If Heaven has a gate, a wall and extreme vetting, why can’t America?
…and other ways Christians use comic book ideas to justify tyranny
A few months ago I wrote an essay for Medium on my falling out with Christianity and how this hinged on the religion’s belief in a comic book version of Heaven — mansions, gold streets and other Capitalist wet dreams.
Some people dismissed my critique as based in a juvenile Christianity. But the Christian idea of Heaven is also a metaphysic that allows for all sorts of holy tyranny — even at the religion’s highest “intellectual” levels. As this 2017 agenda item from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) shows, without irony, Heaven is now also an excuse for American isolationism and xenophobia. Because Jesus loved everyone, except from those from “Muslim-majority” countries.
I was looking at the CPAC agenda because this is the conference that recently banned Judenrat Milo Yiannopoulos from appearing at its conference based on his recently unearthed pro-pedophilia comments. It’s okay that he’s a racist, misogynist provocateur working for White Nationalist media. He’s just doing what Jesus would be doing. But pedophilia — that’s for pagans and Greek philosophers (the same thing, really).