Hate is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias. For the purposes of collecting statistics, the FBI has defined “hate” as an offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.” Yet hateful ideas are itself not a crime—and we must be mindful of protecting freedom of speech and other civil liberties.
The United States, under the current authoritarian leadership of Donald Trump, the homophobe sociopath Mike Pence, and the general white evangelical nationalist tenets of the majority of State Republican parties, espouse extremist Christian hate ideologies that, in fact, are diminishing citizen protection laws while working to regress America back to a 21st century post-Confederate dystopia!
We would think Christians in America today would be horrified at the idea of their chosen politicians working with the new promoters of white nationalist fascism. In fact, Christians have historically claimed that their own scriptures are the philosophical and historical basis for America's political liberties.
Yet a very real social breakdown is in play in our supposedly secular America under the new Trump / neoRepublican Party extremism.
If we look at history, Christians, Christian churches, and Christian institutions have had little trouble working with fascist governments, hate organizations, and authoritarian political parties.
Just as some Christians find inspiration in their traditions and scriptures for promoting individual liberty, others can find equally strong and valid inspiration in the same traditions and scriptures for the need fo attack modernism and multiculturalism.
In reality, Christianity and Islam have very similar historical roots
As a religion, Christianity is clearly pliable and can be molded by hate and gullibility to be compatible with cultural and social fascism - not unlike the Nazi regime in Hitler's Germany, the Vatican under Mussolini, or, by extreme example, the Taliban / ISIS Islamic fascism of today.
However, in modern America the social and economic failures of the American Dream have now replaced Jews with Muslim Arabs, except in the anti-Semitic minds of American neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
Regardless, such ignorant rage is a modern form of hate addiction, probably originating from child abuse, parental sex abuse, or dysfunctional family modeling.
America's Regressive Republicanism
That said, we are now seeing the same rationalizations happening in modern America, seen through the delusional scapegoating of foreigners taking US jobs Americans don’t want or the sick fear of Mexican “rapists” coming in to go after America’s white women.
So who are the modern American leaders espousing this sick new American evangelical fascism?
For one, VP Mike Pence is a fervent evangelical supremacist who has passed numerous laws in the state of Indiana to repress women, the LGBT community, and Muslim citizens. Clearly, Pence is a dangerous serial homophobe with a deranged God complex.
And today, under the white nationalist regime of the Donald Trump, we have seen many dangerous extremist appointments into positions of domestic legal policing and global military power, usually incompetent ideologues who are unabashed evangelical supremacists.
The stage is set.
Sane Christians and US citizens who want to stop the growing white nationalist police state must now speak out against these new neofascist warning signs in the new Trump minority America - who believe they have a mandate from God to save themselves from the evil “liberal hordes.”