Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and James Dobson. They are the trio atheists love to hate. Mainstream Christians are quick to deny agreement with them but rarely issue public condemnations. What function do they serve (besides setting America's policy on stem cell research)?
Do they and their supporters really believe the vile hatred they spew, or do they have a strategic role? As far as I can tell, it is only through their outrageously offensive public statements that they maintain their own relevance. They have created celebrity out of loud idiocy. Not a week passes where one of them isn't saying something absurd which hops around the media circus for a day or two. But do they serve some larger role?
Could it be that they function primarily to maintain the relevance of Christianity? This ancient set of superstitions has little relevance in our modern world of science and technology. Without their voices (or equally detestable alternatives to fill their shoes), I'm not sure Christianity could continue to be relevant - at least in the realm of politics.
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