Lately, I have noted with growing alarm the dark shadow of Christian fundamentalism that is gathering strength across the US and the world. This new breed of extremism, called "dominionism", designs to conquer political power in the US, and use its imperial reach to spread a baleful version of "free market" right wing Christianity. Millions of evangelical Christians are being mobilized by these megachurches to serve as handmaidens of the Bush Administration to engage in both spiritual and military warfare against unbelievers. With the unraveling of the hard-won secular fabric, it is almost too fantastic to believe we are slipping back into the dark ages, but it does prove as a useful reminder that civilizations can collapse within a blink of an eye.
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