An aspect of the Christian religious right wing that is a serious longterm danger to everyone in the entire world is the illegal, unconstitutional activities of Christian supremacists in the U.S. armed forces.
These are very dangerous for the following reasons:
- In Afghanistan and Iraq, they justify perception of the U.S. war efforts as an anti-Muslim Christian crusade, thereby justifying Muslim holy war and providing an excuse for terrorism in the name of Islam. (See Jesus Killed Mohammed: The Crusade for a Christian Military by Jeff Sharlet, Harpers, May 2009. For the larger context of politically-connected Pentecostal/charismatic missionary efforts in Iraq, see How American Right-Wing Christians Are Waging ‘Spiritual Warfare’ in Northern Iraq by Michael Reynolds, AlterNet, July 12, 2010.)
- They violate the civil rights of many U.S. soldiers who are not Christian fundamentalists. (See No Dominion: The Lonely, Dangerous Fight Against Christian Supremacists Inside the Armed Forces by Matthew Harwood, truthout, Sunday, July 11, 2010, about Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.)
- If current trends were to continue unchecked, a sufficiently large number of fanatical, theocratic-minded Christians in the U.S. military, at all levels, could eventually lead to outright sedition and civil war. Already there exist military chaplains who embrace the same religiously bigoted grand conspiracy claims (e.g. belief in “the Illuminati”) that are commonplace in the militia movement. (See the following Talk To Action posts by Chris Rodda: Conspiracy Theorist Military Chaplains Promote Anti-American Militia Activity, Wed May 20, 2009, and Obama’s [Reported] New Pastor: “First we get the military, then we get the nation”, Mon Jun 29, 2009. For more about the role of “Illuminati”/”New World Order” grand conspiracy ideology, see also the following Talk To Action posts by Rachel Tabachnick: Conspiracy as Prophecy, Fri Jun 12, 2009, and Col. Jim Ammerman, Apostle & New World Order Conspiracy Theorist, Mon Jun 22, 2009.) [This paragraph edited for clarity, July 16, 2010.]
A NYARBB meeting on the topic of Christian supremacists in the U.S. military has been scheduled for Thursday Nov 18, 2010.
P.S., July 18, 2010: I just now came across the article Mikey Weinstein’s Crusade by Stephen Glain, Foreign Policy, May 25, 2010.