Could it be? Well, of course it is! Fascism!

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Rahm Emanuel categorically declared: “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values.”

Thomas Menino fired off a letter to Chick-fil-A’s owner to urge him to abandon plans to expand the fast food chain to his city. “I urge you to back out of your plans to locate in Boston.”

Well, we all know why both of these thoughtful and intelligent Führers made these remarks. Or do we?

They operate with a Führerprinzip that tolerates no one who opposes the almighty and jealous god religiously epiphanied as: “Community” or “Communalism.” God Community tolerates no other gods! Zero tolerance in the god department! God Community’s intolerance naturally excludes the God of the Old and New Testaments who, from the beginning created “male and female” so that “a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh” in the estate of holy marriage. Consequently, the zero tolerance Fuhrerprinzip applies to Jesus as well as his disciples, Christians, who contradict divine Community as she exercises her sovereign will over any and all competitors!

Consequently, Emanuel and Menino have made it quite clear that idolaters are not welcome, their idolatry will not be endured, and their false worship will be swiftly punished (check out Revelation 11:7-10; 12-13; Matthew 10:17-18 on how all this goes)! Seriously! If you hold to the clear and objective word of God on the matter of holy marriage like Jesus did (Matthew 19:1ff), you are not a citizen with a legitimate, rational, or protected constitutional right. You are an ENEMY – THE ENEMY! You are a blasphemous idolater who must be dealt with swiftly and emphatically!

Gene Veith has warned us about all this in his book, Modern Fascism: Liquidating the Judeo-Christian Worldview. If you haven’t read it, get it ASAP! He writes: “Fascists believed in communalism, in which the individual’s will and freedom finds fulfillment in the will and freedom of the group. The goal was not mindless conformity, but masses of individuals all actively willing the same thing,” (90). The Chic-fil-A brewhaha demonstrates that not all have the same will! How is this battle of the wills resolved?

The Führers are not reasonable nor are they forgiving (just in case you haven’t noticed)! Veith notes that with fascist rhetoric: “Rational discussion is replaced with psychological and rhetorical manipulation; the search for truth is set aside in favor of a power struggle and a contest of wills … Conflicts of the will cannot be mediated by reason; they can only be resolved by force, with one will imposing itself on the other. There is no question of persuasion; only coercion or – for those totally outside the collective will, such as Jews [at the time of the Holocaust] elimination,” (91).

Don’t think or believe that such “elimination” cannot be repeated here in the land of free and the home of the brave. It is happening and will continue to happen with reckless abandon! You’d better have another read of the Stephenson sermon included in this issue of Forum, check out Veith’s book and hang on to Christ’s promise that not even the gates of hell will prevail against his church (check out Revelation again – the whole book this time)!

Pastor Brent Kuhlman
Murdock, NE

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.

Comments

Could it be? Well, of course it is! Fascism! — 28 Comments

  1. Coincidentally, the fascists are meeting this week in convention, in part to develop their plan for Endlösung der Christenfrage.

  2. “And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values.” Does the Mayor mean reflecting Chicago’s rising murder rate?

    A faithful college student who did his undergrad work here at W and L (I was still the E*CA pastor in town; he, and his family in Texas, became LCMS,as a group of us did here), is doing his graduate work in chemistry at the University of Chicago. At the beginning of the summer, he came back to Lexington for a wedding and we had lunch. His description of Chicago and the Hyde Park was harrowing: The University of Chicago and the many colleges and universities in the Hyde Park area (one of the sems is Lutheran School of Theology,E*CA), and no doubt a bastion of “liberal fascism” (Jonah Goldberg) is essentially it’s own well-protected enclave on the south side, regularly policed, kept- up etc. All around it are the ‘hoods where the gangs operate and crime is rampant. He was told that certain neighborhoods you just should not move into because of the crime. He and many students do not take the bus (the only mass transit on that side of the Windy City) to go into the Loop because of the areas the bus goes through. He is planning to get a hotel room sometime in the Loop in order to see the downtown!

  3. The rising, literal hatred of Christianity is rising rapidly here in America. Bill Nye is one example that concerns me even more than the Chick-Fil-A attack.
    According to Nye, we should not be allowed to teach our children the Faith because tho we adults may want to be stuck in a fairy tale, our children are needed—needed to be intelligent enough to function, learn science, and vote correctly.
    I know that this site enjoys discussing the inner-battles of church doctrine, but there is a huge danger in our land today. It is that ANY Christian doctrine is based on fairy tales, ignorance, intolerance, bigotry, and even hatred. You would be amazed (perhaps) at the number of your own congregation members are not only afraid to invite friends to worship, but are embarrassed at the thought, and themselves wondering if all religions are really just worshiping the same God.
    I’ve done a lot of research on this in the last 5 or 6 years, and if you have not–you have no idea what is happening to the reputation of Christianity, and the freedom to BE a Christian in America.
    This is not a criticism of SBJ or any of its contributors; it’s just a statement that we have to be more lovingly aggressive in our culture–much like President Harrison’s willingness to go to Congress with those not of the LCMS to try to bring the danger to religious freedom to the forefront in Christian minds. Thanks for reading! I know this was a little long.

  4. we should not be allowed to teach our children the Faith because tho we adults may want to be stuck in a fairy tale, our children are needed—needed to be intelligent enough to function, learn science, and vote correctly.

    Right, we wouldn’t want our kids to end up like Newton or Euler. We need a whole crop of Voltaires.

    Anyway, it doesn’t seem that the embrace of belief in evolution is necessary to any helpful or useful science or technology. Like what modern advance exactly do we owe to the proposed theory of evolution?

  5. @sue wilson #3
    …you have no idea what is happening to the reputation of Christianity, and the freedom to BE a Christian in America.

    Thanks, sue.
    I’m on a university campus which has a strict “non-discrimination” policy which employees have to sign. It’s very protective of “die – vers – i – ty”, especially the deviant kind, but professors feel free to criticize Christianity in their classrooms and labs.
    Christian professors need to have tenure and some clout in their departments before they say anything positive about their faith, as far as I have observed.
    It’s strictly “ABC” for a lot of people. 🙁

  6. The Need For “Understanding” To Precede Criticism:
    https://steadfastlutherans.org/?p=20932

    When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
    (Luke 11:21-23 ESV)

    [Anyone Not Against Us Is for Us]

    John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.

    (Mark 9:38-41 ESV)

    Authoritarianism:

    Authoritarianism is a form of social organization characterized by submission to authority as well as the administration of said authority. It is usually opposed to individualism and libertarianism. In politics, an authoritarian government is one in which political authority is concentrated in a small group of politicians.[1]

    Totalitarianism:

    Totalitarianism is an extreme version of authoritarianism. Authoritarianism primarily differs from totalitarianism in that social and economic institutions exist that are not under governmental control.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authoritarianism

    Fascism ( /?fæ??z?m/) is a radical authoritarian nationalist political ideology.

    Fascists seek elevation of their nation based on commitment to an organic national community where its individuals are united together as one people through national identity.

    They are united by suprapersonal connections of ancestry and culture through a totalitarian state that seeks the mass mobilization of the national community through discipline, indoctrination, physical training, and eugenics.

    Fascism seeks to eradicate perceived foreign influences that are deemed to be causing degeneration of the nation or of not fitting into the national culture.

    wikipedia

    The bottom line is of course:

    “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”

    EVIL

  7. GOING………………GOING…………………………..GONE

    Wasserman Schultz Refuses to Answer Why ‘God’ Removed From Democratic Platform

    Read more on Newsmax.com: Wasserman Schultz Refuses to Answer Why ‘God’ Removed From Democratic Platform

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/wasserman-schultz-god-platform/2012/09/05/id/450845

    Dick Durbin nearly exploded on Fox News’s

    ”You are carping on a trifle.”

    “This time, he says, a longtime source tipped him off to the change. He checked the documents and presto — huge news flash! Brody can likely commune a bit with Baier: His attempts to pry a comment from the Democratic National Committee about the change for his news-breaking post fetched nothing. “For whatever reason, the DNC decided not to return my e-mails on it,” he says.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/post/god-bless-fox-news/2012/09/05/746664f6-f762-11e1-8398-0327ab83ab91_blog.html

  8. Synod’s and our Districts’ Boards of Directors will certainly be confronted with challenges as they try to fulfill Synod’s Objectives #9: “Provide protection for congregations, pastors, teachers, and other church workers in the performance of their official duties and the
    maintenance of their rights;” 2010 Handbook, P. 13, Article III, Objectives of Synod.

    It’s going to get downright dicey.

  9. At the Demonicrat convention, former governor and United Methodist pastor, Ted Strickland (D-OH), made a motion to reinsert “God” (as well as recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel) into the party platform. It required a 2/3 vote. The chairman, after three votes were taken, declared that in the chairman’s opinion, the motion had passed. The sounds and images of some who opposed that decision were disturbing.

  10. @Win #10
    Synod’s Objectives #9: “Provide protection for congregations, pastors, teachers, and other church workers in the performance of their official duties and the maintenance of their rights;” 2010 Handbook, P. 13, Article III, Objectives of Synod.

    That’s in the Handbook? Hmmm…

  11. Fascism also comes wrapped in extreme patriotism, xenophobia, and religious garb. Which political party has practiced these most effectively?

  12. @CMP #13: “Fascism also comes wrapped in extreme patriotism, xenophobia, and religious garb. Which political party has practiced these most effectively?”

    In the U.S., over the past quarter-century, fascism has been more associated with anti-U.S. internationalism, Christophobia, and the garb of abortionists, islamoapologists, LGBT perverts and communist revolutionaries. Which political party has been practicing or given tribute to these most effectively?

  13. Assuming you mean Democrats, a group to which I do not belong. Just trying to give some perspective on fascism….let’s not be so myopic. I’m fairly certain Rev. Kuhlman would agree with my assessment. I’ll ask him the next time I see him.

  14. @Pastor Ted Crandall #14

    Indeed we have. Now days if you talk of the founding fathers as patriots you are labelled as jingoistic. If you are proud of your country and its accomplishments and want to protect it against illegal immigration, you are labelled a xenophobe. If you speak out against homosexuality and abortion you are labelled a religious zealot and nutcase. Things have certainly changed.

  15. Carl Vehse :
    @Mark Huntemann #7: “Wasserman Schultz Refuses to Answer Why ‘God’ Removed From Democratic Platform”
    Step No. 1 toward die Endlösung der Christenfrage.

    @Carl Vehse #8

    “The final solution of the question of Christians.”

    Indeed!

    The Disappearing Middle Eastern Christians
    by Srdja Trifkovic • September 4, 2012 • Printer-friendly
    Fourteen centuries of Islam have fatally undermined Christianity in the land of its birth. The decline of the Christian remnant in the Middle East has been accelerated in recent decades, and accompanied by the indifference of the post-Christian West to its impending demise. Once-thriving Christian communities are now tiny minorities, and in most countries of the region their percentages have been reduced to single digits. Whether they disappear completely will partly depend on Western leaders belatedly taking an interest in Christian plight and persecution. This seems most unlikely, as the examples of Iraq, Egypt and Syria demonstrate.

    In Syria the Obama administration is fully committed to supporting the rebels, although it should be well aware of the ideological outlook and long-term objectives of Bashar al-Assad’s foes. They are Sunni fundamentalists. The partnerships forged thus far are ominous. The New York Times reported last June that CIA officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey, deciding which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms. The weapons are being funneled across the Turkish border “by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood.”

    Syria is the region’s only remaining country where Christians live effectively as equals with their Muslim neighbors. It has the second largest Christian community in the region (after Egypt), some 2.5 million strong.

    http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/2012/09/04/the-disappearing-middle-eastern-christians/

    IXOYC ZWNTWN

  16. @CMP #16
    Read Veith’s book, which is a careful analysis of the philosophy of fascism, and see which party lines up with fascism more in terms of its fundamental worldview. Not that Republicans have a whole lot to be proud of, mind you. It seems more by accident than design that they simply haven’t gone as far down the fascist path as the Democrats.

  17. @Mark Huntemann #18
    The Gospel is a passing rainshower….
    I want my kids to learn to speak Mandarin. The Gospel Shower is moving East and South. (And Matt Harrison knows it.) It’s both sad, and exciting.

  18. @Mark Huntemann #18
    Assad’s dad, Hafez, depended upon the Christians as an integral part of his political coalition, so the Christian community in Syria was relatively protected there. Got to know, a little, an expatriot Syrian Christian a few years ago.

  19. @Jim Pierce #17

    What was the founders’ position on immigration? Did they say a pledge of allegiance to a flag with a fancy salute?

    You do realize that fascists (in Italy, Germany, and Spain) did not really approve of homosexuality very much. They did wrap themselves in the flag and religion and prosecuted preventive wars. In fact, fascists also promoted “family values” and traditional morality.

    Fascists and Nazis were also certainly anti-capitalists and wanted a strong central government and corporations to collaborate closely. Big business ultimately supported their regimes because they protected them from Communists. Additionally, big business benefited from all the government contracts and money.

  20. @CMP #23
    Although eventually some homosexuals did find themselves in Nazi concentration camps, some of the early Nazis were homosexuals (to the point that they were well-known for it). So anyone who tries to equate opposition to homosexual practice with fascism has some major hurdles to get over.

    I can’t speak so much about Italian or Spanish fascism on the matter of religion, but my recollection of the actual history of those movements is that they made accommodations to the Roman Catholic Church out of political necessity, but only to the extent that it helped them assert or maintain influence/power over the people. Mussolini was about as leftist as they came, and thus had no great love for the Vatican – but he was a lot smarter than the average leftist ideologue when it came to politics, so he saw the wisdom in accommodating the church and other sectors of society in order to achieve his aims.

    And the Nazis were about as anti-Christian as they come — once they were in power, they made little effort to promote themselves as friendly to any church that wasn’t already friendly to them. Hitler saw Christianity as one of the horrible foreign forces that had been imposed upon the German Volk to hold them back from their great destiny as a people.

    I have trouble agreeing with the idea that fascists promoted “family values” and traditional morality. Mussolini very openly kept a mistress; Hitler had his Eva Braun. In fact, much of the force of fascism was in its push to separate the people from societal structures and cultural “impediments” like family and morality. In Nazi Germany the plan was to pretty much dismantle the traditional family, putting the state in the place of parents, in order to properly indoctrinate children and separate them from the influences of backward and “oppressive” philosophies and religions.

    Regarding business, it’s more accurate to say that fascism — which in Germany and Italy still identified itself as socialist — found accommodation to be much more helpful than nationalization. They still had all the control they wanted, but none of the responsibility for running anything. The big industries got along with the Nazis because their bosses eventually realized they only had two choices: cooperate and survive (with the possibility of thriving, which some did) or refuse to cooperate and be shut down. (The big businesses didn’t support the Nazis until the Nazis were in power — there’s a wrong idea out there (promoted by the communists who wanted to tar the Nazis as rightists) that big business sponsored the Nazis from the beginning.)

    I believe someone mentioned it above, but anyone who wants to really understand fascism historically and the relation it might have to things happening today should also read Jonah Goldberg’s book, Liberal Fascism. I didn’t realize how many wrong ideas about fascism I’d swallowed until I read it. It was a real eye-opener. (You can take or leave the applications to contemporary American politics — and it is a little dated already — but the historical background is highly detailed and informative.)

  21. @CMP #23

    I think Jeff’s response to you is quite good. I can’t really add anything to it other than my agreement.

    I will point out that fascism has a strong ideology of national communalism. Freedom was not individual, but that of the community as defined by the state. During the rise of fascism in pre-WWII Germany, the National Socialists most prominent slogan was “Germany for Germans.” What was needed, according to the National Socialists, was a strong German leader and government which could win and protect “freedom” for the community against both external and internal enemies of it.

    Do we see bits of fascism in US political parties? I think so, but certainly any party advocating for strong government regulations to benefit the freedom of the community over that of the individual looks more fascist than others.

    As for the pledge of allegiance, I believe that was written in the late 19th century and was adopted by the US congress as our national pledge shortly after WWII and at the start of the cold war. So, yes, I doubt the founding fathers were using the pledge, but then again they didn’t endure a civil war, two major world wars, and weren’t looking the cold war in the face. I think the pledge is a good thing in reminding us of our individual liberties in this country. So now I will be in trouble with those against pledging allegiance to our country… 🙂

  22. @Jeff Samelson #24

    Your response on homosexuality is simply ridiculous. The Nazis utterly opposed the practice. Yes, I know Ersnt Roehm and some others were secretly homosexuals. It was never an accepted practice and the Nazis ranked it among other sexual crimes and perversions. (*see Michael Burleigh, The Third Reich: A New History, p. 233)

    Yes, Nazis and Fascists (in Spain and Italy) put forth the image of supporting traditional families and traditional morality. It’s called propaganda. I never said Nazi leaders were orthodox Christians, but they appealed to traditional morality and religion as propaganda to social traditionalists. They also wanted to encourage large Aryan families with the Aryan Hausfrau at the center of their familial myth. Of course, the Nazi understanding revolved around race so everything had to conform to that ideal. You are right to point out that much of their leadership resented orthodox Christianity and personally rejected its moral code. Heinrich Himmler’s SS particularly was a cult of Teutonic soldiers with a mix of Germanic paganism, racism, and Himmler’s fantasies.

    I’m familiar with Jonah Goldberg’s book and how the Nazis and Fascists in Italy and Spain came to power. Nothing you wrote seemed to contradict what I wrote: “Fascists and Nazis were also certainly anti-capitalists and wanted a strong central government and corporations to collaborate closely. Big business ultimately supported their regimes because they protected them from Communists. Additionally, big business benefited from all the government contracts and money.” Big business and nationalist/conservatives in Germany did swing to Nazi support late 1932/early 1933.

  23. I’m halfway through Veith’s book and I like a a lot, the best worldview book about contemporary America I’ve read. I used to look up to college professors more than any other profession, but now I look down on them more than a druggie. Most are cowardly pond scum, conforming to the hard-left anti-Christian environment, and subverting many college kid’s values. Send them to Guantanemo.

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