A Review of Chris Hedges’ Christian Fascism

Christian Right extremists advocate a frightening ideology detailed below. It includes:

— Racial hatred.

— White Christian supremacy.

— Blind adoration and obedience of the movement’s leadership while discouraging free and independent thought.

— Male gender dominance portraying Jesus as a real man dominating through force like a powerful warrior ignoring fundamental Christian “thou shall not kill” doctrine. It’s an ideology of hypermasculinity centered in a male-dominated authoritarian church and in the home where men are encouraged to dominate their wives, and women and children are taught to submit.

Well-known Christian Right leader James Dobson built his career on these ideas and now has a huge media empire dispensing advice as a Christian therapist over his Focus on the Family program. He’s heard on more than 3000 radio stations and 80 TV stations reaching 200 million people in 116 countries from his 81 acre campus in Colorado Springs, Colorado employing 1300 people. He’s fiercely anti-choice and anti-gay and has backed political candidates advocating abortionists be executed. He also calls stem cell research “state-funded cannibalism” and urges Christian parents take their children out of public schools and put them in Christian ones teaching his ideology.

Dobson preaches male dominance calling non-submission a violation of God’s law. He also thinks murder is wrong but not when committed against infidel Iraqis or Islamic terrorists saying all non-believers, heretics and sinners will be consumed in an End Times Tribulation of terrible calamities and torment lasting seven years with non-redeemers condemned to eternal punishment. True believers adhering to holy scriptures, however, will be saved and “raptured” to eternal life and bliss in heaven. But getting there means going along with what he, End Times guru Timothy LaHaye, and other dominant Christian Right figures like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell preach including that they have a divine right to rule and must be obeyed.

Hedges notes that televangelists like Robertson, Benny Hill, Paul and Jan Crouch and others “rule their fiefdoms as despotic potentates” some adherents might think isn’t God’s way of doing things. They travel with burly bodyguards in kingly luxury on private jets; have amassed huge personal fortunes, much of it gotten from listener subjects; and show up everywhere in limousines with all the pomposity of heads of state and billionaire CEOs but in their case playing God as false prophets “clutching the cross and the Bible (offering seductively), like Mephistopheles, to lead us to a mythical paradise and impossible, unachievable happiness and security” provided we surrender our will to theirs and our money too, which is one way they get rich.

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