"...as all history informs us, there has been in every State & Kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing & governed: the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. And this has alone occasioned great convulsions, actual civil wars, ending either in dethroning of the Princes, or enslaving of the people. Generally indeed the ruling power carries its point, the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes; the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure. There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh, get first all the peoples money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever." ~ Benjamin Franklin
American Christian Fascists
Column by Bob Wallace.
Exclusive to STR
If fascism ever comes to America, it won’t be through insignificant groups such as American Nazis or the KKK, both of which together could field a couple of softball teams. It’ll come through “Christians,” specifically the blood-thirsty ones who support war.
This kind of Christian supports the State, and Israel and wars, because they think by doing so, they can get Jesus to come back and slaughter all the “infidels” (first those infidels were the Communists, now they’re Muslims). They won’t be around to watch any of this, because they believe they’ll be wafted to Heaven in the Rapture. They believe they’ll be watching the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse romp all over the world from on high.
Look how popular those “Left Behind” novels are. Tens of millions of copies have been sold.
These people are of course completely deluded. The belief in the Rapture is profoundly anti-Biblical, not that it’s stopped anyone in the past from using religion to slaughter people.
Yet because these people support the State, and there are millions of them, they are one of the main political groups that support the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They also support Israel uncritically, although they rarely mention they believe most of the Jews in Israel will be slaughtered and the rest converted to Christianity.
Most people I know who think about these things believe the wars in the Middle East are about oil, Israel and empire. Roughly speaking, I’d say that’s true. Many people howl about the political influence of the Israel lobby. But how many people know about the influence of the Christian Zionists (AKA American Christian fascists)? Without them, the “Israel lobby” couldn’t do anything.
When Jesus went though his Three Temptations, he was offered political power over all the kingdoms of the world. He refused it. Clearly political power is Satanic. Therefore, any “Christian” who supports the wars and slaughter and stealing of the State is under the influence of Satan. Even Martin Luther referred to the world as “the Devil’s playground.”
In fact, Jesus never supported the State even once. I get the impression he was more of a libertarian than anything else. How some “Christians” can support the State is beyond me. The only thing I can conclude is that they are not Christians. After all, as Shakespeare wrote, the Devil can quote Scripture.
The State always goes after the politically weak and insignificant. It went after David Koresh. Then there was Ruby Ridge. But the politically powerful? They are kowtowed to. That’s the way it is with these Christian fascists. They have political power. And that’s a shame.
I wonder what’s going to happen when Jesus doesn’t return? Will these people change their minds – or instead redouble their efforts? I suspect they’re redouble their efforts. Few people can afford to give up their religion, even if it’s utterly wrong.
So I believe we will be involved in these wars until we run out of money and the American Empire collapses. The country will survive, but the federal State will not. And I can’t say I’m sorry to see it go, considering what it’s turned into – a war-mongering, stealing, lying behemoth.
These kinds of completely self-deluded people were noticed hundreds if not thousands of years ago. Erasmus, a contemporary of Luther, referred to the average Christian of that time as “enslaved by ignorance and blindness.”
I couldn’t agree more with his assessment, not only of his time but for today.