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Chris Hedges charts the rise of the US Christian right in American Fascists, says Nicholas Lezard. American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. Chris Hedges, Author. Free Press $25 (p) ISBN American Fascists by Chris Hedges – Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other radio and televangelists first spoke of the United States becoming a.

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The next time you’re in Petersburg, Kentucky, I recommend you drop in on the Creation Museum, which has been built in order to illustrate the complete, literal truth of the account of the creation as told in the book of Genesis.

You will see tableaux of prehistoric children playing with dinosaurs; a scale model of Noah’s ark; a display of the Garden of Eden with carefully positioned nude Adam and Eve, also frolicking with dinosaurs; and, perhaps best of hedgess, a display showing how “a contemporary family experiences daily life without God”. As Chris Hedges describes it: You might think that Petersburg, Kentucky, is a long way away, and that all this mindless loopiness need not concern us too much, if at all, but after reading this book I’m not so sure.

For what happens in America affects us all, and if Hedges is right, then we have plenty to fear from the politicised evangelical Christians over the pond.

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We should bear in mind that not only do they believe in the Rapture and that people once co-existed with dinosaurs and that, until the Fall, Tyrannosaurus rex was a vegetarian ; they also believe in a fiery hedgse and are getting closer and closer to a position in which they can bring it hefges. Hedges, amedican experienced foreign correspondent and author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, a gimlet-eyed look at how our nobler impulses are corrupted in order to condition us to slaughter, has looked at the rise of the Christian right and found in it a political agenda with disastrous implications for the future of liberty in America.

You might think that the term “American Fascists” is a little inflammatory.

But Hedges does not claim that the Christian right is a Nazi party, nor that America will inevitably become a fascist state, as we understand the term. The Christian right is, though, “a sworn and potent enemy of the open society”, which is just about as bad; and the book is a kind of checklist in which you can tick off their characteristics against those of their predecessors: And the language, cited by Hedges, is chilling.

Pastor Russell Johnson, who leads the Ohio Restoration Project and is, not coincidentally, an unofficial campaigner for Christian Republican candidates for high office, stands against an enormous American flag with a cross superimposed on it, saying: We’ll take our country back for Christ.


Some may say they already have; George W Bush’s links with these people are well established, and receive another airing here. Hedges is clear about the danger facing America and argues that part of the responsibility lies with a supine media and a church establishment too pusillanimous or namby-pamby to point out that you could hardly call the Christian right Christian in the conventionally accepted meaning of the term a quick look at their attitude to enormous wealth should settle any doubts on that score.

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We cannot reach this movement. It does not want a dialogue. It is a movement based on emotion and cares nothing for rational thought and discussion. Naive attempts to reach out to the movement, to assure them that we, too, are Christian, or we, too, care about moral values, are doomed. This movement is bent on our destruction.

By the end of the book, it might all seem rather hopeless. But Hedges is not unduly pessimistic. He has written a stirring call to arms for the friends of tolerance, freedom and human love heges understanding.

It is a brave and timely book.