American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America is a non-fiction book by American Pulitzer Prize journalist Chris Hedges, published in January. Chris Hedges charts the rise of the US Christian right in American Fascists, says Nicholas Lezard. 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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As a Harvard Divinity School graduate, his investigation of the Christian Right agenda is even more alarming given hedgrs lucidity. In this new binary world segments of the human race are disqualified from moral and ethical consideration. In an isolating and insecure society plagued by crime, violence, alcoholism, high unemployment, fundamentalist Christian doctrine provides them with exactly what they need: Do I believe that it is dangerous to combine state and religion?
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America
Do I believe in God? The problem is that he can’t point to any actual existing violence among the people he’s reporting on” . The real importance of this book is that Hedges addresses the idea of tolerance.
View all 77 comments. Throw out the religious right. The movement’s yearning for apocalyptic violence and its assault on dispassionate, intellectual inquiry are laying the foundation for a new, frightening America. View Full Version of PW. One of their methods is logocide, the killing of words. View all 4 comments. Oct 10, Guillermo Galvan rated it it was amazing. Is it someone who holds “Conservative” political views and is a Christian?
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America by Chris Hedges
Seperation of church and state is one of the major things that have made this country great. Legislated morality is a cjris dangerous concept, especially when it involves consensual crimes or personal choice.
You will see tableaux of prehistoric children playing with dinosaurs; a scale model of Noah’s ark; a display of the Garden of Eden with carefully positioned nude Adam and Eve, also frolicking with dinosaurs; and, perhaps best of all, a display showing how “a contemporary family experiences daily life without God”.
But the ideological architecture of a Christian fascism is being cemented in place. Mar 09, Jason rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Red States have higher murder, divorce, illegitimacy, and teenage birth rates than the Blue States which have kept evangelicals at bay.
It, too, promises to life us up and thrill us. Hedges writes in considerable detail regarding the bizarre roadshow that is the flamboyant Christian Right in all of their gun-toting glory.
I could make this a multi-page review. More By and About This Author. Yes there have been at least a dozen abortion clinic bombings or fires. Apr 10, William Galaini rated it really liked it. I thought this book, while not perfect, contained a lot of truth hedgfs am glad,to see it out in the open. Hedges does point this out at least once in the book, but it is too easy for the uninitiated to miss that every evangelical is NOT a dominionist. And there are times when taking a moral stance, perhaps the highest form of patriotism, means facing down the community, even the nation.
This book is a must-read. Christians here believe that Democrats are Communists and Communists are Socialists and therefore evil. Widespread discontent and fear, stoked and manipulated by dominionists and their sympathizers, could be used by these radicals to sweep aside objections of beleaguered moderates in Congress and the courts, those clinging to a bankrupt and discredited liberalism, to establish an American theocracy, a Christian fascism.
That is the reason I respect this book, it is a call for every anti-fascist person to realize there are fascist movements in this country and to stand up and denounce them for what they are, American Fascists. The bulk of Christians who are conservative believe that ALL must be free to decide if they will be religious at all, if they are then what religion they will be, and ALL must be protected hedgges believe what they will and free to fascistss those beliefs.
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Mar 04, Bruce rated it it was amazing Shelves: Before Adam and Eve were expelled from paradise, all of the dinosaurs were peaceable plant eaters. So what do I believe? They are systematically attempting to subvert the root institutions and beliefs of America, intent on ushering in a theocratic state, disenfranchising any who object, attacking the other, whether for sexual or religious preference.
There is little in here that I was not aware of, as far as the overall goals of the Christo-fascists, but as he explores some of the details it was illuminating, and even more disturbing than I had already realized.
Onward to the apocalypse
However, these groups in a democracy must always chirs kept in check. 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 hegdes open society.
The groups that advocate theocracy are a very particular strain of “Christian.