If there ever was a word that needed an updated revisioning, it’s the word conservative.  From whence it once came great leaps of distance have transformed this innocuous word into something downright sinister.  If the word were still used to define a person or group as wanting to preserve a set group of social customs and religious beliefs passed on from earlier times, well,  we all could sleep better at night.  Sadly, that’s far from the case.  Now the word conservative refers to activism of not only disproving what others believe and hold sacred but also forcing others to accept and adhere prescribed doctrine and dogma.  The conservative belief system now marches with the conviction that it is morally superior and just what everyone else should follow, whether they want to or not.  Because or the bedding of right wing politics with fundamentalist Christianity, now the movement imagines itself divinely inspired and without error in its system of doctrine and crusade of redeeming society for its self-centered cause.  There is no compromise of conviction, either you’re with us in complete lock-step or you are the enemy that needs to be destroyed.

It’s not a huge leap to where the “conservative” movement is today and where its heading to see an Americanized Taliban marching about our streets and communities making sure those people under its watch are staying true to the faith.  These same adherents to the law see nothing wrong with their efforts but sharply stiffen their necks when they hear about how other married political and religious groups from other lands swallow up every civil liberty imaginable.  Little do they know, they are becoming what they fear.

For me going forward, the word conservative will be replaced with Fundamentalist in both the political and religious context.  Reality sucks.


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