I have been to Auschwitz Concentration Camp. It was a singularly intense experience. It was 1994 and I was a member of the United States Karate Team competing in the Fudokan World Karate Championship in Zakopane, Poland. On the day of the competition I pulled a calf muscle in the form event and was done for the day. On our day off we decided to take a trip to Auschwitz, a group of us piled into a bus and took the hour or so drive to the camp. It was a strange feeling to see those infamous gates and to walk through them. As I walked about the camp the enormity of what took place there was overwhelming. I visited many of the buildings, including the gas chamber and crematorium. I saw a room full of glasses and the brick wall where many prisoners were lined up and shot. Most moving was the building dedicated to the plight of the Jews. The dormitories were, if memory serves two storied, they were full of artifacts, photographs and personal belongings. At one point while walking through the building I remember feeling overwhelmed and I had to get out of the building and into the fresh air. It was a feeling of overwhelming dread.
All this was done in the name of the Third Reich by a society, a nation of people that had bought into the idea of the master race. They had believed in their redeemer and in his mad demonic ideas. It took a world war to end the madness and the world has never been the same. The Jewish people can never forget and neither can anyone who visits Auschwitz ever forget what a twisted ideology can do to a country in the name of some perceived greater good.
Today in America we have the rise of the new ideology of madness and it is the Evangelical Christian movement with their crazy charismatic leadership. They preach the gospel of hate. They represent a real and present danger to America. If they were ignored as they should be and consigned to the wackos of society that have to be tolerated it would not be a problem. That is not the case, America is acting like a town that is trying to accommodate and appease the village idiot, so everybody does everything the village idiot wants them to do. We have senators and congressmen taking these people seriously and making laws based on the leaders of these groups and their agendas. Evidence their own
words; James Dobson said "God has called us to be His representatives in our nation and in our world. Select candidates who represent your views and work for their election." Pastor John Hagee said "I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans...I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are -- were recipients of the judgment of God for that...There was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other Gay Pride parades.... The Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment sometimes before the day of judgment." These men have been advisors to presidents. Senators and congressmen seek their support and do their bidding. It is time that congress repudiate these advocates of hate, intolerance and bigotry. We are a liberal society, that embraces diversity and inclusion. We are a society of toleration and a society of freedom of speech and religious belief. We are also a country with people of different shades of color and cultures and languages. All these things they hate. Their agenda is a theocracy, one that is based on their interpretation of the bible. Randell Terry Founder of Operation Rescue said, "I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you.I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good ... Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called by God to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism." Jerry Falwell said, "We must fight against those radical minorities who are trying to remove God from our textbooks, Christ from our nation. We must take back what is rightfully ours." (Moral Majority Sermon, March 1993) "I hope to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won't have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be."
These Evangelical preachers preach a dangerous message to their flock. They preach a form of sedition and anti-Americanism under the guise of patriotism. Like the Third Reich their members are mostly white poor working class people with little education and are mostly excluded from the main social fabric of the nation. They buy into a message that appeals to their fears of being left behind by a society they don't fully understand. A society they see as increasingly diverse, where women, gays, people of color demand equality. The message they listen too is one of exclusivity and a special connection to God, a God that is on their side. They have the message that they will be the ones to get into heaven and that all the rest of the world will be damned. They have a leader they can back who shares their values, Sarah Palin with her supporters in the Right wing media Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity. There is a danger here that these preachers will wrap themselves in the flag and if they could they would take away our freedoms in the name of God and America. Ultimately they need to be seen as they are, and called on it and not given a pass.
Frank Schaeffer former Evangelical leader blows the lid of the Evangelical Right.
Recommended Book a second time:
Republican Gomorrah by Max Blumenthal, an excerpt;
"Fromm’s analysis in Escape from Freedom provides an eerie but prescient description of the authoritarian mindset driving the movement that has substantially taken over the modern Republican Party: the Christian right. Over the last five years, I interviewed hundreds of the Christian right’s leaders and activists, attended dozens of its rallies and conferences, listened to countless hours of its radio programs, and sat in movement-oriented houses of worship where no journalists were permitted. As I explored the contours of the movement, I discovered a culture of personal crisis lurking behind the histrionics and expressions of social resentment. This culture is the mortar that bonds leaders and followers together.
Inside the movement initiates refer to it cryptically as “The Family,” an exclusive sect. The Christian right as a whole is called “the pro-Family” movement, and movement allies are known as “friends of The Family.” In an actual family, blood ties are required; however, joining the Christian right requires little more than becoming “born again,” a process of confession, conversion, and submission to a strict father figure.
The movement’s Jesus is the opposite of the prince of peace. He is a stern, overtly masculine patriarch charging into the fray with his sword raised against secular foes; he is “the head of a dreadful company, mounted on a white horse, with a double-edged sword, his robe dipped in blood,” according to movement propagandist Steve Arterburn. Mark Driscoll, a pastor who operates an alternative Christian rock venue from his church, stirs the souls of twenty- something evangelical males with visions of “Ultimate Fighting Jesus.” This same musclebound god-man starred in Mel Gibson’s blood-drenched The Passion of the Christ, enduring bone-crushing punishment at the hands of Jews and pagans for two hours of unrelieved pornographic masochism.
A portrait of virility and violence, the movement’s omnipotent macho Jesus represents the mirror inversion of the weak men who necessitated his creation. As Fromm explained, “the lust for power is not rooted in strength but in weakness [italics in original]. It is the expression of the individual self to stand alone and live. It is the desperate attempt to gain secondary strength where genuine strength is lacking.”
The movement’s macho Jesus provided purpose to Tom DeLay, a dallying, alcoholic Texas legislator transformed through evangelical religion from “Hot Tub Tommy” into a dictatorial House majority leader known as “The Hammer.” Macho Jesus was the god of Ted Haggard, a closet homosexual born-again and charismatic megachurch leader, risen to head of the National Association of Evangelicals, preaching the gospel of spiritual warfare and anti-gay crusades. And he was the god of Howard F. Ahmanson Jr., an eccentric millionaire whose inheritance of massive wealth literally drove him mad, prompting his institutionalization, who found relief as one of the far right’s most reliable financial angels. Macho Jesus even transformed the serial killer Ted Bundy, murderer and rapist of dozens of women, who became a poster child for anti-pornography activists with his nationally televised death row confessional."