Last yr spoke to an expert on far-right Christians. His term: "Christian ISIS." I've been watching far-right Christian extremists for 15+ yrs w/growing alarm. They've been creating an “army of God” for yrs. It’s part of their global plan, tying into Trump’s “Hitler Youth.”
Like Trump, Hitler had a Christian following. Many Christians thought Hitler was the "Chosen One." Hitler saw himself as Christ, the Warrior, while he saw Christ, the Crucified, as weak & disgusting. Hitler fancied himself as Christ turning over the money changers’ tables.
Christians see Trump as one of several biblical figures anointed by God. Some see him as Christ. But most I’ve seen believe Trump is fulfilling the prophecy of King Cyrus in the 45th chapter of the book of Isaiah. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/31/opinion/trump-evangelicals-cyrus-king.html
Many far-right Christians are pre-Constantine Christians, i.e., pre-Bible, a.k.a. Early Christianity (c. 31/33-324 A.D.) & they see themselves are martyrs & feel persecuted by everyone else. This plays into Trump's victimhood of the "us" group. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/19/1906865/-Shedding-Light-on-Trump-s-Religious-Zealots-Warriors-for-Christ-It-s-Scary
B/c these people have Early Christian beliefs, they’re fundamentalists, just like Islamic ISIS, which kills Muslims who don’t conform to ISIS ideology. Christian ISIS is exporting their brand of Christianity around the world. They are Domionists. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/5-facts-about-dominionism_n_945601
"'Dominionism' generally describes the belief that Christians are biblically mandated to control all earthly institutions until the second coming of Jesus." According to experts, there are 2 main schools of Dominionism: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/5-facts-about-dominionism_n_945601
We can see Trump, not only installing cronies to take over govt, but also many are far-right Christians & Dominionists. They’re zealots, viewing politics as "spiritual warfare." Barr, Pompeo, Pence, Mulvaney, DeVos, Kelly, Conway, Bannon.... https://www.rightwingwatch.org/report/potus-shield-trumps-dominionist-prayer-warriors-and-the-prophetic-order-of-the-united-states/
"Why, And To What, Have Mike Pompeo and William Barr Sold Their Souls?" Of Pompeo: "He believes politics is 'a never-ending struggle . . . until the rapture.'" They’re setting the stage for it + Barr = existential threat. https://medium.com/@yewtree2/why-and-to-what-have-mike-pompeo-and-william-barr-sold-their-souls-2e862932663b
Who’s behind this? "The Mercer/Koch/DeVos billionaire government coup has stuck these raving lunatics everywhere... People keep looking to these operatives to instil order and sanity, but that’s like entrusting the chickens to the foxes." https://medium.com/@yewtree2/why-and-to-what-have-mike-pompeo-and-william-barr-sold-their-souls-2e862932663b
Here's "Rick Perry's Army of God" & the New Apostolic Reformation. "As a first step, they’re leading an 'army of God' to commandeer civilian government." Using euphemism "commandeer" is a way MSM softens " overthrow of democracy." This is a theocracy. https://www.texasobserver.org/rick-perrys-army-of-god/
So you can see this is yet another plot to overthrow democracy on Republican side. I detailed the plan Karl Rove talked abt in previous thread. Multiple Republican groups coming together to overthrow democracy makes this exceptionally dangerous. https://twitter.com/LiberateAllOfUs/status/1306006562683707393
For 15+ yrs, I’ve read accounts of how chaplains in the military (nearly 80% are evangelical) are proselytizing new recruits, who are taught they're 1st & foremost responsible to Christ, NOT the Constitution. They're warriors for Christ. https://militarytruth.org/proselytizing-in-the-military/
"They want America to be a Christian nation for their children." And they believe it started out as one. This is part of Trump's "Make America Great Again." It's Christian + white supremacy + white, fascist nationalism. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/09/us/evangelicals-trump-christianity.html
For anyone saying Trump hasn't done a thing for them, please correct them. He's done plenty. People need to realize the truth. He was elected by far-right not to save democracy, but to burn it down (via Bannon) & install a white, Christian theocracy. https://twitter.com/LiberateAllOfUs/status/1306006607495659520
context for Trump's announcement yesterday to establish "patriotic" & "pro-America" education to celebrate the "miracle" of American history. It's not just a huge whitewash of Am history. It's indoctrination into white, Christian nationalism. https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewsolender/2020/09/17/trump-launches-patriotic-education-commission-calls-1619-project-ideological-poison/
This is akin to Hitler Youth – "a group designed to indoctrinate kids into Hitler's ideology, then send them off to war." It’s "How the Hitler Youth Turned a Generation of Kids Into Nazis." There will be holocaust bigger than anything before. https://www.history.com/news/how-the-hitler-youth-turned-a-generation-of-kids-into-nazis
Many fundamentalists believe in reprobation: sick & poor are sinners & deserve what they get, destined for damnation. So it's a reason they want to see people die - death cult. It’s a reason why they aren’t worried about masks. God’s will if die. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/19/1906865/-Shedding-Light-on-Trump-s-Religious-Zealots-Warriors-for-Christ-It-s-Scary
So we have a perfect storm of fascism + fundamentalism + death cult, just like in Nazi Germany. @JeffSharlet
has a great thread today about the "'Patriotic education' is Stephen Miller's fascism + Mike Pence's fundamentalism" part. https://twitter.com/JeffSharlet/status/1306941956019322880
Hitler murdered those who didn’t accept Nazi ideology or who weren’t helpful to the Nazis. Nazis had slaves. ISIS murdered Muslims who didn’t accept the ISIS ideology. Christians & all others should expect the same from this Christian ISIS & their Christian fascism.
It’s already happening, coming under the guise of the pandemic. Trump is committing genocide. He & many others, as you can see, welcome it. This falls under reprobation ( above) & also white supremacist ideology since the pandemic is hitting POC especially hard.
Psychoanalyst & psychologist Dr. John Gartner: 'Malignant narcissist' Trump is 'the most successful bio-terrorist in human history.' "Trump is actively using the coronavirus pandemic as a type of biological weapon against the American people." https://www.salon.com/2020/07/13/dr-john-gartner-donald-trump-is-the-most-successful-bio-terrorist-in-human-history/
For a more in-depth look at how the far-right Christians helped get us here, follow @JYSexton
. He grew up in the white-identity, evangelical world & speaks out against it. We need to understand their thinking to overcome these issues. https://twitter.com/JYSexton/status/1241725545341235202
Another great thread by @JYSexton
talking about the history of our national identity & religion & how knotting the 2 together embedded systemic racism after the Civil War. He starts, though, with the Confederacy. https://twitter.com/JYSexton/status/1249361236749254656
ALL elections matter. Get involved in down-ballot & local races, if you can. Democracy only works when a critical mass of people are engaged & actively working for the betterment of ALL. https://twitter.com/LiberateAllOfUs/status/1306006633059954688
said, "The modern Christian Right--without which there would be no Trumpism--began not in national politics but on school boards." Republicans had 50+ yr plan while Democrats have had no broad, similar plan. https://twitter.com/JeffSharlet/status/1306947643298508804
Here's a great thread of how the Christian Right has focused on the courts to take them over & impose Christian law. This is again why the expert I spoke to last year called them "Christian ISIS." Some of these people want to go back to stoning, etc. https://twitter.com/AlexLawsonOFD/status/1312847242353614849
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