I read the Hitchhiker books in the 80's written by the English author, the Late Douglas Adams (close friend of atheist, Biologist Richard Dawkins) and honorary scientist to many. The series was appreciated by a select audience for many years. A TV show came out, followed by an American movie about 5 years ago. A few people twigged at that time, but then time washed it away, it remains an obscure reference to most Americans it seems.
I originally posted under my own name then decided that wasnt so smart and so picked a non de plume that sort of fitted me. By talking to Americans with all their peculiar ways, especially the far right wing and religiously enslaved I felt that (like Arthur) I was removed from the world I knew and placed in a bizarre setting of extra terrestrial characters with some exaggerated characteristics that only served to amplify their lack of normality (at least by early standards).
Although Arthur is placed as a stranger in a (for him) bizarre setting everyone else is at home and happy with whales falling from space, babel fish and other miraculous and impossible events taken to be normal.
Ford Prefect (I assume) picked up on series and followed suite.
Talking to these hard core christians is a strange experience, and a reminder to me of the danger of letting rational thought take a back seat to brainless emotion that if let rein in control has unleashed most if not all of mankinds worst excesses, even as the people think they are on the verge of some great venture.
IF the people of Germany had not been ruled by their emotions for instance, they would not have given into fear, would not have watched murderers kill, would not have let the glorious third riech invade, kill and ultimately slaughter its own.
I get so many strong, inward looking, poorly thought out opinions from the predominantly Christian right that I cant help thinking that these guys represent the worlds next train wreck. That forum represented the worst of opinions that cant be discussed rationally. If you didnt totally agree, no questions answered, then bugg off.
No questions were answered, unless by other questions. Usually just insults popped out for the asking.
"Treat religion like genitalia - it should NEVER EVER be shoved down children's throats." ~unknown
Blasphemy is a victimless crime
WINGNUTS - people on the lunatic fringe of politics - are winning in America.