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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At that moment they will reveal themselves for what they truly are — the American heirs to fascism. We cannot reach this movement. And what happens to the newly saved? Perhaps I am picking chriw, but I felt that, while his take was compelling, I would have been more impressed with more detailed, point by point comparison of contemporary and historical movement actions.
I’ll no longer be quiet to be polite when crazy folks spew hate and lies. Christian Rightists abuse this emotion and target the vulnerable. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! The Best Books of But this urgent book forcefully illuminates what many across the political spectrum will recognize as a serious and growing threat to the very concept and practice of an open society.
He describes how a dominionist-based ideology is at the root of a radical movement that seeks to shred the barriers between church and state. But the book would be much better if Chris Hedges could provide a more constructive solution. This book stirred up so many emotions in me. Once, someone in the Club told me that Democrats were not Christian.
Television lends itself perfectly to this world of signs and wonders, to the narcissism of national and religious self-exaltation.
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America by Chris Hedges
Some human beings, the message goes, are no longer human beings. We can thank the Christian Right for the murderous ignorance of the Bush era, for the renewed love of war seen among an unfortunate segment of our country, the blind obedience to authority, the undermining of public schools, irrational hatred among religious groups, denial of women’s rights, all the result of the ignorant white men who run these institutions usually motivated by a desire for power, money, and sex.
Aug 17, Nancy rated it it was amazing. Do I believe in God? On the Creation Museum in Kentucky: He points to the hundreds of senators and members of Congress who have earned between 80 and percent approval ratings from the three most influential Christian Right advocacy groups as one of many signs that the movement is burrowing deep inside the American government to subvert it.
You may not be fond of “religion” in general or Christianity in particular, but don’t depend on this volume for your arguments OR your facts. Christopher Lynn Hedges is an American journalist, author, and war correspondent, specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and societies. After moving to the south, I had joined a certain Club whose members were Christian and whose politics were Republican. Refresh and try again. Do I believe in the bible? If it does, ministers can now talk about politics in church, but I must say, they were doing it anyway.
The Christian Right, like these early fascist movements, does not openly call for dictatorship, nor does it use physical violence to suppress opposition.
It also seemed a little on the excessive and dramatic side too. 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”.
Hedges is a former seminary student with a master’s degree in divinity from Harvard Divinity School and was a long-time foreign correspondent for The New York Times. I just unfriended on Facebook a guy who was described frightenly accurately in this book; a “nice” guy, “Christian”, well-to-do, apallingly hateful and close-minded.
She then told me that she had promised herself that she would never be friends with a non-Christian. The televangelists have built their movement on these commercial precepts. When faced with the bald fascism of the hard-core religious right, they sorta blink and say, “well, I’m not THAT conservative! Christ Hedges’ book entitled ‘American Fascists’ is a ferocious affair that targets not Christianity, but those that have infiltrated the Westernized version of Christianity to their own gain.
A group of religious utopians, with the sympathy and support of millions of Americans, are slowly dismantling democratic institutions to establish a religious tyranny, the springboard to an American fascism. All religion should be treated as simply something that is part of society but something that a rational democratic society should always keep in check and not allow to take over. He does a stellar job of describing the inner workings of the loonies.
The blind, human love, the acceptance of the other, is attacked as an inferior love, dangerous and untrustworthy.
A war on truth is going on. One of their methods is logocide, the killing of words. Publishers Weekly wrote of the book:.
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America
Apr 10, William Galaini rated it really liked it. She came to visit me and wanted me to believe in Jesus and desired to take me to church.
Hell would be sitting helplessly in a nursing home dascists having the peace of my last days disturbed not only by busy-body americaj dragging me into the shower at un-Christian hours but also by intruding religious fundamentalists, trying to stuff the gospel down my throat and proselytize me to a religion that should have been done and over with along with the Dark Ages.
The movement awaits a crisis. By itself this short essay goes a long way americann describing the so-called Christian Right in America. But this urgent book forcefully illuminates what many across the political spectrum will recognize as a serious and growing threat to the very concept and practice of an open society.
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More books from this author: He currently teaches college credit courses in the New Jersey prison system. Hedges’ analysis of the Christian Right’s rise to power in the U.
Look, the book sets out to draw a parallel between “Conservative Christians” and Nazis, comparing this by equating “Liberals or Progressives” with the Jews of the camps, yet it’s the Christians themselves who are the targets of marginalization here. Pastor Russell Johnson, who leads the Ohio Restoration Project and is, not coincidentally, an unofficial campaigner for Christian Republican candidates for high office, stands against an enormous American flag with a cross superimposed on it, saying: Anyone who has read many of my reviews and has actually read this book will know I’ll disagree with it’s conclusions.
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. The beliefs of Christians are as flawed and imperfect as all religious beliefs.