Danno11 commented on the blog post The poisonous anti-gay ‘morality’ Members of NC pastor Charles Worley’s flock
I disagree. These people took up these positions because they were reasoned with in the first place. The difference is that when this pastor got their trust and attention, he taught them that God (via him) is the only source you can trust. Essentially, he isolated these people from others. That’s a big key to influencing people. If they only hear one side of the story, that’s what they’ll go with, especially if they see people they trust (fellow parishoners) accept that as well. When you tack on fear (going to hell, demonic possession, losing their new friends from the group, etc) and the authority the pastor wields (he is claiming to speak for GOD), it’s a easy sell.
I’m sure that some members of that group were influenced and molded by family as well and I also agree that they should be opposed. That does tend to get some of them thinking and questioning things.
Danno11 commented on the blog post Democrats Search for Solution to Avoid Doubling of Student Loan Interest Rates
David, if anything’s going to hurt US competitiveness, it’s the fact that so many good students with good degrees can’t find work when they get out. Myself, I have four friends (going on five) who joined the Peace Corps because they couldn’t find work elsewhere. Also, tack on another pair that went into the military for the same reasons.
Danno11 commented on the blog post Pat Robertson Is the Cancer That’s Killing Christianity
Frankly, many of the evangelicals are taught to be ignorant and work hard at it. “Trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding.” is very popular these days.
Danno11 commented on the blog post SC: Laurens County GOP: don’t apply if you’ve had premarital sex, use porn
Pam, I don’t know why you’re surprised. It’s just a true believer in charge, relying on the Bible/his pastor for guidance. No thought involved, just obedience & surrender to God’s will (as instructed).
Danno11 commented on the blog post MA AG Coakley Lawsuit Against Banks Ripped to Shreds in Settlement
Local newswoman just said that homeowners are “celebrating” this deal. No kidding. (((Shaking head in shame)))
Danno11 commented on the diary post 9 Nobel Laureates Urge Obama to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline by mzchief.
Sadly, the only thing the White House politicos are thinking about is how big of a bus they’ll need to throw nine Nobel laureates under it.
Danno11 commented on the blog post Al Gore: Obama is Listening to Big Polluters Instead of Science
Large campaign checks have a habit of perking the recipient’s ears up.
Danno11 commented on the blog post Wrong, Jonathan Chait: Not “Everybody” Thought the Stimulus Was “Mind-Bogglingly Large”
If anyone sees someone screaming and banging their head on the desk…that’s me after reading this.
“just about everybody who mattered..” You have got to be f’n kidding me.
I don’t know who that guy was but he’s a giant tool.
As a member, I just wish I had a little more to give. It’s great to be able to come to a place like this.
Danno11 commented on the blog post Durbin Declares Obama Deficit Proposal Left Edge of Debate
It sickens me that Democrats are doing this but let’s face it, most elected officials in D.C. don’t represent ordinary people anymore. They represent wealthy campaign donors. Period.
Danno11 commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Mark Hertsgaard, Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth
Emptywheel does bring up an excellent point though. Much of the new neuroscience research says that emotional appeals are much more effective than logical argument.
Personally, when I discuss climate change with people, I bring up the national security interest of being able to feed everyone. What happens if it’s too hot to grow wheat in Nebraska or there are lines at empty supermarkets. Food prices are going up as it is & I find this is an approach people can relate to and connect with.