Duluth, Minnesota (OpEdNews) December 5, 2013: Rush Limbaugh, the supreme pontiff of conservative American civic religion, has accused Pope Francis, the supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, of "pure Marxism" -- in his new apostolic exhortation titled Evangelii Gaudium (the Joy of the Gospel).
By definition, an apostolic exhortation is a pope's religious pep talk for practicing Catholics. This is the first sole authored document issued by Pope Francis. (Earlier another document was issued under his name, but now-Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI had drafted most of it.)
THE AMERICAN FEAR OF MARXISM
Of course "pure Marxism" is against Limbaugh's conservative religion. Historically, Limbaugh's conservative religion reached a certain critical mass in the
Nobody today should forget how powerful the anti-communist fervor of the American conservative civic religion was during the Cold War. In his book The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret Cold War (2013), Stephen Kinzer explains how Foster Dulles, the Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1950s, and his brother Allen, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, worked together to destabilize governments that they perceived to be communist or neutral -- in Iran (pages 119-146), Guatemala (147-174), Vietnam (175-215), Indonesia (216-246), the Congo (247-283), and Cuba (284-307). During the Cold War, the Dulles brothers and President Eisenhower imagined communism to be a monolithic force in the world under the direction of the
However, the Cold War has ended. The old
So as the supreme pontiff of the conservative American religion, Limbaugh understands that it is imperative for him to alert his co-religionists to possible threats to their civic religion. After all, as the supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis alerts his co-religionists to alleged threats to their religion that he refers to as secularism and relativism.