In a culture of imbeciles, consumers will believe anything. In the age of social media, lies are repeated until they become accepted truth.
–Poet Garcia Madero
When reality is too much to bear, we turn to fantasies to keep from losing our mind. When fantasies become our reality, we are liable to believe just about anything.
One fantasy currently circulating online is that Obama halted DAPL because he has strong emotional ties to American Indians. While he has helped tribes with issues like domestic violence and education, his strong financial ties to oil industry investors like Goldman Sachs have created a nightmare for many tribes across the country.
Standing Rock could have been avoided, had Obama not approved fracking millions of acres of Bakken Shale in North Dakota. The pipelines and bomb trains emanating from that disastrous decision alone will haunt us for generations. In the Gulf of Mexico, Obama’s executive order waiving environmental restrictions on risky deep-sea oil drilling resulted in the largest oil spill in history.
While it is a relief that the stand-off at Standing Rock avoided a showdown, by delaying the pipeline over Christmas, the fact that it progressed to this point without interference from the White House suggests Obama’s interest is in his perceived legacy, since Trump is almost certain to forge ahead with its completion in January.
Meanwhile, oil industry members of the Native American Affairs Coalition advising President Trump propose making Indian Reservations private property. As noted at Reuter’s, “The plan dovetails with Trump’s larger aim of slashing regulation to boost energy production.”
Rupa Marya, MD and professor of medicine at UCSF, says veterans who served in the oil wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are supporting the Lakota at Standing Rock, and are ready to serve the people now, rather than the corporations. “These oil wars,” she says, “have come home.”
Indigenous leaders in northern Colombia expelled a group of evangelical Christians from their community recently, saying the missionaries were contributing to the “physical, cultural and spiritual extermination of our ethnic group” according to a press statement.
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As reported by Matthew Dodrill at Religion Dispatches,
The election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States is a moment of reckoning for white Christianity. According to the exit polls, approximately 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for a man whose campaign was fueled by demagoguery, Islamaphobia, the exploitation of racial animus, and the criminalization of his political opponent.
In this important article, Dodrill observes that Trump’s “expressed desire to commit war crimes” and his running mate’s “hostility toward the LGBTQ community is stunning.” The “grand collusion between Christianity and the powers of darkness,” he says, “will require, at minimum, a public repudiation of the false gospels that bolster violence, racism, ableism, misogyny, Islamophobia, homophobia and transphobia.”
Lest we forget, the reason we have a redneck president with a white trash following is because the Democratic National Committee pulled out all the stops to run a career crook who abused the power of her office as Secretary of State to enrich herself and her family.
While Liberal progressives are mourning in America over the election of a sociopath as President of the United States, Christian dominionists are rejoicing at the election of a Christian fundamentalist as Vice President. As news and social commentators scramble to explain how this happened, the line of descent from Reagan to Trump is revealed in such publications as Religion Dispatches magazine.
Understanding Christian fascism in the US, however, requires a lesson in Christian Right politics, whose overwhelming success in subverting American democracy is attributable to the supreme strategist Paul Weyrich, the right-wing analyst who made the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush possible. For those bewildered by the current incoherence, Jerome Himmelstein’s book To The Right patiently follows the transformation of American conservatism brought about by social movement entrepreneurs like Weyrich, who brokered the marriage of conservatism with dominionism.
While this and other writing on the madness of the US right-wing is worth our attention, it is useful to keep in mind that the alternate version of capitalist faith in the free market — otherwise known as neoliberalism — also offers a limited and dogmatic view of modern development that actively represses authentic democratic organizing and self-determination — what some of us would call freedom.
Writing at Talk to Action, Bruce Wilson in 2012 exposed the Christian Jihad meetings taking place after hours in America’s public schools. Good News Clubs and other Christian fundamentalist indoctrination like Child Evangelism Fellowship, reported Wilson, are using the public schools to generate support for murder of non-believers worldwide — a legacy concept that in earlier times engendered genocide against Native Americans. As part of the New Apostolic Reformation that propelled neopentecostal politicians like Sarah Palin into the mainstream media, American evangelicalism is reinvigorated by their Biblical-oriented calls to crusade.
In 2011, Rachel Tabachnick discussed Christian Dominion and the Uganda prototype. As a charismatic movement of world conquest founded on bigotry and murder, this form of faith professed by such notables as Sarah Palin threatens democratic aspirations worldwide. As Tabachnick noted, Uganda’s legislated death penalty for homosexuality was just the beginning.
As Jack Crow wrote in 2010, Sarah Palin’s breed of Charismatic, Latter Rain theology desires both World’s End, and an ‘end times’ theocracy, to enact the Holy Nation Perfection which will induce God to send Jesus back. As Crow observes, “That’s about 25% of the US population, right there. And they all need Jews to behave a certain way (up to and including dying off) in order to get God to notice all the nice white people in the States, who want into heaven.” A great warmup for the Rapture.
In 2009, Author Frederick Clarkson reminded us that when Christian Patriot friends of Sarah Palin do things like murder federal judges or attempt to assassinate members of Congress, there’s a reason. Part of that is brain damage, but the catalyst for Constitution Party members and other vigilantes is demonizing by right-wing demagogues, especially Christian Reconstructionist preachers. Remember the Oklahoma City bombing?
In 1994, Jim Halpin and Paul de Armond wrote The Merchant of Fear, which noted that the board of governors on the powerful and ultra-secretive Council for National Policy (CNP) included such familiar right-wing stalwarts as former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, founding president of the Heritage Foundation Paul Weyrich, Jerry Falwell and Oliver North. Front Lines Research, a Planned Parenthood magazine, called the CNP, “the central leadership network of the far right in the United States.”
For readers who wish to understand Christian fascism in the US, INSiGHT journal, Volume 2, FALL 2016 examines religious hysteria in America, and the spiritual warfare of Puritanical conservatism against socialism and the indigenous peoples’ movement.