Meet John Ashcroft, honorary Branch Davidian (Creeping Fundamentalism IX)

KoreshVideoIn a video game called Waco Resurrection, a player steps into the mind of the would-be messiah David Koresh and gains energy from -- well, of course, from Bibles that rain from the sky and spray bullets. The same Bibles can transform federal agents into Branch Davidians. Those details are the clearest religious reference in this article (Kansas City Star, registration required) by Jeff Douglas of the Associated Press.

The members of C-level, a multimedia lab based in Los Angeles, collectively told FilmMaker magazine that Waco Resurrection is the first installment in EndGames, "a new game series based on alternative utopias and apocalyptic moments."

Although the destructive confrontation at Koresh's compound occurred during the Clinton administration, C-level sees in it the dread hand of neoconservatism and even of President Bush and Attorney General Ashcroft.

As the Borglike group told Time Out New York,

"in 2003, the spirit of [David] Koresh and the Waco tragedy have become paradoxical embodiments of the current political landscape-Koresh is both the besieged religious other and the logical extension of the neoconservative millennial vision. Our primary focus is the hypocrisy and contradiction that permeate the Waco showdown."

And just how do Bush and Ashcroft enter the picture? The article from FilmMaker helpfully connects those dots:

"The apocalyptic rhetoric and militaristic posture of the Bush administration finds a striking mirror in the Branch Davidian episode. . . . Although the exact date was never specified, the tenth anniversary of the siege finds us in a unique cultural moment: nationalistic sentiment and holy war are official administration policy; the current attorney general, unlike his predecessor, ascribes to a fundamentalism very similar to that of Koresh; and the constitutional transgressions of the FBI/ATF have become law under the PATRIOT Act."

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