anticrepuscular raysAccording to some thinkers, blogs promoting reason and rationality might want to hold off on discouraging the vehement, hateful, divisive messages coming from Hard Right religious groups here in the United States.

But why on earth should contributors to Search for Truth and similar blogs even consider reducing their criticism of closed-minded, Hard Right belief systems?

Hard Right religious protest signs of hateIn spewing such poisonous messages, Hard Right groups are flatly and loudly rejecting the practical teachings of Jesus and so many other wise spiritual teachers from ancient times right up to the present. Since Hard Right groups purport to practice "the correct version" of Christianity — and they do this in a manner than cannot escape comparison to the Pharisee behavior Jesus hated — it represents one of the worst examples of hypocrisy in contemporary U.S. religio-politics or theopolitics.

As it turns out, people in the U.S. are becoming increasingly anti-religious. If this fact were examined more closely, we have no doubt that it is actually religious fundamentalism – the most harmful, extremist element within the broader category of organized religion – that is truly responsible for most of the growing anti-religion sentiment.

Wonders of the Universe - imagesDuring the past decade or so, huge numbers of United States citizens have begun to see the truth about fideism: Religious fundamentalism brings far more conflict than peace.

Americans expressed stronger anti-religious feelings in 2008 than in 1998, according to the new data. Two-thirds of adults believed religion brings more conflict than peace in 2008 compared with just one-third in 1998.

“Invoking religion to promote a conservative social agenda may energize conservative members, but it alienates political moderates and liberals,” Hout said. “The result has been a significant decrease in the fraction of American adults identifying with an organized religion.” (Source: Science Daily)

approaching thunderstorm in May 2012, NashvilleOf course, that data is years old now. The strong efforts on the far right — including those of the Tea Party and other organized groups — have probably caused a temporary resurgence in the popularity of being a Christian fundamentalist, especially in areas like the South and Midwest. However, we are confident that this Hard Rightism post-storm clouds; everything yellowish, May 2012, Nashvilleis but a distasteful trend. Concerning beliefs relating to religion, the fastest growing segment in the coming decades is sure to be the spiritual-but-not-religious (or similar view) — representing a continued flight from religious fundamentalism and a welcome return to reason and rationality.

How the numbers come out, though, really depends upon the wording and other qualities of future opinion polls covering these subjects. Obviously, polls that fail to measure non-religious groups properly will skew the data and result in totally inaccurate measurements.

If you are a writer or a blogger or a person with influence, please use your gifts and skills to promote reason, tolerance, and compassion and to discourage closed-minded fundamentalist views of all kinds.

See also our recent post Hatred in Christian fundamentalism: Hard Right chooses unfortunate path in U.S.

Resources: Hard Right messages of hate and division actually harm their own cause