The USA's headlines are dominated by inane arguments (see all 7,000 articles from the past 24 hours!) about a religion-based community center in lower Manhattan.
Soldiers at our stateside military bases are disciplined for refusing to attend Christian fundamentalist events on base.
The examples seem to be endless.
Where has our sanity gone?
If all this nuttery was happening in some kind of vacuum it would be bad enough. But here we are, facing a serious global environmental catastrophe reaching the point of no return, and all our large-scale information inputs are consumed with jibberish not much more advanced than what Aztec priests must have uttered to justify tearing the hearts out of their trophy victims.
Why isn't memeorandum linking to the outcry about misinformation on the BP Gulf disaster, instead of the mosque bullshit?
Why aren't more media stories directed toward the acidification of the oceans, which is approaching the point of irreversibility?
Why can't we somehow unite as a nation to build a green economy that creates long-term employment for our kids, their kids and so on?
My lifelong belief that there are redeeming aspects of religions which somehow outweigh their obvious shortcomings diminishes day by day, almost hour by hour, as I watch the hatreds of fundamentalists from most faiths combine with the greed of their adherents to consume the last vestiges of intelligent life from our presence.
I haven't figured out yet why rational religious leaders have so much less sway than the demagogues.
Is there a way out of this maze?