There are, apparently, a series of very successful novels published by a Christian Fundamentalist movement in the USA known as ‘Left Behind’ – dealing fictionally with the Apocalypse and it’s aftermath. I know little more as I find all this sort of stuff rather distasteful and the small amount I did learn was enough. They claim to have sold some 63 million copies ‘worldwide’ and rising fast. It is, of course, all propaganda for the particularly insidious agenda of making the world a right-wing Christian domain of their own, warped, ugly and blood-soaked twist on the Jesus story. But worse is yet to come.
Imagine: you are a foot soldier in a paramilitary group whose purpose is to remake America as a Christian theocracy, and establish its worldly vision of the dominion of Christ over all aspects of life. You are issued high-tech military weaponry, and instructed to engage the infidel on the streets of New York City. You are on a mission – both a religious mission and a military mission — to convert or kill Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, gays, and anyone who advocates the separation of church and state – especially moderate, mainstream Christians. Your mission is “to conduct physical and spiritual warfare”; all who resist must be taken out with extreme prejudice. You have never felt so powerful, so driven by a purpose: you are 13 years old.
Good, honest, normal people, be they Christians or not, must surely find this trend amongst the brainwashed flocks of America’s ‘Taleban’ like evangelicals a major cause for worry now and in the years to come. They are as fanatical, as violent, as war-mongering as the Islamic fundamentalists they seek to destroy, they are growing in numbers, they have the ear of the most awful and dangerous President the US has seen in a long time and they are coming after your children.
There have been many, many times in recorded history where religious fanatics have got themselves into positions of supreme power and the result has always been mayhem and lots and lots of blood-letting. If these people got their way, they would throw the world back into another ‘dark ages’ of fear and violence that would take decades, maybe centuries, to climb back from.