The internets are quiet today.
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Chris Hedges: America’s Holy Warriors
Posted on Dec 31, 2006
By Chris Hedges
Editor’s note: The former New York Times Mideast Bureau chief warns that the radical Christian right is coming dangerously close to its goal of co-opting the country’s military and law enforcement.
The drive by the Christian right to take control of military chaplaincies, which now sees radical Christians holding roughly 50 percent of chaplaincy appointments in the armed services and service academies, is part of a much larger effort to politicize the militaryand law enforcement. This effort signals the final and perhaps most deadly stage in the long campaign by the radical Christian right to dismantle America’s open society and build a theocratic state. A successful politicization of the military would signal the end of our democracy.
During the past two years I traveled across the country to research and write the book “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.” I repeatedly listened to radical preachers attack as corrupt and godless most American institutions, from federal agencies that provide housing and social welfare to public schools and the media. But there were two institutions that never came under attack—the military and law enforcement. While these preachers had no interest in communicating with local leaders of other faiths, or those in the community who did not subscribe to their call for a radical Christian state, they assiduously courted and flattered the military and police. They held special services and appreciation days for all four branches of the armed services and for various law enforcement agencies. They encouraged their young men and women to enlist or to join the police or state troopers. They sought out sympathetic military and police officials to attend church events where these officials were lauded and feted for their Christian probity and patriotism. They painted the war in Iraq not as an occupation but as an apocalyptic battle by Christians against Islam, a religion they regularly branded as “satanic.” All this befits a movement whose final aesthetic is violence. It also befits a movement that, in the end,would need the military and police forces to seize power in American society.
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Tomorrow I'll take pictures and/or make a videopost of the loft, we've added more furniture and some swank rugs and such. Those of you who already made plans to visit are going to be mad with envy - if I do say so myself we live in a fantastic and gorgeous space. Now with the new acquisitions, it's a completely relaxed and comfy place. I am sitting in the living room as I type this, D is asleep, and I'm looking around and am amazed and happy at what a beautiful, safe, energizing home I share with him.
I've got a little way to go getting over this depression thing, and am getting perspective and solace from the fantastic family and friends I have. There's a lot going on that I have yet to get a handle on, but I'm learning. Tomorrow I'm also posting some stuff I'd written in a paper journal, stuff that can be tagged as life's instructions. I might actually finish it completely and call it "If Everyone Would JUST Listen To Me, Things Would Work Just Fine."
Alas, you can only give someone the right tools and advice they need to fix their lives when things get broken, but you have to leave it there. People can and will take all of those tools and advice, put them in a box and throw that box in the bottom of the closet. Hard lesson, but one that we all have t olearn at some point or another.
Finally, a very Happy Birthday to my little boy, my sweet Cole-Man, who on this day turned 10 years old. Hard to imagine it, he's now a ten-ager. Going on 17, of course.