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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 03:09 PM
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Campaign to Fight Fascism in America

It is time to fight fire with fire.
The religious right has shown the power of mobilization congregations. Now we must do the same.

Below are links to churches and Jewish groups in the U.S. It is only a partial list; please add to this resource.

I propose an e-mail campaign to warn the leaders of these churches, synagogues and Jewish organizations about the dangers of fascism in America. Ask them to follow the example of the Austin pastor who delivered a sermon on this topic to his congregation.

Keep kicking this topic if you like the idea, and nominate for homepage.

Here are links to include in your letters:

Warning From a Student of Democracy's Collapse

FRITZ STERN, a refugee from Hitler's Germany and a leading scholar of European history, startled several of his listeners when he warned in a speech about the danger posed in this country by the rise of the Christian right. In his address in November, just after he received a prize presented by the German foreign minister, he told his audience that Hitler saw himself as "the instrument of providence" and fused his "racial dogma with a Germanic Christianity."

"Some people recognized the moral perils of mixing religion and politics," he said of prewar Germany, "but many more were seduced by it. It was the pseudo-religious transfiguration of politics that largely ensured his success, notably in Protestant areas."

Dr. Stern's speech, given during a ceremony at which he got the prize from the Leo Baeck Institute, a center focused on German Jewish history, was certainly provocative. The fascism of Nazi Germany belongs to a world so horrendous it often seems to defy the possibility of repetition or analogy. But Dr. Stern, 78, the author of books like "The Politics of Cultural Despair: A Study in the Rise of the Germanic Ideology" and university professor emeritus at Columbia University, has devoted a lifetime to analyzing how the Nazi barbarity became possible. He stops short of calling the Christian right fascist but his decision to draw parallels, especially in the uses of propaganda, was controversial.

"When I saw the speech my eyes lit up," said John R. MacArthur, whose book "Second Front" examines wartime propaganda. "The comparison between the propagandistic manipulation and uses of Christianity, then and now, is hidden in plain sight. No one will talk about it. No one wants to look at it."



Chuck Baldwin, a Baptist pastor and past executive director of Floridas Moral Majority who once rallied his parishioners to build a monument to aborted babies, makes this startling confession: No one can honestly question my commitment to pro-life, pro-family conservative causes. That being said, the Religious Right, as it now exists, scares me.

The Religious Right has become a propaganda machine for George W. Bush and the Republican Party, Baldwin observes, The Religious Right is actively assisting those who would destroy our freedoms.

Baldwin faults religious leaders for failing to resist passage of the Patriot Act, creation of the Homeland Security department, and appointment of a National Intelligence Director. Neither did the Religious Right offer even a whimper of protest as President Bush and Republicans in Congress created a first-ever national ID card in the new intelligence bill, which eerily has more in common with early Twentieth Century German and Russian intelligence institutions than anything envisioned by Americas Founding Fathers.

Further, he recognizes the danger of wedding Church and State while demonizing opposing political interests. He warns that the Christian Right views the war in Iraq as a holy crusade and Bush as a religious leader. America is fast taking on the shape of the old Holy Roman Empire and President Bush is quickly morphing into a modern day Caesar, he says, then speculates on whether America is heading for a modern-day religious inquisition led by the Religious Right.

I used to believe that liberals were paranoid for being fearful of conservative Christians gaining political power, concludes the fundamentalist leader, who is also a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association. Now, I share their trepidation.

Read the full text of this astounding story, first published in The Covenant News, at:


A Sermon delivered by Minister Davidson Loehr, November 7, 2004
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, Texas

I mean to persuade you that the style of governing into which America has slid is most accurately described as fascism, and that the necessary implications of this fact are rightly regarded as terrifying, Rev. Loehr told his congregation. After reviewing chilling similarities between the current Bush administration and past fascist regimes, Loehr offered these predictions:

The actions of fascists and the social and political effects of fascism and fundamentalism are clear and sobering. Here is some of what's coming, what will be happening in our country in the next few years

In addition, he warns of "efforts to remove the tax-exempt status of churches like this one, and to characterize them as anti-American...In the near future, it will be illegal or at least dangerous to say the things I have said here this morning."

In "Fascism Anyone?," Dr. Lawrence Britt, a political scientist, identifies 14 characteristics common to fascist regimes. His comparisons of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto, and Pinochet yielded this list of 14 "identifying characteristics of fascism." (If your parishioners want to help spread the word of these dangers in America, this site has a downloadable flyer that they can hand out to others).

Here are lists of some religious organizations, for starters. Send to the organization, and to as many individual churches, synagogues, and Jewish groups as you can find. Please add to my list, too.

United Jewish Communities

Association of Unity Churches

National Council of Churches /

Repeat: If you think this is an important effort, kick the topic and nominate for homepage.
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EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 03:26 PM
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1. You may want to get the word out about USMC Gen Smedley D. Butler
who back in the 1930's singlehandedly stopped the last Bush-family-connected fascist attempted coup d'etat against FDR.

See Jules Archer's "The Plot to Seize the White House" or the movie "The Plot to Overthrow FDR"

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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 06:37 PM
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3. Wow. Thanks. I didn't know about that.
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EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-05 02:48 PM
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6. Thanks. Yeah, the media doesn't want this dirty little secret to get out
since it includes Bush's family tree.
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hilster Donating Member (135 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 03:27 PM
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2. Increasingly Fascist America
Scary, isn't it? I've been thinking this for months.
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Eloriel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:17 PM
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4. Some excellent sources -- here are a few more
in case anyone is interested:

"fas-cism (fbsh'iz'em) n. A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism."

Keywords: Fascism
(with list of characteristics)

Fascism Anyone? by Laurence W. Britt

Friendly Fascism (Excerpts etc from Bertram Gross's book)

What Is Fascism
(This one is quite good and incl. two-tiered legal system as well as many other hallmarks, and Dr. Lawrence Britt's list, and additional links)

Superpower Democracy (another must read)


Mussolini in his own words.

1944 article: American fascism (April 1944 article in NYTimes -- also see 1940s section for the complete article)

The F Scale
(Measures one's authoritarian personality profile, which makes one receptive to fascism, based on research done after WW2)
link posted here: He's Acting Like Nixon in the Final DaysHas Bush Gone Over the Edge? (has some good links re fascist personality, etc.)

Bethune Institute Anti-Fascist Studies

The Spectre of Friendly Fascism by Bertrand Gross
(book excerpt)

Eternal Fascism: Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Blackshirt
By Umberto Eco

Freedom to Fascism -- -- A Bumpy Ride

Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism
Bernard Weiner, June 9, 2003

The Brownshirting of America

Several articles here:

Living Under Fascism
Davidson Loehr
7 November 2004
First UU Church of Austin
Some Book Recommendations:
barb1622000 (1000+ posts) Sun Sep-19-04 01:32 AM
29. there are several books
and I don't know if they are still in print but they are probably at university libraries

1. International Relations Between the Two World Wars 1919-1939 by E. H. Carr, Harper & Row, 1947
2. The Crisis of German Ideology by George Mosse
3. The German Catastrophe by Friedrich Meinecke
4. Varieties of Fascism by Eugen Weber

I think the world was quite stunned when Hitler became more powerful and then finally became Chancellor in the mid 1930s. They simply didn't know what to do about it. National socialism was going on in several countries at the same time, including the USA during the time and check the fourth book for an outstanding exposition of the various forms by country.


TahitiNut (1000+ posts) Wed Oct-20-04 01:49 PM
12. You mean China, Inc.?
"Fascism" isn't an ideology ... it doesn't engage in intellectually honest discussion regarding the "features" or "advantages" of fascism. This is predominnatly due to one of the core beliefs of fascists: the people are an almost mindless herd. THere is, therefore, no interest in honest public discourse. It's an "ideology" of narrow power and privelege - where 'the people' are merely a labor resource or cannon fodder. It's an attitude of "the public are the servants."
China is there. Any semblance of 'communism' in China is mere facade or window dressing.

jpg of poster: Same Shit, Different Asshole (incl graphics of Bush and Hitler)

WAKE UP! - Strauss / Neocons and Terror PLUS dire warnings

They Thought They Were Free

Fascism Anyone? by Laurence W. Britt

Wake Up and Smell the Fascism
(examples of Britt's 14 points)

March 16, 2003 by
When Democracy Failed: The Warnings of History by Thom Hartmann

When Democracy Failed: The Warnings of History
by Thom Hartmann

Bush is creating an un-American America

Nazification of America Phase 3

The Reichstag Fire and 9/11; Pretexts for Dictatorship and the Fourth Reich
Includes: Parallels between the Third Reich and the Bush Regime; 9/11 and the Reichstag Fire; What was the Reichstag Fire; Nazis in America; Poland 1939, Iraq 2003

The Rise of the Fourth Reich

Bush's 9/11 Reichstag Fire by Harvey Wasserman

20 Comparisons by Barrie Zwicker

The Bush Plan for America: The Rise of an American National Security State
By Jennifer Van Bergen, 14 December 2003

America, We Have a Problem

Fascism and America Today
by Aldo Vidali

Roads to Fascism: Sixty Years Later
by Roderick T. Long

This is the Fight of Our Lives by Bill Moyers

Published on Monday, July 19, 2004 by
The Ghost of Vice President Wallace Warns: "It Can Happen Here"
by Thom Hartmann

E-book - It Can't Happen Here b y Sinclair Lewis /
Also read: The Iron Heel by Jack London and
"Der Fuhrer" by Konrad Heiden and "The Plague" by Camus
discussed here:

"Now and Then"- Part 1
by W. David Jenkins and Sara DeHart June 6, 2002
"Now and Then"- Part 2: The Propaganda Machine
by W. David Jenkins and Sara DeHart June 14, 2002
"Now and Then"- Part 3
Hitler's Playbook: Bush and the Abuse of Power
by W. David Jenkins III and Sara DeHart July 4, 2002

You know why Operation "Iron Hammer" sounds Nazi like?
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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 04:12 AM
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5. Here are a bunch more church listings.
I found this in another thread:

RevCheesehead (1000+ posts) Fri Jan-07-05 12:01 PM
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I'm compiling a helpful list of abbreviations for churches..

Please add to the list. Also, if you have a website link, that would be great! After the list is compiled, I will re-post, and perhaps submit to Demopedia.

National Organizations

WCC World Council of Churches /
NCC National Council of Churches /

AB Alliance of Baptists /
ABC American Baptist Church /
AC Armenian Church /
AME African Methodist Episcopal /
AMEZ African Methodist Church, Zion
AOC Antiochian Orthodox Christian /

CB Church of the Brethren /
CC/DOC Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) /
CME Christian Methodist Church /
COCNA Coptic Orthodox Church of North America (site under construction)

EC/ECUSA The Episcopal Church /
ELCA Evangelical Lutheran Church in America /

FUM Friends United Meeting /

GO/GOAA Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America /

LCMS Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod /

MCC Metropolitan Community Church /
MCNA Moravian Church in North America /
MTC Mar Thoma Church /

NBC National Baptist Convention
NBCA National Baptist Church of America /
NMBCA National Missionary Baptist Convention of America /

OCA Orthodox Church in America /

PCUSA Presbyterian Church (USA) /
PNBC Progressive National Baptist Church /
PNCC Polish National Catholic Church /

RC Roman Catholic /
RCA Reformed Church in America /
ROC Russian Orthodox Church /

SBC Southern Baptist Convention /
SCNA Swedenborgian Church of North America /
SOC Serbian Orthodox Church
SOCA Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch

UCC United Church of Christ /
UOC Ukranian Orthodox Church /
UMC United Methodist Church /
UU Unitarian Universalist /

WELS Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod /

Worse than the Grinch - a stolen election

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