I just finished reading a review of the book “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America,” by New York Times reporter Chris Hedges in the French journal “Revue Francaise d’Etudes Americaines.”
The reviewer presented the book as a moderate response to Christian extremists in America who desire to “take over” the government, mass media, and academia in order to institute a theocracy. Hedges, supposedly representing the moderate middle of America, offers strategic political solutions to stop such endeavors, which include (yes, you guessed it): the banning of Christian extremist books, criminalizing religious hate speech, and instituting censorship.
This is the moderate response?
Granted, the reviewer likely represents secular French leftism, and so responding to American-style religious fanaticism with political force must seem moderate to this sophisticated cognoscenti. But over on this side of the pond, we have our own name for the banning of books, the criminalizing of speech, and censorship:
Oh, the irony. Perhaps I shouldn’t pay so much attention to such political screeds, but I’ve been wondering lately whether there’s a place for truly moderate thought in the areas of our lives, especially when dealing with controversial issues (be they political, theological, or whatever). Is it possible anymore to state an opinion about a controversial issue without becoming a screedal crank? I sure hope so, and I imagine truly moderate answers to the tough questions of the day are “moderated” by the love and patience of God.
Just one more reason to surround ourselves with God’s love, I guess.