Christian Fundamentalist/Conservative Evangelical Hijinx in the United States

Hardly anything surprises us here at the Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog, but a few things do.  Many years ago in my youth, I regularly walked up to the old theater in my  small southern town and watched the Saturday afternoon double-feature. I always enjoyed the previews of coming attractions with those labels written across the silver screen:  Action!!!  Adventure!!!   Pathos!!!  True Love!!!  Being as how this was the early 1960s, they never showed a film populated with African-Americans in my largely racist hometown, so I never got to see any of those previews.  Many decades later, I would see a preview for one of those all-black-cast movies on a cable TV channel.  This preview was done in typical style with but one exception.  One of the labels splashed across the screen during the preview read: “Negro Hijinx!!!” I was a bit shocked to see that because it was so terribly racist and so blatantly obvious what this splashing really meant: “African-Americans on film behaving in merrily wild and crazy ways that serve to support or confirm the white racist opinion that all African-Americans are loony negroes with natural rhythm.”

Well, I ran across a news story today that reminded me of that old movie preview, and it inspired a new category here for the Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog. The new category is “Christian Fundamentalist/Conservative Evangelical Hijinx.”  This is a selected story from the general news of the day that highlights some of the wilder and loonier (but not very merry) “goings on” in Christian fundamentalist and conservatives evangelical religious circles in the United States.  To be fair about this, these sorts of hijinx are not a regular occurrence in such religious circles—to the best of our current knowledge—and should not be used to label fundies in any broad-brush sense.  However, it should serve as a warning to anyone who is thinking about becoming a fundie because you never really know which fundie church environment or religious circle in which town, county, or state may be the rare nightmare one where really strange things can happen.  Apparently, some fundie churches can be like The Hotel California.  You may be able to check out, but you can never leave—alive.  So, let this be your fair warning.  Check out these recent alleged happenings at a fundie-type church in New York:

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