Tag: Christian Right

Path of Least Resistance

As the driving force of American fascism and the subverting instrument of capitalism, respectively, the Christian Right and the NPIC combine to deprive pro-democracy citizens of a voice in public affairs. Resisting the fascist movement in the US thus requires an understanding of the religious right and the non-profit industrial complex. Research on these tools of social engineering is extensive, but popular education is largely absent.

Organizing by the Wall Street-funded NPIC of a so-called “resistance” epitomizes the absurdity of American ignorance about public affairs, and suggests that ineffective public gestures such as marches and protests will continue to dominate communication and journalism on the topic. Communicating social transformation, on the other hand, will take a lot more effort and engagement with social and public institutions.

Conducting opposition research, attending public meetings, taking over state and local Democratic Party organizations, and volunteering with grassroots human rights groups is tiring, but it is the only way to change things for the better. Becoming a mindless follower of Wall Street-funded non-profits that coordinate campaigns and choreograph events leads to more of the same.

The Christian Right has tirelessly followed the formula for success for forty years now, and has succeeded in putting their man in the White House as Vice President — one heartbeat away from the Oval Office. With dreams of a fascist theocracy within reach, their demands to promote bigotry and to punish the poor are already on the Congressional agenda. Fighting such horrors by wearing silly outfits and wielding slogans is simply ridiculous.

Due to cowardice, laziness, and widespread ignorance, most concerned citizens will opt for the path of least resistance — signing petitions, putting bumper stickers on their cars, or donating to a campaign. The fascists, meanwhile, are counting on them to surrender without a fight.

Christian Right Rising

Frederick Clarkson reports on the steady Republican electoral gains made possible by the mobilization of the US Christian Right.

  • 70% of state legislatures
  • 60% of governors
  • 55% of attorneys general

How did they do it? Get-out-the-vote operations, candidate recruitment and training.

For example, white evangelicals make up 32% of the population in Kentucky, but make up 52% of the electorate.

And lest we forget, Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

 

Christian Right Christian Patriot

The Christian Right shares white supremacy and anti-Semitism with the Christian Patriots, but they are not violent separatists. They recognize the legal system as legitimate, and focus on stealth electoral work rather than armed resistance.
The Christian Right includes Republican Liberty Caucus, Christian Coalition and Eagle Forum; Christian Patriots include the Minutemen, Militia of Montana and Aryan Nations. Christian Right and Christian Patriot beliefs intersect in the Ron Paul milieu, but the Christian Right does not promote militias. The militant Christian Right does, however, abet terrorism on issues like abortion.

The nullification nonsense espoused by property rights groups the Christian Right associates with can lead those frustrated with electoral politics down the path toward Christian Patriotism. Other Christian Patriot trappings regarding the Federal Reserve and the UN also infect the Christian Right, as does Constitutionalism. So you get Christian Right politicians who might buy into white supremacy and the Jewish conspiracy, become obsessed about gold and Constitutional amendments, but not become involved in armed conflict or organized crime like Christian Patriots do.

Constitutionalists can sometimes be recruited into more violent behavior by their Christian Patriot brethren like those that were behind the militias, but that is usually in response to a change in political climate, catalyzed by a perceived crisis like the UN invasion hype the property rights groups promoted as part of their Wise Use campaigns.

Concepts like nullification and constitutionalism, embedded in Christian Right/property rights propaganda and promoted by white supremacist organizations like CERA, help Christian Right individuals rationalize working with or joining Christian Patriots during times of elevated stress associated with hate campaigns. Thus the importance of exposing stealth Christian Right candidates, their beliefs, and their role in the Far Right spectrum.

Readers might recall property rights organizer Skip Richards’ remark about hosting Christian Patriot militias as, “just playing interest group politics.” Using them to intimidate political opponents of the Christian Right/property rights milieu is terrorism, but as a Wise Use agent provocateur, Richards was interested in electoral power, as are his friends in the Christian Right.

Creating a political climate of hate to the extent that Christian Patriots emerge above ground is unusual, and I don’t see that happening in the Tea Party/Christian Right/property rights/CERA alliance against American Indian treaty rights. It is organized racism, but it is not murderous. Keeping them in check is an achievement accomplished by exposure, confrontation and rejection. Hopefully, their exposure will prompt the progressive religious network to confront, and communities to reject, organized racism–before it turns violent.

The Narrative Form of Scapegoating

In this video, our friend Chip Berlet examines religious politics, secular values, dominionism and conspiracy theory in America. Included in his enlightening half-hour talk, Berlet recounts the Puritan heritage and the evolution of Christian fundamentalism that became the Christian Right. More importantly, Chip discusses how the toxic ideas of conservative evangelicals spreads throughout US society in the form of conspiracy theories as the narrative form of scapegoating.

Prototype of Hate

In December 2008, when Obama selected the homophobic pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at his presidential inauguration, progressive Christians were rightly concerned that Obama’s pandering to Far-Right Christian bigotry might have consequences. Indeed, as Bruce Wilson noted in his January 2009 article on Warren’s fanatical mission in Uganda, radical devotion to violent Christian revolution resulted in genocidal behavior by the Ugandan military. As Chris Rodda observed, the pressure to conform to radical Christian tenets promoted by Warren — thanks in part to Obama’s lack of judgment — even extended to members of the U.S. military.

As Rachel Tabachnik remarked in October 2010, missionaries of hate who advocate murdering gays have adopted the Ugandan model — designed by Rick Warren — as a prototype to be replicated in countries around the globe. While merging church and state is always dangerous, merging state powers with churches like Warren’s leads to crimes against humanity.

In May 2012, Kapya Kaoma examined the U.S. Christian Right and the attack on gays in Africa, with a special focus on the anti-gay Rick Warren’s role in exporting homophobia. As Frederick Clarkson reported, the acclaimed documentary God Loves Uganda, which depicts the role of American conservative evangelicals in generating vicious anti-gay campaigns in Uganda, premiered in New York on June 25, 2013.