Skip to main content

View Diary: American Taliban is an Oxymoron (131 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  I study this so-called "American Taliban"... (5+ / 0-)

    ...and I could have provided Marcos with many devastating quotes that would have backed up his book title but I don't feel using the term "American Taliban" is useful, helpful, or appropriate, for many reasons - not the least of which involves the fact that the movement I study is radically different from the Taliban.

    Leaders in the movement occasionally evince admiration for the dedication of the Taliban or Islamic suicide bombers, sure. But more often they hold up, as models for political dedication, the followers of Hitler, Lenin, and Mao.

    In my opinion, the very frame "American Taliban" is detrimental, especially because it distracts from observation of the thing-in-itself. In my experience many claim knowledge of the politicized Christian right, but few spend much time studying it (the movement is very complex) and even when such study occurs it tends to flow through research channels cut years if not decades ago. The American left is only now discovering the Christian Reconstructionist movement, which Frederick Clarkson helped pioneer researching two decades ago.

    Now there's a new game in town, off almost everyone's radar screen because it looks different, thinks different, and organizes in a different manner. And, unless more people pay attention this new iteration of the Christian right (call it the "American Taliban", call it Christian supremacy) this movement may well achieve new levels of political advance.

    •  I have found it interesting that (0+ / 0-)

      some people who have defended the book and its title have referred to your writings, and those of others who write on this subject, to back up their position.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site