:: Dominion Theology, Theocracy & Fascism ::
I had no idea the (extreme) Christian Right goal of a theocratic and fascist government had gone this far.
Salon has printed an excerpt from Michele Goldberg's new book, "Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism." Read the entirety of the excerpt. You will want and need to read the book. Read Publisher's Weekly' review as well.
These people want to radically take over government and society - every facet, of every single person's life. They believe, as the Iranians practice, that homosexuals should be executed. And, they strongly believe in the role of Christianity in government and the role of "men" in society and culture. They actually believe that the Jewish peoples are attempting to eradicate the Christian faith. Hmmm. How about a little sanity?
Former Supreme Court Justice (Alabama), Roy Moore, is their martyr; the judge who was removed from the courts because he refused to remove the Ten Commandments Monument after the Supreme Courts decision requiring it's removal fron the court property. He also forced juries, attorneys, and audiences of his court to pray and further, refused to remove the Ten Commandments in his court room after the Supreme Court decision. He was removed instead.
The bottom line? These people want to dominate our lives and government. They go so far as to attempt to train people to infiltrate the government and all other aspects of civil life.
The following is a small snippet of the article, which by no means covers the extent of the insanity:
Roy Moore and Rick Scarborough are Baptists, D. James Kennedy is a fundamentalist Presbyterian, and John Eidsmoe is a Lutheran. All of them, however, have been shaped by dominion theology, which asserts that, in preparation for the second coming of Christ, godly men have the responsibility to take over every aspect of society.
Dominion theology comes out of Christian Reconstructionism, a fundamentalist creed that was propagated by the late Rousas John (R. J.) Rushdoony and his son-in-law, Gary North. Born in New York City in 1916 to Armenian immigrants who had recently fled the genocide in Turkey, Rushdoony was educated at the University of California at Berkeley and spent over eight years as a Presbyterian missionary to Native Americans in Nevada. He was a prolific writer, churning out dense tomes advocating the abolition of public schools and social services and the replacement of civil law with biblical law. White-bearded and wizardly, Rushdoony had the look of an Old Testament patriarch and the harsh vision to match -- he called for the death penalty for gay people, blasphemers, and unchaste women, among other sinners. Democracy, he wrote, is a heresy and "the great love of the failures and cowards of life."
Reconstructionism is a postmillennial theology, meaning its followers believe Jesus won't return until after Christians establish a thousand year reign on earth. While other Christians wait for the messiah, Reconstructionists want to build the kingdom themselves. Most American evangelicals, on the other hand, are premillennialists. They believe (with some variations) that at the time of Christ's return, Christians will be gathered up to heaven, missing the tribulations endured by unbelievers. In the past, this belief led to a certain apathy -- why worry if the world is about to end and you'll be safe from the carnage?
The article ends with this telling and, to me, terrifying quote, summing up the extent of what they believe their "mandate" is:
In his book "The Changing of the Guard: Biblical Principles for Political Action," George Grant, former executive director of D. James Kennedy's Coral Ridge Ministries, wrote:
"Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ -- to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness.
But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice.
It is dominion we are after. Not just influence.
It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time.
It is dominion we are after.
World conquest. That's what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish. We must win the world with the power of the Gospel. And we must never settle for anything less...
Thus, Christian politics has as its primary intent the conquest of the land -- of men, families, institutions, bureaucracies, courts, and governments for the Kingdom of Christ."
What is further terrifying, is the extent to which these people have infused themselves into the Republican Party. And, get this: Roy Moore is running for Governor of Alabama and is endorsed by the Alabama Republican Assembly. Read Moore's self-declared constitution. He is also endorsed by, no other than:
James Dobson, Founder, Focus on the Family
Alan Keyes, Former Ambassador to the United Nations and Chairman of the Declaration Foundation
James Kennedy, Founder, Coral Ridge Ministries
Michael Farris, President, Patrick Henry College
Joyce Myer, internationally known practical Bible Teacher and Author
Richard Selby (Senator of Alabama)
Phyllis Schlafly, Founder, Eagle Forum