I get the point.

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One response to “I wish I’d written this, Part CCXX

  1. While I agree fundamentalism, whether it’s religious or ideological, is rarely compatible with critical thinking, or liberal education, I disagree with: “The real problem is rural America doesn’t understand the causes of their own situations and fears and they have shown no interest in finding out.” That statement is, in fact, the very same “intellectual/linguistic sleight of hand meant to throw attention away from the real problem” that the author claims stains all analyses other than his own.

    All things considered, this isn’t bad for an anti-religion rant, but Forsetti’s Justice, (whoever that might be), has a dark rigidity, a bigotry, all his own, (assuming Forsetti’s Justice is male…no way to verify that). He’s using the very same tactic he attributes to “Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, any of the blonde Stepford Wives on Fox”: He’s telling his audience what they want to hear. With one significant exception: Those folks sign their name to their work.

    Just more gutless argumentum ad hominem. Alternet clickbait. Regurgitated by Raw Story.

    (By the way, Dennis Miller has always been conservative/libertarian. The only thing that changed after 9/11 was that his “coastal elite” friends in the entertainment industry wanted nothing to do with him after he voiced support for then President Bush.)

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