March 7, 2007

REPLACING CHAPEL PERIOD WITH THE TWO-MINUTE HATE:

Christianity Is an Enemy That Gives Hedges Meaning (Ryan T. Anderson, March 7, 2007, First Things)

The audience was shocked. Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, delivered a Princeton University lecture on the religious right so appalling that even his supporters were embarrassed. One university administrator apologized that Hedges was "so reductionist and offensive," promising that she wouldn't have invited him had she known. A dean said Hedges' "behavior was disappointing to everyone and did not reflect the intentions of the sponsors."

Maybe he was just having a bad day? He wasn't. In his new book, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, Hedges insists that today's evangelical Christians are good old-fashioned fascists and Nazis reborn. [...]

Those who take comfort in evangelical dogmas are fleeing what Hedges terms our "Culture of Despair"--the social and economic conditions of modern industrialized America.

The religious right caused this despair in the first place, according to Hedges: Back in Ronald Reagan's day, America's Christians ruined the nation, so that, in George W. Bush's day, they could take it over. Mostly they did it when they "sanctified a ruthless unfettered capitalism," which eroded community and security. And the whole idea of a "culture war" was merely the religious right's useful attempt to create a mentality of "us vs. them." To keep their followers docile, Christian leaders have launched a "war on truth" (especially on evolution) and created pseudo-scientific organizations to provide a veneer of intellectual credibility. These, says Hedges, are the modern fascists' propaganda machines.


One need not even pretend to listen to someone who pretends the 60s/70s were the good old days but these are the days of Despair.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 7, 2007 11:27 AM
Comments

They're not pretending. The 60's and 70's were their halcyon years, love and marijuana in the air, they rocked to the music of our institutions being demolished and rolled with the sounds of newspeak in their ears.

No wonder they can't stop pining for those times to return. They were young and beautiful then and now they look like the parents whom they so distained.

Poetic Justice. Ain't it beautiful.

Posted by: erp at March 7, 2007 11:54 AM

Our heroic academics. Still saving the world from fascism.

Posted by: at March 7, 2007 2:32 PM

After further reading I can report without reservation that this Hedges fellow is a lunatic.

Posted by: at March 7, 2007 3:27 PM

From an old Simpsons episode where a young Homer confronts Grandpa Simpson (I'm reciting this from memory):

Homer: You're not "with it," dad!

Grandpa Simpson: I used to be "with it," but then they changed what "it" was. Now what I am isn't "it," and what is seems new and scary to me. It'll happen to you!

Posted by: Matt Murphy at March 7, 2007 6:50 PM
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