Friday, June 01, 2007

American Fascists

by Chris Hedges

In 1935, American novelist Sinclair Lewis wrote in his book It Can't Happen Here: "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." And more than 20 years ago, Harvard Divinity School student Hedges was warned by a professor – who worked with dissidents like Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Germany's Confessing Church during the mid-1930s -- that someday he and his classmates would be battling “Christian fascists” like the legion of televangelists then gaining prominence over the airwaves. In this new book, Hedges demonstrates how far the United States has moved in that direction courtesy of “Dominionists” who straddle the line between politics and religion in their efforts to transform the country into their vision of a "Christian nation." To that end, Hedges reports from the front lines (he has been a journalist for many years), attending proselytization training sessions, programs dedicated to the Apocalypse, conferences about “conversion therapy” for gays, the recently opened Creation Museum, and political-religious rallies that combine symbols of war and patriotism with faith. The words of the leaders of the theocratic movement provide the most damning evidence in support of his thesis. --Inanna

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