Life is all about subtle implications. The implications of words, events…even images that create a predisposition in the human heart. For that reason, it’s probably safe to say that certain images in our history just have to go, erased from the cultural memory of all mankind. Certain visual representations are an affront to everything good humanity stands for, visual reminders of everything that’s wrong with us, and constant reassurance that the lowest common denominator of behavior is always (on some level) acceptable to some. That picture of Jesus handing the little boy the Constitution is one of them, followed closely by all images of George W. Bush produced since birth. And then there’s this one:
But of all the perverse iconagraphy mankind has produced, fewer has done more damage than this one:
That’s right…the knight of the Holy Cross. The Crusader. The image of the Christian Knight, destroyer of heretics and protector of all that is good and right in Christendom. Ever since Saladin handed Richard the Lionheart his royal hindquarters, the West has been either openly or tacitly obsessed with this idea that the Christian Knight is somehow interchangeable with the national soldier. According to this article, even our gun sights are evangelical.
No surprise then that the TEAvangelical Right, always in pursuit of a good persecution complex, has plenty to say when confronted with the idea of a military that is free of any religious trappings. They would be, of course; the only reason the average evangelical doesn’t spend his life soaked in blood, raping goats and burning down elementary schools is because he’s terrified of Hell. So a LACK of fear of Hell, logically, translates to an army of baby-spearing Antichrists. Of course, that’s how one would think, in an environment where a fear of Hell replaces personal morality, and concern for one’s own everlasting soul supplants giving a damn about protecting the guy who’s fighting next to you.
When fear for your own soul is the only thing keeping you from being the worst you can be, it’s only natural to assume that those who have no fear for their own will be the worst that THEY can be. That’s the logic for those who have no moral compass of their own.
Am I calling Gordon Klingenschmitt and those who fear “atheist armies” selfish, blood-soaked, amoral, sociopath goat rapists? Obviously not. But I’m certainly implying it.
Watch the video, courtesy of Right Wing Watch: