Racism, fear and Christian nationalism fueled by misinformation
On August 29, 2012 At 11:50 pm
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There is a segment of the American voting population that is gripped with irrational fear from misinformation and Christian nationalist propaganda. YouTube video maker "ushadrons" compiled a disturbing collection of media clips from 2007 to the present day to illustrate the "birther" issue to Christian nationalism to pure hatred (see the video embedded below).
Highlights of the video include:
President Obama's birth certificate has been joked about and questioned by numerous political leaders and pundits, ranging from Gov. Mitt Romney to Rep. Michele Bachmann, fueling a belief that the president is not American. Some people believe that Obama is an illegal alien. Others claim he is a Muslim, not an American, pushing an Islamic ideology. Others say that the president is a terrorist.
At political rallies, attendees opine that Obama does not follow the Constitution, others say that he is imposing tyranny on Americans.
Religious right pundits like Pat Robertson liken liberals to "termites" who have invaded the education system, a notion believed by Tea Party activists who complain that children and young people are being "indoctrinated" to become socialists or communists.
Calls for the death of "queers and lesbians" have been voiced. "There's gays and there's working people," a man told an interviewer who asked if America seemed divided.
A woman told a filmmaker, "I hope there are enough Christians to save America." Many claim that the president is not a Christian. "We're going to fight it. We're going to fight the immorality. We're going to let this world know there is only one God. There's only one way to heaven. And you better sit up and you better take notice and you better start listening," another woman shouted to an interviewer. Others claim that God needs to be put in control of the country. "This land is the fulfillment of God's prophecies through history and the bible," a man claimed. The "Jesus Hates Obama" website advertises t-shirts and other propaganda.
Glenn Beck proclaimed that the president is a racist who has "a deep seated hatred for white people and the white culture." At various rallies, racism toward Hispanics and Blacks is voiced, as well as antisemitism.
The video portrays an extreme element running as an undercurrent in American society that is fueled by politicians, the media, and religious leaders. The number of domestic hate and extremist groups in the United States grew to record levels in 2011, led by a surge in anti-government radicalism, according to a report released by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Editor's Note: The video seems to imply that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney agrees with this extremism, which this writer does not believe is the case. Conservatives say that the Occupy Movement from last year is also destructive and extreme.