Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Quote of the day

'Those in the [Christian nationalist] movement speak of "liberty," but they do not speak about the traditional concepts of American liberty - the liberty to express divergent opinions, to respect other ways of believing and being, the liberty of individuals to seek and pursue their own goals and forms of happiness. When used by the Christian Right, the term "liberty" means the liberty that comes with accepting a very narrowly conceived Christ and the binary worldview that acceptance promotes.' - Chris Hedges, American Fascists


Paul Sunstone said...

There skewed use of emotionally ladened terms like "liberty" is one of the things that makes them so dangerous. If they said, "We're for fascism" fewer people would be fooled by them.

Hume's Ghost said...

If you Google the talk Hedges did with NPR he talks about just that, and, of course, there's a section in the book about it.

I think the people he's talking about are more properly identified as proto-fascists, but regardless of the designation you use the movement he depicts is certainly antidemocratic.