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The Devil in the Democrat: Discursive Imaginings of Spiritual Warfare in Right-Wing America (AAAs/CASCA 2019)

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D I S C U R S I V E I M A G I N I N G S O F S P I R I T U A L W A R F A R E I N R I G H T - W I N G A M E R I C A
Jamie Lewis, BA Anthropology & Religious Studies, Univeristy of Lethbridge 2020 | Written for RELS 3501-A: Christianity and Violence | May 11, 2019
Castells The Power of Identity Crosset Tanner Campana
New Media & Society Dittmer Mapping the End Times:
American Evangelical Geopolitics and Apocalyptic Visions Flesher
Review and Expositor Hain
Harding Social Research
Political and Legal Anthropology Jurgenson Cyborgology
Jurgenson Sociology Lens
spiritual warfare fundamentalist Christians public
social media networks far-right politics
known connections Christian fundamentalism far-right politics
militant language perceived
threats violent acts online behaviour "real world" actions
Discourse analysis keyword searches Reddit Twitter
Feb. Apr. 2019 rapture spiritual warfare Trump Hillary
Antichrist right left politics Kavanaugh
no uniform definitions
spiritual warfare connection to right-wing politics
common themes
narrative
flexibility
imagined community
very preliminary research
IDENTIFYING THE ENEMY
demonic beings
strategy of concealment
culture war
The Screwtape Letters
"Socialists and liberals wage spiritual war on us daily by trying
to get us to adopt things that directly contradict the word of
God." @weed8dude23
@user_of_straws
CALLS TO ACTION "There is no doubt that America is involved in a spiritual warfare.
Need to pray and believe in God. We didn’t win this miracle of
election to fail. Pray believe and thank Him!" @edjenfinn
requires
direct action
internal interpersonal
political
focused on prayer. @ricsutt
POTENTIAL DANGERS
Increasingly militarized
potential
violent ideologies
"This is War and these Christian’s that were slaughtered [in Sri
Lanka] are casualty of that war. What does spiritual warfare
look like when it manifests itself in the material world?"
@EnochZachary
@marcyr2
THE DEVIL IN THE DEMOCRAT:
Knowles Megoran
Smiderle Mesquita
Stambach
Sturm
Warren Weinberg Assoudeh
Weisbrod
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