Speaking to La Civiltà Cattolica, a publication vetted by the Vatican prior to publication, two close allies of the Pontiff, “[laid] out a scathing critique of “evangelical fundamentalism” in the US, arguing that, on issues ranging from climate change to “migrants and Muslims”, proponents of the ideology have adopted a twisted reading of scripture and the Old Testament that promotes conflict and war above all else,” according to the Guardian.
The writing claims that dubious religious arguments are being made by members of the Evangelical right to pursue policies to demonize Muslims and migrants. The report also takes notice of evangelical claims of “American Exceptionalism”, a religious notion that the United States in itself is blessed by God in ways that make it unique.
The authors of the article claim that there is a disconnect between the religious version of “American Exceptionalism” and the inhuman results that come from it, like unbridled capitalism, a bloated arms industry and profits that reach a few at the expense of the many. “In this Manichaean vision [where the world is divided between good and evil], belligerence can acquire a theological justification and there are pastors who seek a biblical foundation for it, using scriptural texts out of context,” the authors said.
Maybe most controversial, at least to supporters of President Trump, are the authors’ claims that right wing evangelical Christianity is not much different, if at all, from right-wing Islamic extremism.
“The article refers to the controversial evangelical theologist John Rushdoony as the father of today’s American Christian fundamentalism, and calls Bannon an exponent of this philosophy. Rushdoony’s doctrine maintains a theocratic necessity: submit the state to the Bible with a logic that is no different from the one that inspires Islamic fundamentalism. At heart, the narrative of terror shapes the worldviews of jihadists and the new crusaders and is imbibed from wells that are not too far apart,” the authors state. “We must not forget that the theopolitics spread by Isis is based on the same cult of an apocalypse that needs to be brought about as soon as possible.”