Monday, June 5, 2017

More violent Christianity

A couple days ago my friend and debate partner sent me a couple articles from his humanist friends who try to understand their opposition. My email program declared his email to be junk and possibly harmful to my computer (it might be right), so I didn’t see it until now. Both articles closely contrast with what I wrote earlier today. I found them online, though my brief summary is probably enough for most of you.

Dave Daubenmire is described as a Religious Right activist “Coach” in an article by Kyle Mantyla of Right Wing Watch and Alternet. Daubenmire say America needs a “more violent Christianity.”
He cited President Trump and Greg Gianforte as examples of violent men who are properly “walking in authority.”

“The only thing that is going to save Western civilizaton is a more aggressive, a more violent Christianity,” he said.
Gianforte is the newly elected US representative from Momtana, who assaulted a reported the night before his election.

This “Christianity” is what William Barber soundly criticized as not being anywhere near what Jesus taught. What Daubenmire is praising is an overt display of ranking, and a violent display at that. He praises it because he wants it for himself.

In an earlier post I wrote that the presence of violence is a sign of seeking power over others. And people only seek power over others to enforce ranking.

The second article is by Travis Gettys for Raw Story. He wrote that white supremacists are turning to Norse mythology – a few big-budget movies in the last few years depicted the god Thor with his hammer. The reason they are doing so is because Jesus is a Jew and the teachings of Jesus are too passive and weak. They want to emulate Thor and his hammer.

Yup, white supremacy is all about enforced ranking – with them on top. And praise for the violence needed to put them there.

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