Don Zimmerman’s shallow religion

I periodically check in on former Council Member Don Zimmerman’s Facebook page. It’s one of a number of reliable sources for stories to pocket for a slow news day. Here’s his most recent missive:

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You can see that, like most of his posts, it generated quite a bit of positive reaction, including 29 shares. In contrast to most of Zimmerman’s posts, this one actually got a fair bit of push back in the comments section. Most notably this comment (note the 3rd to last line):

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Zimmerman was unmoved:

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It’s telling that Zimmerman approaches religion the same way he approaches politics: he views his positions as self-evident. The only logical explanation for a difference of opinion is the other person’s foolishness.

That attitude is unfortunate but understandable on matters of public policy, which are supposed to be based in reason. But it doesn’t translate well to religion, which is not based on logic or evidence. The only proof of the supernatural comes from an intangible faith in its existence. If you lack that, how is Don Zimmerman’s admonition to “not be foolish” going to help you discover it?

Of course, like in politics, I don’t think Zimmerman’s motivation in religion is a sincere desire to change people’s minds. Hence the following comment, which was posted on the thread. It’s an apparent depiction of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah from the Book of Genesis.

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Zimmerman didn’t post it, but he did “like” it. In case you’re wondering, Zimmerman does not seem to believe that Donald Trump’s daily obscenities and blasphemes put him at risk of fire and brimstone. Trump presumably absolves himself of his sins by his strict adherence to the Bible’s most important commandment: Pwn the libs.

As depressing as it is to see that there is still considerable appetite for this type of religious extremism, it’s comforting to note that the candidate who handily defeated Zimmerman in 2016, Jimmy Flannigan, is openly gay.

It’s incredible that Zimmerman was once a semi-relevant local political figure. Then again, that’s not nearly as incredible as the fact that Donald Trump is currently a relevant international political figure.

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