Like many people raised to believe in democracy, I’m distressed to see that the right wing, worldwide, has taken to a full-on attack against it in an effort to keep power. In the United States Republicans that stood up against the cult of Trump (who was no architect, but a figurehead only) are now being run out of Dodge by their own party. Meanwhile a friend in Britain sent me an article about the open and obvious corruption of Boris Johnson and how the Tories are completely overlooking it in an effort to keep “democratic authority.” It wouldn’t be so bad if the right wing came right out and said “we want to run things, no matter what it takes,” but instead they appeal to religious ideas and try to make it seem like their side alone appeals to “justice” while doing the exact opposite. Paging Mr. Orwell…
The best test case is Jesus. Have you noticed how Jesus has fallen out of right-wing Christianity? Apart from occasionally taking his name in vain, the principles they stand for generally go against the core teachings of the Gospels. The fascism of the right wing has taken what good there was in Christianity and jettisoned the kernel to keep the shell. It’s like a bag of pistachios where all the nuts have been discarded, leaving only the hard casings behind. The really sad thing is that both in the US and in Britain, these power-mongers are in the minority. They use political loop-holes to make their strong-arm tactics look like the will of the people. Things like restricting voting access, made possible by courtroom politics. Isn’t Justice supposed to be blindfolded?
We know for a fact that many of these same people are fully cognizant that fascism led to World War II. They know Hitler used the same tactics to gain power. They know that millions and millions of people died. And now they trumpet the one thing that brought this nation together—the recognition that fascism was evil—as the way of true Christianity. I’m sometimes asked if I believe in demons, having written a book on the subject. Demons are, if you look closely, are considered the source of evil in the world. Quite often stories about them have them possessing good people by pretending to be something that they’re not. Can demons take over entire political causes? Did we not see naked evil in the Nazi regime? How do we not recognize it now that it has taken root in one political party that has claimed the name of “Christian” while simultaneously discarding the teachings of Christ?
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