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A Journey to the Dark Heart of Christian Extremism: Review of "Being Christian" (Cue spooky music)
PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 1, 2013 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson

Posted on 11/12/2013 9:57:50 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Conservatives like to extol so-called small-town virtues, of the sort immortalized in song by John Cougar Mellencamp. Small towns are supposedly the home of “real Americans” and bastions of virtue. Small towns, we are told, are the home of God-fearing family values Christians.

Mellencamp sang about being “taught to feel Jesus in a small town” but there is feeling and then there is feeling. Televangelists use Jesus like a weapon to not only fire up their congregations but to be armed and fired at their foes. Liberals do not always understand, because they have not seen it for themselves, the fire that consumes megachurch congregations and therefore fuels the Religious Right’s culture war.

This brings us to K.C. Boyd’s Being Christian – A Novel and its central character, John Christian Hillcox, otherwise known as Pastor C or just plain JC, a mail order Baptist minister who represents everything we have come to hate about the self-righteous hypocrisy of the Religious Right.

Being Christian is a character study, a tale of biblical sin straight out of South Texas. It is at once a morality tale and a tale of immorality. Inspired by the author’s real-life experiences, it is a journey to the dark heart of Christian extremism....

(Excerpt) Read more at politicususa.com ...


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: evangelicals; paganism
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, A 53-year-old Heathen, author of A Heathen's Day (aheathensday.com) and Digital Gods (digital-gods.com) and founder of Mos Maiorum Foundation (www.mosmaiorum.org) dedicated to the study of Paganism as ethnic religion. He is also a contributor to PoliticusUSA (politicususa.com) and GodsOwnParty (godsownparty.com/blog).

If you think the article is bad, read the comments.

1 posted on 11/12/2013 9:57:50 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Inability to tell fiction from reality is a sign of a serious problem. Perhaps this twit of a ‘writer’ should seek help.


2 posted on 11/12/2013 10:01:42 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

liberals hate Christians because they can’t stand Jesus usurping their god, government - ie them.


3 posted on 11/12/2013 10:04:50 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let me see if I have it straight. Write a novel about how bad Christians are then a self important fool uses it as proof of how bad Christians are.

Did I get it straight?


4 posted on 11/12/2013 10:48:53 PM PST by JimSp
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The review and the book reviewed are ludicrous.

The author doesn’t even know the lyric to the song he quotes: “taught to feel Jesus in a small town”.

It’s taught to fear, not feel.


5 posted on 11/12/2013 11:01:28 PM PST by ifinnegan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>> it is a journey to the dark heart of Christian extremism....

It’s also fiction.


6 posted on 11/13/2013 2:55:50 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That these novels are out there doesn’t bother me half as much as the fact that anyone who writes a novel from a Christian perspective is automatically consigned to the “Christian” section of books and therefore isolated. A few-—conversions such as Ann Rice, or classics such as Lewis or Tolkien escape-—but in some ways having a “Christian” section for books is one of theorist things for spreading the gospel.
<I once read a Christian music writer who lamented having the “Best Christian” category at the Grammys and separate Dove awards as segregating Christian music or taking it less seriously. I don’t have a problem with the Doves, but I see the point that Christian music and literature must be good enough to compete with the “mainstream” stuff-—and it can, as Tolkien and Michael W. Smith have done.


7 posted on 11/13/2013 3:50:55 AM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A very rambling incoherent article. What do “televangelists” and “megachurches” have to do with small town Christians? I guess haters gotta hate, whether they make sense or not.


8 posted on 11/13/2013 5:05:23 AM PST by circlecity
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The comments are ludicrous; they even start sniping at each other for not being sufficiently progressive & anti-Christian.

BTW, I didn’t know I was a “Dominionist”. Guess the sequel will depict Dominionists sitting in the pews with their pistols & shotguns while the preacher rants & waves an AR-15.

And why are lefties so hung up on “Islamophobia”?


9 posted on 11/13/2013 5:05:25 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All in all, it felt like I’d earned a PhD in Christian Extremism and it was terrifying.


I think a lot of people goes through that same thing, i knew a fellow who after reading a book or two started thinking of him self as a professor, later he got married and had kids and now is a flagman for the state highway department.

Baptist minister who represents everything we have come to hate about the self-righteous hypocrisy of the Religious Right.

The emphasis seems to be on the religious right but what is described is a stupid poor me leftist this sounds like a leftest turned around and have the left and right mixed up.


Being Christian is available on Amazon.com’s Kindle for just $7.95 and $11.33 in paperback.

I have the $7.95 but i am not sure if i am going to do any gardening next year or not.


10 posted on 11/13/2013 5:29:52 AM PST by ravenwolf
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To: elcid1970

Stockholm syndrome?


11 posted on 11/13/2013 6:45:05 AM PST by darkangel82
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To: darkangel82

No, more of an unholy alliance against a common enemy - traditional Christianity.


12 posted on 11/13/2013 7:09:37 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: elcid1970

Their common Enemy, if you boil it down, is Christ Himself.


13 posted on 11/13/2013 7:13:18 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

Money quote of the day!


14 posted on 11/13/2013 7:49:54 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
As the author put it, it’s all about choice but fundamentalists have a funny way of understanding choice. They talk a lot about personal responsibility but everything that happens to them always seems to be somebody else’s fault. Christian doesn’t have any free will, because free will would demand he take responsibility for his actions. So much easier to believe God willed this or that and Satan had choreographed everything else.

The pagans sure do like to use works of fiction to put across their agenda. I take it regeneration escapes them.

15 posted on 11/13/2013 1:20:57 PM PST by redleghunter
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To: darkangel82

It is embellished fiction at it too. If there is such a thing, yet they created it:) It was hard to get through half the article. It rises just below high school journalism.


16 posted on 11/13/2013 1:23:20 PM PST by redleghunter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The comments section is a hoot. I saw terms I never knew existed. What is a “Fundamentalist/Dominionist?”


17 posted on 11/13/2013 1:35:53 PM PST by redleghunter
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To: redleghunter

Made-up crap used to justify putting Christians in concentration camps.


18 posted on 11/13/2013 1:40:04 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Many on the left see faith & family as oppressive, the right sees them as indispensable." Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have to say the only other time I heard of “Dominionist” was when Bachman was running in 2012. Apparently, the Left (PAGANs-People Against God And Normalcy) made up the term based on Bachman mentioning having a Christian “world-view.” Apparently we cannot have a world-view based on our faith, that to them is a theocracy and a march to world domination. Pure fantasy created by the PAGANs.

The only other time I have heard of “The Dominion” was in Star Trek Deep Space Nine and they were shape shifter aliens...very much like the PAGANs are:)


19 posted on 11/13/2013 2:11:55 PM PST by redleghunter
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To: elcid1970
The comments are ludicrous; they even start sniping at each other for not being sufficiently progressive & anti-Christian. BTW, I didn’t know I was a “Dominionist”. Guess the sequel will depict Dominionists sitting in the pews with their pistols & shotguns while the preacher rants & waves an AR-15.

Ping to comment later.

20 posted on 11/13/2013 2:38:53 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: redleghunter; 2ndDivisionVet; GodGunsGuts; Fichori; tpanther; Gordon Greene; Ethan Clive Osgoode; ..

There was an evolutionist on FR at one time who was tinfoil hat paranoid about creationists because he thought they were all dominionists and were trying to establish a theocracy in the UN and impose it on the public education system, allowing the teaching of creation which would throw us all back into the Dark Ages.

He was invited to leave.


21 posted on 11/13/2013 6:16:36 PM PST by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of faith....)
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To: redleghunter; 2ndDivisionVet; GodGunsGuts; Fichori; tpanther; Gordon Greene; Ethan Clive Osgoode; ..
Try again......

In the US.

There was an evolutionist on FR at one time who was tinfoil hat paranoid about creationists because he thought they were all dominionists and were trying to establish a theocracy in the US and impose it on the public education system, allowing the teaching of creation which would throw us all back into the Dark Ages.

He was invited to leave.

22 posted on 11/13/2013 6:17:34 PM PST by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of faith....)
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To: metmom

Yea, them `bible thumpers’ is way scary folks!

Terrorists, every one of them, thank god for obama.


23 posted on 11/13/2013 6:31:18 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: JimSp

You got it!


24 posted on 11/13/2013 6:35:21 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: ifinnegan

>> “It’s taught to fear, not feel.” <<

.
A freudian slip, I’m sure.


25 posted on 11/13/2013 6:36:46 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: metmom

Indeed. Thank you for the ping!


26 posted on 11/13/2013 6:41:04 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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