Monday, February 20, 2017
Roads to Tyranny
The clear message in the Five Steps to Tyranny videos (no longer available) is that demonization is a political tool, used by politicians to suppress dissent and subvert solidarity. Two examples not in the Five Steps to Tyranny series are the September 2010 U.S. Department of Justice raids against peace activists by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the passage of American Pentecostal-supported legislation in Uganda mandating the death penalty for homosexuals. While not endorsing the right-wing, anti-Semitic Agenda 21 conspiracy theory, it is true that the Calvinist UN Millenium Development Goals do serve as pretext for ethnic cleansing of Indigenous peoples.
All of these examples are in synch with Christian Dominionism, such as that promoted by President Obama’s friend Rick Warren. Pandering to Christian bigotry, in fact, is arguably one of the fastest roads to tyranny in America, and is well documented on the Talk to Action blog. What the International Transformation Network of Christian fascists might be willing to do under a theocracy is perhaps best answered by Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale.
As Sarah Posner reported in her 22 March 2013 Religion Dispatches article Hiring Discrimination Issue Remains “Under Review” for Faith-Based Office, religious discrimination against Muslims and gays by federally-funded Christian non-profits remains an allowed violation of the U.S. Constitution by the Obama Administration. In answer to reporters questioning this abuse of power by the president, the newly appointed Faith-Based Office csar Melissa Rogers stated the discriminatory policy is under review. As Posner observes, though, the review has been going on for four years.
As Peter Montgomery notes in his 24 March 2013 review at Religion Dispatches, Loving Uganda to Death: The Global Reach of Far-Right Christian Hatred some religious-based non-profits have murderous intent. The fact President Obama blows off this human rights concern should be a source of outrage by American tax-payers.