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from American Theocracy - The Peril and Politics of Radical religion, oil and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century by Kevin Phillips Viking Penguin 2006 ISBN 0-670-03486-X
In its recent practice, the radical side of U.S. religion has embraced cultural antimodernism, war hawkishness, Armageddon prophecy, and in the case of conservative fundamentalists, a demand for governments by literal biblical interpretation.
Phillips was a senior strategist for Richard Nixon's 1968 campaign, which was the basis for a book, The Emerging Republican Majority, which predicted a conservative realignment in national politics, and is widely regarded as one of the most influential recent works in political science. His predictions regarding shifting voting patterns in presidential elections proved accurate, though they did not extend "down ballot" to Congress until the Republican revolution of 1994. Philips also was partly responsible for the design of the Republican "Southern strategy" of the 1970s and '80s.
Presentation by Kevin Phillips on the Influence of Religion on U.S. Foreign Policy at the Princeton-University of Texas Conference, May 16-17
2. George W. Bush and the Whiff of Theocracy
Unlike any previous president, George W. Bush – born again and brought to Christ in 1986 – cut his teeth in national politics during 1988 as his father’s liaison with the Religious Right, a unique entryway. In 1999, he told meetings of preachers that God wanted him to be president, and after 9/11, as widely reported, his rhetoric turned heavily religious. Then came his invasion of Iraq .
My estimate is that oil, including petroleum as the regional pivot of Mideast geopolitics, represented 40-50% of the motivation; alleged weaponry and abstract geopolitics perhaps a quarter, and Bush family grudges against Saddam another sliver. Religion, however, may well have been a further 15% factor if you lump together the huge biblical significance of Israel, the evangelical community’s sense of Iraq as Babylon and Saddam as the Anti-Christ, and the desire of key Bush constituencies like the Southern Baptist Convention and the Assemblies of God to evangelize in the Middle East and Iraq itself to enlist forces for Christ in the unfolding battle. In weighing his core electorate, forget the overall percentage of Christians believing in the End Times and Armageddon. Among evangelicals, over 70% so believed, and some 55% or more of those who voted for Bush in 2000 would have counted themselves End Times believers in the Newsweek poll. He and Cheney could never talk about oil, because it wouldn’t square with the biblical electorate’s sense of what was at stake.
Originally posted by peabody
This is only the beginning of a list of groups and organizations at home in the US and abroad who murder, bomb and kidnap in the name of their extremist Christian beliefs. If we are going to take "IslamoFascism" seriously as an ideology and as a conspiracy, then it is time to consider ChristoFascism in the same category.
[edit on 15-9-2007 by peabody]