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    'Don't let the bastards grind you down'

    If you've read the book then the title of the thread is instantly recognisable. I'm desperate to watch the series which at the moment is only being shown in America.

    The Handmaid's Tale is being aired on Hulu, something we can't legally get here at present.

    Thoroughly enjoyed studying the book at college and have just read it again recently, it's still good.

    I shall have to make do with reading the reviews for now, anyone seen any episodes yet?

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    Re: 'Don't let the bastards grind you down'

    Started reading the book, have seen the 1990 film of the book with faye dunaway, natasha richsrdson and robert duvall. Thoroughly depressing. American sci fi's obsession with post apocalyptic dystopian futures where the religious right take over (the postman book of eli) I used to find slightly quirky but then you look at the world today and the way the religious right are taking over in america I begin to understand the obsession. Eve's curse and those who believe in it have a lot to answer for.

    Still they might not get their way

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    I LOVE THAT GIRL.........lets hope she continues the attitude that most teenage girls have when questioning the society they live in before they beat her down into the grind of conversion .

    Ill have a look at that book.

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    Re: 'Don't let the bastards grind you down'

    Quote Originally Posted by gmc View Post
    I used to find slightly quirky but then you look at the world today and the way the religious right are taking over in america I begin to understand the obsession. Eve's curse and those who believe in it have a lot to answer for.
    As most regular posters here know, I am Catholic, my wife is Jewish, neither of us is aware of any so-called religious right taking over America.

    Can you give some examples? Rightwingers, whether religious or not, certainly have a right to their opinions and their votes.

    Planned Parenthood prevents far more abortions than it arranges. Some people are too stupid to realize that. That falls way short of taking over America.

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    Re: 'Don't let the bastards grind you down'

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Aspam View Post
    As most regular posters here know, I am Catholic, my wife is Jewish, neither of us is aware of any so-called religious right taking over America.

    Can you give some examples? Rightwingers, whether religious or not, certainly have a right to their opinions and their votes.

    Planned Parenthood prevents far more abortions than it arranges. Some people are too stupid to realize that. That falls way short of taking over America.
    You might have of some fellow called Trump who has his strings pulled by a Nazi Christian Supremacist. I would call that pretty much taking over America.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Pence

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    Re: 'Don't let the bastards grind you down'

    Quote Originally Posted by FourPart View Post
    You might have of some fellow called Trump who has his strings pulled by a Nazi Christian Supremacist. I would call that pretty much taking over America.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Pence
    Well, if you would call it that then you have no idea of how the USA works. Religious freedom has always been one of America's great attributes, and will remain so.

    The president and other politicians can, like the rest of us, identify with any religion they choose, or no religion at all, though it's unlikely that a confirmed atheist would be elected - not impossible but not likely.

    In any case, the president cannot favor one religion over another in the affairs of state, that would be unconstitutional, and I see no evidence of that within the current administration.

    Calling people Nazis is an absolute no-no.

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    Good god! Im half way across the world and even we can see the trend toward right wing religious angst. You living under a boulder?

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    Re: 'Don't let the bastards grind you down'

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Aspam View Post
    Well, if you would call it that then you have no idea of how the USA works. Religious freedom has always been one of America's great attributes, and will remain so.

    The president and other politicians can, like the rest of us, identify with any religion they choose, or no religion at all, though it's unlikely that a confirmed atheist would be elected - not impossible but not likely.

    In any case, the president cannot favor one religion over another in the affairs of state, that would be unconstitutional, and I see no evidence of that within the current administration.

    Calling people Nazis is an absolute no-no.
    You haven't heard the latest, then. The Pres is saying that we should dispose of the Constitution. It is so old and irrelevant, he says, and it keeps getting in the way of him doing what he wants to do.
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    Re: 'Don't let the bastards grind you down'

    Quote Originally Posted by LarsMac View Post
    You haven't heard the latest, then. The Pres is saying that we should dispose of the Constitution. It is so old and irrelevant, he says, and it keeps getting in the way of him doing what he wants to do.
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    Re: 'Don't let the bastards grind you down'

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarsMac View Post
    You haven't heard the latest, then. The Pres is saying that we should dispose of the Constitution. It is so old and irrelevant, he says, and it keeps getting in the way of him doing what he wants to do.
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    And your source for that is wha? If he said it as a joke, then it was just that. He may be stupid but he is certainly aware that he has no such power.

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