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For Immediate Release

February 15, 2005

"Treat Right Wing Religion as an Addiction"
Religion Professor Says

(Kansas City, MO) In his latest national monthly column, Dr. Robert N. Minor, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas, charges that much of the religious right wing is addicted to their religion. "Dealing with the right-wing's religious/political lifestyle and its evangelistic agenda," says Minor, "is like dealing with an alcoholic or hard drug user."

"Like all addictions, when right-wing religion dominates one's life obsessively, it tells people how to feel rather than getting in touch with their real problems," says Minor. "It also prevents the addicts from understanding the harm they are doing to those around them."

Minor advises readers in his "Minor Details" column that "no matter how hard this might be to accept, strategies that try to embrace, excuse, or move toward the religious right-wing are the actions of enablers." Enabling is a common response by family members to addicts that reinforces their addiction.

"While addicts are expected to be in denial about their addiction, creating a mythological view of the world to maintain it and 'protecting their stash,'" Minor said in an interview about his column, "enablers are the ones making excuses, arguing with the addict, covering up for their addiction, and refusing to do the unpopular, confrontational work of intervention."

Addiction specialists have been discussing "process addictions" for a generation and often have listed religion along with sexual addiction, romance addiction, workaholism, and relationship addiction as a cultural problem.

Dr. Minor's widely-read book Scared Straight: Why It's So Hard to Accept Gay People and Why It's So Hard to Be Human, addresses how religious arguments are used against gay people to keep those who are prejudiced from facing their prejudices. "Instead of realizing their attitudes are prejudices rooted in deep-rooted fears they don't want to examine, they blame God and the Bible."

"'I wouldn't be against gay people,' they are arguing, 'but God's against gay people. So I have to be. I'm really a nice guy, God's the rat.'" That's the irresponsible language of addiction, Minor argues.

"All addictions are progressive and fatal." Minor advises "what we've got to do is treat addictions as addictions, stop enabling, take a clear, uncompromising stance, and model a non-addictive lifestyle that values personal responsibility, open communication, and all humanity."

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