But that was not of interest to Francine Prose real name! The Left characterized George W. Women would be generally relegated to hearth and home. Insufficiently Christian men would be denied citizenship, perhaps executed. So severe is this theocracy that it would extend capital punishment beyond such crimes as kidnapping, rape, and murder to include, among other things, blasphemy, heresy, adultery, and homosexuality. What actually happened was something close to the opposite.
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But that was not of interest to Francine Prose real name! The Left characterized George W. Women would be generally relegated to hearth and home. Insufficiently Christian men would be denied citizenship, perhaps executed. So severe is this theocracy that it would extend capital punishment beyond such crimes as kidnapping, rape, and murder to include, among other things, blasphemy, heresy, adultery, and homosexuality.
What actually happened was something close to the opposite. Ten years ago, Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton were on record as opponents of homosexual marriage, and Elena Kagan argued that there was no constitutional right to homosexual marriage. But homosexual marriage is today the law of the land. There is, in fact, almost no evidence that the vast conspiracy of Christian theocrats plotting to overthrow the republic ever existed as anything other than after-eight talk among a couple of cranky Calvinist theologians.
More generally, there is very little evidence that the so-called Christian Right — which is in fact not especially Christian or conservative as those terms are conventionally understood — has much meaningful influence on public policy. A few textbook reviewers in Texas might get froggy over evolution from time to time, but they react similarly to controversial topics that have nothing to do with Sunday-school lessons, notably global warming. Much has been made of purported Evangelical support for the candidacy of Donald Trump, under headlines that have a familiar Chris Hedges flavor, e.
Trump is popular in Appalachia and the Rust Belt, among people J. Vance describes in his recent memoir, Hillbilly Elegy: people who may describe themselves as Christian hardliners but whose lives, habits, and real-world religious practice belie that claim.
Once, they were a counter-counterculture, and today they are closer to a simple counterculture. Like all countercultures, they are suspicious of authority and claims of authority: They may scoff at global warming as a scam and a conspiracy, the conventional account of evolution as contrary to the plain evidence of their eyes, etc. They are not members of a Christian Taliban — if there were such a thing, they would be Exhibit A in its indictment of secular, materialistic, consumerist, hedonistic American society.
One might generously call the diagnosis of Hedges et al. The widespread movement, the federal agencies larded with covert Christian operatives, the nation on the precipice of civil unrest — none of this actually exists.
Not in the real world. But political rhetoric is not the real world. The Left is selling an odd and ambitious agenda: turning the United States into a Scandinavian welfare state, not as those exist today after decades of reform largely at the hands of center-right parties but as they existed in the s, American society as one big public utility administered by one big DMV in Washington.
The socialist world has shown itself perfectly capable of scapegoating Jews and Kulaks in tight series. The United States is not on the verge of a Stalinist terror, but the mechanics are roughly the same. We — we Americans, not conservatives alone — must be clear-eyed and clear-headed about what is happening in our politics right now. But the picture for the Left is in the long run much more worrisome: The Democratic party already has conducted a Senate vote to repeal free-speech guarantees of the First Amendment in order to suspend the political activities of hated political rivals, or at least to smother them with federal regulation.
Hillary Rodham Clinton has made a very high-profile promise to pursue that goal, which makes sense: The fundamental issue at question in Citizens United was whether the federal government might censor a political film critical of none other than Mrs.
Start your review of American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America Write a review Shelves: nonfiction , religion-and-sprituality , brain-candy , religion This is a very alarming portrait of some of the darkest forces at work in America, or anywhere for that matter. Hedges argues that the extreme wing of the contemporary Christian movement in the US shares much with the actions and worldview of other historical fascist movements, movements that often mask the full extent of their drive for totalitarianism and their willingness to make concessions only until they achieved unrivaled power. There is little in here that I was not aware of, as far as This is a very alarming portrait of some of the darkest forces at work in America, or anywhere for that matter. There is little in here that I was not aware of, as far as the overall goals of the Christo-fascists, but as he explores some of the details it was illuminating, and even more disturbing than I had already realized. He describes how a dominionist-based ideology is at the root of a radical movement that seeks to shred the barriers between church and state.
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About The Book Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other radio and televangelists first spoke of the United States becoming a Christian nation that would build a global Christian empire, it was hard to take such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously. Today, such language no longer sounds like hyperbole but poses, instead, a very real threat to our freedom and our way of life. Hedges, who grew up in rural parishes in upstate New York where his father was a Presbyterian pastor, attacks the movement as someone steeped in the Bible and Christian tradition. He points to the hundreds of senators and members of Congress who have earned between 80 and percent approval ratings from the three most influential Christian Right advocacy groups as one of many signs that the movement is burrowing deep inside the American government to subvert it. The Christian Right, like these early fascist movements, does not openly call for dictatorship, nor does it use physical violence to suppress opposition.
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America
Chris Hedges Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for The New York Times who has reported from more than 50 countries over the last 20 years. Chris is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute. Transcript This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.