So I'll start this off with a warning: this is going to be a very long post. If you don't feel like reading a lot of words, click away now. I will spare no syllables on this one.
Before I can really get into why Christianity naturally leads to fascism, it would be helpful to define some things. Firstly, what the hell is fascism? It's kind of thrown about like some bogeyman in the world of politics, and most people don't know it as anything more nuanced than "what Hitler and Mussolini did." Here is a straight up copy-paste of the definition of fascism from Merriam Webster.
fas·cism | \ ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi- \
Definition of fascism
1 often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
Secondly, know that I am only talking about Christianity. This thread is not relevant for any other religion because I am using sources only from the Bible, and mostly focusing on the New Testament. The parts of the Old Testament that I do use will mostly be things that the typical practicing Christian will still find to be relevant, so it still bears inspection here.
So the big things to focus on here are the exaltation of nation and/or race over individual, centralized power under one supreme authority, and forcible suppression of opposition. The more keen of you readers probably already see where this is going. For everyone else, allow me to start attaching strings to thumbtacks on my bulletin board.
Let's dig into some examples of these criteria being met. For the sake of brevity, I'll condense these three factors into individual terms that are the most succinct: Nationalism/Racism, Authoritarianism, and Censorship. These are the three key factors that need to exist for a system to be called Fascist, but other factors can and do exist. Propaganda is a big one, but usually goes hand in hand with censorship.
Example 1 (Nationalism/Racism): God makes the Israelite people his chosen people. I won't bother citing chapters or verses for this one because chances are that most of you have at least skimmed a page or two of Genesis and know this to be true almost on a by rote status. This is a prime example of nationalism because the idea that a specific nation or race is simply favored by God and that other races are simply less in his eyes is literally textbook Divine Ordinance. English monarchs made these same claims to justify the colonization of the entire world, colonists in the Americas used this idea to promote Manifest Destiny, Japanese warlords used this to excuse the massacre of Nanking during the world wars. Asserting that God favors a specific group of people is always a slippery slope to genocide, and genocide there was. You have any idea how many wars are fought in the Old Testament? Too many.
Example 2 (Authoritarianism): This is honestly the easiest one to find examples for because there's so much to choose from. I mean come on, this is the book that outlawed shellfish and having a wank, it's not that hard. But nonetheless, I'll provide the details:
Women should be submissive and bow to the wills of men, never teaching them or talking back to them unless prompted, because women are inherently worse than men because of Eve's sin (1 Timothy 2:11-15); God is the supreme god and no other can be held before him (Exodus 20:3); (Basically every other example is just a different chapter and verse with a slightly different wording of the above examples so you get the idea.)
Example 3 (Censorship/Propaganda): You shall not make any images of God or use his name in vain (Exodus 20:4-7); You shouldn't argue about your faith (2 Timothy 2:14-19); You should spread the word of God to all (there's literally so many examples for this one that I couldn't do it justice by having just one, so here's a list: https://www.openbible.info/topics/spreading_the_gospel)
To sum up this portion of the thread, Christianity hits the nail on the head when it comes to fascism. It's right there in the text. Hell, the Bible is basically a how-to primer for fascism with an in-built motivation system called heaven and hell. But to understand why this is such a big problem on a world scale, I need to talk a little bit about sociology.
You might be thinking that you could never fall for fascism, being non-Christians. I'm here to tell you you're dead wrong. You see, Christianity is so pervasive in the world purely because it lays the foundation for unstoppable spread through fascism and imperialism. If you know anything about history, you know that spread it did. England alone partially or completely colonized every country in the world except for a half dozen that it didn't deem profitable enough. When the world as it is in the modern era is built on the roots of imperialism and colonialism, that culture is left behind.
Do you think the opposite of good is evil? Do you think there are only two genders and they're inextricably linked to your sex? Do you think a man's surname should be passed down and not a woman's? Do you think things like food and shelter should be earned through labor instead of doled out? Do you think that people are naturally self serving? Do you think that children aren't deserving of the same rights as adults? Do you think poverty is a necessary evil? Do you think women who dress in revealing clothing are to blame if they get sexually assaulted? Do you think that doing good deeds isn't worth it if there's no reward? These are all philosophical standpoints that, if not questioned critically, you probably subscribed to at some point in your life or still do subscribe to now as a person living in a majority Christian culture. These aren't beliefs that are universal. In fact, they're not even all that common outside of a Christian worldview. You may not believe in the book, but if you were raised in a place that has a majority of Christians, you more than likely are heavily influenced by its values.
Don't take this information lightly. You may think that you're immune to the toxicity that comes from Christianity specifically, but ultimately you can't ever truly inoculate yourself against fascism or bigotry until you see and understand who is planting the seeds of fascism in the first place. Being aware of your surroundings ensures you don't become prey.
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