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Introduction
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This book concerns what a small but vociferous group of Americans believe has caused the loss of “their” country and the policies they recommend to get it back. It is a worldview so contrary to that of the average citizen as to warrant its own special designation: far-right fantasy. Far-right fantasists call themselves “Christian Patriots,” a title that I will honor in these pages. Critics, however, say they are neither. Others are less charitable. Celebrated religious historian Karen Armstrong (2000: 361-2), for example, writes that far-right fantasy has “fascist potential,” a judgment with which both Chris Hedges (2006) and Naomi Wolf (2007b) agree. The conservatively inclined Assembly of God Church speaks of it as displaying “unscriptural triumphalism,” and Rick Perlstein (2007) condemns it as “Christian imperialism.” Theologian Gregory Boyd (2007: 24) claims that far-right fantasy harbors a “demonic dimension,” and Frank Schaeffer (2008) says, simply, that it is “anti-American.” Schaeffer is the son of Francis Schaeffer, whose Christian Manifesto (1981) is discussed later.