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A Clear and Present Danger November 18, 2008

Posted by Dwight and Lynn Furrow in Current Events, Dwight Furrow's Posts.
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If you think right-wingers have been safely returned to their cages by the results of the presidential election, think again. The paranoid ranting stoked by the McCain/Palin campaign has taken an ugly turn. James Vega quotes this gem from a Media Matters report:

“On the November 4 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio program, G. Gordon Liddy spoke to a caller who stated: “I’m ready to go to the concentration camp, that [Sen. Barack] Obama’s police force — he will round me up. Because I — I’m a white American.” Liddy then said, “Well, listen to this,” and aired an edited clip of Obama [talking about the America Corps program] saying in a July 2 speech in Colorado Springs: “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” Liddy then stated: “Shades of the Gestapo. The Geheime Staatspolizei,'”

Inexplicably, Newsweek, a mainstream news organization finds it necessary to disseminate vile nonsense along the same lines.

“According to a 2006 study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, a third of white evangelicals believe the world will end in their lifetimes. These mostly conservative Christians believe a great battle is imminent. After years of tribulation—natural disasters, other cataclysms (such as the collapse of financial markets)—God’s armies will vanquish armies led by the Antichrist himself. He will be a sweet-talking world leader who gathers governments and economies under his command to further his own evil agenda. In this world view, “the spread of secular progressive ideas is a prelude to the enslavement of mankind,” explains Richard Landes, former director of the Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University.”

No wonder, then, that Obama triggers such fear in the hearts of America’s millennialist Christians. Mat Staver, dean of Liberty University’s law school, says he does not believe Obama is the Antichrist, but he can see how others might. Obama’s own use of religious rhetoric belies his liberal positions on abortion and traditional marriage, Staver says, positions that “religious conservatives believe will threaten their freedom.” The people who believe Obama is the Antichrist are perhaps jumping to conclusions, but they’re not nuts: “They are expressing a concern and a fear that is widely shared,” Staver says.

It is not surprising that the Associated Press is reporting that law enforcement officials are reporting more threats against Obama than for previous Presidents-elect.

Conservatives have a lot to answer for in this country, not the least of which is their encouragement of racist violence and religious apocalypse.

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1. Huan - November 18, 2008

I thought most of the Christian nutjob conspiracy theorists believe that the anti-christ world leader person only has one eye. Oh my god one of Obama’s eyes must be a fake!

2. Rida - December 13, 2008

“…Obama is the Antichrist are perhaps jumping to conclusions, but they’re not nuts: “They are expressing a concern and a fear that is widely shared,” Staver says.”

Dogmatism. Just because a majority of a group believes something must be true, it doesn’t make it more normal.


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