Saturday, August 20, 2005

Springtime for Jesus

“During almost 15 centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? . . .Superstition, bigotry and persecution.”

-James Madison-

It’s not that they’re not comical, but it’s getting harder and harder to laugh about the antics of the Evengelicals and harder still to differentiate them from any other supremacist movement. Of course all believe their manifest destiny is to rule the United States of America, all use false history and pseudo-science to substantiate it and all tap into the rage of those who feel left behind and marginalized by the progress of knowledge and modernity.

I see Christianism: militant religious chauvinism, as the greater danger and far greater than the danger from Islamic Chauvinism in the immediate future. It is, so far, relatively free of the stigma of racism that marks the KKK and by masquerading as Christian, the movement has nearly universal access to positions of power. If there is anything Christian about the Christianists, I have yet to notice, but the public is still in confusion about this and both the true and the nominal Christians of America have been under such a propaganda barrage for so long that many have bought at least a part of the supremacist program:

This is a country founded by Christians with “Judeo-Christian Values.”

Those values underlie our constitution and thus are the spirit thereof.

Christianity is under attack by Godless forces with the aim of destroying morality and JCV.

They need to “Take Back America.

The reference to peremptory yet nebulous values, the conflation of the nebulous values with secular law, the enemy amongst us and the need to take over: these are the tenets of the Christianist Supremacist movement and of course the Islamist supremacist movement and a host of others.

The fictional history, upon which they spend as much time and money as they do creating fictional views of evolution in spite of all evidence, is designed to show that the framers of our Constitution were NOT radically opposed to forming a Christian nation, despite all evidence. They thus can describe their aggression as retaliation, as nearly all would-be tyrants do.

Of course it’s not only fake history or fake science, it’s also fake Christianity, fake values and fake morals. The only genuine sentiment is the lust for power and one has only to look at real history to see the legacy of war, persecution, superstition and ignorance left to us by nearly 2000 years of rulers and nations “Under God.”


d.K. said...

This was Jerry Falwell's response to the attacks on 9-11, to which fellow Christianist Pat Roberts answered, "amen."

"And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way—all of them who have tried to secularize America—I point the finger in their face and say you helped this happen."

Petunia McGillicuddy said...

now I'm going to have that song stuck in my head!

By the way, have you ever seen the movie version of Ionescu's Rhinoceros with Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel?

Notromemos said...

The radical elements and members of any ideology will, if uncheched, render that ideology ineffective or corrupted. The lesson for each is to carefully analyze an ideology for oneself and draw the good from it and dismiss the bad. To dismiss in the entirety is too simple and prejudicial to many who hold a more moderate position. The rant and rave are indicative of an excited state and not necessarily objective reasoning. Neither Madison or Falwell hold mainstream views on religion as an ideology or its place within the government or law.

phinky said...

It's obvious these people have never read the Constitution. They would have noticed Article 6 as well as the First Amendment.
Or they just don't care about anything except imposing their view of morality on the rest of us.