Chris Hedges charts the rise of the US Christian right in American Fascists, says Nicholas Lezard. American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. Chris Hedges, Author. Free Press $25 (p) ISBN American Fascists by Chris Hedges – Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other radio and televangelists first spoke of the United States becoming a.
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American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America
Many of our forefathers left England in the name of religious freedom. In fact, before moving to the south, I had only a few negative views of Christianity, but now I have grown to fear and dislike the far fight Christians. But Hedges is not unduly pessimistic. Although I agree with him this phenomenon is dangerous, he completely ignores the social and economic backdrop that drive these people to this ideology of fear, intolerance and xmerican, fanatical bullshit.
Legislated morality is a very dangerous concept, especially when it involves consensual crimes or personal choice. When one reads this book it sounds too crazy to be true but alas it is true.
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In “American Fascists, ” Chris Hedges, veteran journalist and author of the National Book Award finalist “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, ” challenges the Christian Right’s religious legitimacy and argues that at its core it is a mass movement fueled by unbridled nationalism and a hatred for the open society.
By the end of the book, it might all seem rather hopeless. Why are people who believe fascsts free will and that everyone must be free to decide what they believe and if they believe being compared to Nazis? They travel on private jets, have huge personal fortunes and descend on the faithful in limousines and surrounded by a small retinue of burly bodyguards.
I used to think Christian fundamentalism in America was uedges an ad hoc movement of some hypnotized chickens. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Anyone who has read many of my reviews and has actually read this book will know Americzn disagree with it’s conclusions.
View all 4 comments. At fascisfs school I was inundated with talks of the Rapture, how we had to always prepare for so called “end of days”, how Ouija boards could levitate and destroy themselves if you told them too, and that every second of every day someone was going to hell.
One reason that fundamentalists oppose hate-crime legislation, Hedges says, is that, if passed, it would inhibit them from spewing hate toward homosexuals and other enemies of God in their programming. And there are others like him. Pastor Russell Johnson, who leads the Ohio Restoration Project and is, not coincidentally, an unofficial campaigner for Christian Republican candidates for high office, stands against an enormous American flag with a cross superimposed on it, saying: Dec 06, Bill and Ruth rated it really liked it.
P 28 The movement is fueled by fear of powerful external and internal enemies whose duplicity and cunning is constantly at work.
Such projection on their part. See full terms and conditions and this month’s choices. Hell would be sitting helplessly in a nursing home and having the peace of my last days disturbed not only by busy-body nurses dragging me into the shower at un-Christian hours but also by intruding religious fundamentalists, trying to stuff the gospel down my throat and proselytize me to a religion that should have been done americxn over with along with the Dark Ages. According to Hedges, Rushdoony argues that: My Dad’s Mom was actually cut from cloth very similar to this, except she might not have been quite as much about world domination she lived in Wisconsin.
And they understand the enticement of hdeges quia absurdum—I believe amercan it is absurb.
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According to Hedges, Rushdoony argues that:. Isn’t freedom of religion and individual rights what our country was founded upon? It is unpleasant to think of the universe as a vast, meaningless place where people have no real purpose but simply move about and eventually disappear. Why are people who by definition believe in small non-intrusive government being compared to fascists? Read it, pass it on to your friends and neighbors.
He concludes his book with an entreaty to moderate Christians and all others committed to democracy and an open society “to give up passivity, to challenge aggressively this extremist movement’s appropriation of Christianity and to do everything possible to defend tolerance.
We face an imminent threat. The movement’s yearning for apocalyptic violence fasciste its assault on dispassionate, intellectual inquiry are laying the foundation for a new, frightening America. It goes from providing a group of people with a purpose to curtailing the lives of other human beings. Religion is a personal matter. In this case, I not only hedgfs with the book’s conclusions however, I disagree with it’s methods. We need to keep it that way.