Hedges’ premise is that theologically conservative Christians (including biblical creationists) are attempting to take over America—fascist-style. It would be tempting to dismiss this book as rantings of the lunatic fringe. But Hedges, a divinity school graduate, was once a prominent foreign correspondent with the Times. Also, the book is printed by the major publisher Simon and Schuster.
A huge chunk of chapter six is devoted to Answers in Genesis (AiG) and the nonprofit organization’s new Creation Museum. Hedges believes AiG proclaims a “subversive message” and that the goal of the creationists “is the destruction of the core values of the open society.” Yet Hedges freely admits that he does not want creationists tolerated in the open society he so much desires to see. Who, then, is manifesting a fascist tendency?1