De opkomst van 'christen-fascisme' en Christen-Zionisme in Amerika

De sociaal-economische crisis in de VS versterkt de opkomst en politieke invloed van de fundamentalistische ‘Christian Right’ beweging aan de onderkant van de maatschappij, op angstwekkende wijze. De aanhangers van deze beweging baseren zich op, wat zij zien als, de letterlijke tekst van de Bijbel – en bereiden zich voor op de wederkomst van Christus. Ondertussen bestrijden zij afwijkende religies, ideologieen en geaardheden meedogenloos.

Hoe hun verhouding is t.a.v. ‘evangelicals’, die als christen-zionisten deel uitmaken van de ‘Groot-Israel’ lobby juist joden beschermen, is mij niet bekend.  

Tens of millions of Americans, lumped into a diffuse and fractious movement known as the Christian right, have begun to dismantle the intellectual and scientific rigor of the Enlightenment. They are creating a theocratic state based on “biblical law,” and shutting out all those they define as the enemy. This movement, veering closer and closer to traditional fascism, seeks to force a recalcitrant world to submit before an imperial America. It champions the eradication of social deviants, beginning with homosexuals, and moving on to immigrants, secular humanists, feminists, Jews, Muslims and those they dismiss as “nominal Christians”—meaning Christians who do not embrace their perverted and heretical interpretation of the Bible. Those who defy the mass movement are condemned as posing a threat to the health and hygiene of the country and the family. All will be purged.


The followers of deviant faiths, from Judaism to Islam, must be converted or repressed. The deviant media, the deviant public schools, the deviant entertainment industry, the deviant secular humanist government and judiciary and the deviant churches will be reformed or closed. There will be a relentless promotion of Christian “values,” already under way on Christian radio and television and in Christian schools, as information and facts are replaced with overt forms of indoctrination. The march toward this terrifying dystopia has begun. It is taking place on the streets of Arizona, on cable news channels, at tea party rallies, in the Texas public schools, among militia members and within a Republican Party that is being hijacked by this lunatic fringe…

Those gathered into the arms of this Christian fascist movement are desperately struggling to survive in an increasingly hostile environment. We failed them; we owe them more: This is their response. The financial dislocations, the struggles with domestic and sexual abuse, the battle against addictions, the poverty and the despair that many in the movement endure are tragic, painful and real. They have a right to their rage and alienation. But they are also being used and manipulated by forces that seek to dismantle what is left of our democracy and abolish the pluralism that was once the hallmark of our society.
The spark that could set this conflagration ablaze could be lying in the hands of a small Islamic terrorist cell. It could be in the hands of greedy Wall Street speculators who gamble with taxpayer money in the elaborate global system of casino capitalism. The next catastrophic attack, or the next economic meltdown, could be our Reichstag fire. It could be the excuse used by these totalitarian forces, this Christian fascism, to extinguish what remains of our open society.
Let us not stand meekly at the open gates of the city waiting passively for the barbarians. They are coming. They are slouching toward Bethlehem. Let us shake off our complacency and cynicism. Let us openly defy the liberal establishment, which will not save us, to demand and fight for economic reparations for our working class. Let us reincorporate these dispossessed into our economy. Let us give them a reality-based hope for the future. Time is running out. If we do not act, American fascists, clutching Christian crosses, waving American flags and orchestrating mass recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance, will use this rage to snuff us out.

The Christian Fascists Are Growing Stronger (By Chris Hedges in Truthdig)

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In a Gallup poll taken last month, 26 percent of respondents said the economy in general is their top concern. Unemployment came in second at 22 percent, while healthcare took 15 percent.
Down near the bottom of the list, at 4 percent, was "Ethics/Moral/Religious/Family Decline."
The "culture war" issues – opposition to gay rights, legal abortion and church-state separation – have always been the obsession of the shock troops of the Religious Right and their leaders. Firmly convinced that God (who, conveniently, shares all of their right-wing political opinions) has ordained them to run everyone else’s lives, followers of the Religious Right constantly seek government power to enshrine their aggressive theology in law.
Most sensible Americans are mature enough to realize that in a nation of more than 300 million people and hundreds (if not thousands) of different faiths and philosophies, there will be some disagreement on moral issues. Their way of dealing with this is to respect differences, give a nod to diversity and not meddle in their neighbor’s private affairs.
But to the Religious Right, meddling in other people’s lives isn’t just recommended – it’s required. Their tiresome "my-way-or-the-highway" theology wedded to far-right politics is a recipe for division and discord – yet they claim the moral superiority to lord it over the rest of us…

Truce Or Consequences: Religious Right Shoots Down Talk Of Cease-Fire In The `Culture Wars’

"Right-wing pundits demonize scapegoated groups and individuals in our society, implying that it is urgent to stop them from wrecking the nation. Some angry people in the audience already believe conspiracy theories in which the same scapegoats are portrayed as subversive, destructive, or evil. Add in aggressive apocalyptic ideas that suggest time is running out and quick action mandatory and you have a perfect storm of mobilized resentment threatening to rain bigotry and violence across the United States."

Rapture Ready: The Christians United for Israel  

EDUCATING CHRISTIAN KID SOLDIERS (YOUTUBE)

What churches are teaching there kids today to be radical, in my eyes its more radical than Islam if u think Islam is radical. This is not meant to disgrace Christianity but to educate people on how its changing..

Toxic to Democracy – CONSPIRACY THEORIES, DEMONIZATION, & SCAPEGOATING

The Troubling Mystery of ‘Revelation’

By the Rev. Howard Bess
June 11, 2010

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8 thoughts on “De opkomst van 'christen-fascisme' en Christen-Zionisme in Amerika

  1. @what remains of our open society.@
    Daar is niet veel van over. Een overheid die geld drukt alsof de grondwet dat niet verboden heeft. Wall Street banksters die iedereen gijzelen. Politie die iedereen, op grond van een terrorisme act, eindeloos achter de tralies kan zetten. Een regering die waar ter wereld ook meent hun normen en waarden te moeten implementeren, zonodig met geweld. Tel uit je winst.

  2. Christelijk-rechtse gelovigen (‘born again christians’ – George W. Bush maakt er deel van uit) hanteren een dubbele agenda. Ze zijn Christen-Zionisten, de staat Israel heeft een functie binnen de Messiaans-Christelijke heilsgedachte, maar die staat zal ophouden te bestaan bij de terugkomst van Christus. Joden, met andere woorden, moeten een joodse staat opbouwen om Christus in staat te stellen ermee af te rekenen als Hij terugkomt.
    Als nuchter mens zeg je: Wat zonde om zoveel Amerikaans belastingggeld te steken in een beweging die ‘verdoemd’ is. Als er dan toch geen joodse staat mag bestaan omdat joden ‘christenen’ moeten worden, investeer er dan geen geld in.
    Merkwaardig is dat rechtse joden (vooral de Likoedaanhangers) alles op alles zetten christelijk rechts te bekeren – er christelijke zionisten van te maken. Mogelijk vanuit de gedachte dat die rare Jezus toch nooit terugkomt, zodat de steun voor Israel eeuwig is…
    New York Times:
    Israel has intoxicated Christian fundamentalists since the day it was established. In their eyes, the Jewish state provides real-world proof that their reading of Biblical prophecies is correct — and that the world is racing toward the Second Coming. Israeli rightists have encouraged conservative evangelicals like Jerry Falwell and Robertson to translate that fascination into active backing for hardline Israeli positions.http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/15/magazine/15CHRI.html?pagewanted=1

  3. En daar kan ik het nu eens mee eens zijn! Voor diegenen die er toch nog in slagen hier een vingerwijzing naar Israel in te zien en ongeacht van Wanings opinie over Israel, die normaal niet mals is, wordt hier een duidelijk verschil gemaakt tussen de "Christian Right" die het jodendom als gevaarlijke dwaling aanmerkt en de "Evangelicals" die in het jodendom (en Israel) de vervulling van de Schrift zien.
    Ik heb het noch op de één, noch op de ander, maar dat is een heel ander verhaal. Wat mij vooral zorgen baart zijn niet de verschillen tussen de twee stromingen(hun afkeer dan wel liefde voor jodendom en/of Israel), maar hun overeenkomsten.
    Zo ben ik het met de schrijver eens dat de eerste groep de wielen van de Verlichting de andere kant op wil laten draaien; wèg met de bevrijding van de vrouw, wèg met gelijkheid voor iedereen en wèg met de wetenschap die, gruwel o gruwel, voorstelt alsof de mens van de aap afstamt.
    In hoeverre de Evangelicals in bovenstaand meegaan is mij niet bekend maar de tendens om Creationisme in de plaats van- of op z’n minst naast- de evolutieleer te stellen en het verwerpen/verdoemen van al diegenen die ook maar een ietsje andere opvatting hebben over het leven, doet het ergste vrezen.
    Wat vindt je daar nu van Jan Willem? Dat ik het ooit nog eens met je eens zou zijn! Het kan verkeren…

  4. Alledrie, dank voor jullie reacties.
    @Blutch,
    De ‘winst’ valt inderdaad nauwelijks meer uit te tellen..
    @Wim Duzijn,
    Uit je leerzame gelinkte NYT artikel kopieer ik:
    ‘This year [2002] , for the first time, much of the American Jewish mainstream accepted, even celebrated, the Christian Right’s professed love for Israel. In April, evangelicals joined Jews in the rally for Israel in Washington, with the Christian talk-radio host Janet Parshall giving what some say was the most hawkish address of the day. ”We will never give up the Golan,” she proclaimed. (”We”?) ”We will never divide Jerusalem.” The next week, the born-again House Republican whip Tom DeLay was the star of the annual meeting of AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobbying group, with a speech in which he rejected any U.S. pressure on Israel. Then came the official imprimatur of the ADL ad.
    Why the reversal? Two years of Palestinian-Israeli conflict have left many American Jews feeling vicariously isolated, grateful for support from any quarter. Meanwhile, activists like Reed have learned to stress secular reasons (Israel is a democracy, a reliable ally) for their position.Yet it’s still a romance with strange undertones. The Christian Right clergy continues to cite Israel as the clearest proof that the end is nigh — and continues to express the expectation that Jews will then die or convert. A centerpiece of the Christian Coalition’s convention in Washington in October was a rally for Israel, with right-wing Israeli pols as the drawing card. DeLay reportedly told the crowd to support candidates who ”stand unashamedly with Jesus Christ.” Joe Lieberman, presumably, need not apply.’
    Kan worden geconcludeerd dat de hier genoemde ‘Christian Right’ dezelfde is als beschreven door Chris Hedges in het artikel hierboven? In dat geval heeft Hedges het mis als hij stelt dat door hem beschreven ‘Christian Right’ tegen J/joden is.
    @Mike BIng,
    Wij waren het al eerder eens Mike, zie mijn reactie op: http://www.vkblog.nl/bericht/302209/Waarom_is_J.Jan_Willem_van_Waning_niet_bereid_om_op_4_van_mijn_vragen_te_antwoorden%3F ,
    waaruit ik licht:Een van de weinige Israel-beleid verdedigers die dat genuanceerd, inhoudelijk en met open vizier doet, is Mike Bing. Wij hebben overeenstemming gevonden bij het gezamenlijk onderschrijven van de doelstellingen van de nieuwe Amerikaanse ‘pro-Israel, pro-peace’ organisatie J Street. (Een organisatie
    die nu door Joodse Zionisten in Israel wordt gebrandmerkt als zijn ‘anti-Israel’).
    http://www.vkblog.nl/bericht/285820/%27J-Street%27_-_gelukkig%3A_Een_Ander_Joods_Geluid_in_de_VSA

  5. het griezelige is dat bij slechte economische situatie oorlog en wapenindustrie een goede impuls geven.
    Ik verwacht in de komende jaren een en ander in midden oosten; waarbij usa manipulerend bezig is.
    de groeperingen die jij beschrijft zijn trouwens vaak goed bewapend en pushen op oorlog

  6. Deze gekken zijn er al heel lang.
    Bijgaand delen van een artikel uit 2004.
    Sons of a Laboring God
    Getting Down and Dumb at Burt’s Tavern
    By JOE BAGEANT
    Too much public education only gets working people riled up and full of backsass.
    Virginia Sen. Harry Flood Byrd
    My home town is one of those slowly rotting East Coast burgs that makes passers-through think to themselves: "What the hell is this? Mayberry USA on crack?" The town’s 250-year old core is a blighted clot of ramshackle houses carved into apartments and cheesy businesses. Its outer rim of slurb is the typical ugly gash of commercial hell, an assortment of mindlessly jammed-together tire dealers, grim asphalt, slurp and burps, and car dealerships of the type that make the U.S. one of the ugliest nations on earth. A sign in the median strip of this gash proclaims Winchester an official U.S. "All-American Town." To its credit however, the town does have that special kind of seediness found only in the U.S. South. It might even be considered weirdly colorful in an America studies sort of way, with its hard-faced characters straight out of Grapes of Wrath and spooky and well-scrubbed Bible thumpers. Beauty being in the eye of the beholder, our local Chamber of Commerce calls it "Historic Winchester, Virginia." But many of us who grew up here call it Dickville; if you were born and raised here you were probably dicked from the beginning.
    ……………………
    Sounding right is everything when you don’t know shit from Shinola. Here is their political universe, which I’m sure you’ve heard before but it’s always best to keep horsecrap in one pile:
    *Muslims are out to kill us all. So we need to kill them all first.
    *Democrats, a party of liberal queers supported by ghetto blacks, Commie college professors and Mafia-backed unions, let 9/11 happen.
    *The world hates us because we are rich.
    *The snail-eating, wine-besotted French are a bunch of spiteful pussies, ungrateful that we saved their asses in World War II.
    And that’s it. That is the common wisdom. If it appears too common to be believable, then you have never lived in the American South.
    Such ignorance may is funny to observe, but if you think about it, it is the kind of viral stuff that has eaten away much of the American polity’s very ability to think and its ability to do more than merely react to propaganda, or to the price of gas or misrepresentations that sound right. And if you are a liberal, you are going to square off with these people at the polls in November. There are a lot of them, not all as ornery as the crowd at Burt’s to be sure, but never the less a huge number of the same political and economic stripe.
    These are the skilled and semi-skilled workers, people without a college degree, (in this town, nearly two fifths of working adults without even a high school degree) some thoughtful and self-educating, others not. They represent 55% of all voters. Many are the inexplicable self-screwing working folks who voted neo-conservative Republican in 2000. Never mind that Bush economic policies are why so many of them are drinking short beers tonight, or that his tax plan made them poorer and the rich much richer. They approved of it simply because it was called a tax "cut," and because many of them needed their $200 rebate scrap of that federal hog to pay off last winter’s heating bill. By any realistic assessment, nearly everyone in Burt’s is working poor. They would never admit it. Nor do government guidelines acknowledge them as such. But so long as the current administration infers that people like them are heroes (they identify heavily with the firemen, policemen of 911 and the soldiers in Iraq) they don’t need no steenking economic justice. According to a recent Roper poll, 49% of Americans in this economic class will vote for George Bush in ’04. Here in Burt’s it is probably 100%. Obviously, I am making no pretense at liberal humility or sensitivity. So if you are not willing to call dumb dumb when you see it, you might want to quit reading right about here.
    …………..
    Joe Bageant is a hillbilly "leftneck" who writes from Winchester, Virginia. He may be contacted at bageantjb@netscape.net.
    Copyright 2004, Joe Bageant.

  7. Mike,
    Als je met dezelfde afstandelijkheid andere bijdragen beoordeelt – zaken waar Israel wel deelgenoot van is – kan het nog goed komen met je. Ik zou zeggen probeer het eens.

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