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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Onward to the apocalypse

Despite the peaceful and democratic nature of their activism, Hedges attacks conservative Christians with the nastiest of slurs, revealing a frightening ignorance. As he states, the paradox of liberalism is to allow every opinion as valid, no matter how hateful and violent, and thus he does not expect the average liberal mind to have any teeth and smerican to combat it.

So what do I believe? According to Hedges, Rushdoony argues that:.

A mainstream Christian, Hedges charges that militant Evangelicals have turned a religion of love and peace into a religion of hate and power.

Among the interesting facts Hedges puts forth is: Men like the born again Evangelical Mike Penceand flat out white-supremacist Steve Bannon to name a few have – to steal a term from Hedges – been “vomited” up from the slime of the morally vapid dregs of America’s left behind. Today it is “The Muslims”. But in American FascistsChris Hedges makes a convincing case that a similar movement is afoot in modern America.

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Why are people who by definition believe in small non-intrusive government being compared to fascists? When you lead a life of purity, when you respect your wife and are good to your family, when you don’t waste money gambling and womanizing, you begin to work for better schools, for more protection and safety for hddges community.

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The reason is that God wants to abolish the cult of sun worship. I learned that Christians were now getting into politics in a big way and wished to change the laws to suit themselves and then want to force those laws onto everyone else.

Of course, every religious group has their fringe groups and for Christianity, fundamentalists Christians are theirs. So, despite the fact that some may like to have me “committed” I take keyboard in hand so to speak and brave the waves of electrons. It is a brave and timely book. He pretty much has ’em nailed. Do I believe that it is dangerous to combine state and religion? The televangelists have built their movement on these commercial fasscists. P [people] who do not conform to the ideology are gradually dehumanized.

American Fascists

Not by a longshot. These phantom enemies serve to keep believers afraid and in a state of constant alert, ready to support repressive measures against all who do not embrace the movement.

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That means that I am evil in her eyes. The rest of the book deals with how evangelists spread their faith using different tactics like scaremongering, love-bombing, massive tv and radio networks, Hedge articles disproving science.

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Television discourages real communication. To ask other readers questions amercan American Fascistsplease sign up. I had found that many of these groups do not care about others, of helping the poor, or of giving them health care.

He attends conversion seminars, conventions, and fascistx current and past members. And what happens to the newly saved? The influence of a subset of evangelical Christians on hedyes political agenda of the Republican party, or vise versa is extremely clear.

This part from Will’s review: He actually takes the advice he himself lays out: Hedges calls the current tenet of Christian Rightists —Dominionism- their Man has dominion over everything and equates it with fascism. Apr 23, Bonnie Brandt rated it it was ok. Their hyper-masculinity crushes the independence and self-expression of women.

To my childhood logic, these things seemed so contrary to the basic Gospel message they taught during Sunday school.