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10 April 2007

More on Christian Fascism

  1. Chris Hedges in Truthdig.
  2. Chris Floyd in Empire Burlesque.
  3. Jeff Sharlet in Rolling Stone.

Scary stuff. Their man is in the White House, about to expand the war on Muslims, who are sitting on our oil. Ann Coulter is a welcome figure in the mass media, as is Michael Savage. Yet Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Arundhati Roy, Tariq Ali...where are these people?

Right.

1 comment:

  1. Thoughts in response:

    - There’s one thought I can’t get away from: If these kids were getting whooped up by Bill Maher to commit to a green lifestyle, and to eschew being suckers for Madison Ave marketing (except by the Red Campaign, natch), and to only practice safe sex, and to “question authority”, and to protest the Iraq War outside the White House, and to tolerate any politically correct belief, and to go join the Peace Corps, then there’s no question in my mind that Rolling Stone would fully embrace a militaristic call to action, such as used by Luce & Co. So, in that regard, I’m rather unsympathetic to Rolling Stone’s distaste for the language.

    - That said, I’m not sure it’s the appropriate language of the Church. You certainly don’t see language like that used in the Bible. I understand *why* Luce uses it – he’s trying to awaken a generation of slackers by speaking the language that works for that purpose. And I don’t think that’s horrible. But I do think it’s unhelpful in some respects. The early Church did two things that the modern Church must more effectively emulate (which go against Luce’s methodology): 1. They suffered, willingly when necessary; that was their “fight.” And it was from observing the very acts of amazing, quiet, willing martyrdom that many pagans became Christians. 2. They “fought” for cultural change just by being The Church, and focusing on their own rightness before God. They didn’t try to change pagan culture, though they deeply desired to see pagans follow Christ as well (out of genuine love for them). [Now, I admit that one could also counter-point to Wilberforce & The Clapham Circle’s successful effort to end the UK slave trade by, in fact, calling the culture’s attention to the wretched evil they’d been tolerating, and – by so doing – did change a horrible practice and ultimately an entire culture. So this is a bit different than the early Church. But it certainly doesn’t seem exactly like Luce’s war either.]

    - Ron Luce & TeenMania: I may quibble with some of their methods (and I’ll further admit that my colleagues and me have winced at some of their marketing messages in the past), but I think Luce is a good man, TM is a good organization, and they do good work. To say that this is any kind of evidence for “Christian fascism” makes no sense to me.

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