In his expose of authoritarian dominionists who have hijacked parts of U.S. Christianity, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America,Chris Hedges challenges complacent mainstream religious organizations:
The book covers ground well-worked in recent decades by Sara Diamond, Chip Berlet, and Political Research Associates.
Hedges brings a special anguish to his portrayal of these charlatans who are out to replace our lumbering, fractious democracy with their simple-minded violent theocracy. He acquired his tolerant, humane values from a very different kind of Christianity. Later he earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School, and saw entirely too much real violence as a war correspondent for fifteen years. The last experience led to his other major book, War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning.
Hedges cares about meaning -- and the religious right, appropriately, scares him. He raises the alarm emphatically:
This book is very much worth a read.
- She gives creationism the time of day and seems to think believing in God precludes accepting the truth of evolution.
- The particular Assemblies of God congregation she is connected to has some seriously rightwing connections.
- There's all too much evidence that she doesn't understand or accept the science describing climate change. From the VP debate:
In the midst of that word salad, there's plenty of room for a fundamental denial of the science. I can't help suspecting her of being far more comfortable of attributing it all to a personal First Cause, rather than delving into causes that might, as Joe Biden responded, point to a solution.
- Most tellingly of all, John McCain may not have vetted Palin much when he was looking desperately for a VP who would satisfy the Christian right segment of the Republican party. But the luminaries of the dominionist establishment sure think she is just great. I can only assume they know a good deal she isn't telling us, in addition to appreciating her stance in favor of forcing women to carry all pregnancies through to births.