Fear of a Black Hat

While reading Lisa Miller’s alarming (and depressing) article “One Nation Under God,” I was cheered because it triggered memories of one of all my all-time favorite films, Fear of a Black Hat — a cult classic comedy that chronicles the rise and fall of the mythical rap group “N.W.H.”

I am not sure what triggered this association but guess it has something to do with fear — the most powerful of emotions and the one which is played most incessantly who mix their religion with politics.

Fear of just about everything drives this crowd: fear of sin and damnation blends easily with fear of everything that is “other”  (outsiders who prominently include the president and all “Muslims”).  Combining a strong sense of Christian righteousness with an equally strong sense of American exceptionalism makes for a volatile and unpleasant brew.  Put on your hats!

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