The Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog would like to ask you to watch a long video. We know some of you who regularly check this blog do so from your office at work and cannot watch a long video. However, those of you who are at home most of the day can watch it, and I hope those of you at work will watch it in the evening when you get home or sometime this weekend. It is one of the best documentary films the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has produced in its Nova series, and it has won documentary film awards.
Why is this video so important? It is important for several reasons:
1) It shows how Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism can rip a close-knit community apart when real Christianity should be bringing people together in love and fellowship.
2) It shows how Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism can tear a loving Christian family apart when real Christianity should be binding families together in deeper love, respect, and understanding.
3) As Frank Schaeffer brought to our attention in one of the previous posts on this blog, Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism deal in wholesale ignorance and insist on rejecting facts as a matter of faith. In a world where Jesus and everyone else know 2+2 = 4, these religious traditions insist as a matter of faith that 2+2 = 5, if their church doctrines dictate it. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” All forms of truth, including factual truth and scientific truth, are God’s truth. Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism are heavily into denial of certain kinds of truths (particularly a wide array of strong, evidence-based truths in assorted hard science and social science disciplines: biology, geology, genetics, astronomy, environmental science, clinical psychology, anthropology, sociology, and American history). This film demonstrates how Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism are indeed the premeditated village idiots in American religion.
4) This film clearly demonstrates how Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism—acting in contravention to the commands of God in the Bible—regularly deal in fraud, lies, distortions, deceit, and the suppression of truth to advance their causes on the American stage. These are not the ways of Jesus. These are the ways of Satan.
5) The burning of the science mural painted by a student at the local high school was exactly the same as burning books, which reminds us of a famous historical statement that should not be lost on anyone with regard to Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism in the United States:
“Where they burn books, they will ultimately also burn people.”
6) It shows how Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals insist it is not enough for you and your children to believe in God according to your own religious doctrines and traditions. Instead, they insist that your belief in God must be precisely the same as theirs in all details, and if you are unwilling to cooperate voluntarily in that, they are going to take over an arm of the government (in this case a local school board) and use its power to force you and your children to absorb and believe in their religious beliefs. Even if you are some variety of Christian, they will still call you an atheist, put negative labels on you, engage in name calling, and use pejorative terms to describe you and your family. Both religious traditions are hellbent on turning the United States into a theocracy (ruled by them) wherein their perception of truth is the only one that will be tolerated. And even as they are clearly and unequivocally in the process of doing just that, their followers will whine loudly from the rooftops that this is not what they are doing. More lies in the name of Jesus.
7) This documentary reveals how Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism have no respect for the establishment clause in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States—an amendment that has protected religious freedom in the United States for more than 200 years. Indeed, we here at the blog believe Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism would permanently remove the First Amendment from our constitution, if they could, because its free speech and freedom of religion provisions are a major roadblock preventing their followers from taking over the United States and running it as a religious dictatorship.
8) It shows Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals departing from the mind of Jesus Christ by sending hate mail and death threats to ordinary citizens—and even a sitting federal judge and his family. The Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals weep a lot about the loss of American family values. When did sending out hate mail and death threats to American family members become Christian family values in the United States?
You are in for a real treat. Watch closely and see this excellent example of how Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism operated only one decade ago in a small American town. It still operates this way—and even worse—today. Along the way, ask yourself this question: “Would Jesus Christ operate the way the fundies operated in this town?” Get some popcorn and click on the start triangle below to watch this award-winning and entertaining PBS educational presentation: