It’s important to remember these new additions to the American lexicon, because they’re becoming more and more prevalent in the USA.
In fairness, the term Repubimentalist should not single out Christians, or even just republicans, because it applies to any religion carried to fundamentalist extremism by its practitioners. When that happens, these folks, regardless of their chosen faith, use their self-appointed self-righteousness to believe and proclaim they are on a mission from a “higher authority” and thus they are above the law of the land.
Al Qaeda is a good example of religious fundamentalism carried to its most brutal extreme. Those terrorists believe that any and all acts of fear, hatred, murder, rape, brutality, torture and the like are justified in the name of their holy mission to do the work of the prophet, as they have rationalized it to themselves, of course. In the western advanced industrialized world, most find it difficult to believe that people could do such things to each other. People believe, “In our evolved and civilized world, no one would ever do such things!” Right?
Don’t be so sure.
Last week in the good ol’ USA, nine people were arrested on a variety of federal charges for plotting civil unrest in general and murder of law enforcement personnel in particular. The group, known as the Hutaree, meets the classic definition of hatroits, i.e., people claiming to love America while hating the majority of Americans; they see small towns and rural areas as the “Real America”, and they mistrust large cities which are full of liberals, African-Americans, Hispanics, and the undeserving poor.
Hutaree was alleging plotting to murder law enforcement officers as part of a program of terrorism evidently designed to bring the average American around to their way of thinking. They rationalized their proposed actions as a fight against the anti-Christ, which scripture says is coming. In typical fashion for groups such as these, their rationalization was their means to justify their desired ends, which, in reality, is the destruction of the US federal government and a total return to local-only government. In other words, they want to turn back the clock two thousand years to a time of feudalism and barbarians.
This group might have been little more than a “gee whiz” to most people if it were not for the fact that groups such as the Hutaree have sprung up in unusual numbers over the past two years. In 2008 there were estimated to be 42 of these hatriot groups in the USA, a number that more than tripled to 127 in 2009. That this increase has taken place during Barack Obama’s first year as US president is no coincidence; many members of these groups are white supremacists whose hatred for all non-Christians and non-whites is a driving force in their desire to bring forth a second civil war.
It’s also fair to say that a considerable amount of psychological delusion is probably present in the minds of these folks. They really believe that they are on a divine mission and that they can convince the majority of white Anglo-Saxon Christian Americans to either join them, or at least cheer them on.
One other astounding fact about these groups is that they believe that in order to preserve democracy, they must trounce all over it. They believe that in order to preserve the US Constitution, they have to ignore it as they reject valid election results and use force instead of established channels of civil appeal to accomplish their objectives.
That’s understandable in a way, since it is clear that they have neither the clout, the data, nor the research to effectively convince anyone in an intellectual debate on the merits of any issue they are so emotionally tied to. This fact makes them even more dangerous, because they appeal to the most primitive emotional motivations of humanity: hate, fear, and the ability to rationalize their own self-righteousness in the name of religion.
Unfortunately, these groups will continue to sprout up. Because of that, it’s critically important to categorize them properly: the only thing that distinguishes them from the Islamic terrorists such as Al Qaeda is that they are not internationally organized like Al Qaeda, and they do not have Al Qaeda’s resources. Otherwise, home-grown suicide bombers would be a common here as they are in Iraq. Just because they are Americans doesn’t make them any more acceptable to the civilized people of the world than Al Qaeda is, regardless of their reasons or rationalizations.
After all…if all some of them really wanted to do was to play soldier or commando, they could have joined a paintball club.