The "Recovering Catholic" part of me has felt for years like a pinball in a high scoring game - knocked and bounced all over the place and surrounded by incessant noise. The topic of religion inspires a LOT of noise, and not just during election years.
I'm thinking I no longer have to write any more "Recovering Catholic" posts, because Captain Capitalism summed it all up for me:
"Understand what a Rationalization Hamster is. It is up for interpretation, but I think we can all agree that a rationalization hamster is a vehicle which allows a person to deny reality. But it's more than that. A person just can't "deny reality," they need a rationalization so that their weak minds will fall for it. The rationalization or logic the hamster generates doesn't have to be sound, reality-based or have any level of intellectual honesty, but if you can reach out and attach some kind of approval or ordainment by an "independent third party," all the more power to the rationalization hamster.
Tell me how religion, specifically, Christianity, does not fit that bill perfectly. It has all the traits and characteristics that could feed an army of rationalization hamsters."
What a relief.