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Showing posts with label Christian Nationalism. Show all posts
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May 20, 2022

Michelle Goldberg on Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism - video

On July 24, 2007, yours truly purchased an insightful book authored by Michelle Goldberg concrning religious radicalism, bellicose fundamentalism, and "military retirees pledging to seize the nation in Christ's name, perfidious congressmen courting the confidence of neo-confederates and proponents of theocracy, and leaders of federally funded programs offering Jesus as the solution to the country's problems."

Through interviews and testimonies of the people behind the movement, the author "provides access into the hearts and minds of citizens who are striving to remake the secular Republic bequeathed by our Founders into a Christian nation run according to their interpretation of scripture." My italics because, as a Protestant myself, for me there lies a major part of their wrong-headedness, a major yet purposeful 'glitch' in their holier-than-thou plans, a sour note, really. Rationality tells us that morality cannot be legislated externally, it must come from within to be genuine!

But these are irrational forces challenging rationality, determined to merge State with their version of church, backed, funded, and encouraged by a wealthy corporate class ideologically distanced from the populace. This is, in fact, their particular recipe for fascism in America - but, unlike the 1930s, this time around the saboteurs are part of a global movement, a network of despots. And as in previous decades, primal violence is one of their strong-arm thuggery tactics along with the threat of it for intimidation purposes when bribes don't work.

So in addition, 'Kingdom Coming' also describes an "ever widening subversive stranglehold nationwide" as Enlightenment values "are threatened by a mystical nationalism" that claims "divine sanction."

Mystical nationalism! To me this sounds like bizarre Neptune-Pluto influences, and the vast planetary pair contains plenty of fermenting space for criminal elements in society - and for wacky fantasy worlds, too. Very much like men who play the lucrative role of POTUS but on the down-low are mobsters and foreign agents taking orders to sabotage America and destroy our social fabric.

So now as we watch this radical authoritarian movement full of evangelical far-righters, "conservatives", corrupt politicians, and militia-loving white "supremacists" attempt to take over America before our very eyes, I ask you, dear reader: could Michelle Goldberg have been anymore prescient?