The Role of the Christian Fundamentalists in American Politics
The so-called "Christian Right" consists of Protestant
fundamentalists, where the so-called Pentecostals play a dominant
role. This is a very fanatical and aggressively missionary
denomination that believes in the return of a living Christ to earth
and the subsequent elevation of its members to heavenly paradise.
In order for this appearance of Christ to occur, several factors must
be in place according to the views of this denomination. In the first
place, a number of Jews must convert to Christianity, and, in the
second, there must be a rebuilding of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem.
As the site of this temple is now occupied by a major Islamic mosque,
it will be necessary to destroy this building.
Starting as an Episcopalian, Bush tried other Protestant
denominations before joining the Pentecostals. Apart from US President
Bush and his Attorney General John Ashcroft, other members of his
administration are members of this denomination, too, which is
second largest Christian denomination after the Catholic Church. As a
considerable part of the American public sentiment is strongly opposed
to religious fanatics, these facts have been kept very quiet.
Bush and his entourage are very
strong supporters of the State of
Israel because of their belief, that the founding of this nation is
viewed as another requirement for the return of Christ. For this
reason, Bush unconditionally supports any program put forward by the
Israeli government and is a devoted follower and supporter of Sharon,
the Israeli right wing extremist Minister President.
Attorney General Ashcroft has stated in a public sermon (he is a
lay preacher of the Pentecostal church) that Muslims are "agents of
the Anti-Christ" and must be destroyed in the so-called
Armageddon". According to the beliefs of fundamentalist Christians,
this battle will be fought over Israel's existence and will lead to
the end of the world and the return of Christ.
It is generally known in Washington that Bush is entirely guided by
his religious beliefs and that he has been attempting repeatedly to
force his views onto the American public by means of various disguised
programs, such as religious control of charities,
support of Israel, and so forth.