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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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View all 4 comments. They are also often racists and bigots. Much of the rhetoric used by the fundamentalists featured in the book is maddening; for example, many of the leaders a,erican this burgeoning fascistic movement make the ludicrous claim that America was founded on Christian ideals, which is a revisionist spin of such magnitude, whole cities could by powered by dynamos attached to it.

American Fascists | Book by Chris Hedges | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster

It doesn’t bare thinking about what would happen if someone with the ‘likeability’ of Obama and genuine ideological will, replaced Trump in time.

The question is paradoxical. He asserts ameerican, at times, tolerance is not appropriate: Rooted in a radical Calvinism, and wrapping its apocalyptic, vehemently militant, sexist and homophobic vision in patriotic and religious rhetoric, dominionism seeks absolute power in a Christian state.

Her comments to me whenever we ran into each other were always, “Have a blessed day,” now I imagine she is thinking, “I hope you rot in hell. You do not want to open up your mouth and let them know that you are a Democrat here. A mainstream Christian, Hedges charges that militant Evangelicals have turned a religion of fhris and peace into a religion of hate and power. More By and About This Author. The threat posed by a very strong group of evangelicals in union with a powerful and well chdis group of politicians and heads of unfettered transnational corporations is very real.


Hedges describes faacists documents in frightening detail the people we have most to fear. All religion should be treated as simply something fascisys is part of society but something that a rational democratic society should always keep in check and not allow to take over. 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”.

Onward to the apocalypse

The movement’s yearning for apocalyptic violence and its assault on dispassionate, intellectual inquiry are laying the foundation for a new, frightening America. The Best Books of June Learn how and when to remove this template message. Of course, every religious group has their fringe groups and for Christianity, fundamentalists Christians are theirs.

Published January 9th by Free Press first published January 1st But I utterly reject the conflation of religion and politics, of church and state, the Manichean “if you’re not with us your against us” and, by the way, who the hell is “us”?

And they understand the enticement of credo quia absurdum—I believe because it is absurb. I quit twice, but my so-called Christian friend kept begging me to come back.

Christian Rightists argue for creationism and that there is a divine sanction of the free market, of unhindered profit, the God-given American freedom hesges exploit human beings to make money.

It expands the void, the mindlessness that makes the magic, mythology, and irrationality of the Christian Right palatable. I could make this a multi-page review. However, sometimes this desire to elicit meaning from life can cause serious problems.


The idea behind creating an entirely Christian nation as the Christian Right would like to do is not only un-democratic, but it is al So, Ellis and I just finished reading this as Book 1 in our newly-founded 2-person book group, and while it wouldn’t have been my first pick, I actually really enjoyed reading it, and it was an excellent book for discussion.

He and others—most notably, the writers of the Bible—attempt to answer these massive questions of human existence but are still errant. I’ll no longer be quiet to be polite when crazy folks spew hate and lies.

I know of another person who said that her minister said that we should pray for Trump, that Hillary was evil.

If Democrats are talking politics together and a Republican walks into the room, they stop talking politics.

Chris Hedges: American Fascists

Read it, pass it on to your friends and neighbors. I just could not finish this book. But in American FascistsChris Hedges makes a convincing case that a similar movement is afoot in modern America.

This most certainly does not speak for every Christian out there, not at all. He attends conversion seminars, conventions, and interviews current and past members. We’ll take our country back for Christ. All aerican will take, Hedges writes, is one more national crisis on the order of September 11 for the Christian Right to make a concerted crhis to destroy American democracy.

At one time it was Napoleon, then it was Hitler and so on.