Religious Fundamentalism will Devour You: A Lesson from Saudi Arabia for Republicans?

Is the Republican Party becoming a metaphorical Saudi Arabia? Here’s religious scholar, Reza Aslan, on some lessons that he has drawn from studying Saudi Arabia’s experience with religious fundamentalism:

I think that Resa Atlan’s observations here should be sobering for any moderate American Republican. Fundamentalism, afterall, is a variety of authoritarianism. And the Republican Party has “watered” its authoritarian elements in such a way that it seems unable to manage them any longer. They are now, it seems to me, in the process of devouring the Republican Party from the inside, and are well on their way to making it a mere husk of its former self. Shout Radio voices, and other elements of the “movement conservative” noise machine, seem to be leaving the Republican Party with little room for liberalization as it moves deeper into the 21st century. The Republican Party is increasingly becoming a white and anti-urban Christianist party—America’s first large sectarian religious party—with all that this entails.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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