A few months ago I started noticing stories about the US Air Force Academy, wherein fundamentalist Christians are using nepotism and harassment to dominate the culture there.
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I've already had my fill of troubles with fundamentalism, and I'm not at all surprised to hear of this kind of thing in America's military. However, I have a stirring in the part of my brain that is devoted to heckling nazis and fundamentalists.
The USAF is the most highly technological element of the American military, and the most advanced air force in the world. Not only is it in charge of the ICBM arsenal, but it is also an active force in space exploration.
Yet, it is being managed by people who are only one candle brighter than the Flat Earth Society. These people believe, of course, that we were simply put on the Earth and the Tower of Babel is the reason for differing language groups.
The fact that these people are obstensibly defenders of religious freedom is another reason why this is very disturbing.
The growing authoritarian trend has not shied from its connections to the hyperconservative religionists. In America, the land first raped and tortured by the Puritans, it couldn't be any other way.
There can never be an American dictator who doesn't swear on the Bible.
A US Army General recently declared that "George W. Bush was not elected President of the United States. He was appointed by God."
I can taste the flavor of the mania already. It tastes like shit.
The whole scheme is all the easier for them to accomplish this way, anyway, because the worship and indoctrination styles and techniques of the evangelical fundies is highly cultic and even intoxicating for those who prefer it. Some people are even 'slain in the spirit', meaning they faint at services when they're done screaming or babbling 'in tongues'.
I'm increasingly sickened by what passes for spirituality in America today. The shrill tenor of their present mode of pandering, plus the embrace of the authoritarians of the Religious Right indicate to me that we don't have long until we're right back to red scares and witch burnings.
The time for radical action is NOW.