The chookwatchers have labelled their primary targets as having fascist tendencies, mainly because they follow Chris Rosebrough’s conspiracy theory that claims certain mega-church movements such as Rick Warren’s highly successful and influential Saddleback Church are based on developing community.
Therefore, according to Rosebrough, Warren is exhibiting fascist ideology (I know, it’s something of a stretch, but he has a Powerpoint Presentation that goes for over an hour and some people actually swallow his theory, including the chookhead).
However, to get to the point of this article, when you break down the ethos of the chookwatcher sites and community, there is a definite resemblance to former fascist dictator Mussolini’s break-down of fascism as he saw it.
Everything in the State
The chookwatcher sites are self-contained. They answer to no one outside of the coop. They are their own masters, and, being anonymous, under no authority but their own.
The chookwatcher conglomerate is made up of eight contributing individuals who run the coop. Each is designated the same pseudonym. They all come under the nom-de-plume chookwatcher. They even have the same gravatar, which is creepy! It resembles the kind of iconology used on militant fascists’ armbands.
The dictator of the coop, then, is chookwatcher. Nothing happens without chookwatcher’s approval, sanction and permission. The liberty of the coop is controlled by the headship who moderate everything that goes in or goes out of the coop.
Chookwatcher is, in effect, a singular entity made up of a chookhead of eight – a community in a singular identity. Like the Borg of the fictional Star Trek series, chookwatchers are assimilated and automated to exist within the collective, and their goal is the assimilation or social exclusion of all external influence.
Nothing outside the State
The chookwatcher coop is all encompassing. It has set up its own control mechanisms and political aims that are defined by their contrived narrative and memes by which they attract like minded opponents of their target groups. Their unity is in their distrust and distaste for the ministries and movements they oppose.
These opposed movements have to be shut out of the coop by all means, including rumour, innuendo, misrepresentation and religious fervour. Chookwatchers will even utilise the opinions and writings of the unbeliever, the atheist, the backslidden former Christian, and the antichristian commentator to further their narrative and shine up their memes.
Using scripture or doctrinal evidence to promote the faith has seemingly been abandoned and replaced by the views of atheists.
Nothing against the State
The chookwatcher coop is a protected environment. Although dissenters are occasionally allowed to voice their disgust of the system employed in the pen, they are merely a tool used by the chookwatchers to vent their fury on detractors as soon as they land on the coop roof to let off steam or point out the unchristian manner in which opposers are treated and spoken to by regular interlopers.
In essence it’s all about submission to the rules of the chookhead in the chookdom coop.
All serious contenders are aggressively moderated by the chookhead, prevented from commentary, especially the use of scripture to demonstrate the futility of the chookhead’s arguments, and any sensible or strong arguments that show the chookhead to be less than accurate in their claims against their quarry.
Unity in conformity
The chookhead, of course, is the most obvious evidence of unity of community in action. The main claim by Rosebrough was that organisations like that of Rick Warren of Saddleback were all about building community that worked as one and Warren was, in part, driven in this goal because he had apparently read management methodology by Drucker, who had a German name, came from somewhere near or in Germany, and was a German Jew persecuted by Nazis in the lead up to WW2.
It seems that being German during the second world war was enough of a clue for Rosebrough as he compiled his conspiracy theory, and the connection to Warren was made because Warren had apparently read one or two of Drucker’s manuals on successful business management, which Drucker was, after all, entitled to write as he was one of the most successful businessmen in US at the time he wrote them – in a generous bid to encourage other people to become successful, too.
So Rosebrough basically came up with the theory that, therefore, they are all allegedly fascist because Drucker promoted the notion of prosperity through organised communities, and considered that the Christian church would be the most likely to make his ideas come to pass because they were so good at… organising community.
The fact that Drucker came from a Jewish family and was an outspoken and persecuted opponent of nazism seems to have escaped Rosebrough’s line of thinking in his study of political developments since the Reformation. I guess it didn’t fit his narrative to mention this in the Powerpoint Presentation. Or maybe he ran out of time. Or maybe it happened so fast I missed it. Who knows?
Meanwhile, the chookhead comes to the conclusion that Rick Warren spoke at Hillsong, and Hillsong is friends with C3, so, therefore, they must also be fascists. You can see where their highly imaginative chookhead thinking is taking this, but they really do believe their own press.
I guess they must have missed those scriptures that tell the Body of Christ that we are all to be of one mind and spirit, and develop the unity of the Spirit in the bond of love, which would define us as disciples.
Ephesians 4:1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Or maybe the chookhead think that the Apostle Paul was promoting fascism before Mussolini even invented the term.
The logic of the chookhead is stranger than fiction.