Fascism: An Unbeliever’s Perspective
Before I start this article I need to give you some information about myself: I have been an atheist since about 2011 when I was 12 or so. I have only just recently become an agnostic (aka someone who doesn’t tip their fedora at every time religion comes up). So basically now I believe that there may be a God. In all honesty though I don’t know what to believe when it comes to religion, but the point is that I am certainly not a mainstream Christian, and therefore can offer a unique perspective in regards to our religious policies.
Here are a series of criticisms that might stem from an atheist who might be down with corporatism, but a little anxious when we say that we want to hold Christianity as the religion of the state:
1. Why Christian morality? Couldn't a society function without it?
Yes, we could have a functioning society without Christian values. However, this society would certainly be culturally different than the fascist ideal. One of the pillars of fascism is that we want to create a cohesive culture based upon the ideals of unity and freedom. Christianity, being based upon a spiritual relationship with God and the individual through the communal structure of the Church and his community attaining salvation, is conducive to establishing this culture. The fascist knows that the group transcends the individual and it's only through the group that the individual attains fulfillment, thus the law has to be reflective of this reality in the area of religion. In addition the teachings of Jesus are the basis of many people’s behavior such as Luke 6:31.
2. But the bible is violent, primitive, and cherry picked.
America was never perfect, nor was it ever a truly Christian nation. But to answer the question, no the bible is not as violent as may perceive. A majority of the violence in the bible is in the old testament, which is held by most Christians as being superseded by the establishment of the New Covenant. Additionally, something more concrete like science can be cherry picked and misunderstood as revealed throughout history, especially to fit a narrative. And the narrative the ABP strives for is that of righteousness.
2.5 But the path to hell is paved with good intentions. Yes, fascism is idealistic, I can admit that. The state (as the ABP would have it) would not become a corrupt theocracy however. It will merely adhere to some of the traditional values that evolved out of Christianity. Note the word evolved, it won’t be straight up fundamentalist. How do we know the state won’t become a fundamental theocracy though? This is because the state is the protector of religions, not subordinate to them. Remember the Bible states in Matthew 22:21 to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.
3. What about the 10 commandments? They are part of the old Covenant but are adhered to. The 10 commandments for the most part are a good set of rules to show adherence . For example, it is best if you don’t commit murder, covet other people's stuff, steal, lie, and dishonor those who birthed/raised you. Of course, the skeptic is quick to point out “thou shall have no other Gods before me” as an example of one of the rules that have no universal meaning to humanity. And to that I can say that I can see where you’re coming from. But Christianity works, because monotheism is more comprehensive in that you don’t have to remember how to please a million gods each with separate personalities, domains, and ceremonies.
4. Isn’t monotheism foreign to western culture because it wasn’t part of it for most of its history? First of all, we are American fascists. Therefore the tradition starts where America begins. You could make the argument that some European fascists should attach themselves to their pagan roots. But paganism was never part of traditional European American culture (that’s why I’m not talking about Native Americans, as they were essentially wiped off the map).
There you have it. These have been some answers to questions that may be raised by a secularist who doesn’t agree with our Christian policy. Christianity is moral, has relevance today in terms of said morality, and has had a hand in creating the parts our culture that work and that we must never forget. Having Christianity as our state religion will not lead to tyranny, but create order out of chaos and produce peace.