When it comes to Christian heresies, right wing Christians think that they are blameless and it is only those permissive left-wingers who support progressive causes who are deviating from orthodoxy. But Chris Hedges, a progressive journalist who is also a Christian and studied for three years at Harvard Divinity school early in life, argues that the opposite is true, and that is the Christian right who are the true heretics.
He says that back when he was at Divinity School, his mentor warned him that “when we were his age we would all be fighting the Christian fascists. Because, he understood that the Weimarization of the American working class, essentially pushing your working population into utter despair and hopelessness, coupled with a religious movement that fused national and religious symbols, was a recipe for fascism.”
He thinks we have arrived at that time. While the issue of who is a real heretic is something that is of little concern to us nonbelievers, his other warning should be taken seriously. The income inequality in the US is quite extreme and history warns us that when those who have been thus marginalized do not correctly identify the class divide as the source of their impoverishment, they will latch onto other diagnoses that are much more dangerous.