72: JesuslandsUp one level
The Jesuslands issue considers the deployment of public religious faith as a foundation for domestic and foreign policy, and the malignant cultural phenomena created by such usage.
- Jesuslands: Where Fundamentalism Meets Politics
Elisabeth Hurst, Joe Lockard, Joel Schalit
We examine an inability or outright refusal to distinguish between personal faith and public policy, and the use of each to enforce the other. Where George W. Bush states that the United States has been "sustained in our national life by the truths of Sinai, the Sermon on the Mount, the words of the Koran..." the contents of this Bad Subjects issue argue that such a formulation produces and supports the monotheistic and patriarchal culture of Moseslands, Jesuslands, and Allahlands.
- National Trauma, Church Drama: The Cultural Politics of Christian Fear
Fear has become a righteous tool for spreading Jesus' word and Republican politics. It's also a great moneymaker.
- The Road to Jesusland
Although liberals and secularists seemed stunned by the ascendancy of evangelicalism among the electorate, in actuality politics and evangelicism are a match made in heaven — or at least, in history.
- Rescuing Jesus from Jesusland
Although the territory mapped out in red after the election has been called Jesusland, Jesus himself seems to dwell elsewhere. It's a mistake for liberals to concede Christ to this evangelical right-wing when Christ's own message is off-the-map liberal in its inclusiveness and in its challenge to existing power structures and conservative pieties.
- When Jesus was Left: Christians, Socialists and the Masses
Once many people who showed their religion in public were on the left. Churches and church-run campus coffeehouses hosted rock bands playing benefits against the Vietnam war. This historical tradition stretches back to World War One, when Masses magazine sentimentally appreciated Jesus, and featured Jesus in anti-war and anti-capitalist cartoons.
- Jesusland: Corporate Globalisation, Michael Moore and the Rise of the Religious Right
Fahrenheit 9/11 is an important film, not because it tried to intervene in a political process, but because it provided a narrative that sought to understand the wide-sweeping forces that impact on individual lives. This film visualises consequences of corporate globalisation. The people who must handle these difficulties are visible and vocal.
- Going to Hell with a Handbasket: Re-reading The Handmaid’s Tale, November 2004
The "Jesusland-U.S. of Canada" map was not a perfect fit with Atwood's vision. Her Gilead was based on a coup of the entire United States, so essentially all of the country was a Red State in her story. But then, of course, didn't it feel like the Red States had taken over on November 3rd, 2004? Maybe reading this novel was a way to read our current situation...
- The Anti-Theism of Richard Rorty
Richard Rorty's language is suggestive of a universe in which God and politics as usual have no a priori meaning, where redescription, rather than tradition, is the defining norm of a culture. It is such a world that atheists have long sought to construct.
- Moral Values: Red Herrings of the 2004 Election
Yelps from the fringes did little to rival the widespread baying and howling of millions of Bush supporters as they mushed right past the war, the bombing of innocents, the global warming, the melting of the icecaps, and the corporate scandal, on their way down the primrose path to gay marriage and "moral values."
- Virtual Sex: The Female Body in Digital Art
Claudia Hart, Claudia Herbst
As the exuberance and the dust that has been stirred up by technological development have settled, we can begin to see more clearly. Our gaze extends towards the militaristic roots of much of today's technologies and, further, to the source of much of the Western world's misogynist tendencies, at the dawn of the early Christian church.
- Poland's Transition: From Communism to Fundamentalist Hetero-Sex
Tomasz Kitlinski, Pawel Leszkowicz, Joe Lockard
Poland went from communism to fundamentalism: it is anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-secular, and pro-Bush. Polish troops go to Iraq, women to kitchens, media to patriotic kitsch, and gays to hell, while politicians and the media rally around Bush.
- American Millennialists and the EU Satan
The Bush administration’s problematic relations with Europe have been accompanied by a re-interpretation of the European Union among the fundamentalist faithful in the United States. Among these millennialists, the EU is Rome re-born and one of the necessary conditions for the Advent of Christ.
- Amsterdam: Berlin
The last decade has seen an alarming rise in the electoral success of the extreme right in Europe, which has moved with great effectiveness to exploit the dislocations and insecurities created by the globalism to re-ignite the old mix of racism and xenophobia.
- The Rise of Reactionary Religious Politics in Australia
There are causes for concern and optimism in the current Australian political environment with regards to the rise of religious reactionaries. Concern, because there should never be any doubt of what their final agenda is -- a religious state. The Christian churches did not give up direct political control of Europe willingly, any more than contemporary Islamic rulers would give up their rule.
- ¿Jesusland, Mosesland, Mahomaland, Gayland, Lesbianland o Drogaland?
Guillermo Compte Cathcart
A Spanish-language article -- "Jesusland, Mosesland, Mohammedland, Gayland, Lesbianland, or Drugland?" critiques the ways in which nepotism and despotism operates in the Bush administration. The author compares Bush with right-wing governments in Latin America, especially Argentina, where dictators and torturers are given awards for their service to freedom, humanity, and religious purpose. In critiquing how militarism is celebrated in the US, the essay considers the ways in which power is naturalized and interpellated into popular culture. The essay's first section, 'Gorillas in the United States,' questions the hypocrisy of US imperialism that does not perceive its military campaigns as imperialism or recognize its human casualties. The following section, 'Iraq: the Fragile Terminators,' looks at how US soldiers in Iraq cannot offer dissent and become killing machines driven by a larger religious imperative. A third section begins by comparing Bush to Cesar in his imperial designs and blunt ambition, and examines the ways dissent is squelched in the US. It argues that the popular vote has no real meaning in the heart of global democracy. The final section, "Is Chechnya Possible in California?" discusses the absurdity of the Terminator, now California's governor, and his right-wing bully-boy image. The essay concludes by considering the way in which minority communities are suppressed by a religious white dominant culture.