The goal of politically active evangelicals is nothing less than the imposition of a full Christian theocracy - and that's no exaggeration.

Read their literature. Listen to what their people say at various conferences and events, including some well-known political figures like former AG Bill Barr, Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley, and even Ted Cruz. They and others are on the record at right wing events promoting what's sometimes referred to as Dominionism.

Do some searches on Christian Dominionism. It's pretty scary stuff. This is what underpins the religious right, which in just the last few years has fully snatched away control of the Republican Party from Wall Street and pro-business fiscal conservatives who were previously its main power players. The subversion of institutions they talk about is exactly what we're seeing right now. These people are serious. And we'd better be just as serious about opposing them.

How Politics Poisoned the Evangelical Church-
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@TonyStark I come from a what would now be called evangelical family. I converted some vhs tapes from the mid 80s of me wandering around with the camera as a kid and you can hear my dad in the background talking about "they" and "them" and "the democrats" as the enemies. It's so gross.

It's 20 years old now, but there's a book that I recommend called "What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America".

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Religious fanatics have always been with us. And they likely always will be with us. What hasn’t always been with us is their elevation into public power by the abuse of structural aspects of the American electoral system and support by a political party set on suppression of dissent.

I'm sorry that you had to go through that and hope you have a good support system now.

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@TonyStark @nathaniel Thank you so much for sharing your story, Nathaniel, carrier of comically large coffees! It’s honestly really incredible and brave for you to basically undo cult-like conditioning and then make major changes to your life! I’m so happy you’re out here in the fediverse! I too hope you have a good support system now, and honestly I think you have a valuable perspective to offer.

Both you and Tony’s original point makes me miss Jared Yates Sexton, author of American Rule, which covers similar points. He was one of the few voices that made Twitter almost bearable - not enough to outweigh the bad but he really had an interesting perspective on how Christian Cults and Conspiracy theories have been weaponized throughout American history, but how this moment is especially toxic.

@chewbacca @TonyStark @nathaniel I am reading that book right now. I feel like I am not as "in shock" about how things are unfolding, and to have an antenna up for my own possible exposure to toxic conditioning. It's like going for a balloon ride and seeing the landscape you thought you knew so well from a very different perspective.

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