Fascists do not worship a God of Love or Beauty or Justice or Compassion or Creativity or Truth.
And certainly not a God who is feminine in any way. They cannot afford to. Instead, they worship a God of Control. A God of Supreme Righteousness and “I told you so.” Who will do anything–make up a law to forbid a president to appoint a supreme court judge for example—and then withdraw that very law when it serves their purposes.
Fascists worship a Punitive Father God whose favorite virtue is Obedience. A God of misogyny and power and control.
Truth is not of interest to fascists. Power is. The power to control. Control what? You name it: A woman’s body—all women’s bodies. Truth itself.
Control “inferior” persons such as those who are poor; or gay; or lesbian; or trans; or black (black women will be the first victims of nullifying 49 years of Roe v Wade). Diversity is no value to them.
Control the earth also. Extract from her what you will—the future be damned. Even control the Earth to the extent of killing all that lives on it. Climate change? Environmental protections? They get in the way, interfere with the real work which is corporate and shareholder profits.
Control Finance; Media; Supreme Court; the Senate who appoints supreme court judges; CIA; FBI; the Vatican when possible. There are no limits once one gets on a roll.
Control decision-making everywhere.
One of our two political parties has become a fascist party so destructive that it is willing and eager to upend democracy.
By controlling the truth you might also control history—that is their goal.
All this constitutes “institutional violence.” It is a new religion but not that new—Hitler believed in it as did Mussolini and Franco. (Mussolini defined fascism as “the marriage of corporations and the state.”)
And, among Franco’s believers lending it a kind of “religious stamp of approval” was the founder of Opus Dei, Father Escriva and his Opus Dei minions who march in lock step with Franco. With fascism.
It’s interesting to me that the family of Pope Francis fled Italy in the 1930’s for Argentina in order to get away from fascism. I think this explains why the diocese of Los Angeles, the largest diocese in North America, whose bishop is the head of the Bishops Conference and an Opus Dei member, will not have a cardinal overseeing it as long as Pope Francis is pope. Archbishop Gomez will not be promoted.
See Matthew Fox, Naming the Unnameable: 89 Useful and Wonderful Names for God…Including the Unnameable God.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Book-burning: “When people burn books, it’s because they’re afraid of what’s inside them…”― Marcus Sedgwick, The Monsters We Deserve. Photo by Dan Thompson on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
What kind of God do you worship? Do your God —and you— stand up to the gods that fascism worships? How do you do that?
Naming the Unnameable: 89 Wonderful and Useful Names for God …Including the Unnameable God
Too often, notions of God have been used as a means to control and to promote a narrow worldview. In Naming the Unnameable, renowned theologian and author Matthew Fox ignites our imaginations by offering a colorful range of Divine Names gathered from scientists and poets and mystics past and present, inviting us to always begin where true spirituality begins: from experience.
“This book is timely, important and admirably brief; it is also open ended—there are always more names to come, and none can exhaust God’s nature.” -Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, author of Science Set Free and The Presence of the Past
A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality & The Transformation of Christianity
A modern-day theologian’s call for the radical transformation of Christianity that will allow us to move once again from the hollow trappings of organized religion to genuine spirituality. A New Reformation echoes the Reformation initiated by Martin Luther in 1517 and offers a new vision of Christianity that values the Earth, honors the feminine, and respects science and deep ecumenism.
“This is a deep and forceful book….With prophetic insight, Matthew Fox reveals what has corrupted religion in the West and the therapy for its healing.” ~Bruce Chilton, author of Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography