Is the End Game for the Religious Right Really a Civil War? (Part 2 of 2)
“[G]ay rights issue has reached an unprecedented ‘level of intensity’ and put the country on the brink of conflict . . . Talk about a Civil War, we could have another one over this.
. . . If the Supreme Court strikes down the state bans and states across the country fail to convene “a state constitutional convention to re-examine the Constitution . . . we’re going to see a general collapse in the next decade or two.”
In Part 1, yesterday, I posed the question, “Is the religious right really a threat to life and limb?” My focus was on the mentality of the religious right and their built-in love of all wars. Everything is a war. It started with the war on Christmas, now it’s morphed into a paranoid delusion of war on christians.
The radical politics of the religious right foment wars abroad and at home because it fits in with their self-image of martyrdom and belief that precipitating even civilization-destroying world wars are pre-ordained wherein they, as ‘real christians’ will be saved in order to reform the world in christian terms. It is a combination of built-in bellicose ideology mixed with psychological delusion and transference.
The efforts to transform America into a ‘christian nation’ started with the earliest settlers. There has always been a cadre of leaders and politicians who have made this their life’s work. All of these people seek ‘dominion’ over the secular.
The political and religious dominionist philosophy underpinning all of these cults is very clear: the end of our rule of law to be replaced by (whatever their version is of) god’s law. Notable among these cults is the profiteering organization known as The Family (aka The Fellowship), which has been discussed at length here for more than a month. This one cult claims hundreds of currently serving public officials, and they conduct The Family’s business to provide financial benefits to its members in government buildings and abroad every day, all on the taxpayer’s dime.
The dominionist movement began in the 1600s with the first colonizers to reach North American. During the civil war the Christian Amendment Movement was founded, soon to be relabeled The National Reform Association. They got as far as meeting with President Lincoln who took the matter under consideration, and amendments to the constitution were presented to Congress in 1874, 1896, and 1910, and then again 1954 to basically acknowledge “Almighty God as the source of all authority and power in civil government, the Lord Jesus Christ as the Ruler among the nations.”
Fast forward to now, and we are contending with ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and a GOP-dominated congress that is putting forth religious liberty laws that are unabashedly science-denying, punishing, and discriminatory against women, the poor, people of color, immigrants, LGBT folks, and mother earth herself.
Even though he Constitution intended to protect non-religion as much as any single religion, will these politicians calling for so-called religious liberty legislation actually ask the conservative minority to arm themselves to press their agenda? Will they go to war domestically to defend their latest misanthropy, the nefarious First Amendment Defense Act, the aim of which is “to prevent discriminatory treatment of any person on the basis of views held with respect to marriage?”
The answer I guess is yes and no. Although there are a few such as Bobby Jindal and others who have already called on their acolytes to pick up arms, and our police forces are not yet trained to avoid responding with guns, it is the entire fabric of the religious right’s rhetoric that prompts white, low-information and/or mentally unstable people to resort to physical violence and civil unrest as a way to protest America’s laws and policies.
According to collected data, in the 14 years since the attacks on September 11, twice as many Americans have been killed by white supremacists, right-wing extremists, and other non-Muslim domestic terrorists than by people motivated by “jihadist ideology.”
This is the reality you will never hear about on FOX News but nonetheless represents a civil war virtually endorsed by the religious right’s twisted thinking and thoroughly twisted version of what christianity is actually about. Those white domestic terrorists are the religious right’s foot soldiers, whom they never condemn publicly because they so easily feature in their poisonous narrative.
So, our hard-earned tax dollars are used to finance the rogue diplomacy and profiteering embodied by The Family and the ALEC legislative bullying (both of which are tax-exempt), and the unrelenting rhetoric of the religious right, all underscored with threats of civil war.
Do you think armed domestic conflict will spread? Or, more to the point, when will you start doing something to #VoteOutTheReligiousRight?
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