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Well now. It would seem that the firewall between church and state has burned right through, and so this is in fact the appropriate venue for this post.

Birth of a new fascism? Trumpers meet theocrats at right-wing Christian conclave, Chauncey DeVega, 2017-10-16

Over the weekend, thousands of (hard-right evangelicals) gathered in Washington for the annual Values Voter Summit. That label leads to a natural question: What values were actually encouraged by the speakers and attendees at this event?

The answer is clear. Bigotry, intolerance, hypocrisy, divisiveness, dishonesty and violence.

Donald Trump, the first sitting president to attend the event, was a featured speaker. He is a man who almost literally embodies the Seven Deadly Sins as explained by the Bible. Yet the so-called Christians at the summit gave him a 20-second ovation and repeatedly interrupted his speech with cheers. He told them, "We don't worship government, we worship God" and proclaimed, "We are stopping all our attacks on Judeo-Christian values."

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who has since returned to his role as the head of Breitbart News (which a recent investigative report by BuzzFeed has revealed to be a white nationalist and alt-right propaganda clearinghouse) told the audience, "This is not my war. This is our war. And y'all didn't start it. The establishment started it. But I will tell you one thing — you all are going to finish it."

Even in this swamp of radical right-wing talking points and political con artists who confuse some version of revanchist conservatism with "God's will" and "Christian values," former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka's comments were perhaps the most dangerous.

In a speech on Saturday, Gorka included the following threat: "The left has no idea how much more damage we can do to them as private citizens, as people unfettered." On the surface this comment suggests that right-wing Christian evangelicals do not need the help of the United States government in order to win their war against liberals, Muslims or whoever else they identify as the enemy. But the context of Gorka's speech -- and what is known about his values -- highlights a deeper and more sinister intent...

When placed in a broader context, however, Gorka's comments -- along with those made by Trump, Bannon, Moore and others -- signal at how white Christian evangelicals are being folded into a broader fascist movement.

In 2007, Chris Hedges explained this danger in an interview with Democracy Now!:

When you follow the logical conclusion of the ideology they preach, there really are only two options for people who do not submit to their authority. ... Either you convert, or you’re exterminated. That’s what the obsession with the end times, with the rapture, which, by the way, is not in the Bible, is about. It is about ... saying, ultimately, if you do not give up control to us, you will be physically eradicated by a vengeful God. And that lust for violence ... is very common to totalitarian movements, the belief that massive catastrophic violence can be used as a cleansing agent to purge the world. And that’s, you know, something that this movement bears in common with other despotic and frightening radical movements that we’ve seen ... throughout the past century.
(full article)

So, just to start the discussion, where do you sit, spiritually, with this subversion of just about everything Christianity stands for by a psychotic male genocidal revival from the Old Testament being used as an obvious political tool?

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