Monday, October 31, 2011

The Christian Right and the Rise of American Fascism

Chris Hedges

(This is an article by Chris Hedges that no major publication will print.)

Dr. James Luther Adams, my ethics professor at Harvard Divinity School , told us that when we were his age, he was then close to 80, we would all be fighting the “Christian fascists.”

The warning, given to me 25 years ago, came at the moment Pat Robertson and other radio and televangelists began speaking about a new political religion that would direct its efforts at taking control of all institutions, including mainstream denominations and the government. Its stated goal was to use the United States to create a global, Christian empire. It was hard, at the time, to take such fantastic rhetoric seriously, especially given the buffoonish quality of those who expounded it. But Adams warned us against the blindness caused by intellectual snobbery. The Nazis, he said, were not going to return with swastikas and brown shirts. Their ideological inheritors had found a mask for fascism in the pages of the Bible.

All debates with the Christian Right are useless.

The piece was posted yesterday but appears to be several years old. Doesn't matter. It will be true for years to come. Read it.


Fixer said...

All debates with the Christian Right are useless.

Can't argue with someone who can't look in the mirror.

Gordon said...

No reflection.