The Tiger of Christofascism by Dan Vojir
You can't be a Christian If You Don't Own A Gun*- Pastor Gary Cass
Our Nation Was Founded On Violence. It's still an option on the table- Pastor Stephen Broden
Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them.- Barry Goldwater
Democratic Will Endanger Your Soul" to "Obama Is The
Anti-Christ", the extreme elements of the Christian Right have predictably
gone for the jugular this election year. They have also made it clear that going
into the home stretch of this very important election, America has to prepare
for the worst: if Mitt Romney wins, the Chrisofascists will claim victory over
every aspect of Americans' lives. And if Barack Obama wins, they will scream
the loudest in protest - louder than any other party or faction, that America
is headed for ruin and that the President's work should be obstructed,
dismissed and held in contempt no matter what his goals or the outcome. They
will feign "persecution" by the anti-Christ no less. Some have even
suggested outright revolution, violence and secessaion. No doubt, the President
will receive more death threats than ever before.
He will certainly receive more "imprecatory" prayers.
The Flip-Flop Romney Factor
Try as it might, the Romney camp cannot escape the image of being run as a popularity contest: whatever image the majority (to get elected) needs to perceive, it will be formed by the campaign to secure votes. Shifts to the middle have occurred after "47%" and "Big Bird". Repetitions of FEMA's fate have stopped after Hurricane Sandy.
But the shifts do not guarantee a snap back to the Right -- maybe even over to the extreme Right, if Romney perceives that post-election support will depend in any part on Christofascism taking hold. Romney also has a debt to pay in the Christian Right's tolerance of his Mormonism.
The Right will be looking
forward to some major flip-flopping.
THE OPPRESSOR AND THE OPPRESSED
Any age dominated by Christofascism is one in which there are two major factions: the oppressor and the oppressed. One prime example was, of course, the reign of good Queen Isabella of Spain, when Jews and Moors were tortured by Thomas de Torquemada, executed, forced to convert or expelled for simply being of a different faith. Today's David Barton could be considered a modern day Isabella in declaring that America is a Christian nation - for he is not far from his goal: America as a Christian ONLY nation. The bloviations of Brian Fischer and the American Family Association have brought this to the fore in strong statements about deportation of Muslims and other undesirables.
Another strategy of oppression - and one quite widely and successfully used by the Christofascist movement - is the act of demonizing: from "Obama is a Muslim" to the "homosexual agenda", demonizing has become an art form all of its own, no matter that it is bad art at its most contemptible.
The Supreme Oppressor
It is ironic, of course, that some of the people who scream "persecution" are the most oppressive: they have admonished the teaching of evolution in schools, demonized anti-bullying and hate crime laws, and obstructed women's rights. They also use God as the Supreme Oppressor: after all, it was a vengeful God that wreaked His wrath upon America's East Coast simply because He was:
A. Displeased with the way America has seen fit to promote peace and justice for Palestinians as well as Israelis.
B. Angered at the thought of people of the same sex being united in secular matrimony thus giving them the same rights as other married people.
C. Disdainful of America's elevated womanhood.
D. Disgusted that His elderly were now prone to biblically unlawful handouts such as Social Security.
E. Discovered that parts of America were shaped like a dragon.
F. All of the above.
Yes, the Supreme Oppressor has been reduced to a petty, frivolous deity, petulant and vain.
Just the way today's Christofascists like Him. Because only with a petty, frivolous, petulant, vain deity can it gain and maintain the one thing that truly matters: control.
WOMEN - pure and simple. Whether it be a pro-choice issue or an equal-pay issue, women will be targeted relentlessly. The "legitimate rape" meme will continue (in various forms) and CR politicians will continue to ease out abortion exceptions until there are no exceptions whatsoever. CR politicians will also continue to regard women as "child-bearers" - ONLY. The irony of the sharia law non debate is that the Christian Right's aim of controlling women is simply Islam without burkas. Female conservative leaders and pundits like Phyllis Schlafley and Ann Coultergeist openly state their opinions that women should not have the right to vote.
"If we took away women's right to vote, we'd never have to worry about another Democrat president. It's kind of a pipe dream, it's a personal fantasy of mine, but I don't think it's going to happen. And it is a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least single women."
In this election year,
the subject of rape has reared its ugly head - and not in favor of women: the
Todd Akin "legitimate rape" meme was only a sampling of what the
Christian Right wants to do to women.
"The Family Research Council is organizing another Religious Right bus tour to bolster Todd Akin's campaign for U.S. Senate in Missouri against Sen. Claire McCaskill. The "Repeal and Replace McCaskill Tour" will feature prominent conservative figures like Mike Huckabee, Tony Perkins and Phyllis Schlafly and lesser-known activists like Stephen Broden.
Broden is a failed Republican candidate for Congress who garnered national attention when he floated violent insurrection against the Obama administration . " (see video below)