Monday, April 30, 2007

Christian Nationalist extravaganza in Virginia

"Pat Robertson's Christian Nationalist Extravaganza
By Frederick Clarkson

There is a Christian nationalist extravaganza going on this weekend in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It's a radical effort to capture American history in a way in which Christian rightists cast themselves as the protagonists of America's story. And people like you and me are but interlopers in God's grand scheme.

The occasion is the 400th anniversary of Capt. John Smith's landing at Jamestown. While the state of Virginia is hosting its own party, televangelist Pat Robertson will lead an alternative for those who, like its stage manager John Blanchard, say: "We want to reaffirm our Christian roots - we are a Christian country."

More at the title link. Really ironic because, like Clarkson notes, Jamestown was founded as a hopeful tobacco plantation. Didn't have much to do with god except what the article says: that as part of the deal in the 17th century plan for the colony was membership in the Anglican church.

Hmm...this doesn't bode well. No doubt there will be an undercurrent of introducing Christianity to the native american heathens there, or maybe that'll just be temporarily swept under the rug.

Even if it is, I wonder how this cottage industry of Christian revisionist history deals with the disposession and murder of the Native American tribes that survived the disease onslaught, and also how it tackles slavery.

"We are a Christian Country". Well, we're a country that didn't want an established official Church, at least. If we really were founded as a Christian country, like some South American countries were, our culture would be dripping in it, it would specifically refer to one denomination, and there wouldn't be the need for this new sort of historical awareness to fight to establish itself. The bad old liberal media wouldn't be able to censor the truth entirely. Instead, this is just an implosion of a flawed worldview that can't justify itself to the outside world. Many people don't even consider these folks Christian because of their odd literalist interpretation of the Bible.

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