I haven’t read of many U.S. police chiefs, police unions, or Blue Line activists, denouncing Trump and the GOP for the needless death of Capitol police officer Brian D. Sicknick in Wednesday’s domestic terror attack.
And after seeing the Jesus banners waving among the lawless thugs who stormed our nation’s Capitol, I haven’t heard much in terms of denouncement from U.S. Christian leaders.
I haven’t heard of any U.S. Catholic bishops who now will be refusing communion to Rudy Giuliani for his “trial by combat” incitement, nor the same to Sen. Josh Hawley for his clinched-fist salute to the lawless mob.
Why is this? Is it cowardice, hypocrisy, or the banality of evil?
All fascist and totalitarian movements paper over their squalid belief systems with the veneer of religious morality.
By Chris Hedges | ScheerPost.com
The Christian Right is content to have the focus on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett revolve around her opposition to abortion and membership in People of Praise, a far-right Catholic cult that practices “speaking in tongues.”
What it does not want examined is her abject subservience to corporate power, her hostility to workers, civil liberties, unions and environmental regulations. And since the Democratic Party is beholden to the same donor class as the Republican Party, and since the media long ago substituted the culture wars for politics, the most ominous threat Barrett’s appointment to the court represents is going unmentioned.
All fascist and totalitarian movements paper over their squalid belief systems with the veneer of morality. They mouth pieties about restoring law and order, right and wrong, the sanctity of life, civic and family virtues, patriotism and tradition to mask their dismantling of the open society and silencing and persecution of those who oppose them.
This is the real game being played by Christian fascists, who since the early 1970s have been building institutions with tens of millions in corporate donations to take power.
Donald Trump, who has no ideology, has allowed the Christian Right to fill his ideological void. He is the useful idiot. And the Christian Right, awash in money from corporations that know their real political intent, will mobilize in this election to use any tool, no matter how devious, from right-wing armed militias to the invalidation of ballots, to block Joe Biden and Democratic candidates from assuming office. The road to despotism is always paved with righteousness. This was as true for Soviet communism as it was for German fascism. And it is true in the United States.
Capitalism, driven by the twin obsessions of maximizing profit and reducing the cost of production by slashing worker’s rights and wages, is antithetical to the Christian Gospel, as well as the Enlightenment ethic defined by Immanuel Kant.