Monday, October 30, 2006

On the Certitude of Right-Wing Faith

Gary Wills has an outstanding essay about "A Country Ruled by Faith" in the New York Review of Books. He describes a country ruled by faith-based justice, faith-based social services, faith-based science, faith-based health, and faith-based war. Here's a quote:

There is a particular danger with a war that God commands. What if God should lose? That is unthinkable to the evangelicals. They cannot accept the idea of second-guessing God, and he was the one who led them into war. Thus, in 2006, when two thirds of the American people told pollsters that the war in Iraq was a mistake, the third of those still standing behind it were mainly evangelicals (who make up about one third of the population). It was a faith-based certitude.

Here's what I think happens when a nation loses a war it thinks God commanded. Either people of faith turn on the false prophets that misled them into war. Or, like Germany after World War I, they turn to the legend of a "stab in the back."

How long do you suppose it will take Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, and Richard Land to blame the liberals, the church-state separationists, the secular humanists, the ACLU, the gays and the feminists for their anointed's debacle in Iraq?

4 comments:

Michael Westmoreland-White said...

This is a very real possibility. It happened with Vietnam: The complaints that we weren't allowed to win; that the liberal media lost us the war, etc.

The obscenity of "evangelicals" thinking that God commanded them to support a war when the evangel itself is against war is scandalous.

P.M. Prescott said...

Hey they started that just a few days after 911, remember that attack was God's judgement about our wicked wicked ways.

Monk-in-Training said...

I concur with Michael, this is a frightening possibility, one which must be fought at all costs!

William Bollinger said...

What will you do to fight it? Offer them "facts"? Maybe pushing a line about "punishment for supporting a party of corrupt Mammon worshippers" is in order...