Apocalypto

Januar 15, 2007 um 5:37 pm | Veröffentlicht in Gesellschaft, Publikationen, Skandale | Hinterlasse einen Kommentar

Zwischen dem nahezu fanatisch erzkatholischen Mel Gibson und den Evangelikalen bestehen der Quelle Counterpunch folgend sehr starke Aufffassungsunterschiede betreffend der politischen Auslegung des Christentums

The author of the following text, Greg Grandin, a recent recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, teaches Latin American history at New York University and is the author of a number of books, including most recently Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism (Metropolitan). He can be reached at: gjg4@nyu.edu

„…In fact, with Iraq proving the neocons to be inept strategists, evangelical internationalists like Hagee, who is happy to believe that the “end of the world as we know it is rapidly approaching,” have emerged as the vital force behind Bush’s unrepentant righteous realism. During the recent Israel-Hezbollah war, Bill Kristol, along with potential GOP presidential contenders John McCain and Newt Gingrich, were showing up on news shows hymning from Hagee’s recent best-seller Jerusalem Coming to justify taking the fight to Iran…..

The violence of counterinsurgent war stoked the fires of fundamentalist Manichaeism, leading Falwell, Robertson, and others to ally with the worst murderers and torturers in Central and Latin America. “For the Christian,” believes Walton, “there can be no neutrality in this battle: ‚He that is not with Me is against Me’ (Matthew 12:30).” Robertson described the genocide carried out by Guatemala’s Efraín Ríos Montt as a “miracle” and celebrated Salvador’s Roberto D’Aubuisson, the killer of, along with untold others, Archbishop Oscar Romero, on his Christian Broadcasting Network. In 1984, more than a dozen Christian New Right organizations, including the Moral Majority, presented D’Aubuisson with a plaque honoring his “continuing efforts for freedom.”

Many of the death-squad members were themselves conservative religious ideologues, taking the fight against liberation theology to the trenches. Guatemalan security forces regularly questioned their prisoners about their “views on liberation theology.” Others report being tortured to the singing of hymns and praying. Some evangelicals excused such suffering. ”Killing for the joy of it was wrong,” a Paralife minister from the United States comforted his flock of Salvadoran soldiers, “but killing because it was necessary to fight against an anti-Christ system, communism, was not only right but a duty of every Christian….”

Apocalypto“ passt zur US-Policy, denn es drängt sich der Vergleich insofern auf, als dass letztere ein absurdes Ausmaß an Abartigkeit erreicht hat.

Bild: Apocalypto

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