eternal flame Wrote: Just came by to see this, & Lo & Behold, I was just reading this book for the last few days: // "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America" by Chris Hedges, Free Press (Simon & Schuster) New York, 2006 // Here are a few random excerpts:
"Dominionism takes its name from Genesis 1:26-31 in which God gives human beings "dominion" over all creation. This movement departs from traditional evangelicalism. It is an ideology that calls on the radical church to take political power. Dominionists now control at least 6 national television networks, each reaching tens of millions of homes. plus more than 2,000 religious radio stations, as well as the Southern Baptist Convention. (p.10) ---- Some committed militants to abandon democratic liberties & pursue redemptive violence. Like all fascist movements they call for moral supremacy of a "master race" -- in this case, American Christians. (p. 11) ----- to be continued -- soon.
eternal flame Wrote: As you can see, I have just begun reading that book, by Chris Hedges. Just to be sure, I double-checked the definition of "fascist" today: And here it is: "authoritarian & nationalistic right-wing system of govt. Synonyms: totalitarian, dictatorship, despotism, Nazism, anti-Semitism, right-wing.
Once we get deeper into the idea of US right wing religion, & what it "plans" for all of us, you will be surprised, angry, terrified, or upset about it.
Guy Dwyer Wrote: eternal flame Wrote: As you can see, I have just begun reading that book, by Chris Hedges. Just to be sure, I double-checked the definition of "fascist" today: And here it is: "authoritarian & nationalistic right-wing system of govt. Synonyms: totalitarian, dictatorship, despotism, Nazism, anti-Semitism, right-wing.
Once we get deeper into the idea of US right wing religion, & what it "plans" for all of us, you will be surprised, angry, terrified, or upset about it. .
I'm not sure that was addressed to me or not. But I'm not surprised by what Hedges says. He's got a degree in divinity from Harvard and he knows what he's talking about regarding Christianity, and in 2007 he learned about the bigotry and hypocrisy of the "Christian Right."
The thing about that is that while it may be just a coincidence, Hedges wrote the book you are reading in 2008 about a year after I posted an article on OpEdNews about why the religious right is wrong. At that time, what I posted on OpEdNews was What IS the World Coming To? which was actually re-posted from the home page of the message I still promote, which was then at a different site that no longer exists. But the article Why the Religious Right Is Wrong actually came out of the author's first book published in January 2002 titled Real Prophecy Unveiled: Why the Christ Will Not Come Again, And Why the Religious Right Is Wrong. And the article was linked to what I posted at OpEdNews in early 2007.
I mention that because even though it may be coincidence, many progressive writers have published articles saying many of the things that are said in the message I promote, which was first published online in 2002. Parts of it have been plagiarized a lot, which is a good thing, really, because the important thing is that the message is spread. The author wrote anonymously, so he's not looking for personal credit. But I think those who copy from it should mention the source, if and when the message is their source of information.
Now, as for the use of the word "fascist," the thing is that while the leaders of the "Christian Right" are Dominionists and Theocrats who ignore the Golden Rule, the Constitution and the intent of the Founders, most of them are not fascists. Some are, granted, but most are just bigoted hypocrites and Theocrats.
The current issue of the Atlantic magazine mentioned that a new book about the separation of church and state was recently published. It's called "The Religion Clauses". and I just put it on reserve at my local library.
"The relationship between the government and religion is deeply divisive. With the recent changes in the composition of the Supreme Court, the First Amendment law concerning religion is likely to change dramatically in the years ahead. The Court can be expected to reject the idea of a wall separating church and state and permit much more religious involvement in government and government support for religion. The Court is also likely to expand the rights of religious people to ignore legal obligations that others have to follow, such laws that require the provision of health care benefits to employees and prohibit businesses from discriminating against people because of their sexual orientation. This book argues for the opposite and the need for separating church and state. After carefully explaining all the major approaches to the meaning of the Constitution's religion clauses, the book argues that the best approaches are for the government to be strictly secular and for there to be no special exemptions for religious people from neutral and general laws that others must obey. The book argues that this separationist approach is most consistent with the concerns of the founders who drafted the Constitution and with the needs of a religiously pluralistic society in the 21st century"-- Provided by publisher.