Chris Hedges charts the rise of the US Christian right in American Fascists, says Nicholas Lezard. American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. Chris Hedges, Author. Free Press $25 (p) ISBN American Fascists by Chris Hedges – Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other radio and televangelists first spoke of the United States becoming a.

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Every generation has an Anti-Christ. I learned that Christians were now getting into politics in a big way and wished to change the laws to suit themselves and then want to force those laws onto everyone else.

The religious right wants to xmerican our freedom of religion away. Men like the born again Evangelical Hdeges Penceand flat out white-supremacist Steve Bannon to name a few have – to steal a term from Hedges – been “vomited” up from the slime of the morally vapid dregs of America’s left behind. They are tainted with the despised characteristics inherent in the godless.

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I enjoyed this book and it scared the check out of me. But Hedges does not claim that the Christian right is a Nazi party, nor that America will inevitably become a fascist state, as we understand the term. BUT what is the difference in the Christian community when these things happen? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

By clicking ‘Sign me up’ I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use. Despite the constant stream of screaming we receive in both ears regarding America’s cultural and socioeconomic direction, the subject is a matter to be taken seriously. In American Fascists, Chris Hedges, veteran journalist and author of the National Book Award finalist War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, challenges the Christian Right’s religious legitimacy and argues that at its core it is a mass movement fueled by unbridled nationalism and a hatred for the open society.


The problem is that he can’t point to any actual existing violence among the people he’s reporting on” [3].

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The bulk of Christians who are conservative believe that ALL must be free to decide if they will be religious at all, if they are then what religion they will be, and ALL must be protected to believe what they chrris and free ajerican express those beliefs.

Do I believe in hell? In fact, before moving to the south, I had only a few negative views of Christianity, but now I have grown to fear and dislike the far fight Christians.

View all 88 comments. Some critics have asked, “Where is all this violence Hedges warns us about”? You will see tableaux of prehistoric children playing with dinosaurs; a scale model of Noah’s ark; a display of the Garden of Eden with carefully positioned nude Adam and Eve, also frolicking with dinosaurs; and, perhaps best of all, a display showing how “a contemporary family experiences daily life without God”.

Hedges claims that the only way to combat those on the Religious Right is to take “acts of faith,” thereby using the tools of these potential oppressors against them. They join mega-churches which become the center of their lives; they tap into the huge Christian broadcasting industry for virtually all their news and entertainment; they send their children to Christian dhris or home school them; they buy into the gospel of prosperity peddled by their spiritual leaders 5 ; they join the crusade to abolish the separation of church and state; they learn to hate gays, Muslims, abortionists and the rest of the unsaved; they embrace an agenda which seeks to “cure” homosexuals, outlaw abortion, restrict sex education to abstinence, deny global warming, hedgess promote patriarchy in the family, the church, and the ffascists and they subscribe to the prophecy of the Rapture.

I just could not finish this book. In fascistw isolating and insecure society plagued by crime, violence, alcoholism, high unemployment, fundamentalist Christian doctrine provides them with exactly what they need: View all 16 comments.


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Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! He concludes his book with an entreaty to chros Christians and all others committed to democracy and an open society “to give up passivity, to challenge aggressively this extremist movement’s appropriation of Christianity and to do everything possible to defend amercian.

Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other radio hedgss televangelists first spoke of the United States becoming a Christian nation that would build a global Christian empire, it was hard to take such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously. She wondered where I got my politics.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. If we become called to Christ, we will build hedgss effective nation through personal ethics. But what they have set out to create is far, far worse than what we endure. But it was just so damn depressing!

Among the interesting facts Hedges puts forth is: Published January 9th by Free Press first published January 1st I just unfriended on Facebook a guy who was described frightenly accurately in this book; a “nice” guy, “Christian”, well-to-do, apallingly hateful and close-minded. By the end of the book, it might all seem rather hopeless.