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Saturday: Right Wing Christianity is an oxymoron

Evil hides behind many beautiful faces

From the Globe and Mail we get this description of the murderer who confessed to shooting more than 87 people at a youth camp in Norway:

“He describes himself as a Christian, leaning toward right-wing Christianity, on his Facebook page,” Mr. Andresen said.
Mr. Breivik’s Facebook page was blocked, but a cached version describes a conservative Christian from Oslo who owned his own organic farming company, called Breivik Geofarm.

The profile veers between references to lofty political philosophers and gory popular films, television shows and video games. The Facebook account appears to have been set up on 17 July. The site lists no “friends” or social connections.

The profile lists interests including hunting, political and stock analysis, with tastes in music ranging from classical to trance, a hypnotic form of dance music.

Mr. Breivik had also set up a Twitter account recently, with a single post on July 17, a citation from 19th century thinker John Stuart Mill: “One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests.”

If you are a conservative, “right-wing” Christian, please note that horrors like this will be permanently associated with your ideology. Don’t give me that crap about, “Well, you can’t blame all of us for the actions of a few.” Yes, I’m talking to YOU. You know who you are. I know you personally. I know how you go off on angry tirades against anyone who doesn’t toe your particularly militant form of Christianity. I see how you allow bad things to happen to good people because you put your faith in God and are going to close your eyes and pray that the Rapture is just around the corner. Who is telling you that it is OK to remain passive in the face of so much misery?

This massacre is the result of the eschatological furor to purge the earth of all that the right-wing “Christian” thinks is rotten. This is what you get when you demonize people who do not think that America is a Christian nation. This is what you get when you believe every mean-spirited, selfish, greedy, hard-hearted fecal emanation from the mouths of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson and the other false prophets.

The real Jesus said turn the other cheek, give away all of your goods, love your neighbor and that those who are good to the least among us would be with him in heaven.

He did not say, “kill the children of the people whose political views you do not like because this will teach them a lesson and bring on the Apocalypse.”

The rottenness of the world that you want to purge now includes you. The term “Christian” is fast becoming a dirty word, like Al Qaeda. Not Catholic or Lutheran or Presbyterian or Methodist.  *Christian*  It has taken on a whole new meaning in recent years.  When you walk into a party and announce your *Christianity* at the first opportunity (and I know you will), everyone will now know exactly what you mean.  It now means fundamentalist, narrow-minded, judgmental, self-righteous, anti-intellectual, selfish and now violent.  Is that what you want?

If that’s not what you want, turn away from the conservative TV and radio shows and religious programming with their false prophets.

You will have to answer to Jesus for what you have allowed to happen in his name.

Ezekiel 28:15-18

You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created
till wickedness was found in you.

Through your widespread trade
you were filled with violence,
and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
and I expelled you, O guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones.

Your heart became proud
on account of your beauty,
and you corrupted your wisdom
because of your splendor.
So I threw you to the earth;
I made a spectacle of you before kings

By your many sins and dishonest trade
you have desecrated your sanctuaries.
So I made a fire come out from you,
and it consumed you,
and I reduced you to ashes on the ground
in the sight of all who were watching.

Update: The backlash has begun.  This is the headline at the New York Times:

Norway Charges Right-Wing Christian

I feel sorry for all of the innocent Christians who we will now learn to fear.

Update II: This is from The Guardian, describing the murderer, Anders Behring Breivik:

It was revealed that the 32-year-old former member of the country’s conservative Progress Party – who had become ever more extreme in his hatred of Muslims, left wingers and the country’s political establishment – had ordered six tonnes of fertiliser in May to be used in the bombing. While police continued to interrogate Breivik, who was charged with the mass killings, evidence of his increasingly far right world view emerged from an article he had posted on several Scandinavian websites, including Nordisk – a site frequented by neo-Nazis, far right radicals and Islamophobes since 2009.

It is time to stop the madness in this country as well.  Recently, a moveon.org meeting was broken up by Tea Party activists (from Stephen Colbert’s site, of all places) who then proceeded to follow some of the meeting participants and harrass them.  Enough is enough.  Didn’t the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords teach these people anything?  Glenn Beck and the whole crazy anti-liberal, anti-islamic bigotry has to stop.  We need to shame these people because if we don’t, it won’t be long before some right wing christian decides to follow Anders Breivik’s example and we will all be sorry we didn’t put a stop to it.

Watch the video of the encounter.  Is Utoya far behind?

24 Responses

  1. RD, thank you for having the courage to say what needed to be said, and certainly what I was thinking. How sad to see this perversion of one of the world’s great ethicists, Jesus of Nazareth. It’s like commiting violence in the name of Ghandi.

    • Strange. This month seems to be filled with eucatastrophes. The whole world can pivot on black swan events like this and the debt ceiling and phone hacking. I think the conservatives have finally gone over the edge and are now looking into a pit of their own making. It’s all coming to a head in one of the hottest weeks on record where walking out the front door feels like walking into a wall made of warm velvet.
      The insanity must end or something really bad is going to happen. We must hold these people accountable for their dangerous ideology.

  2. Amen. I live in a “red” state, so I can be openly Christian in my off-Web life, but when I identify myself on the Web as a Christian (United Methodist variety), I feel compelled to add a bunch of qualifying statements to make clear that I’m not a reactionary, hatemongering pseudo-Christian. 😦

  3. RD~
    Hi there, this is my first time reading here and WOW! I want to say thank you, THANK YOU for standing up and speaking the truth with courage!

    I am a Christian Minister, one who is a moderate and who very much dislikes how some so called believers make true Christians [who actually FOLLOW the Words of Christ] look so bad. 1 rotten apple can spoil the basket!

    I’m glad you made the distinction that it’s ‘fundamentalist’ and ‘right-wing extremists’ who are causing this trouble and not your ‘average’ believer.

    I Tweeted this, I shared it on Google Plus and I WILL be reading your postings MORE!

    God be with those who Truly Follow Him!
    ~Rev. J Marin [Twitter’s @sanjaromin G+: http://www.gplus/to/ubuntujason ]

    • Oh, don’t do that. I’ve already called enough attention to myself.
      But I encourage you to do your best. Things have gone too far and I am sure that you have a better bully pulpit than I do.

  4. I couldn’t view the clip but I hope it goes viral. Bullying old women is a sure sign that this country is heading off a cliff. Showing the Tea Party for what it truly is should be a primary concern of rational people.

  5. Good post RD.

    What the right wing calls Christianity is a perversion of what Jesus actually taught. I’m happy to see them called on it.

    • This was a hard post to write. Some of the people who are very close to me could very well fall into this category of Christian. I wonder how they reconcile my ecumenical liberalism with their theology. I wonder if they go to bed wondering if they can spare me if the time ever comes or if I have to go too.
      Funny, I never knew what my Dad’s thoughts on religion were. He never discussed them before he died. I suspect that i am the only one he would have been completely honest with since we were so much alike in interests and temperament. But he never said anything to me one way or the other and that says quite a lot, actually. In any case, we definitely need more voices of moderation and restraint.

  6. Sociopaths and psychopaths of any religion-belief-ideology can be zealous and fanatical in the name of their belief system and turn to violence. Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Rightwing, Leftwing, etc. I remember the cultists like Jim Jones who was a leftwing Christian. Then there was Timothy McVeigh who was a rightwing ideologue. What they all have in common is a burning resentment toward some other entity or organization or nation. There is no cure for madness and fanaticism I’m afraid.

    • This is a problem if we see them as sociopaths and psychopaths or as isolated incidences Of psychotic behavior. That’s not the problem for the most part.
      What they are is people with a very distorted worldview. That worldview didn’t materialize in a vacuum. It was carefully cultivated.
      They are ordinary people with a manufactured personality disorder. And they are living among us. And we make excuses for them because they are so pious and chaste.
      Norway’s terrorism unit was looking for brown people with funny names when the real religious extremists were indistinguishable from the native population and respected by the multicultural society they purport to loathe. We are in danger of making the same mistake. Christian extremist dominionists are deluded and possibly dangerous people in the same way al Qaeda operatives were.

      • Norway’s terrorism unit was looking for brown people with funny names …

        I really don’t know what makes you say this, but I have reason to believe that they are much more likely to look for extreme, radical, right wing, Islam haters. The religious part of this guy’s belief system is not even something Scandinavian media or politicians mention. Don’t forget RD, this is Norway not the US. Many of the survivors from the attack are in fact young “brown people with funny names”.

        And when Obama in his sort of off hand condolence says, “And it’s a reminder that the entire international community has a stake in preventing this kind of terror from occurring. And so we have to work cooperatively together both on intelligence and in terms of prevention of these kinds of horrible attacks”, I’m pretty sure that the Norwegians, who strongly want to keep their society open and free, are looking for other measures than those Obama have in mind. As I’ve noted before they’ll meet attacks on their democracy with more democracy.

        In his 1500 page nationalistic “Manifesto”, that he apparently has worked on since 2006, (and sent out only a few hours before the bomb went off in the government district in Oslo) Anders Behring Breivik, now calling himself “Andrew Berwick”, rails against Muslims and the “culture- marxistic elite” in Europe. As a Freemason he also fantasizes about himself as some sort of “Templar Knight”.

        I have no intention of searching for his Manifesto. I made one google search and what met me on the site I looked up (which made me sick!) plus the description from a survivor that “he searched for the sweetest girl and then shot her”, plus recalling that one of the killer’s goals was “Patriarchy not Matriarchy” – this from the guy who at 32 still lived with mom! – convinces me that misogyny also plays a big part in his “belief system”.

      • Dominionists aren’t “possibly” dangerous; they are dangerous. They’re behind the proposed genocide of LGBT people in Uganda, including Obama’s good buddy Rick Warren. They’re also behind the current pogrom in Ghana; orders have been given to arrest every LGBT person in that country.

        If anyone thinks this isn”t a dress rehearsal for similar attempts here, once the Family operatives are in place, think again.

  7. Violence against innocents, conducted via the element of surprise, is the utmost cowardice. An explosive-building, gun-brandishing murderous bastard should not, however, be lumped together with activists who are doing what they think is right via legitimate, peaceful assembly. Freedom to practice one’s chosen Religion is one of the most vital aspects that motivated our forefathers to venture to America. Ignorance and fear of the unknown manifests as a preponderance of Religion and very little Faith. The freaking guy was posing as a tree-hugging liberal, organic farmer, wrapping himself in the Christian Mantle to preserve the element of surprise and had little actual philisophical connection with Christianity or the Organized Right. He’s a frustrated, powerless idiot acting out. He looks like Julian Assange and has convinced himself that his anti-social behavior is somehow going to save humanity….he’s in persuit of power, which he cannot acquire legitimately. His rampage was the Power Express Tour.

  8. I have now “lost” 2 comments today and one a few days ago (that I thought might have appeared later, but didn’t). Please will you let me know if I’m being moderated?

  9. As long as your brush is equally broad when it comes to any group which has members who pervert its basic beliefs, I can see your point. If rightwing Christians must take responsibility for violent acts committed by any people who claim to share their beliefs, then all Muslims are responsible for 9/11, the Fort Hood slayings, etc. And those on the far left politically must take responsibility for all acts of violence committed by leftist extremists. If any of us self-identify with any religious or political group, then we become accountable for all violence, intolerance, or other hateful acts committed by anyone who also self-identifies with that group. Because rightwing Christians are not the only folks who have senseless acts of violence committed in their name. I’m not a believer in the supernatural, and I’m about as middle of the road politically as you can get, but blaming everyone for the acts of a few makes me uncomfortable – and I have rightwing crazy relatives, too. But I will respect your position if you’re consistent.

    • You are under no obligation to respect my views. But I am not going to pander to anyone. If you think I am blaming everybody for the actions of a few, then you didn’t read my post. The minister about 4 comments above you got it.
      I am referring to a narrow band of extremely religious people who refer to themselves as “Christian”. What sets these people apart is not necessarily their social conservatism. It’s that they imply that even if you are a Catholic or Methodist or Presbyterian, YOUR brand of christianity is not good enough. Only they have the true christianity and all of the rest are just slackers. They only outwardly show respect to your form of worship and only for a very short period of time. But really, if you don’t accept their version of fundamentalism and definition of being saved, you may as well be worshipping the wrong god.
      I’ve met right wing nutcases and I have met Christians. But a right wing, eschatological christian is truly a different species. They’re the ones I am talking about in this post and it is to those people that I am saying that there is guilt by association.
      The worst thing that could happen is that we allow these Christians to divorce themselves from the actions of the few. If their thoughts are allowed to remain unchecked and excused from the bad behavior of one or two of their like minded Christians, then those thoughts will remain unaccountable. You can not have these kinds of violent thoughts and desires for apolcalypse and intense hatred for muslims and liberals and meetings and writings where the same are expressed and reinforced without someone eventually taking action. In this respect, they are no different from Al Qaeda.

  10. no one say,s it better then our R.D.
    THANK YOU for standing up and speaking the truth with courage!

  11. Right. Those right wingers were in the wrong, but are nothing compared to the leftist riots you pretend do not exist. Neither group understands what is good about the U.S., and none of you have the moral right to even carry the flag.

    This is just idiots vs idiots. As I Canadian, I wish you twits, on both sides, would at least read the actual ideas of the Founding Father’s (rather than as filtered by Leftist and Rightist authors), and come to understand that it is your ideas (& voting on them) that are wrecking a good thing. Then, in stunning stupidity, both of you blame the other, or the whole nation, for the consequences of your own ideas put into action by politicians. Politicians who do not do their homework either.

    • Leftist riots? Well, maybe I’ve been asleep since the 60’s and just haven’t noticed them.

    • The captain’s response to RnBram:

    • Hey, we protested thus whole charade very vigorously in 2008. Because we didn’t follow our party unquestioningly, we were labeled RACYSTS and were told that we belong to the old, uneducated, bubba coalition.
      I have never attended a riot. I don’t particularly like tree hugging, Birkenstock wearing, vegan pacifist types who are as unscientific as some people on the right when it comes to genetically modified crops and nuclear energy. I know a belief system when I see it.
      I dont think for a nanosecond that reducing the deficit in the midst of a lesser depression is going to create jobs. I also think Democrats should have been paying attention to what obama really thought three years ago.
      If the country defaults, I will feel it immediately because I am on unemployment and most if my savings is tied up in my 491ks. If the country defaults, I may lose everything. We’re all in this boat together and so far as I can see, neither the Republicabs or the Obama administration is representing middle class voters like me. If you don’t like it, get in line.
      As to homework, we did ours and voted for Clinton 3 years ago and for that unforgivable sin, we are ostracized even though every prediction we made has come true.
      So, please save your lecture for someone else, like anyone still left at Booman Tribune.

  12. Ladies and gentlemen, the late, great, Marvin Gaye.

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