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Joe Offer BS: Pentecostalism and 'witchcraft' (29) RE: BS: Pentecostalism and 'witchcraft' 09 May 19

Mossback/Greg_F, every group has a small subgroup of "true believers" who claim they have an obligation to maintain the doctrine of the group. The vast majority of people in a group, care very little about doctrinal orthodoxy. Indeed, the majority may find the "true believers" to be frightening.
True believers see their doctrine as the most important thing in the world, and they cannot understand others who don't care about such things. And these true believers tend to see all opposing groups as homogeneous, that all members of the opposing group are the same and that all express the hardline beliefs associated with the opponents. So....they tend to inflate the threat of opposition, to see opposing sides as threats that must be defeated.
People like Trump take advantage of this, and rally their true believers in opposition to whatever scapegoats they may choose. For a long time, Trump has rallied his followers against the threat of immigrants, and Trump's "base" truly believe immigrants to be a united threat to the security of the United States.
You're a true believer yourself, so you see things in absolutes and take all opposition as a powerful threat.

But most people, even evangelical Christians, don't see things like you do. They like their church just fine, but they're more concerned about the price of oranges at the supermarket and the fact that their gas tank is getting close to "empty." They know the hardliners in their church are deadset against homosexuality, but they don't even know any homosexuals - and when they DO get to know a homosexual person, they're most likely going to like them.

In my experience, most people are not hardline followers of any ideology. They may belong to a group that has some objectionable doctrines, but they really won't support those doctrines if the doctrines are pushed to the point where they become cruel.

As for me, I believe in people. And I've found that most people are pretty decent folks and will do what's right if they're properly informed.

Mossback, you're a hardliner just like the Trump hardliners you claim to detest. And your positions are distressingly parallel to those of the Trump people. Perhaps it's time for you to reassess.

-Joe Offer-

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