Thinking Progressively

Fundamentalism Disarms Capacity for Critical Thinking

​It’s not over.  It’s only just begun.  Christopher Douglas, Professor of English at the University of Victoria, writes a profound and eye-opening article in Religion Dispatches that will “keep you awake at night” wondering how it is possible for this nation to redeem truth telling as a valued, essential, moral human endeavor  In Christopher Douglas’ article,“The Religious Origins of Fake News And ‘Alternative Facts,’ he describes the process by which “Christian fundamentalists laid the ground for the fake news to come.”  Professor Douglas says that “The goal of “fake news” and “alternative facts” goes beyond providing different data. Their purpose is actually to destroy the notion that there could be impartial news and objective facts.”  This article is not for the feint of heart. 


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“Get Out”

​I do not watch thrillers.  When I was 5 my mom dropped my sister, who was 6, and me off at the movie theatre.  It was 1957.  I watched “I Married A Monster From Outer Space.”  My night terrors were so severe that my mom had me visiting a psychotherapist for a year.  Nevertheless, I still avoid thrillers.  But, “Get Out” is more than a thriller.  The underlining message reveals the reality of our present day circumstances and this is what is terrifying.  Liel Leibovitzis, a senior writer for Tablet Magazine, offers a raw, bloodcurdling taste of reality as he describes “Get Out” and the secrets lurking behind many welcoming smiles.  This article is worth reading.