Saturday, May 22, 2004

The First Prince of the Theocratic States of America

This is a long and somewhat spooky essay and a review of it. The main thesis seems to be that there is a group of christian fundamentalists that are slowly taking over the high court and the white house. I do not know enough to comment on the quality of the essay or to be able to judge wether its a good essay or hysterical propaganda. I decided to post it anyway because if its true its quite scary and because I'm curious about your opinion.

1 comment:

Tom said...

This article does seem a bit hysterical, hopefully it will not be judged too prescient. "George Bush and the Treacherous Country" by Steve Erickson refered to by Bartlett in his review is less extreme.

It is interesting how the conservatives are able to justify their political (and selfish) views with selective quotations. By taking these quotations from the Bible, they gain the credibility of being able to claim they're Christain, as most people will therefore identify with them and therefore with their views. Lumping the whole Bible together as a single text allows people to gloss over the contradictory voices contained therein, "judge not, that ye be not judged" doesn't get much of a run.

Selective quotations are not only the domain of the conservatives though, I wasn't aware that Al Gore was also a "fortunate son" (his father was a senator, and he was vice-president) while we frequently hear that George W Bush only became president because of his father and family connections.

The contradictions that fundamentalists entertain always bother me (but obviously not them), such as insisting that the poor need not be helped -- if God wanted to help them he would -- it doesn't occur to them that God may choose to help the poor by asking other people to help them. I suppose they can apply Occam's Razor and question why God would complicate things by getting them to do his work, but they don't seem to have any concerns with carrying out his wishes and murdering an abortionist or homosexual.

The review by Bartlett makes the fair point that the mainstream Christains should stand up for the corruption of their faith. The Muslims are having to do a similar thing to separate themselves from their fundamentalists. Moderate religous views are generally not aired in our "secular" countries, as moderate rational people generally respect our wishes to not be bombarded by their opinions. The fundamentalists have no such concerns, so their views are the only ones we hear.