by Charles S. Garabedian
Christian fundamentalists, conservative evangelicals, right wing extremists, and the Religious Right have put new Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) right at the bullseye center of their hate target. She cares very deeply for those Jesus called “the least of these” in the New Testament, and she would like to use her votes in the U.S. House of Representatives to help poor people, sick people, hungry people, and imprisoned people. The words of the Holy Bible call on all Christians to do exactly that. Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is Roman Catholic, and she takes her Christian faith seriously as set forth in the article she wrote for the Jesuit periodical entitled America. You may read it by clicking on the following safe link:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Article
The Roman Catholic Church is famous for turning its Christian faith into social action to help “the least of these,” who Jesus loved so much when He walked the Earth. However, the Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals of today, who like to selectively ignore the words of Jesus they do not like, gladly brand a person with a heart to help people as a communist or socialist these days—and tag them as Public Enemy No. 1. Alexandria no doubt knew this was coming. She proudly wears the Democratic Socialist label.
That said, I think something else deeper and more profound is going on with this hate agenda toward Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. The stark reality is this. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is everything wonderful in life that most of her old, rigid, white, fundie detractors are not—and never will be again. She is highly intelligent, a good dancer, young, physically fit, good looking, happy, joyful, fun loving, and full of life. Worst of all, she is a member of the dreaded Millennial Generation. The Christian fundamentalists, conservative evangelicals, and right wing extremists fear that up-and-coming American generation as much as the demons fear Jesus.
A number of nonfundie religious and political pundits believe the 80-years-long Millennial Generation will (slowly over time) figuratively fire hollow point .44 magnum bullets straight into the brain cases of Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism—at point-blank range—and finish off those two belief systems in our country. Because of that and other things, the Blue Wave that swept Ms. Ocasio-Cortez (and many other nonfundie women) into office has the fundies and other right wing extremists frightened out of their wits.
After all, according to fundie beliefs, all women are required to be submissive and averse to ruling roosts. Moreover, the Blue Wave was not supposed to happen. God and Trump had supposedly surrounded the fundies with an impenetrable force field for protection, and Trump was leading them to ultimate and final victory over the American culture, all nonfundie churches, and all nonChristian belief systems. The November 2018 election snapped that old rug of smug self-righteousness right out from under the fundies, and now they are in a perilous free fall—wondering if God has now abandoned them—and even worse————–perhaps wondering if Trump’s election was just a freakish fluke—and God was never in their corner to begin with in the November 2016 election.
You are no doubt familiar with the recent video clip used to attack Ms. Ocasio-Cortez a few days ago. It shows her dancing on the rooftop of a large building when she was a young student at Boston University. Most Christian fundamentalists and a number of conservative evangelicals are famous for their numbskull belief that dancing is a sin—and it is especially sinful for young people to dance with each other. (Salome danced, and John the Baptist got his head cut off because of it.) Apparently, the nitwit who first floated this old video clip thought it would damage Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and rally all the fundies and right wing extremists. It did not. It backfired on all of them badly and blew up right in their faces.
This attack on Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez was an instructive lesson for those of us who live outside of Fundieland and the right wing extremist bubble. It showed us what the Christian fundamentalists, conservative evangelicals, and right wing extremists fear most about Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and her Millennial Generation. They fear their youth, energy, enthusiasm, personal drive, zest for life, and dedication to turning God’s truth and factual truth into loving reality and compassion that truly helps the American people. The new Lisztomania dance video below illustrates all of that well, and the now famous old dancing clips of Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez were spliced into this video so the whole Millennial Generation energy comes across loud and clear. Take a close look at Christian Fundamentalist Rules No. 6 and No. 83 below, and then play the video, which is a real treat I am sure you will enjoy:
Christian Fundamentalist Rule No. 6
The less fun it is, the Godlier it must be.
Christian Fundamentalist Rule No. 83
If anyone in your presence or immediate vicinity appears to be smiling, laughing, having fun, enjoying life, or otherwise existing in a clear state of happiness, move as quickly as possible to snuff it out.
Videotape Credit: Howard Thurman Center at Boston University