Meet John Ashcroft, honorary Branch Davidian (Creeping Fundamentalism IX)

KoreshVideoIn a video game called Waco Resurrection, a player steps into the mind of the would-be messiah David Koresh and gains energy from — well, of course, from Bibles that rain from the sky and spray bullets. The same Bibles can transform federal agents into Branch Davidians.

Those details are the clearest religious reference in this article (Kansas City Star, registration required) by Jeff Douglas of the Associated Press.

The members of C-level, a multimedia lab based in Los Angeles, collectively told FilmMaker magazine that Waco Resurrection is the first installment in EndGames, “a new game series based on alternative utopias and apocalyptic moments.”

Although the destructive confrontation at Koresh’s compound occurred during the Clinton administration, C-level sees in it the dread hand of neoconservatism and even of President Bush and Attorney General Ashcroft.

As the Borglike group told Time Out New York,

“in 2003, the spirit of [David] Koresh and the Waco tragedy have become paradoxical embodiments of the current political landscape-Koresh is both the besieged religious other and the logical extension of the neoconservative millennial vision. Our primary focus is the hypocrisy and contradiction that permeate the Waco showdown.”

And just how do Bush and Ashcroft enter the picture? The article from FilmMaker helpfully connects those dots:

“The apocalyptic rhetoric and militaristic posture of the Bush administration finds a striking mirror in the Branch Davidian episode. . . . Although the exact date was never specified, the tenth anniversary of the siege finds us in a unique cultural moment: nationalistic sentiment and holy war are official administration policy; the current attorney general, unlike his predecessor, ascribes to a fundamentalism very similar to that of Koresh; and the constitutional transgressions of the FBI/ATF have become law under the PATRIOT Act.”

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  • http://reader.classicalanglican.net Todd Granger

    “[T]he current attorney general, unlike his predecessor, ascribes to a fundamentalism very similar to that of Koresh.”

    That’s right, John Ashcroft believes himself (or Bush?) to be God’s Anointed, the Messiah, on the basis of warped and idiosyncratic readings of the Scriptures.

    Again, we see the perniciousness of a (“liberal”) mindset that refuses to discriminate or recognize differences between Assembly of God pentecostals and Branch Davidians, a group of heretics cast out of their parent form of Adventism.

  • Griffin Kobayashi

    “differences between Assembly of God pentecostals and Branch Davidians”

    A religious fanatic is a religious fanatic. If one is 90% crazy and the other is 95% crazy, do we really need to differentiate?

  • Ken

    Mr. Kobayashi -

    You wrote:

    If one is 90% crazy and the other is 95% crazy, do we really need to differentiate?”

    The answer to your rhetorical question lies in the part of the Mr. Granger’s statement you don’t quote:

    “Again, we see the perniciousness of a (“liberal”) mindset that refuses to discriminate or recognize differences between Assembly of God pentecostals and Branch Davidians…”

    Now I wouldn’t have used the term “liberal” there, because I like to reserve the term to it’s more primitive usage of one who is broad-minded and able to consider matters on their own terms. A liberal, for example, would reserve terms such as “fundamentalist”, “fanatic”, or “crazy” to their proper uses, and avoid them as simple insults.

    Otherwise, Mr. Granger’s statement is adequate response to your question.

  • http://www.wildfaith.com Darrell Grizzle

    Doug, when you use the word “Borglike,” do you mean the Borg as in “Star Trek,” or Borg as in Marcus Borg of the Jesus Seminar? :o)

  • http://www.totalresistance.com total resistance

    how about instead of making a video game, someone actually tries to get some justice for the Branch Davidians who were murdered by this beast government?

    6 Davidians were found not guilty by a jury but were given 30 year prison terms for a crime they were innocent of. only in AmeriKa.

    and it isn’t getting any better under Bush, the worst Pres since Klinton.

    and just wait till Hillary 2008


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