There is a desire felt by tens of millions of Americans, lumped into a diffuse and fractious movement known as the Christian right, to destroy the intellectual and scientific rigor of the Enlightenment, radically diminish the role of government to create a theocratic state based on ‘biblical law’, and force a recalcitrant world to bend to the will of an imperial and ‘Christian’ America. Its public face is on display in the House of Representatives. This ideology, which is the driving force behind the shutdown of the government, calls for the eradication of social ‘deviants’, beginning with gay men and lesbians, whose sexual orientation, those in the movement say, is a curse and an illness, contaminating the American family and the country. Once these ‘deviants’ are removed, other ‘deviants’, including Muslims, liberals, feminists, intellectuals, left-wing activists, undocumented workers, poor African-Americans and those dismissed as ‘nominal Christians’ — meaning Christians who do not embrace this peculiar interpretation of the Bible — will also be ruthlessly repressed. The ‘deviant’ government bureaucrats, the ‘deviant’ media, the ‘deviant’ schools and the ‘deviant’ churches, all agents of Satan, will be crushed or radically reformed.

Chris Hedges

4 Comments

  • Arthur Baker says:

    And in Australia, we have our own loony old tennis champion, insisting that gay men and lesbians are “the work of the devil” and receiving the country’s top honour, the AC, “as a mentor of young sportspersons”. Hope none of the young sportspersons are “the work of the devil”.

    • admin says:

      Arthur,
      Someone online said that Court got the gong because she hates the same people the government hates. I think that is pretty accurate, as well as being disturbing.

  • Jon says:

    Word on the street is that Court had her ticket upgraded by the Council as a show of “gender equality” (Rod Laver having already been granted his in 2016). The irony of “equality” being the Council’s justification won’t be lost on any (non-conservative) thinking Australian. Court is just another example of self-professed “christians” spewing hatred from their pulpits.

    (Rev) Alistair Macrae got it right :
    “Macrae, a former president of the Uniting Church in Australia, was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017 for his services to the community but joined the growing list of recipients who declared they would be handing back their awards in protest.
    “Her public comments in relation to LGBTI people – I won’t repeat them here – are damaging to significant parts of our community, and by no means represent the views of many Christians,” Reverend Macrae wrote in an opinion piece for The Age.

    “As a minister and theologian, I am aware that bad theology kills people. Bad theology underpinned the racist apartheid regime in South Africa. Bad theology supported Hitler’s racist ideology and the evil it produced.

    “Bad theology underpinned or failed to recognise the racist assumptions behind the destructive program of colonisation not least in this land. Bad theology continues to alienate and oppress sexual minorities.

    “The upgrading of Mrs Court’s award will rub salt into these wounds.

    “Statistics relating to suicide and mental health issues among the LGBTI community are well known and should be of concern to the whole community, not least the community that claims to follow the teaching and life example of Jesus Christ.”

    • admin says:

      Jon,
      There are some christians out there who seem to follow the supposed teachings of JC, they just seem to be few and far between. Most of those you see in government are of the same ilk as Margaret Court; vicious, grasping, bigots. As I think I said before, someone online said that Court got her gong because she ‘hates the same people the government hates’. I think the gender equity story was an afterthought as a way of trying to diffuse the outrage.

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