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Naming the AntichristThe History of an American Obsession$
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Robert C. Fuller

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195109795

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109795.001.0001

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Crusades of Hate

Crusades of Hate

(p.134) Five Crusades of Hate
Naming the Antichrist

Robert C. Fuller

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No form of hatred is as cruel or unmitigating as religious hate. The middle decades of the 20th century experienced more than their fair share of religious strife. The period roughly between World War I and the start of the Cold War spawned a number of pious crusades designed to exterminate the enemies of Christ. New threats to fundamentalist Christianity's claim to the nation's cultural center kept coming from every possible direction. In the eyes of Christian fundamentalists, the Antichrist was marching right through America unopposed. As distinct from other forms of conservative religion, fundamentalism requires confrontation and opposition. The 1930s and 1940s witnessed a new intensification of efforts to name the Antichrist as Americans vented their latent fears and prejudices in relentless displays of anti-Semitism, anti-Catholicism, and anti-socialism. Hate mongers like Gerald L. K. Smith, Carl McIntire, Gerald Winrod, and the Ku Klux Klansmen all used apocalyptic imagery to identify the diabolic nature of the many enemies who conspired against the glorious culture forged by God-loving Protestants.

Keywords:   Antichrist, fundamentalism, Christianity, Protestants, religious hate, America, anti-Semitism, anti-Catholicism, apocalyptic imagery, hate mongers

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