CNN's 'God's Warriors' focuses on Christian Right
As I type this it’s 9:30 PM and I’m watching the third part of CNN’s documentary with Christiane Amanpour, “God’s Warriors.” Parts one and two dealt with Judaism and Islam. Tonight’s installment is about religious fundamentalists in the U.S., specifically the “Christian” right wing.
Amanpour conducted the last TV interview with Rev. Tinkywinky at Liberty University the week before Falwell died. He again recanted the apology he made for saying “the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians” were responsible for 9/11. He calls his young Liberty University scholars “pit bulls for Christ;” his goal is to graduate as many fundie lawyers as possible, to infiltrate and influence the judicial system in favor of God’s law.
Michael Jensen has a great piece up at AfterElton about tonight’s doc. A snippet:
It would be hard to imagine a documentary examining the impact of Christian fundamentalists on American culture that didn’t include a look at the part played by gay issues. Fortunately, God’s Christian Warriors doesn’t disappoint and the result is a fascinating and often frightening look at the religious right that any progressive — but especially any gay progressive — would be well advised to watch.
…While watching Amanpour interview some of these fundamentalists, I hoped she would ask just what would happen to gay people should they get their way: stoning to death, as suggested in Leviticus? After all, fundamentalists claim the Bible should be the foundation upon which America is built and that would be the logical conclusion.
…If looked at through the prism of understanding what the religious right wants for America, however, then the documentary can be considered a success if even only a few Americans — especially gay ones — wake up to what these Christian fundamentalists aspire to. And for anyone paying attention for the last twenty years, no explanation is needed as to what it is the religious fundamentalists want for America.
As God’s Christian Warriors makes amply clear, their goal is an America that is governed by biblical principles; principles that leave no room for gay people to co-exist in any meaningful way except by going deeply back in to the closet.
CNN has done a fine job on this series; I am curious how it is being received by fundamentalists, considering the documentary is quite harsh (and accurate) about the violent history of the religious right regarding abortion activity, showing the shootings of doctors and bombings of clinics, acts Falwell condemns when the topic is raised. I’d venture a guess that being lumped in with extremist factions of Islam and Judaism is going to cause a massive uproar in the fundie press shortly.
CNN will likely re-air tonight’s doc later this evening, and all three parts over the weekend. Check listings.