Here’s a sobering moment that could happen only with the aid of today’s technology: Sandie and Jeff Petee of Otis, Ore., were recently given a scary dose of reality in the form of a brief message on their answering machine when Sandie’s soldier son, Stephen Phillips, accidentally dialed their number during a battle in Afghanistan.
Truthdig contributor Sunsara Taylor reports again from the front lines—a BattleCry Christian-fundamentalist rock music rally, where a “sexpert” claims that “condoms don’t work,” Navy SEALs stage mock assassination raids in the name of Christ, and evangelist Franklin Graham suggests that HIV/AIDS is a punishment from God.
(Third in a series. See: column 1, column 2)
Go behind the scenes at a Christian fundamentalist youth rock show in Philadelphia, where hired goons shadowed a young activist, the author of this column, and where a letter of praise from President Bush kicked off the festivities. “This must have been what it felt like to watch the Hitler Youth,” writes Sunsara Taylor. (Second column in a series of three. First column here, Third column here.)
A young activist explores the frightening world of a Christian evangelical youth movement that is holding rock concerts and rallies at city halls nationwide this weekend. “If you?ve been waiting to get alarmed until the Christian fascist movement started filling stadiums with young people and hyping them up to do battle in ‘God?s army,’ wait no longer.”
(First column a series of three. Second column here, third column here.)