Date: September 30, 2023 05:23AM
Blindguy, what you say makes perfect sense.
It's the crazy religious anti-science nonsense that I'm trying to get at — the unholy union between religion, conspiracy theories, cult panic, fear and hate.
Take this little gem for example:
In a bizarre interview, Christian commentator Morgan Ariel said Taylor Swift and Kansas City Chiefs player Travis Kelce should be “hung”.
Ms Ariel, who describes herself as a “Christian activist”, also told Rumble streaming host Stew Peters on Wednesday that Ms Swift and Mr Kelce should be “publicly prosecuted” and alleged the pair are using their relationship as a strategy to push vaccines.
“I think people deserve to be publicly prosecuted and hung,” she told Mr Peters, an alt-right conspiracy theorist known for his extreme anti-vax positions.
A clip of the interview was posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, but it has since then been removed.
“If she’s dating some high-end, you know, football player that is pushing the vaccine, then that’s going to raise the probability that they’ll go out and get it,” Ms Ariel said.
So apparently, in today's bizarro world, science, vaccines, climate change, rejection of racism and acceptance of LGBTQIA+, are all part of some "plot" or against religion or both.
How did we get into this mess?
I'm reminded of another shaman — not Joseph Smith, but a Native Amercan named Wodziwob.
In 1869, when living in the Walker Lake Valley of Nevada, Wodziwob had a series of visions while on a mountain.
The first vision proclaimed that "within a few moons there was to be a great upheaval or earthquake... [during which] the improvements of the whites-all their houses, their goods, stores, etc.-would remain, but the whites would be swallowed up, while the Indians would be saved and permitted to enjoy the earth and all the fullness thereof, including anything left by the wicked whites". The prediction of this selective earthquake was met with skepticism.[by whom?]
After a second trip to the mountain, Wodziwob received a new prophecy that stated that all peoples would be swallowed by the earthquakes, and after a few days the Native Americans would return to the world, now a paradise, while the whites would be destroyed. As the time period for the predicted earthquakes began to pass, many became disenchanted with Wodziwob's prophecies.
This prompted him to make a third trip to the mountain, where it was revealed to him that those "who believed in the prophecy would be resurrected and be happy, but those who did not believe in it would stay in the ground and be damned forever with the whites". An additional prophecy stating that a train carrying the dead would come from the east within four years is also attributed to Wodziwob (although this may have been a later addition by his disciple, Weneyuga). By the time of Wodziwob's death around 1872, he had apparently removed the destruction of whites from his prophecy, replacing it with the idea that all were to be granted eternal life with no racial distinction being made.
Things change. People change. Societies change. Fear makes people do bad or crazy things.
You either find a way to adapt, or become trapped in a web of fear, conspiracy theories, hatred, and lies.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/30/2023 05:37AM by anybody.