Over the last several months I have read a number of books and various magazine and on-line articles, some here, concerning efforts of radical christian fundamentalists to create an American theocracy, a christian government ruled, not by our constitution, but by biblical law. A number of people who have commented here and elsewhere claim that I am being gullible, that to believe such a thing is, at least over-reacting, of being alarmist.
I have too often ineffectively countererd with, but, I mean, well, I mean, but... finally resorting to citing Hitler's rise to power while the world looked on but did nothing. It seems a tired argument. One that most people either reject or laugh off, saying, "Oh, man, that can't happen here. It's the 21st century. This is the good ole' US of A. Land of the free." Perhaps they are right. I would, in fact, like to think so.
But given the manner and direction in which things have progressed over the last 35 to 40 years or so regarding the inroads made by the aforementioned christian fundamentalists into virtually all walks of life, including government at all levels, the work place, our schools, the media, etc., it is impossible for me to simply shrug them off as nut cases, as fringe loonies.
The fact is that millions of our fair citizens have bought into the whole idea hook, line and communion wafers. Many of these people have been drawn into the fold, as it were, to escape broken, failed lives for which they cast blame on liberal society. They long for direction, for a strict, harshly defined and enforced moral code. They no longer wish to be free. They want to be led, to be reassured of a blissful life — if not here on earth, then for an eternity in heaven. To achieve this bliss, they must divest themselves of their personal lives and desires. They must devote themselves to their god. Ultimately, they must be ready and willing to fight to the death as warriors for their god.