August 01, 2010

Angry white Christians want country back

Right-Wing America: Racism And Religion

By Liam FoxTea Party Express rallies, that have been instrumental in campaigning for Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle, Rand Paul, Scott Brown, and several others, have featured at least as many signs demanding that America become a Christian Nation, as they have mocking the President based on his race and ethnicity. Aside from their vague platform of ‘smaller government’ and ‘lower taxes’ that lacks any proactive alternatives, the message of their signs and slogans present an overwhelming impression that the Tea Party attendees make a clear correlation of non-white = foreign = non-Christian = un-American.

This isn’t a misinterpretation based on observing a minority fringe at the otherwise multicultural and pluralistic events. These are identifiable truths, with well documented photo evidence, of a predominantly homogeneous group of individuals who claim to have unified values and beliefs. From these same events that featured Palin, Angle, Bachmann, et al, who claimed their guidance from God to make America a Christian nation, came invitations for Obama to return to Kenya, with placards showing the President as both a witchdoctor and a monkey.

What this tells us:Thursday evening past, on Sean Hannity’s Fox cable show, in the aftermath of Mark Williams’ letter and Andrew Breitbart’s smear campaign, in a segment with Pat Caddell called ‘Media Fueled Racism(?)’, Anne Coulter stated that there is “no racism in America.” Believe it or not, whether it’s profound ignorance or deliberate denial, it runs that deep. The same woman that claimed that Jews needed to be ‘perfected’ by becoming Christians claims that there is no racism in America.

Their own bigotries seem to be completely invisible to them. Combined with the delusion that, as white people, they are subject to the oppressive bigotry and racism of non-white Americans, their psychosis would be laughable if it wasn’t so damaging. The ingredients and motivation for their revolution of Angry White Christians wanting to “take their country back” is, whether they realize it or not, a model of transparency.
The white, conservative, racially biased, religious right, has embraced a theology that unsurprisingly creates their God in their own image; a white skinned Jesus, wrapped in a flag, carrying a cross, and packing heat.

This version of Christianity is nothing more than part of the definition of exclusivity that bolsters the mindset of ‘Us versus Them’. It is a theology based more on identity than doctrine. It is an only slightly watered down version of white Christian nationalism, and a not so distant cousin to the White Citizens Council or the Ku Klux Klan. It’s the sentiments, the desires, and the anger, without all the messy honesty. It provides them with what they think is a cloak of credibility for their otherwise distasteful prejudices; sheltering them from political backlash as well as personal admission.

Comment:  The "White Slavery" sign is telling. Even if you think Obama's healthcare plan "enslaves" people, why would you limit it only to white Americans? It's pure racism to think a plan that affects everyone is targeting whites.

Is it just a coincidence that examples of Republican Tea Party racism crop up every week? No. These examples represent the tip of the racist iceberg among today's conservatives.

For more on the subject, see:

Sherrod incident shows conservative tactics
Tea Party leader posts racist "satire"
New Hampshire Republican = racist
Rand Paul's pro-racist libertarianism
Send minorities "back where they came from"?


Below:  "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." --Sinclair Lewis