When a theologically eccentric person like pastor and self-described “prophet” like Robin Bullock starts talking about demons, it’s not much of a surprise. As Right Wing Watch recently noted, the Alabama preacher used a recent
church service to warn that President Joe Biden is under possession by a demonic “serpent spirit” that manifests itself by giving the president “slotted pupils.”
Bullock also claims to have heard Biden speaking in a “demonic voice,” growling threats aimed at Donald Trump. As demons are wont to do, I guess.
It’s easy enough to dismiss Bullock as a religious weirdo with limited reach. What’s disturbing is when this sort of language seeps into the discussion on more mainstream right-wing media like Fox News or the New York Post.
Meet Voddie Baucham Jr., an expat pastor who recently returned to the United States to promote a new book and, not incidentally, to denounce Critical Race Theory as literally demonic. In a recent interview with the Daily Wire, and in his new book Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe Baucham talks about Critical Race Theory as a dark religion born out of the “demonic ideology” of Marxism. And when he says demonic, he means it. As he writes in Fault Lines,
I want this book to be a clarion call. I want to unmask the ideology of Critical Theory, Critical Race Theory, and Intersectionality in hopes that those who have imbibed it can have the blinders removed from their eyes, and those who have bowed in the face of it can stand up, take courage, and “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3) …
My goal is not to destroy, but to expose (Ephesians 5:11), warn (2 Timothy 3:15), and correct (2 Timothy 2:25) in hopes that “they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:26). And yes, I do mean to call these ideologies demonic.
When you think of your political opponents as followers ensnared by the literal devil into a “demonic” quasi-religion, there’s not much chance of any sort of rapprochement or even a cordial discussion. Baucham hides his extremism fairly well, speaking and writing in a civil tone. But he’s an extremist all the same.
Unfortunately, he’s an extremist who’s getting more than his share of attention from the right-wing press — and not only from obscure fundamentalist outlets. He’s been featured on Fox and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze as well as Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire, one of the most persistently popular, er, “news” outlets on Facebook; he’s also regularly mentioned on FaithWire and Christianity Daily.
Hell Heck, he was even the featured speaker at a recent event held by the Heritage Foundation.
Meanwhle, his book tour seems to be going swimmingly; Fault Lines is the number one bestseller in Amazon’s Social Issues & Christianity category with more than 3000 mostly-rave reviews.
And Baucham isn’t just a religious extremist in sheep’s clothing; as Media Matters noted in a profile of him earlier this month, he also holds am assortment of backwards and bigoted views on a vast array of topics. He
pushes the antisemitic trope of “cultural Marxism,” insists on the importance of “virgin brides,” argues that women should not be vice presidential nominees, denies the existence of homosexuality, and claims the AIDS crisis was manipulated by the LGBTQ community for “pity.”
If you want to hear Baucham chat about the Frankfurt School with former Love-Connection-host-turned-far-right-bloviator Chuck Woolery, click here.
That’s not a sentence I ever expected I’d write. It’s possible the devil made me do it.
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