Westboro Baptist Church: A WWR Snapshot


Field Guide to the WILD WORLD OF RELIGION I haven’t added to my religion research website for some time now, as the aging software got unwieldy. So today I decided to begin posting semi-regularly new short entries on the related blog, here on WordPress, instead, which is super easy to update.
It will be information not covered on the website. I expect most will be in the form of the type of brief “snapshot” of groups, gurus, movements, and ideas that can be seen in this first new entry, which is about the Westboro Baptist Church wacko outfit.
They are due to show up and picket several churches in Gainesville FL on February 3, before heading up that same day to picket at the Superbowl in Atlanta. Most people know little or nothing about the group except how hellishly obnoxious they are. This article will clarify how they got that way. Click the link below to see this new material.
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…With Liberty’s Tears for All

I have a new stand-alone DocuCommentary up on my Youtube channel now. (It is not part of the Strange Brew series…that series will be continued soon.)
I showed this video yesterday at a discussion group I  attend every week.  It was VERY enthusiastically received, and led to a lively hour-long discussion.
If StarrTrekking readers should happen to want to share it with their friends, I suggest cutting and pasting the description below, and the link, into an email or social media post of your own to pass on.

With Liberty’s Tears for All: A closer look at the history of the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Many Americans embroiled in the recent debate over standing for the National Anthem to honor the US flag have no idea that a related, but even more acrimonious, debate raged in the United States 75 years ago. Questions regarding “flag respect” and the importance of preserving civic rituals of patriotism in our culture are nothing new. And the answers that were promoted by some people in that earlier era are extremely relevant to the debate today.

This DocuCommentary by Pam Dewey explores the background leading to a dark time in our American narrative.

Be sure to click on the icon in the BOTTOM RIGHT corner of the screen below to watch the video in full-screen mode.



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Strange Brew: Part 4: Wrapping Weirdness in the Flag

The latest installment of my Strange Brew Youtube series, “Wrapping Weirdness in the Flag,” is now available. See link at the end of this post.


For a short while after the election of 2016, there was widespread interest in the public press in trying to account for the unusually high percentage of Evangelical Christians who voted for Donald Trump. Many theories were floated, and throughout early 2017 you occasionally saw photos of groups of evangelical leaders praying over Trump in the Oval Office. But so many other troubling aspects of the Trump Administration have flooded the news almost daily in the past year and a half, that the Evangelical voter topic has been shunted into the shadows.

It is my conviction that this is a big mistake. Because I am convinced that those Evangelical voters may once again have a drastic effect on the upcoming Mid-Term Election of 2018, catching many pundits by surprise again. This latest entry in the Strange Brew series, along with the next two entries in the series (coming soon), will give the viewer insight into just how and why masses of Evangelicals are gearing up for what they view as not just settling “partisan political disagreements” … but a literal violent, supernatural Spiritual Battle with what they consider forces of darkness.

[If you have missed the earlier installments of this series, be sure to look in the DESCRIPTION section below this video on Youtube, where you will find links to all of the earlier installments. The information and commentary in each entry builds on material from the previous entries.]

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“Strange Brew” Video

I have begun a new video DocuCommentary series on my Meet MythAmerica youtube channel:
STRANGE BREW: An examination of what is behind the weird symbiosis of GOP Politics, Big Business, and Evangelical Christianity during the presidential administration of Donald Trump, which is affecting a wide swath of US issues including the climate change and ecological crises debates, economics, public education, civil rights, and social justice.
The link to Part 1 of the series is below. This introductory video draws from some of the material I included in the introduction to my blog series on “Donald Trump’s Strangest Bedfellows” which began back on January 3, 2017. This new video series initially summarizes and expands on some of that material, but leads quickly to fresh new information right out of today’s news. I believe my 30+ years of intensive research into “homegrown American religion” that I share on my Field Guide to the Wild World of Religion website has led me to a unique perspective on the interplay of all these forces.
The link to Part 2 of the series is in the Documentation section below the video screen on Youtube. I hope you will join me on a wild trek through a Strange New World.
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Fair Enough…And More

The first entry in a new series on Starr Trekking‘s sister blog, Meet MythAmerica, is available now at the link below.

In this series I explore the startling significance to recent American history, and to modern American national politics, of an obscure–but fascinatingly unique–county fair out in the muggy mudflats of Mississippi.

Check out the introductory entry to this series:

Fair Enough-…And More


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Creepy Christmas Cheer?

The previous blog post here on StarrTrekking included a link to my overview from the past of the The The Creepiest Christmas Custom of All (the Caganer). .

This time I call your attention to a companion piece that homes in particularly on…

The World’s Weirdest Christmas Custom for Kiddies



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On a Lighter Note

The long-running Donald Trump’s Strangest Bedfellows series will return to this blog in January. My family and I are currently in the midst of exhausting preparations for a major family move to another part of our state in early January.

Meanwhile, I intend to call reader’s attention to some much earlier blog entries that are more light-hearted, something desperately needed some days–given the troubling times in which we are living in the U.S. .  Today’s offering was originally written in 2013, but updated to include a reference to 2017.

Check out…

The Creepiest Christmas Custom of All

peasant field

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