Christian fascism: New Developments in the Theology of Empire?
In this review of Chris Hedges's new book, Carolyn Baker outlines what she considers to be the principles of a rising new "Christian Fascism" or "Christo-fascism" in the United States including:
1) A belief in the goodness and necessity of apocalytic violence to cleanse the world of evil and sin;
2) A belief in the necessity of a theocratic government in the United States
3) A possible belief in maintaining the purity of an all white society
4) A commitment to the notion of "a culture of life" that opposes abortion rights
5) The need to maintain Christian para military, or security, forces to protect the righteous.
In this interview, Hedges depicts the growing movement of so called "Christian Fascism" in terms very similar to what Marcus Borg, in our interview, called idolatry--taking articles of faith and objectifying them. In the case of the radical right, according to Hedges, the idea is to build a "creation state" that would unify different Christain groups against secular decadence.
It seems clear that the prominence of the Christian right in politics over the last 20 years has spawned a backlash among humanists. Several new books by Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Daniel Dennett describe what they see as the fundamental irrationality of religion in the modern world. Jack Huberman talks about the media strategy needed for this humanist group: ridicule the believers into submission by comparing belief in God to belief, for instance, in Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy.
Is there such a thing as Christian Fascism? Is there a way to talk about the sacred that is not tainted by empire or dismissed as irrationality?