Monday, February 26, 2007

Some Notable Quotes

“Public money devoted to payment of religious costs, educational or other, brings the quest for more. It brings too the struggle of sect against sect for the larger share or for any. Here one by numbers alone will benefit most, there another. That is precisely the history of societies which have had an established religion and dissident groups. It is the very thing Jefferson and Madison experienced and sought to guard against, whether in its blunt or in its more screened forms. The end of such strife cannot be other than to destroy the cherished liberty.” - Justice Wiley B. Rutledge, Dissenting Opinion, Everson v. Board of Education, 1947

“Children are the prize to the winners in the second great civil war. Those who control (emphasis mine) what young people are taught
and what they experience – what they see, hear, think, and believe – will determine the future course for the nation.”
- James Dobson, Children At Risk: The Battle for the Hearts and Minds of Our Kids, Word Publishing, 1990, p. 35
(Coauthored with Gary Bauer)

“Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man” – Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order.

“Without question in my mind, the greatest danger to our moral perspective and to the family and indeed to the
nation is the homosexual activist movement.... Homosexuals want it all. They want everything.… They want it all,
and what’s scary about it is they’re getting it all.” - James Dobson, Address to the Family Research Council Washington Briefing, March 15, 2001 (reported in the May 2001 Church & State)

Now, read that last quote again and substitute the word
“Christian(s)” for “homosexual(s)”.

Excerpted from

Basic Psychological Mechanisms: Neurosis and Projection – Simon Sheppard

2a. Freudian Projection

The following is a collection of definitions of projection from orthodox psychology texts. In this system the distinct mechanism of projecting own unconscious or undesirable characteristics onto an opponent is called Freudian Projection.

  • "A defense mechanism in which the individual attributes to other people impulses and traits that he himself has but cannot accept. It is especially likely to occur when the person lacks insight into his own impulses and traits."
  • "The externalisation of internal unconscious wishes, desires or emotions on to other people. So, for example, someone who feels subconsciously that they have a powerful latent homosexual drive may not acknowledge this consciously, but it may show in their readiness to suspect others of being homosexual."
  • "Attributing one's own undesirable traits to other people or agencies, e.g., an aggressive man accuses other people of being hostile."
  • "The individual perceives in others the motive he denies having himself. Thus the cheat is sure that everyone else is dishonest. The would-be adulterer accuses his wife of infidelity."
  • "People attribute their own undesirable traits onto others. An individual who unconsciously recognises his or her aggressive tendencies may then see other people acting in an excessively aggressive way."
  • "Projection is the opposite defence mechanism to identification. We project our own unpleasant feelings onto someone else and blame them for having thoughts that we really have."

    Quiz: How many of those bullet items above apply to Mr. Dobson?


At 2:54 PM, Blogger Rev. Barky said...

I have always been a protagonist in recognizing this phenomenon. I learned about projection probably from David Burns book "Feeling Good". I see it all of the time especially with Fundies - exactly as you illustrate. It also serves as practice for opposite thinking or doublethink which is what you need to be good at in order to be a fundie Xtian - in other words, mindfuck.

I clearly remember the bully on the playground that used to sock kids for no reason and when the victim complained to the teacher, the bully was expert at whining about how he was picked on and beat on. Then both kids would have too share some watered down punishment. Talk about resentment.

Hey BL, why are you always thinking what I am thinking?

At 8:53 AM, Blogger breakerslion said...

"Hey BL, why are you always thinking what I am thinking?"

I dunno,

1. Cosmic connection?
2. Great minds think alike?
3. Twisted minds follow similar spirals?
4. We smelled the same bullshit growing up?
5. All and none of the above in alternating moments of zen-like reality?

At 9:15 PM, Blogger concerned citizen said...

"Projection" This is why WE need to have a positive philosophy about our selves as human beings & not be defeatists & Apocalyptic thinkers like some others. WE have to appeal to the humanity in people, not to the 'goodness'(sic)of a "Distant God".

At 9:13 PM, Blogger Kalanchoe542 said...

Did someone say "bullets"? ;-)


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