Via Kate’s post about the Christian right at Broken Windows, I read Chris Hedge’s disturbing article in the May issue of Harper’s Magazine, Soldiers of Christ II. It is a chilling look at the hate-filled agenda of the National Religious Broadcasters, the umbrella organization for those television evangelists. Hate directly especially at homosexuality, in a chilling parallel to fascist targeting of homosexuals as deviants in the 1930’s. What goes around, comes around.
Soldiers of Christ II invariably led me to Soldiers of Christ I, Harper’s look at one of the mega-churches in Colorado Springs. Tossed in among the description of the New Life Church is how founding Pastor Ted is interested in free markets, capitalism and the benefits of global consumption. Christians want to live life well, and not become exhausted by running soup kitchens and helping the poor. Christ wouldn’t want that now, would he? After all, helping the poor doesn’t have customer value.
Read both these articles, they will chill your soul.