My Long War With Christian Right

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Sarah Palin and Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson meet up at a book signing in Monroe, Louisiana, in December.

Ducks of a feather, flock together!

Yesterday I discovered papers I authored back in June of 1998, along with a letter that was published in the Eugene Weekly. I used parody to get my important message across, because even my Liberal Democratic ex-friends, believed I was nuts when I told them I am being prophetic. Ed Corbin, Joy and Mark Gall, are educated people who saw the world from their ivory tower of education, and chose to believe their big brains ruled America – and always would. Ed and Mark went to Harvard, and Joy to UC Berkeley. Below is an article by Chris Hedges who does a good job of summing up my fifteen years of warnings that caused my Liberal friends to sever our bond, they blaming the messenger for their loss of the Secular Upper Hand. Being a highschool drop-out was too much for these eggheads.

This flap over the flockunotations of Phil Robertson, is proof I am a true Prophet who saw signs in the sky, the coming of……The Flockulators! This line is public record and very prophetic;

“I have come to believe our government has been taken hostage.”

“Instead of working with Democrats to move a budget forward and prevent all this other self-inflicted damage, the Majority’s leadership is allowing the fringe ideologues in their party to turn the budget process into a hostage crisis. Kill the Affordable Care Act, they argue, or America gets it. This is not responsible leadership,” DeLauro said in a statement.”

My letter to the Weekly is referring to the Ken Starr and the Christian-right who are conducting a witch hunt against the President of the United States who has sinned. But Bill will not receive one prayer of redemption from Republicans who forgive one of their own of many sins. The word I wanted was “hydrotherapy” as in dunking a witch.

I demand an apology from my Liberal friends who betrayed me – and a note simply saying;

“You were right.”

I have chosen the Dutch T.V. Hero, Floris Rosemondt, as my champion in the new War of Religions.

Jon Presco

http://wiseoldgoat.com/papers/floris.html

Die Helden von Rosemund  (The heroes of Rosemund)

https://rosamondpress.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/floris-rosemondt/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Starr

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/duck-dynasty-controversy-galvanizes-partisan-backlash-article-1.1557327

The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government

Posted on Oct 6, 2013

AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talks to reporters.

By Chris Hedges

Editor’s note: Chris Hedges will speak in the Los Angeles area Oct. 13 on the myth of progress and the collapse of complex societies. Robert Scheer will lead a discussion, with a Q-and-A period to follow. Click here for more information.

There is a desire felt by tens of millions of Americans, lumped into a diffuse and fractious movement known as the Christian right, to destroy the intellectual and scientific rigor of the Enlightenment, radically diminish the role of government to create a theocratic state based on “biblical law,” and force a recalcitrant world to bend to the will of an imperial and “Christian” America. Its public face is on display in the House of Representatives. This ideology, which is the driving force behind the shutdown of the government, calls for the eradication of social “deviants,” beginning with gay men and lesbians, whose sexual orientation, those in the movement say, is a curse and an illness, contaminating the American family and the country. Once these “deviants” are removed, other “deviants,” including Muslims, liberals, feminists, intellectuals, left-wing activists, undocumented workers, poor African-Americans and those dismissed as “nominal Christians”—meaning Christians who do not embrace this peculiar interpretation of the Bible—will also be ruthlessly repressed. The “deviant” government bureaucrats, the “deviant” media, the “deviant” schools and the “deviant” churches, all agents of Satan, will be crushed or radically reformed. The rights of these “deviants” will be annulled. “Christian values” and “family values” will, in the new state, be propagated by all institutions. Education and social welfare will be handed over to the church. Facts and self-criticism will be replaced with relentless indoctrination.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz—whose father is Rafael Cruz, a rabid right-wing Christian preacher and the director of the Purifying Fire ministry—and legions of the senator’s wealthy supporters, some of whom orchestrated the shutdown, are rooted in a radical Christian ideology known as Dominionism or Christian Reconstructionism. This ideology calls on anointed “Christian” leaders to take over the state and make the goals and laws of the nation “biblical.” It seeks to reduce government to organizing little more than defense, internal security and the protection of property rights. It fuses with the Christian religion the iconography and language of American imperialism and nationalism, along with the cruelest aspects of corporate capitalism. The intellectual and moral hollowness of the ideology, its flagrant distortion and misuse of the Bible, the contradictions that abound within it—its leaders champion small government and a large military, as if the military is not part of government—and its laughable pseudoscience are impervious to reason and fact. And that is why the movement is dangerous.

The cult of masculinity, as in all fascist movements, pervades the ideology of the Christian right. The movement uses religion to sanctify military and heroic “virtues,” glorify blind obedience and order over reason and conscience, and pander to the euphoria of collective emotions. Feminism and homosexuality, believers are told, have rendered the American male physically and spiritually impotent. Jesus, for the Christian right, is a man of action, casting out demons, battling the Antichrist, attacking hypocrites and ultimately slaying nonbelievers. This cult of masculinity, with its glorification of violence, is appealing to the powerless. It stokes the anger of many Americans, mostly white and economically disadvantaged, and encourages them to lash back at those who, they are told, seek to destroy them. The paranoia about the outside world is fostered by bizarre conspiracy theories, many of which are prominent in the rhetoric of those leading the government shutdown. Believers, especially now, are called to a perpetual state of war with the “secular humanist” state. The march, they believe, is irreversible. Global war, even nuclear war, is the joyful harbinger of the Second Coming. And leading the avenging armies is an angry, violent Messiah who dooms billions of apostates to death.

Dominionists believe they are engaged in an epic battle against the forces of Satan. They live in a binary world of black and white. They feel they are victims, surrounded by sinister groups bent on their destruction. They have anointed themselves as agents of God who alone know God’s will. They sanctify their rage. This rage lies at the center of the ideology. It leaves them sputtering inanities about Barack Obama, his corporate-sponsored health care reform bill, his alleged mandated suicide counseling or “death panels” for seniors under the bill, his supposed secret alliance with radical Muslims, and “creeping socialism.” They see the government bureaucracy as being controlled by “secular humanists” who want to destroy the family and make war against the purity of their belief system. They seek total cultural and political domination.

All ideological, theological and political debates with the radical Christian right are useless. It cares nothing for rational thought and discussion. Its adherents are using the space within the open society to destroy the open society itself. Our naive attempts to placate a movement bent on our destruction, to prove to it that we too have “values,” only strengthen its supposed legitimacy and increase our own weakness.

Dominionists have to operate, for now, in what they see as the contaminated environment of the secular, liberal state. They work with the rest of us only because they must. Given enough power—and they are working hard to get it—any such cooperation will vanish. They are no different from the vanguard described by Lenin or the Islamic terrorists who shaved off their beards, adopted Western dress and watched pay-for-view pornography in their hotel rooms the night before hijacking a plane for a suicide attack. The elect alone, like the Grand Inquisitor, are sanctioned to know the truth. And in the pursuit of their truth they have no moral constraints.

I spent two years inside the Christian right in writing my book “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.” I attended services at megachurches across the country, went to numerous lectures and talks, sat in on creationist seminars, attended classes on religious proselytizing and conversion, spent weekends at “right-to-life” retreats and interviewed dozens of followers and leaders of the movement. Though I was sympathetic to the financial dislocation, the struggles with addictions, the pain of domestic and sexual violence, and the deep despair that drew people to the movement, I was also acutely aware of the dangerous ideology these people embraced. Fascist movements begin as champions of civic improvement, communal ideals, moral purity, strength, national greatness and family values. These movements attract, as has the radical Christian right, those who are disillusioned by the collapse of liberal democracy. And our liberal democracy has collapsed.

We have abandoned our poor and working class. We have created a government monster that sucks the marrow out of our bones to enrich and empower the oligarchic and corporate elite. The protection of criminals, whether in war or on Wall Street, is part of our mirage of law and order. We have betrayed the vast and growing underclass. Most believers within the Christian right are struggling to survive in a hostile world. We have failed them. Their very real despair is being manipulated and used by Christian fascists such as the Texas senator. Give to the working poor a living wage, benefits and job security and the reach of this movement will diminish. Refuse to ameliorate the suffering of the poor and working class and you ensure the ascendancy of a Christian fascism.

The Christian right needs only a spark to set it ablaze. Another catastrophic act of domestic terrorism, hyperinflation, a series of devastating droughts, floods, hurricanes or massive wildfires or another financial meltdown will be the trigger. Then what is left of our anemic open society will disintegrate. The rise of Christian fascism is aided by our complacency. The longer we fail to openly denounce and defy bankrupt liberalism, the longer we permit corporate power to plunder the nation and destroy the ecosystem, the longer we stand slack-jawed before the open gates of the city waiting meekly for the barbarians, the more we ensure their arrival.

A previous version of this column contained a quotation attributed to Sen. Ted Cruz that might have originated as a parody. Thanks to our readers for their sharp eyes. Also, earlier versions of this column said that Rafael Cruz, the senator’s father, is associated with the Purifying Fire International ministry. According to the senator’s office, the name of Rafael Cruz’s ministry is Purifying Fire and the elder Cruz has no affiliation with Purifying Fire International.

The “Duck Dynasty” flap has managed to goose ideologues across the political spectrum.

With the comments made by the show’s patriarch Phil Robertson equating homosexuality with bestiality in the now infamous GQ interview that hit the Internet last week, a show once considered escapist entertainment has become another beachhead in the ongoing ideological war in the United States.

For a population that’s divided along partisan lines, A&E’s suspension of the star of the highest rated show in network history has been seen as either an attack on Christian beliefs or a slap on the wrist for a blatant homophobe.

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Either way, it’s a different kind of reality television.

“One of the first thing you have to conclude about this story is how ridiculous our political discourse in this country has become,” says Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture at Syracuse University.

The evangelical Christian beliefs voiced by brothers Silas
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The evangelical Christian beliefs voiced by brothers Silas “Uncle Si” Robertson, left, and Phil Robertson from ‘Duck Dynasty’ have turned them into darlings of the right.

“That’s one of the profound lessons to be learned, even in this show that’s supposed to be the epitome of escapist entertainment, there’s no such thing as escapism – it’s a myth, it’s a utopia, it’s the end of the rainbow. The fact is that when you live in a democratic republic, there’s no escape — and there probably shouldn’t be.”

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For many gay rights advocates, the 67-year-old duck-call maker’s calls are blatant hate-mongering.

“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus; that’s just me,” Robertson, who is an Evangelical Christian, told GQ. “I mean, come on, dudes! … It’s just not logical.”

He continued with what he does consider logical:

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Sarah Palin and Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson meet up at a book signing in Monroe, Louisiana, in December.

Sarah Palin and Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson meet up at a book signing in Monroe, Louisiana, in December.

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” he explained when asked by GQ’s Drew Magary what exactly he considered sinful, “bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

GLAAD quickly condemned Robertson’s comments.

“Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe,” GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz responded in a statement.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/duck-dynasty-controversy-galvanizes-partisan-backlash-article-1.1557327#ixzz2oPUP8JBM

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro said the shutdown will lead anti-hunger and nutrition support to women, infant and children to dry up and life-saving research to be put on hold. 
“Instead of working with Democrats to move a budget forward and prevent all this other self-inflicted damage, the Majority’s leadership is allowing the fringe ideologues in their party to turn the budget process into a hostage crisis. Kill the Affordable Care Act, they argue, or America gets it. This is not responsible leadership,” DeLauro said in a statement.
 U.S. Rep Joe Courtney said House Republicans insisted on including “poison-pill amendments” to the Continuing Resolution.
 
“House Republicans have once again affirmatively chosen to shut down the government to score cheap political points. Three times, the House GOP have had the opportunity to pass a clean continuing resolution—which President Obama has pledged to sign immediately—and avert a shutdown,” Courtney said. “After this third strike tonight, they are out of time, and out of options.  It is time for Speaker Boehner to stop caving to the extreme wing of the Republican conference, and bring the straightforward Senate bill to the floor for an up-or-down vote so we can stop this reckless attack on our country’s economy.”

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes called the shutdown “avoidable and irresponsible.”
“As the President said, it is the job of Congress to ensure our government has the funding and the authorization it needs to stay open to help the American people.” Himes said in a statement.
 
He warned that the U.S. economy will suffer because of the shutdown.
“It is absolutely ridiculous that Congress would continue down this path of intransigence as the American people demand we find compromise and keep the government running. In the coming days, I will continue urging my colleagues to come to the table, leave their childish demands at home, and pass a clean resolution to fund the United States government,” Himes said.

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty called it “outrageous and sad” that “Speaker Boehner allowed a fringe of his caucus to shut down the government in a quest to refight a tired ideological battle.”

“The obsession that this small group of Tea Party Republicans in Washington has with defunding and dismantling the Affordable Care Act is inexplicable,” Esty wrote. “The economic harm that a government shutdown will inflict on families and businesses in Connecticut and across the country is inexcusable.”
U.S. Rep John Boehner said Republicans have been “working to protect all Americans from this train wreck of a law,” (referring to the affordable care act.”

“So late Monday night, we passed one additional measure in an effort to resolve our differences with Senate Democrats.  We moved to go to conference committee – the process our Founders set up to resolve differences between the House and Senate,” he said in a statement. “Senate Democrats still insist they won’t negotiate, but this isn’t about us.  It’s about treating the American people the way we would want to be treated.”   

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