The following are terms, words, or phrases you may find frequently mustered on this blog.
- Christianism: “I have a new term for those on the fringes of the religious right who have used the Gospels to perpetuate their own aspirations for power, control and oppression: Christianists. They are as anathema to true Christians as the Islamists are to true Islam.” (William Safire)
- Perniciousness: Having a harmful effect, esp. in a gradual or subtle way. Example: the pernicious influences of the mass media.
- DADT: is the common term for the policy restricting the United States military from efforts to discover or reveal closeted gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members or applicants, while barring those who are openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual from military service. The restrictions are mandated by federal law Pub.L. 103-160.
- Mental Health Breaks: Videos that serve as a “break” for your mental and overall wellbeing.
- SCOTUS: The acronym for the Supreme Court of the United States.
- Torture: Tactics denounced when used by Nazi’s but conveniently taken up under George W. Bush and Dick Cheyney. Operations were held in Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo), Abu Ghraib, and countless other secret locations within the USA and abroad. They were used to extract information to fight the war against terror. A common tactic used, both by the USA and within our own thinking, is the ticking time bomb theory.
- Tea Party: a loosely knit group with tendencies towards libertarian and conservative paths. The TP focuses mainly on fiscal issues within the USA, taking up often vague conservative stances while generally shying away from social issues. The TP claims to not be racist, to be made up of many Democrats and even more Independents, and in the words of Jonah Goldberg, “will not be fooled again”, when referring to why they formed now under a black president when the preceding white president spent us out the ying yang. The TP has been openly supported by countless conservative talking heads.
- The Church of Fox News: I may refer to this when I see or hear people treating Fox News (or a sports team) as almost equal to or surpassing their church in terms of religious/ “spiritual” influence and or growth.
- Hubris: [hyoo-bris, hoo-]–noun, a Greek word for excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance. Theologian Marcus J. Borg has described this as an arrogance reserved only for God.