NO, no. It wasn’t always 40% - from memory I remember when Christians were content to let God and their religion be reflected in who they were and how they behaved and treated others. They were for the most part secure and didn’t fall into hysterics at folks who believed differently. Heck it was my very religious grandmother that first learned me about dinosaurs and the mysteries science was working on through reading me old Encyclopaedia Britannicas.
Don’t tell me Oral Robert and Billy Graham didn’t freshly poison millions of souls, with there absolutism - people who were original rather balanced and with a sense of humility and respect for others that used to be an American thing. So, 10% evolved into 40% - but I’m told to ignore it. That is exactly how the rationalists keep losing the battles that actually matter - because they refuse to recognize and learn from their mistakes, alway preferring to take comfort in the glass a third full.
Yes and we missed it, while I’ve been watching it unfold and trying to wake up the smug liberals.
Christ if I were a right wing delusional kinda dude, the corporate money and technical support would have been flooding in beyond my dreams, but among the liberal community, there is no sense of community, no appreciation for the stakes we were gambling away, lots of people in lots of smug self-satisfied private clubs that aren’t interested in the networking and cultivation required to create an actual emotional impactful movement.
So we hold our rallies - after the big decisions are made - We get to vent and feel better, than we go home to pat ourselves on the back.
and now it’s too late for sure, because on top of all the other self-destructive bullshit we’ve allowed to unfold and build into insurmountable problems, we’ve (almost deliberately) added a vigorous virus into our biosphere that is out to eat up humans, and that has evolution of it’s side, while we humans are left thread bare with our defenses and too busy with infighting and too intolerant to understand our situation enough to change anything for the better.
So we hang on by the skin of our teeth.