Last week I wrote about Oriana Fallaci’s view of the “Reverse Crusade” – the Muslim invasion of Europe. But I hate getting caught looking in the wrong direction so today’s topic is the Christian Taliban of The New Amerika.
This morning I read an article called “The Crusaders” by Robert Koehler. The article contains a strong and disturbing quote from Mikey Weinstein: The Christian Taliban is running the Department of Defense.
Weinstein is the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which works to ensure that those serving in the US armed forces do not have their constitutional right to religious freedom whipped out from under them.
Mikey Weinstein published a book last year, so I went to amazon to look at it. With God on Our Side is an exposé of the fundamentalist Christian zealotry that has permeated the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. It got good reviews and I am going to read it.
I have a friend in the US Air Force, he is a major and a pilot and a Jew. I have never asked him about being a Jew in the air force or at the academy, but I have talked to my friend who is his wife. For three years in Germany, Leah’s only close friends were other military wives. They were all nice women, but they were also all Christian – the kind that organise their own Bible study twice a week. And Leah continually had to tell them to fuck off because they really really wanted her to join them.
When I was down in Vyškov, teaching at the Czech military university, an American astronaut came to speak and ended up trying to sell Jesus to an audience full of atheist soldiers who had no idea what he was on about. It was so wrong and out of place that it literally made me sick – I barfed into the sink in my office just after.
Back to amazon… you know how when you look at a book, they tell you what other books you might want to browse through. I got a list of titles that turned my blood to ice water:
- Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism by Michelle Goldberg
- American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America by Chris Hedges
- Piety & Politics: The Right-Wing Assault on Religious Freedom by Barry W. Lynn
This is pretty serious stuff. We are currently at war because God told the pяezident to invade Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. Creationism is being taught in schools all over The New Amerika. Politicians have declared that the United States was founded as a Christian nation (which it was not). Women are continuously being threatened with the loss of our freedom of choice and the ownership of our own bodies. Atheists are feared and reviled. And the witch burnings are sure to start any day now.
How did we get here? I would like to write next about what we need to do to fix things, but I’m afraid that I don’t know. Reason seems to have fled and we really are stuck in an age of mumbo-jumbo. I guess I’ll just stay over here where it’s relatively safe and watch and wait.