Theocracy

Christian Fascists, Capitalist Pigs, and the List of Shame in Texas

National attention has focused in recent years on the meetings of the Texas State Board of Education (BOE). The BOE, dominated by right wing Christian Fundamentalists, achieved notoriety in years past for aggressively mandating that an anti-scientific approach in biology, physics, and other sciences be promoted in Texas schools. This year, as many observers and protesters – and even some members of the BOE – said, the BOE is “re-writing history” in its attempt to force through a willfully ignorant curriculum, driven by the Christian fundamentalism of a majority of its members.

The texts in history and social sciences approved by the BOE promote U.S., white, and male chauvinism, and an overt and implied defense of the U.S. as a “Christian nation”. The BOE insisted that capitalism be defined throughout all approved texts as the “free enterprise system”, because, as one of its members argued “Let’s face it, capitalism does have a negative connotation. You know, capitalist pig.” Books approved by the BOE will be used in Texas schools for the next ten years, and in classrooms in states throughout the country.
 
This article originally appeared on the website of the Texas Freedom Network
 

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OBAMA GETS ADVICE FROM RELIGIOUS RIGHT

By Larry Jones

A week before Barack Obama’s inauguration he received religious advice from a coalition which purports to include both conservative and progressive Christian leaders. However, the truth is that the signatories to the message are overwhelmingly from the religious right and hold firmly to the conservative message on the “hot button issues”. Women signatories are extremely scarce. With very few exceptions, all are opposed to reproductive rights, which include the right of abortion and to same-sex partnerships.
 

Evangelical big wigs have aligned with Third Way, a Washington, D.C. think tank which has been influential in forming Democratic Party policies, and with a group called Faith in Public Life, a tax-exempt organization which is seen as “left leaning” and seeks to facilitate such coalitions. In their epistle to Obama, they collectively claim to have reached compromise agreements on abortion, homosexuality, torture, and immigration reform. 

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Religious Right Not Going Away

By Larry Jones

Some pundits and progressives are saying that, while George Bush had strong links to Christian fascists, Obama will soon be president so the culture wars and the religious right will now be on the decline.  WRONG!!!  The goal of many of the vast multitude of Christian fascists is to “win the world for Jesus”: they are not about to abandon their global mission just because of a change in U.S. leadership.

 

Here’s one example, and one indication of how a hateful outlook with Christian fascist underpinnings is penetrating many arenas of society. Unfortunately, many people put some money in the Salvation Army’s Christmas kettles in December. You may have done the same. The sign above the kettles reads “Doing the Most Good.”  You may have thought that surely these “kindly people” cannot be part of the radical right’s attacks on the LGBT community as well as on Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and other “heathens.”  WRONG again!!

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Killing Me Softly

By Merle Hoffman, Editor of On the Issues online magazine

I have been on the psychological defensive since Sarah Palin was chosen as the Republican Vice Presidential nominee -- not wanting to get involved with the vortex of "feminist critiques" that ranged from discussions of whether her Down syndrome baby was really hers or her daughter's to questions of how she could possibly be a good mother to five children and be vice president at the same time.

Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

What I do care about is her smile and what it represents.

I know that smile--that particular brand of bright-eyed rectitude. Sister Dorothy flashes it at me when I come into Choices as she inquires about my daughter's health and in the same breath says,"You are killing so many daughters in there; when you finally stop, then you will be a good mother."

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Palin & Theocratic Ambitions

By Debra Sweet

I have really disagreed with columnist Frank Rich over the last couple of years when he declared that the Christian Right and the Bush administration were "over".  But I think his perceptions about Sarah Palin  in the debate Thursday night are on to something about her steely appetite for power.

"The standard take has it that she's either speaking utter ignorant gibberish (as to Couric) or reciting highly polished, campaign-written sound bites that she's memorized (as at the convention and the debate). But there's a steady unnerving undertone to Palin's utterances, a consistent message of hubristic self-confidence and hyper-ambition. She wants to be president, she thinks she can be president, she thinks she will be president. And perhaps soon. She often sounds like someone who sees herself as half-a-heartbeat away from the presidency. Or who is seen that way by her own camp, the hard-right G.O.P. base that never liked McCain anyway and views him as, at best, a White House place holder."

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