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Colbert Has a Gay Old Time at Dobson’s Expense

Posted on May 8, 2007

Stephen Colbert (right) mocks “Focus on the Family” host James Dobson for suggesting that the hate crimes legislation passed by the House discriminates against Christians because it would punish gay-bashing.

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By RAE, May 13, 2007 at 9:36 am Link to this comment

There’s a problem with Colbert’s clever, rapid-fire, pseudo-intellectual commentary, that is, if the intent is to point out to the “culprits” the error of their ways.

That problem is that a population that is NOT clever, slow-thinking and clearly anti-intellectual (eg the fundamentalist religious communities) simply won’t understand what the hell he’s talking about.

The laugher in the audience is coming from “the choir.” Colbert’s preaching to folk who already know and understand his point. Kind of a waste of time, don’t you think?

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By carlito paquito, May 10, 2007 at 8:52 am Link to this comment
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Thank You, thank you, thank you Mr. Robert Scheer! finally, Stephen’s nightly, “the WORD” is by far the closest we’ll ever get to a contemporary Mark Twaine and the favorite quick clip that needed a home, thank God you Mr. Robert Scheer have provided it.  Kudos to Robert Scheer and Stephen Colbert!

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By Richard Roe, May 9, 2007 at 11:59 am Link to this comment
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Characteristics Associated with Cultic Groups - Revised
Janja Lalich, Ph.D. & Michael D. Langone, Ph.D.

Concerted efforts at influence and control lie at the core of cultic groups, programs, and relationships. Many members, former members, and supporters of cults are not fully aware of the extent to which members may have been manipulated, exploited, even abused. The following list of social-structural, social-psychological, and interpersonal behavioral patterns commonly found in cultic environments may be helpful in assessing a particular group or relationship.

Compare these patterns to the situation you were in (or in which you, a family member, or friend is currently involved). This list may help you determine if there is cause for concern. Bear in mind that this list is not meant to be a “cult scale” or a definitive checklist to determine if a specific group is a cult. This is not so much a diagnostic instrument as it is an analytical tool.

‪ The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader and (whether he is alive or dead) regards his belief system, ideology, and practices as the Truth, as law.

‪ Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.

‪ Mind-altering practices (such as meditation, chanting, speaking in tongues, denunciation sessions, and debilitating work routines) are used in excess and serve to suppress doubts about the group and its leader(s).

‪ The leadership dictates, sometimes in great detail, how members should think, act, and feel (for example, members must get permission to date, change jobs, marry—or leaders prescribe what types of clothes to wear, where to live, whether or not to have children, how to discipline children, and so forth).

‪ The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s) and members (for example, the leader is considered the Messiah, a special being, an avatar—or the group and/or the leader is on a special mission to save humanity).

‪ The group has a polarized us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with the wider society.

‪ The leader is not accountable to any authorities (unlike, for example, teachers, military commanders or ministers, priests, monks, and rabbis of mainstream religious denominations).

‪ The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify whatever means it deems necessary. This may result in members’ participating in behaviors or activities they would have considered reprehensible or unethical before joining the group (for example, lying to family or friends, or collecting money for bogus charities).

‪ The leadership induces feelings of shame and/or guilt iin order to influence and/or control members. Often, this is done through peer pressure and subtle forms of persuasion.

‪ Subservience to the leader or group requires members to cut ties with family and friends, and radically alter the personal goals and activities they had before joining the group.

‪ The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.

‪ The group is preoccupied with making money.

‪ Members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group and group-related activities.

‪ Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members.

‪ The most loyal members (the “true believers”) feel there can be no life outside the context of the group. They believe there is no other way to be, and often fear reprisals to themselves or others if they leave (or even consider leaving) the group.

This checklist will be published in the new book, Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships by Janja Lalich and Madeleine Tobias (Berkeley: Bay Tree Publishing, 2006). It was adapted from a checklist originally developed by Michael Langone.

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By Douglas Chalmers, May 9, 2007 at 9:04 am Link to this comment

Oh, this has been a loooong time coming, ha ha. And, after all, Christianity is a Middle Eastern religion!?!?

A LOVE Crimes Bill, though, should mean affirmative action against all those who have a perceived interest in nuking other peoples’ countries merely because you are told to hate them!

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By Outraged, May 9, 2007 at 8:42 am Link to this comment

Christians are “persecuted” everytime anyone else has a right to live.  In a christian’s mind they are and will be forever persecuted.

Christians are inculcated into a mind-set that they are under constant persecution.  They “suffer” for the Lord.  The fact is, most christians will agree with Dobson on this point, and it will make logical sense to them.

According to christians, there is only one true God and one true religion and everyone who won’t accept that can go to hell.  LITERALLY!

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By TomChicago, May 9, 2007 at 5:36 am Link to this comment
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I guess we’re supposed to allow bigotry simply because it comes out of the mouth of a preacher;  they have been vile before while thumping the “Good Book”—see also slavery, racism and anti-feminism.  Although legislation does not wipe out hatred, it is an attempt to send the right message.

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By J.C. Tripp, May 8, 2007 at 10:48 pm Link to this comment
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Move on Colbert you are becoming a caricature of yourself and that’s not a joke.

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