Fundamentalism, the Religious Right, and the NeoCon Agenda
By Dennis Paul Knicely, Doctor of Divinity
A huge number of people in America consider themselves Christian. Yet how many truly follow the teachings of Jesus?
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, fundamentalism is “A usually religious movement or point of view characterized by a return to fundamental principles, by rigid adherence to those principles, and often by intolerance of other views and opposition to secularism.”
Secularists believe religious considerations should be excluded from civil affairs or public education.
The “Religious Right” in America is sometimes politically active against abortion and pornography. They favor prayer in schools, yet are basically intolerant of other religious beliefs.
Do you really think these folks would favor Muslim Prayers, Buddhist and Hindu Chants? Do you think they would favor honoring or teaching Ancient Egyptian Mythology, the roots of modern Christian beliefs?
Most fundamentalists against abortion call themselves “pro life”. How many of these folks got behind this insane War in Iraq / Afghanistan, that has killed many more innocent men, women and children than true enemy, then “writing it off” as simply “collateral damage” with no consequences?
Did many of these fundamentalist Christians ever read the Bible, or are they simply following the spin of preachers, putting their own interpretation on scripture? The Ten Commandments include: “Thou shall not kill”. There were not exceptions if they truly take this scripture as literal truth. Yet there are so many interpretations of these simple words, how do you really know what is meant?
Fundamentalist Christians speaking out against pornography are vehemently against sharing nude, beautiful bodies in public. Many Fudamentalist Muslims share the same belief. Yet they say nothing is wrong with news broadcasts showing mutilated bodies caused by an insane war, as long as it’s not “one of our own”.
Media talks about thousands American soldiers we’ve lost in this war. What about showing the tens of thousands more coming home with post trauma stress, missing body parts, messed up lives, or in body bags? What about the hundreds of thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan, including countless innocent men, women + children that have been killed or sustained severe losses of homes, livelihoods and after effects including permanent injuries, deformed children, or even worse, now having to live without running water and electricity?
How would you personally define “pro life”, if you take these words literally?
Jim David Adkisson, the man arrested in a rampage at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, killed and injured innocent people, because he was angry with “the liberal movement”. According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, items seized from Adkisson's house were three books: "The O'Reilly Factor," by television commentator Bill O'Reilly; "Liberalism is a Mental Disorder," by radio personality Michael Savage; and "Let Freedom Ring," by political pundit Sean Hannity.
Glenn Beck, a radical commentator for Arab funded Fox News Network, continues this spin game by claiming truth when his game simply continues to "con game" started with the NeoCon movement.
How much longer will we put up with radio/TV announcers spewing untruths daily, turning good people against good people, telling us solar / wind power is bad, while supporting the Halliburton machine, calling for drilling offshore while alternative energy resources are suppressed?
The Neo-Con agenda has nothing to do with preserving the Earth, or helping our environment get back into balance.
Traditional Right Wing Conservatism held up principles including freedom of religion and a right to privacy while preserving Constitutional principles.
Neo-Cons like GW Bush and Dick Cheney purported the “Patriot Act” that has basically conned Congress and Senate into taking traditional Constitutional rights away from us. How patriotic is this, really?
When will those calling themselves Fundamentalist or Right Wing wake up and honor the one they call “Prince of Peace”? Do you really think Jesus would support insane war while lying to keep us there?
Through a glass, darkly:
How the Christian right is reimagining U.S. history - Harpers Magazine Dec. 2006