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American Fascists by Chris Hedges
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Jun 15, 12

it was amazing
Read in February, 2011

This is an amazing book that will anger you as it enlightens you. I've known, but not is such detail, that the Christian right gave up long ago preaching the love and peace of Jesus as it moved toward interfering in politics and craving power. Like lemmings, the followers send money to the preachers who live incredibly lavish lives while exhorting viewers to "send in $1,000 even if you can't afford it", promising that God will repay them many fold. Their successful incursions into politics on local, state and federal levels will scare the hell out of you if you are a intelligent, thinking person who believes that, in fact, there should be a separation of church and state. However, these preachers insist that any historical reference to that separation, or to the fact that America was not created as a Christian nation is all lies. I was most perturbed at the explanation of regular prayer meetings being carried daily within the Pentagon with as many as 40 generals in attendance.

It is now easy to identify those in-office politicos who are devotees. They are the ones currently working so hard against the middle class, trying to revoke any semblance of worker's rights, and attempting on all levels to eliminate government. Hedges wrote this book in 2006, and in a Q&A at the end of the book, he was asked if he thought we were on the brink of disaster. He answered in the negative because, he explained, it would take a major economic downturn, where people were losing jobs and homes and hope for the Christian Right to effectively make the inroads they want. Well, it's now 2011, our fourth year into the downturn that Hedges had not foreseen.

If you are Christian, you will not enjoy this book.
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