Interesting. I'm listening to Cell by Stephen King now and the protagonists were just accosted by a fire and brimstone woman trying to preach to them about the Tribulation and repentence. They threaten her with violence and decry her and her ilk for having protested outside abortion clinics in the past. They go further and say "your right to free speech ended around 3:00 today." Interesting that King's instinct is to silence her with threats of force and deny her right to speak! Very odd and I think, telling. I find that a grea many leftists would very quickly silence (or at least, marginalize to the point of invisibility) anyone who would discuss faith in the public square.

I've always found King's ideas about religion muddled at best. He's clearly a spiritual person. A side of him that emerged in his writing after his stint in rehab. He talks frequently of "The White" and "Order" as opposed to the forces of darkness "Todash darkness" and "The Random". However, the women of faith in his books are puritanical, oppressed and wound very tight. They are judgmental in the extreme, unattractive and matronly. They are all priggish and prude. The men are oscilate between weaklings who fall back on faith as a last resort against dispair or give up entirely (Callahan). In the worst example, one of them was a lycanthrope that terrorized the town.

If I had to guess, the man likes God (or "Powerful Goodness" as Thoreau called it) but hates religion.


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