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The rise of the theocrats

Blender ‘Bean‘s sent on this link to an excellent excerpt at Salon from Michelle Goldberg’s book entitled Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism (Norton, $23.95), which ironically, I just received in the mail. The excerpt is definitely worth reading.

It’s frightening – the teaser: “Across the United States, religious activists are organizing to establish an American theocracy. A frightening look inside the growing right-wing movement.” It’s what we discuss here all the time. The excerpt starts off with one of the poster children for the dominionists, Alabama candidate for governor, Roy Moore.

On November 13, 2003, Moore was removed from his position as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court after he defied a judge’s order to remove the 2.6-ton Ten Commandments monument he’d installed in the Montgomery judicial building. On the coasts, he seemed a ridiculous figure, the latest in a line of grotesque Southern anachronisms. After all, Moore is a man who, in a 2002 court decision awarding custody of three children to their allegedly abusive father over their lesbian mother, called homosexuality “abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature, and a violation of the laws of nature and of nature’s God upon which this Nation and our laws are predicated,” and argued, “The State carries the power of the sword, that is, the power to prohibit conduct with physical penalties, such as confinement and even execution. It must use that power to prevent the subversion of children toward this lifestyle, to not encourage a criminal lifestyle.” He’s a man who writes rhyming poetry decrying the teaching of evolution and who fought against the Alabama ballot measure to remove segregationist language from the state constitution.

To the growing Christian nationalist movement, though, Roy Moore is a martyr, cut down by secular tyranny for daring to assert God’s truth.

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