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1 The Rise of the Moral Empire: Christianism, Terrorism, and the Rhetoric of Power in the Post-9/11 “Anti” Campaigns Dr. Donna M. Souder & Kevin Van Winkle Colorado State University- Pueblo PCA/ACA Conference / St. Louis, MO. 2 April 2010

2 1821: US Foreign Policy “…she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.”

3 2003: US Foreign Policy “We don’t ‘do’ empire.”

4 The Missionary Impulse “…then hear from heaven… so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you…” --2 Chronicles 6:33

5 “…if it walks like an empire, if it quacks like an empire, then it probably is.”

6 Enduring Freedom = Morality

7 “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross…” – Sinclair Lewis (c.1835)

8 Fear Transcends Partisan Politics “You’re either with us, or you’re with the terrorists.”

9 Christianism “The distinction between Christian and Christianist echoes the distinction we make between Muslim and Islamist. Islamists are those who want to wield Islam as a political force and conflate state and mosque.” –Andrew Sullivan

10 Disparate Ideologies?

11 The Siebel Foundation Noted “Christianst,” Tom Siebel, famously introduced Sarah Palin at one of her fundraising events during the 2008 Presidential election: Oct. 5, 2008, San Mateo, California.

12 The Montana Meth Project

13 “Not Even Once…”

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