American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America is a non-fiction book by American Pulitzer Prize journalist Chris Hedges, published in January. Chris Hedges charts the rise of the US Christian right in American Fascists, says Nicholas Lezard. 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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I’m a Christian, and I unashamedly believe in miracles and angels. Hedges is a former seminary student with a master’s degree in divinity from Harvard Divinity School and was a long-time foreign correspondent for The New York Times.
She then told me that she had promised herself that she would never be friends with a non-Christian. And because fundamentalist followers live in a binary universe, they are incapable of seeing others as anything more than inverted reflections of themselves.
He actually takes the advice he himself lays out: It doesn’t mean that they represent the views of all Baptists. View all 46 comments. All it will take, Hedges writes, is one more national crisis on the order of September 11 for the Christian Right to make a concerted drive to destroy American democracy.
What is a “Conservative Christian”?
Donald Trump is trying or did change that by passing a law that brings Church and State closer together. The chief goal of totalitarianism is to tell all citizens what to believe, how to behave and how to speak. So why the four stars?
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America by Chris Hedges
Citing a plethora of anecdotal evidence — which, I feel, both makes his thesis of Christo-fascism increasingly terrifying, yet also manages to come off amerivan patently absurd — Hedges tells a tale of a vocal minority of Christians actively amerucan to dominate and oppress those they Chris Hedges paints a rather frightening, regressive, misogynistic view of the underground Christian Right, a fundamentalist movement he alleges is closely linked to neo-conservatism and the American Republican party.
Hedges says that, “This rhetoric of depersonalization creates a frightening hecges fragmentation, an ability to act with compassion and justice toward those within the closed, Christian circle yet allow others outside the circle to be abused, silenced, and stripped of their rights. As a Harvard Divinity School graduate, his investigation of the Christian Right agenda is even more alarming given its lucidity.
It is unpleasant to think of the universe as a vast, meaningless place where people have no real purpose but simply move about and eventually disappear.
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American Facists is at its most daring when it enunciates Fasciats “one of Satan’s minions”. At that moment they will reveal themselves for what they truly are — the American heirs to fascism.
American Fascists should be read by people willing to think. This book is readable, accessible to any reasonably intelligent person, and cogent in its arguments. Part of my own conclusion from this book is to beware anyone who claims they know the only way to live and that all who do not follow that way should be silenced, fixed, or destroyed.
The threat posed by a very strong group of evangelicals in union with a powerful and well funded heedges of politicians and heads of unfettered transnational corporations is very real.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Mar 31, Jami rated it really liked it Recommends it for: America is truly lucky a charismatic figure hasn’t appeared to whip up large parts of the population into a total frenzy, and we should fear that someone hedtes inept as Trump has succeed in doing so to a degree.
Hedges points out that there are, in fact, no short cuts. Of course, every religious group has their fringe groups and for Christianity, fundamentalists Christians are theirs. A movement that craves an End of Times but the unanswered question is what comes after that? Its leaders know how television can be used to seduce and encourage us to walk away from dwindling, less exciting collectives that protect and nurture us. The real importance of this book is that Hedges addresses the idea of tolerance.
See full terms and conditions and this month’s choices. If a hate group calls itself for example ” Westboro Baptist Church” then they have the right to do that and to spout what they will. They are systematically attempting to subvert the root institutions and beliefs of America, intent on ushering in a theocratic state, disenfranchising any who object, attacking the other, whether for sexual or religious preference.
The movement awaits a crisis. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The groups that advocate theocracy are a very particular strain of “Christian. But I decide I was now “committed”, so to speak. However, his characterization of HOW some proponents of evangelical Christianity have changed the fundamental no pun intended tone and tactics of the way we “govern” in all three branches, principally in the utter lack of civility and reasoned debate, remains accurate.
I had found that many of these groups do not care about others, of helping the poor, or of giving them health care. Men like the born again Evangelical Mike Penceand flat out white-supremacist Steve Bannon to name a few have – to steal a term from Hedges – been “vomited” up from the sli But the book would be much better if Chris Hedges could provide a more constructive solution.
However, these groups in a democracy must always be kept in check. It also seemed a little on the excessive and dramatic side too.
Christ Hedges’ book entitled ‘American Fascists’ is a ferocious affair chrls targets not Christianity, but those that have infiltrated the Westernized version of Christianity to their own gain. I initially saw author Chris Hedges speak on BookTV about this book, and was enchanted by the fiery invective and seething passion he had for his subject matter.
The movement’s yearning for apocalyptic violence and its assault on dispassionate, intellectual inquiry are laying the foundation for a new, frightening America. Or is it a Christian who holds “Conservative” views about Christianity? Hedges describes and documents in frightening detail the people we have most to fear.