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Understanding Dominionism

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Attempting to educate others to something as nebulous and ever-changing as Dominionism is not only tedious, but all-consuming with little time for much else. Yet, it must be accomplished if we are to overcome the threat of living in a nation of intolerance and bigotry.

Part of the problem is found in the stealth way that the Dominionists package themselves and their agenda where black becomes white and evil becomes all things pure and chaste. Sure, code speak is used by any number of groups – but none are as proficient as the Dominionist. And, unfortunately, there is no dictionary with which to translate fundamentalist to secular.

It has been stated that the Dominionists are almost magical when it comes to branding and re-branding. And there is great validity in that observation. Like a chameleon they change their colors at whim to protect themselves and their lair. Using words and catch-phrases to reel in their prey, and to confound their enemies, the Dominionist has mastered the art of deception quite magnificently.

However, there are certain buzz-words and characteristics that serve to tip off a discerning eye to the true identity of a Dominionist cult. Now, it’s important to remember that these are subject to change depending on how close we get to busting their little bubble, but for now it will suffice.

First, it is important to note that all Dominionists utilize what is called “A Statement of Faith into their church doctrine and their daily interactions. This Statement of Faith undergoes some minor changes depending upon the nature of the church, however, the essence remains the same. Here is one example:

Statement of Faith

The Bible

We believe that the Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the revelation of God to mankind, is verbally and fully inspired by Him, is sufficient for the knowledge of God and His will that is necessary for the eternal welfare of mankind, is infallible and inerrant in its original manuscripts, and is the supreme and final authority for all Christian faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Corinthians 2:13; Deuteronomy 29:29; 2 Timothy 3:15; John 10:35)

God

We believe that there is but one God, whose essential nature is that of a living, personal Spirit. He is infinitely perfect in all of His attributes, He is the creator and sustainer of all things, and He exists in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 8:4; John 4:24; 5:26; Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16,17; Matthew 28:19)

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man; that is, He is fully divine and also fully human. He preexisted eternally with the Father, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect life and died a substitutionary death for the sins of mankind. We believe that He arose bodily from the grave, that He ascended to heaven, where He is presently High Priest and Advocate for His people, and that He will return personally and bodily to the earth at the close of this age. He is the world’s only Savior and is the Lord of all. (Philippians 2:5-11; John 1:1; Matthew 1:23-25; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Timothy 2:6; 1 Corinthians 15:20; Hebrews 4:14-16; John 14:3; Acts 4:12)

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, the third Person of the Trinity. We believe that He was sent from the Father by the Son to convict the world, to regenerate and indwell those who trust in Christ, to baptize them into the Body of Christ, to seal them for the final day of redemption, to guide them into truth, to fill them for a life of holiness and victory and to empower them for witness and service. We believe that He gives spiritual gifts to believers for the proper functioning of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. (Acts 5:3,4; John 16:7-14; 3:5-8; 1 Corinthians 2:9-12; 3:16; 12:3-13,28-31; Ephesians 1:13,14; Acts 1:8)

Man

We believe that man was originally created by a definite act of God in His own image and is dependent upon and accountable to his Creator. Through disobedience, the first man sinned and fell from his original state of moral perfection. As a consequence, he brought upon himself and upon the whole human race the penalty for sin, which is spiritual and physical death. Since Adam, every person is born with an inherently sinful nature and becomes a sinner in thought, word and deed. Every person, therefore, stands under the just condemnation of God and is unable to save himself or to present deeds worthy of merit before God. (Genesis 1:26,27; 2:7; Romans 2:6-16; 5:12-21; 6:23 ; Matthew 5:20-48; John 3:36)

Salvation

We believe that a person is saved by God’s grace alone, made possible through the shed blood of Christ, whereby He died a substitutionary death for mankind, and through the Resurrection of Christ. Salvation becomes effective when a person, by an act of faith, acknowledges Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord. The benefits of this salvation include the forgiveness of sins and a new standing before God, the impartation of new life and all the privileges that accompany a new family relationship with God. The assurance of salvation as a present possession is the privilege of every believer in Christ. (Ephesians 2:8,9; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9; Acts 3:19; Romans 3:28; John 3:16; John 1:12; 10:28; Philippians 1:6)

The Christian Life

We believe that God expects every believer to live a life of obedience, in which every area of his life is brought under the lordship of Jesus Christ and the fruit of the Spirit becomes increasingly evident in his life. The goal of the Christian life is to be conformed to the image of Christ. This life is characterized supremely by self-giving love for God and for others. The life and character of Christ, which grows through the Holy Spirit, is noticeably distinct from the life of the world. A believer who resists the gracious working of the Holy Spirit and fails to grow in obedience is chastened in infinite love by his Heavenly Father so he may learn obedience. (John 14:21; 2 Corinthians 10:4,5; Galatians 5:22,23; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Matthew 22:37-40; 1 John 2:15-17; Hebrews 12:5-14)

The Church

We believe that the Church of Jesus   Christ is the universal company of God’s redeemed people, His Body, of which He is the head, His Bride, whom He loves infinitely, and His temple, in which He dwells. This universal Body of Christ is visibly expressed in local assemblies, whose purpose is to glorify God through worship, fellowship, instruction in God’s Word, observing the ordinances and training in service to the world. The supreme task in the mission of the Church is to make disciples for Christ in all the nations through the proclamation and teaching of the Gospel. The Church is also to demonstrate the love and compassion of Christ, through word and deed, in an alienated world. (1 Peter 2:9,10; Ephesians 1:22,23; 5:25-27; 2:19-22; 1 Thessalonians 2:14; Ephesians 3:6-10; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 4:11-13; Hebrews 10:25; Matthew 28:18-20; 26:26-29; 1 John 4:17)

The Future Life

We believe in the imminent, premillennial return of Christ to take His people to be with Him and to judge and rule the earth in righteousness. We believe in the resurrection of the body for both believers and unbelievers. We believe that the believer goes to be with Christ in conscious blessedness immediately after death, having escaped the condemnation of his sins through the death of Christ. He will, however, stand before God to receive rewards for works approved by God or to suffer loss for works disapproved. The believer will live eternally in the immediate presence of God, while the unbeliever must face the eternal and holy Judge, who will sentence him for his sins. He will experience the punishment of eternal separation in hell from the presence of God. (John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Revelation 11:15; 1 Corinthians 15:20,23; Philippians 1:23; Romans 8:1; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-21:5; Romans 2:11)

Satan

We believe in the personality and depraved character of Satan, who is the great enemy of God and man. We believe that he, along with the company of demonic beings serving him, works out his evil plans through the ungodly world system, limited only by the sovereign rule of God. We believe that he was judged by Christ at the cross and will ultimately meet his doom in the lake of fire, where he will remain eternally. (Matthew 4:3-11; Genesis 3:1; John 8:44; Revelation 12:9,10; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 5:19; Job 1:6-12; 1 John 3:8; Revelation 20:10)

As of late, it is not unusual to find businesses, colleges, and universities posting their statement of faith or requiring that a person write their own statement of faith to be included in their job application or application for admission.

 

Next, it is important to understand some of the basic terms, beliefs, and distinctions when discussing Dominionism and all things Christian as gleaned from various sources. Suffice it to say that not ALL Christians are Dominionists. In fact, Dominionist have, unfortunately bastardized the Christian Religion and Scriptures to further their own pernicious agenda. In short, they are not true Christians.

Christian Right –  A broad and varied political movement of Christian social conservatives principally in the United States of America. The movement arose in the 1970’s as members of the Republican “New Right” (many of whom were conservative Christians) looked to foster an influx of conservative Christians into the Republican Party at a time when feminism, the civil rights movement for gay Americans, and federal protection of abortion access (see Wikipedia “Roe v. Wade“) stirred numerous conservative Christian leaders, many of whom were Christian Fundamentalists, to organize Christians to seek to influence American society and law through electoral politics. The Christian Right grew to include millions of Americans and myriad organizations, institutions, media enterprises, leaders, elected officials, and special projects.

The Christian Right transcends denominational lines (see Wikipedia “List of Christian denominations“), but most of its members ascribe to Christian fundamentalism, Pentecostalism, or, more broadly, conservative evangelicalism, each of which also transcends denominational lines. Though it has been influenced by numerous conservative Protestant theological movements–such as Dispensationalism and Dominionism, not all members of the Christian Right ascribe to them equally or at all. Increasingly, the Christian Right includes conservative movements within Roman Catholicism.

American FacismThe vast majority of members of the Christian Right insist that the United States was founded as a Christian nation, therefore they see their efforts as a Christian reclamation of American society.[1]

As a side note, Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League told us in a 2005, speech:

“Make no mistake: We are facing an emerging Christian right leadership that intends to ‘Christianize’ all aspects of American life, from the halls of government to the libraries, to the movies, to recording studios, to the playing fields and local rooms of professional collegiate and amateur sport, from the military to SpongeBob SquarePants.”

Religious Right –  A broad, varied collection of political movements of religious and social conservatives arising in the 1970’s, and overwhelmingly American and Christian to the point of rendering the descriptions “Religious Right” and “Christian Right” effectively synonymous. (See: “Christian Right.”) However, the Religious Right can be said to exist comparatively weakly in nations other than the United States, including Canada and the United Kingdom, and to include individuals and movements informed by Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, and other faith traditions besides Christianity. In the United States, it is closely associated with the Republican Party. The vast majority of members of the Christian Right insist that the United   States was founded as a Christian nation. (see AU.org “Is America a ‘Christian Nation’”)

“Proponents of using the term Religious Right argue that in addition to Christians, there are conservative Jews and Muslims active in a broad coalition. Opponents argue that Christians vastly outnumber Jews and Muslims in this coalition, and that using the term Religious Right masks this fact.”[2]

Note: Not all religious conservatives are political conservatives; not all religious conservatives are members of the Religious Right.

Charismatic Christianity- A religious movement centered around the belief that the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit, as described in the Holy Bible as normative in the 1st-century Church, are available to Christians today, and which include among other gifts: “speaking in tongues” (American Heritage Dictionary gift of tongues“), prophecy, the interpretation of tongues, and miraculous healing. The Charismatic movement began in the 1950’s and 1960’s within mainline Protestant denomination,  but also eventually developed within Roman Catholicism. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, while a great many Charismatics left their denominations (or were forced out) and joined formal Charismatic structures independent congregations–usually conservative–just as many or more Charismatics did not. The existence of such non-sectarianism within the Charistmatic movement is one of a several key differences between it and Pentecostalism, though both emphasize the fruits of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians today. Like evangelicals, Charismatics run the theological gamut from progressive to conservative, but conservatives can be presumed to be the most numerous..[3]

Note:  From its beginning, the Christian Right saw Charismatics as likely participants, especially those from Charismatic denominations and independent Charismatic congregations .

DominionChristian Reconstructionism- A version of Dominion Theology that is a relatively extreme aspect of the Christian Right and effectively theocratic. It is chiefly an American movement spelled out by Armenian-American R. J. Rushdoony (1916-2001) in the 1960’s and 1970’s and calls for a nation’s laws and society to be based on the Ten Commandments as applied through the interpretations of a religious elite to everyday situations; necessarily, it rejects democracy and any form of secular political philosophy as an ideal foundation for government. Christian Reconstructionism’s ideal society would include the elimination of public schools, the denial of full citizenship to non-Christians, and the death penalty for adultery, performing or having an abortion, blasphemy, homosexuality, heresy, and even persistent rebelliousness against ones parents, with the definitions of these terms and offenses being crafted by the religious elite.

Christian Reconstructionists, as is the case with many though not all members of the Christian Right, insist that the United   States was founded as a Christian nation. (see AU.org “Is America a ‘Christian Nation’“)

Note: Christian Reconstructionism’s distant origins can be seen in the thought and governance of former Dutch Prime Minister Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) and the writings of Dutch-American Christian apologist Cornelius Van Til (1895-1987), which influenced Rushdoony.

From Frederick Clarkson’s “Theocratic Dominionism Gains Influence” (full article)

Many on the Christian Right are unaware that they hold Reconstructionist ideas. Because as a theology it is controversial, even among evangelicals, many who are consciously influenced by it avoid the label. This furtiveness is not, however, as significant as the potency of the ideology itself.
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[Prominent Christian Reconstructionist] Gary North claims that “the ideas of the Reconstructionists have penetrated into Protestant circles that for the most part are unaware of the original source of the theological ideas that are beginning to transform them.” North describes the “three major legs of the Reconstructionist movement” as “the Presbyterian oriented educators, the Baptist school headmasters and pastors, and the charismatic telecommunications system.”[4]

(see Bruce Prescott “Christian Reconstructionism“)

(see The Religious Movements Page “Christian Reconstructionism“)

(see ReligiousTolerance.org “Christian Reconstructionism, Dominion Theology, and Theonomy“)

(see Frederick Clarkson’s, “The Rise of Dominionism: Remaking America as a Christian Nation“)

Dominionim – A religio-political movement with pervasive influence in the Christian Right that stresses the need for Christians to exercise dominion–control–over both nature and human institutions. As it is chiefly an American phenomenon, Dominionism’s manifestation in practical terms is see in an array of efforts aimed at control of the political and governmental institutions and processes of the United States. Dominionism’s adherents are typically conservative Protestants, including Fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals. As is the case with many (though not all) members of the Christian Right in general, most people ascribing to and influenced by dominionism insist that the United States was founded as a Christian nation, (see AU.org “Is America a ‘Christian Nation?’“) therefore they see their efforts as a Christian reclamation of American society.

(See Frederick Clarkson’s, “The Rise of Dominionism: Remaking America as a Christian Nation“)

Chip Berlet of Political Research Associates describes dominionism as

“a tendency among Protestant Christian evangelicals and fundamentalists that encourages them to not only be active political participants in civic society, but also seek to dominate the political process as part of a mandate from God.”

(Note: Berlet credits author Sara Diamond as popularizing the term “dominionism”)

(See Chip Berlet’s four-part essay on dominionism, “The Christian Right, Dominionism, and Theocracy“)

Frederick Clarkson in The Public Eye (Winter 2005), writes

“Dominionists celebrate Christian nationalism, in that they believe the the United States once was, and should once again be, a Christian nation. In this way, they deny the Englightenment roots of American democracy.”

(see ReligiousTolerance.org “Christian Reconstructionism, Dominion Theology, and Theonomy“)[5]

Dominion Theology – A conservative Protestant theological movement usually traced back to the 1960’s and 1970’s that is a specific type of dominionism stressing a God-given mandate to Christians to exercise dominion–control–over all of creation and human institutions, and that such dominion must and will be achieved before the literal, bodily return of Jesus Christ to Earth (the “Second Coming” of Christ). Dominion Theology’s goal is a more or less theocratic government in accordance with Christians’ dominion of the state. As it is chiefly an American movement, Dominion Theology hopes for and promotes through published works, schools, political activity, and other efforts the securing of political or legal gains–including those made by individuals or groups not self-identifying with dominionism in any form–that might help achieve eventual Christian dominion over American law, politics, and culture. As is the case with many members of the Christian Right, most people ascribing to and influenced by Dominion Theology insist that the United States was founded as a Christian nation and see their political efforts as an attempt at a Christian reclamation of American society. [6]

Note: Not all Dominionists ascribe to Dominionist Theology.

Evangelicalism – A broad term for a complex, inter-denominational, global religious movement associated with Protestant Christianity and usually traced back to English minister, John Wesley (1703-1791), and that is generally marked by:

1. A preeminent emphasis on the religious conversion experience, often referred to as being “born again” or “saved,” as necessary for salvation, i.e., eternal life, and

2. The conversion experience being defined as the individual’s voluntary acceptance, either over time or at a particular moment, of Jesus Christ’s death and bodily resurrection as the only effective mechanism by which eternal life after death is available to people; many evangelicals refer to this conversion experience with variations of the phrases, “accepting Jesus Christ into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior,” or “committing your life to Christ;”

3. Belief in The Holy Bible as the primary and divinely-inspired spiritual and religious authority in life; and

4. Emphasis on a divine call that is revealed in The Holy Bible, and often referred to as “The Great Commission,” to seek to evangelize other people; that is, to share one’s beliefs either directly with other people, or indirectly by supporting missionary projects and evangelistic organizations, in the hope that others will convert to Christianity.

Evangelicals fall along a continuum of political and theological beliefs; but, they are far more likely to be conservative. E.g., among evangelicals in the U.S., according to reasearch by the Barna Group, 66% saw themselves as “mostly conservative;” conversely, 0% saw themselves “liberal” (compared to 13% of all adults in the U.S.). Nonetheless, some evangelicals–including some conservative evangelicals–are committed to fighting for more traditionally progressive causes, including social justice and the elimination of poverty.

Key Distinctions: Evangelicalism is an older and broader movement than Fundamentalism, Pentecostalism, and the Charismatic movement, and should not be confused with them. (However, the vast majority of Fundamentalist Christians and Pentecostals, and most Charismatics, are also evangelicals.)[7]

Note. Evangelicalism is a generations-old global movement whose adherents easily number in the hundreds of millions spread throughout more than 100 nations.

Fundamentalist Christianity – (Or Christian Fundamentalist)- A diverse and inter-denominational (see Wikipedia “List of Christian denominations“) conservative religious movement within Protestant Christianity, usually traced back to either 1878’s Niagara Bible Conference or a series of pamphlets published in the United States in the 1910’s entitled collectively, The Fundamentals. Arguably, the primary tenant of fundamentalist Christianity is “the inerrancy Scripture”–that is, that The Holy Bible is divinely inspired and wholly and literally true in the plain sense of its words.

Some key tenants following from biblical inerrancy and held by the vast majority of Christian fundamentalists include:
*belief in the Bible as an accurate history (e.g. the story of Noah’s Ark and the Flood is historic fact),
*rejection of modern biblical scholarship, that is, scholarship that including studies–drawing from textual criticism to archeology–concerning the Bible’s authorship,
*belief in the future bodily return of Jesus Christ (“the Second Coming”) and the future bodily resurrection from the dead of all Christians,
*refusal to recognize the reality of biological evolution and its evidences in favor of a form of biblical creationism,
*adherence to the principle of the subordination of wife to husband and women to men,
*belief in a literal Satan, hell, demons, heaven, and angels, and
*anticipation of a future “End Times” –though various schools of biblical interpretation concerning End Times exist in fundamentalist Christianity. (e.g. Dispensationalism)

Fundamentalist Christianity has a tradition of separatism and doctrinal purity, resulting in numerous denominations and independent congregations, as well as relative cultural isolationism and an apoliticism that has ebbed and flowed throughout fundamentalist Christianity’s history. Until the later part of the twentieth century, fundamentalist Christianians were found almost exclusively in the United States.

Historical Note: From its beginnings in the 1970’s, the Christian Right drew heavily from Christian fundamentalist ranks in the United States, and several fundamentalist Christian leaders were critical to the Christian Right’s birth. Fundamentalist Christians had been largely politically inactive since the anti-fundementalist backlash following the 1925 Scopes “monkey” trial’s verdict that upheld a ban on teaching evolution. But political activism was reawakened in the 1960’s and 1970’s, especially by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling overturning all bans on abortion.[8]

Pentecostalism – A conservative religious movement within evangelical Protestant Christianity traced back to the early 1900’s in the United States and involving belief in a “baptism of the Holy Spirit” as a special blessing available to all Christians, but conclusively evidenced in the life of the Christian only through “speaking in tongues”  also sometimes referred to by the Greek term glossolalia. Pentecostalism has a tradition of separatism resulting in numerous Pentecostal denominations and independent congregations. In general, it shares with Christian fundamentalism a strong affinity for biblical literalism.[9]

Note: Pentecostalism is a global movement, and the estimations of the number of its adherents range from approximately 60,000,000 to approximately 120,000,000. The largest Protestant Christian congregation in the world is a Pentecostal church in Seoul, South   Korea .

New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) – a movement in Protestant Christianity largely associated with Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Movement. Its fundamental thesis is that God is currently restoring the lost offices of church governance, namely the offices of Prophet and Apostle.

  1. Apostolic governance. Members of the NAR believe that some of their leaders are apostles,      in the same sense that the original Twelve Apostles were.
  2. The office of the      prophet. Similarly, other leaders of the      church are present-day prophets.
  3. Dominionism. “When Jesus came, He brought the kingdom of God and He expects      His kingdom-minded people to take whatever action is needed to push back      the long-standing kingdom of Satan and bring the peace and prosperity of      His kingdom here on earth.”
  4. Theocracy. “The way to achieve dominion is … to have kingdom-minded      people in every one of the Seven Mountains: Religion, Family, Education,      Government, Media, Arts & Entertainment, and Business…”
  5. Extra-biblical      revelation. There is present-day revelation.      “The one major rule governing any new revelation from God is that it      cannot contradict what has already been written in the Bible. It may      supplement it, however.”
  6. Supernatural signs and      wonders. This appears to concern mainly the      present-day casting out of demons. “One critic claimed that the NAR      has excessive fixation on Satan and demonic spirits. This is purely a      judgment call, and it may only mean that we cast out more demons than they      do.”
  7. Relational structures. The NAR has no formal structure.

Forrest Wilder, an environmental issues writer for the Texas Observer, describes the New Apostolic Reformation as having “taken Pentecostalism, with its emphasis on ecstatic worship and the supernatural, and given it an adrenaline shot.” Wilder adds that beliefs of people associated with the movement “can tend toward the bizarre” and that it has “taken biblical literalism to an extreme.

The organization has become increasingly involved in political activism, with many of its leaders supporting the 2012 presidential candidacy of Rick Perry.

C. Peter Wagner writes that “the majority of the new apostolic churches”, such as his, observe “active ministries of… spiritual warfare”. As an example of members’ “supernatural” abilities (as he calls them) he claims that God acted through him to end mad-cow disease in Germany. [10]

David J. Phillip from NPR tells us:

Two ministries in the movement planned and orchestrated Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s recent prayer rally, where apostles and prophets from around the nation spoke or appeared onstage. The event was patterned after The Call, held at locations around the globe and led by Lou Engle, who has served in the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders of the NAR. Other NAR apostles endorsed Perry’s event, including two who lead a 50-state “prayer warrior” network. Thomas Muthee, the Kenyan pastor who anointed Sarah Palin at the Wasilla Assembly of God Church in 2005, while praying for Jesus to protect her from the spirit of witchcraft, is also part of this movement.[11]

Rachel Tabachnick, who has been researching and  following the movement for a number of years, in an interview with NPR’s Terry Gross had this to say:

Tabachnick says the movement currently works with a variety of politicians and has a presence in all 50 states. It also has very strong opinions about the direction it wants the country to take. For the past several years, she says, the NAR has run a campaign to reclaim what it calls the “seven mountains of culture” from demonic influence. The “mountains” are arts and entertainment; business; family; government; media; religion; and education.

 

“They teach quite literally that these ‘mountains’ have fallen under the control of demonic influences in society,” says Tabachnick. “And therefore, they must reclaim them for God in order to bring about the kingdom of God on Earth. … The apostles teach what’s called ‘strategic level spiritual warfare’ [because they believe that the] reason why there is sin and corruption and poverty on the Earth is because the Earth is controlled by a hierarchy of demons under the authority of Satan. So they teach not just evangelizing souls one by one, as we’re accustomed to hearing about. They teach that they will go into a geographic region or a people group and conduct spiritual-warfare activities in order to remove the demons from the entire population. This is what they’re doing that’s quite fundamentally different than other evangelical groups.”[12]

Tabachnick has written extensively on this subject and for those who believe this to be nothing more than a “fringe movement,” you might want to reconsider. Have you ever noticed the apparent demise of the neighborhood church only to be replaced by the mega-church complete with high-tech equipment and blaring rock music? This form of “steeple-jacking” has been going on for quite some time and is directly related to this movement. Trabachnick enlightens us again:

“The modern-day apostles and prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation view their postdenominational movement as the future face of the Protestant church and the end of denominations as we know them. Their ideology and “relational networks” have taken root in the block of 400 million independent charismatics, sometimes referred to as Neocharismatics. This is an often overlooked mega-block of Christianity that is larger than all Protestant denominations combined, according to world missions statisticians. Their networks are also drawing in denominational churches and change both the internal government of a church and the way that churches relate. The movement’s leadership teaches “Dominionism” or the belief that Christians of similar beliefs should take “dominion” over society and government prior to Jesus’ return.”[13]

Hopefully, this presents us with a foundation of understanding before we delve into the world of Dominionist “Code Speak.” If further enlightenment is needed, I would encourage you to follow the many links in this article and don your wading boots.

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To Be Continued…

[1] [2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] Religious Right Watch: http://www.religiousrightwatch.com/glossary/glossary.htm

[10] New Apostolic Reformation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Apostolic_Reformation:

[11][12] NPR: The Evangelicals Engaged In Spiritual Warfarehttp://www.npr.org/2011/08/24/139781021/the-evangelicals-engaged-in-spiritual-warfare

[13] Talk To Action – Resource Directory For the New Apostolic Reformation – http://www.talk2action.org/story/2010/1/20/131544/037

 

 

 

 

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The Dominionist Connection

The Menage a trois between Big Business, Government, and Religion – A birds-eye view

By Nicole Nichols

Climbing mountains is never easy, however, if you are climbing those mountains in the metaphorical sense, it behooves you to have beaucoup bucks behind you and a lot of powerful people to push you all the way to the top. If you are a Dominionist hell-bent on taking over the world, you really don’t much care who you climb in bed with or who scratches your back. Hence, we are now witnessing the co-mingling and fraternization of religious extremists, politicians, think-tanks, Super PACs, and big business as the Dominionists seek to reach the pinnacle of that mountain of government.

What we are truly watching is a union, a marriage, if you will, of the church and the state. One of the most coveted tenets of the Founding Fathers of this country was the separation of these two entities, yet those who bellow the loudest about preserving the Constitution and the ideals of those Fathers, are fighting within the framework to circumvent the very doctrine which has served us so well.

For an eye-opening experience, we now take a look at just one of the many groups who are in the midst of that battle and how they have managed to wrangle their way into the inner circle of power brokers.

The passage of Citizens United by the Supreme Court of the United States sent shockwaves throughout the nation. Affording corporations the same rights as people and allowing an unprecedented wave of money to be sent into campaign coffers allows the mega-wealthy to purchase elections of officials who will be even more beholden to their benefactors than they are to their constituents. Petition drives are being held all over our country and congressmen and women are being lobbied to put an end to that ruling as the general populace understands the ramifications of such an enactment. Yet, do they really?

The Citizens United Foundation was begun in 1988, as the brainchild of Floyd G. Brown. It is a nonprofit corporation with a 501(c)(4) Tax exempt status affiliated with the Presidential Coalition and the Conservative Victory Committee and located on Pennsylvania Avenue in the Capitol Hill District of Washington, D.C. The Foundation has been instrumental in creating many controversies and in successfully helping to elect many extreme-right candidates.  Besides Floyd G. Brown, Founder and Chairman of the Board, its officers include: David Bossie, Chairman; Michael Boos, President and General Counsel; Brian J. Berry, Director; Douglas L. Ramsey, Secretary-Treasurer; Ron Robinson, Director; and Bob Barr, Congressman and Honorary Chairman.

The stated mission of the organization is:

“CUF is dedicated to informing the American people about public policy issues which relate to traditional American values, including: the Constitution as the supreme limit on federal power, a strong national defense as the primary role of the federal government; free enterprise as the economic system that has enabled the American people to attain and maintain an historically high standard of living; belief in God and Judeo/Christian values as the fundamental attribute of our way of life; and the recognition of the family as the basic social unit of our society.”

There are a daunting number of groups engaged in running an extreme right-wing agenda on the American people, and following the money and power trails of any of those groups will lead to the same results. However, because of the numerous congressional candidates endorsed by Citizens United and its various entities, it became the obvious place to begin this trek into the dark realm of the blending of religion and politics and the impending marriage of church and state.

For a visual explaining the immediate reach of Citizens United, as a whole, click the chart below – and remember this is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to the influence and power that this one group has.

A look at what each CUF member brings to the table.

A look at what each CUF member brings to the table.

DAVID BOSSIE

Back in the year 2000, colleagues David Bossie and Floyd G. Brown collaborated on a book entitled, “Prince Albert: The Life and Lies of Al Gore.” There’s little surprise there given the fact that both men are devout climate change deniers and evolution myth theorists.

David Bossie, an acolyte of Ronald Reagan, went to work for Floyd Brown at the Presidential Victory Committee back in 1992. He had already come into prominence, and perhaps flown into Brown’s radar, when he and another colleague attempted to show that Susann Coleman had become impregnated by, and committed suicide, after an affair with her law professor, Bill Clinton.  Interestingly, Bossie was hired by Fred Thompson’s U.S. Senate Investigation of the Whitewater Scandal as a lead investigator, to look into Clinton’s financial abuses.

During the investigation it came to light that Bossie, et. al. had published tapes that had been redacted. Bossie was summarily fired.

Once sitting pretty in Brown’s Citizens United Foundation, and feeling right at home with those of the same mind-set, Bossie began to focus his attention on the Citizens United Productions division. Creating such films as: Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration; Celsius 41.11; Rediscovering God in America, hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich; Hillary: The Movie; and Occupy Unmasked, Bossie and friends were riding high in their saddle as a major righ-ring propaganda mill.

It was, of course, Hillary: The Movie that brought them into the hallowed halls of the Supreme Court of the United States. When they were sued before the film was scheduled to be released in early 2008, the suit also brought with it an injunction. Unfortunately, for Bossie and friends, the appeals court did not hear the case until 2010, and the movie was then untimely. However, the Supreme Court ruling referred to by us today simply as Citizens United, sent an outcry throughout the country which is still reverberating today.

In addition to his office at Citizens United, Bossie is a member of the National Conservative Campaign Fund, and has served as Director of Programs at the prestigious right-wing Leadership Institute which is home to many of the Christian right politicians.  Additionally, he is listed as the President and Manager of the Presidential Coalition, a Republican front group that is closely affiliated with Citizens United and instrumental in funding state and local candidates – so close, in fact that they share the same address at 1006 Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s a cozy relationship.  But, that’s not the only coziness that Bossie enjoys. Sleaze or not, his gallery of running buddies is vast as you can see on the chart below:

The Stealth Marriage Between Church and State

The Stealth Marriage Between Church and State

FLOYD G. BROWN

As the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Citizens United, Brown can only be categorized as an “ultra-conservative, dominionist” with a radical agenda for the United States of America. Along with Citizens United he has served as the Executive Director of Young America’s Foundation, an outreach program whose goal is indoctrination of our youth into the culture of extreme politics. Active on college campuses, the YAF engages such speakers as John Stossel, Ann Coulter, and David Horowitz. The YAF also promotes Horowitz’s Intellectual Diversity Movement which believes that the curriculum being taught is based in liberalism and that the conservative ideology is not being presented.

The YAF operates the Reagan Ranch, also known as Rancho Del Cielo where it conducts conferences, seminars, internships, and disseminates “educational” materials throughout the nation.

Brown’s ultra-conservatism doesn’t stop there, however. He is also President of Excellentia, Inc. which he founded in 2007. Excellentia, Inc. bills itself as a Conservative and Christian Marketplace. They provide fundraising; campaign and strategy development; direct mail; copy writing and production; radio and TV production and scripts; and ad placement and analysis services. According to their website:

“Climb your mountain of success with our help. We have a passion for serving in the marketplace of ideas. We have been in the business of promoting conservative and Christian ideas for over 30 years. Our professionals have developed some of the most memorable marketing campaigns in recent history. We will help you reach your community of interest with unparalleled success. Successful clients have included non profit organizations, political campaigns and publishing organizations.”

A frequent guest on network and cable TV shows, and a contributor to several publications, Brown became obsessed with the Clinton’s. He published a slim paperback entitled “Slick Willie: Why America Cannot Trust Bill Clinton,” in which he went on the standard diatribe about Clinton being a friend of labor unions and a “draft dodger” he also asserted: “Bill Clinton’s America sees no difference between families of ‘homosexual lovers’ and the traditional, monogamous, faithful family…In addition, Mr. Clinton has surrendered completely to the pro-abortion feminists who dominate the Democratic Party.”

In 2007, Brown co-founded the National Campaign Fund along with Bruce E. Haekins, James V. Lacey, Tim Kelley and Michael Reagan. The purpose was to fund the presidential campaigns of  John McCain and Rudy Giuliani as they were concerned about the popularity of Hillary Clinton.

In 1992, during an interview with the Washington Times, Brown stated:

“I have a sense of what connects with people like me. We’re not culturally Republicans. We’re not libertarians. We’re not neo-conservatives or former liberals. We’re just old-fashioned, blue collar social conservatives. These are people who couldn’t care less about politics, want to be left alone by government, but if their country calls for them to fight abroad, will. You win elections by cultivating people like me.”

Nothing could have been further from the truth. The barely thirty-one year old Brown had waded into the dark side of the political arena several years earlier when he started Citizens United and began to organize political campaigns along with an effort to secure Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas an appointment, and the campaigns against Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton. Brown came to notoriety, however, during the Dukakis campaign when he produced the infamous “Willie Horton ads.” Later, he played a prominent role in the Whitewater Scandal.

Brown and his National Campaign Fund created an anti-Obama website which they update regularly at ExposeObama.com. Filled with anti-Obama hatred and venom accusing him of being soft on crime and islamo-fascism, the website has been criticized nationally for the misinformation that it distributes.

Brown sits on the Council for National Policy, a powerful and highly secretive group of largely Dominionist political figures who hold clandestine meetings and initiate policies to further an extreme agenda of theocracy and ultra-conservatism.

While Brown is considered odious in many circles, he carries a big stick and hob-nobs with others even more tainted than he. His expertise in the area of swift-boat advertising is much sought after by the right and the desperate. This does not, however, diminish the effectiveness of Brown’s campaign acuity. His associates are every bit as ruthless as Brown, and every bit as determined to succeed.

To realize just how connected Floyd Brown is, check out the chart below which depicts those with whom he hob-nobs, infuences, and supports as well as some of their affiliations.

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MICHAEL BOOS

Michael Boos is the Vice President and General Council for Citizens United. He is also the Director of the American Sovereignty Action Project of Manassas, Virginia which is yet another fundraising arm of Citizens United. In addition, he is in charge of the Presidential Coalition and in 2007, he registered another 527 Committee, the 2007 Conservative Victory Committee. Of course, all of this is nothing less than circumventing campaign finance laws and finding creative ways to channel and funnel large sums of money into the election process. We get that.

That being said, it also muddies the waters and helps to make things much more difficult for the unwashed peasants, which are the American people to these folks, to understand and realize just what the hell is going on and how they are being hoodwinked by a bunch of greedy bastards who want nothing less than to rule the world.

In addition to his other various and sundry duties, Michael Boos acts as the Program Director for the Young America’s Foundation. In short, the organization, another offshoot of Citizens United, is engaged in the promotion of conservative ideas on college campuses throughout the United States. However, the group has come under a lot of fire as one of their unstated objectives is to “keep track of what the left-wing opposition is up to,” according to Fredric L. Rice from SkepticFiles.org. in 1988.

Rice accused Boos of “keeping files, making lists, taking photographs all to keep an eye on students and professors he says ‘need watching.’ Boos didn’t deny that he does just that. In fact, he justified his actions by claiming that two top-level Reagan Administration officials, Ken Cribb, Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs, and Frank Donatelli, the President’s chief political advisor support his work. Of course, both of those men serve on the YAF’s Board of Directors, and it isn’t the first time that Donatelli has been linked to Citizens United.

Prior to joining the YAF staff, Boos was the Campaign Director for the National Conservative Political Action Committee. He also served as the Executive Director for the Legal Affairs Council where he gallantly represented conservatives and their values in the nations court system.

Boos is closely tied to the Conservative Victory Committee and the Presidential Coalition. Along with his other endeavors, he can only be considered as a mover and shaker in our national elections, and a front man for some very powerful people.  Given the fact that the American Sovereignty Action Project is listed as a member of the Free Congress Foundation, it must be noted that Michael’s arms reach far and wide.  See the chart below.

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Brian J. Berry

Brian J. Berry serves as the Director of Citizens United. Berry has been around the horn a time or two and has lots of experience in directing political campaigns. In 1993, Brian directed the successful campaign of Kay Bailey Hutchison, the big-oil candidate from Texas,  as well as the primary campaign for George W, Bush’s first run for Governor in 1994.

He is now the head honcho at Strategy Group for Media, a production and promotion media firm that creates campaign ads for right-ring conservatives who they deem “good people.” In 2012, they worked closely with “Restoring America” and the “Freedom Club,” to produce ad campaigns for state, local, and national campaigns.

On Berry’s Board of Directors is none other than Rex Elsass, who presides over the group and lends his advice to several notable candidates, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and Todd Akin, to name a few. As a born-again Christian, he has been labeled as the ring leader of a GOP dirty-tricks group called “The Nasty Boys.” This relationship shouldn’t come as any major surprise as many of the Citizens United group are known to be nothing less than smear-merchants who will stop at nothing when it comes to besmirching the wicked liberals who threaten to gain any seat of power.

In the November, 2012, elections the Strategy Group engaged in more than 300 campaigns across the country and now boast an 80% win rate. They elected seven of 35 freshman members of Congress, (Scott Perry (PA); Keith Rothfus (PA); Thomas Massie (KY); Andy Barr (KY); Steve Daines (MT); Markwayne Mullin (OK) and Ann Wagner (MO). They re-elected more than 25 incumbent members of Congress, defeated two of five incumbent Democrats, and elected one of the four GOP gubernatorial winners.

Their biggest victories, however, were at the state level where they managed to retain majorities in the Ohio State House and Senate, the Wisconsin Assembly, and the Pennsylvania Senate. They flipped the Wisconsin State Senate back to the GOP and made significant gains for Republicans in the Kentucky State House. Additionally, they take the credit for the election of the infamous Supreme Court Justice in Alabama – Justice Roy Moore.

Consequently, Brian J. Berry and his twisted group of slanderous manipulators fit quite well into the deviant and unscrupulous realm of Citizens United.

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Douglas L. Ramsey

Douglas L. Ramsey is somewhat of an enigma within Citizens United. Serving as the Secretary – Treasurer of Citizens United, he is also the Director of Strategic Alliances at Victory Studios, a full-service media company out of Seattle, Washington.

Ramsey is described as a “Career media veteran with extensive management and business development experience in all media forms. He held senior management positions with the Seattle Seahawks as Senior Director of Business Development and the Seattle SuperSonics as Director of Corporate Sponsorship and Broadcast Development.

Undoubtedly, he brings management, marketing, and business acumen to Citizens United.

Ron Robinson

Like so many of his cohorts, Ron Robinson is a Reaganite. He served as an advisor to the United States Department of Education during the Reagan Administration and holds Reagan in the highest regard. Currently, he serves as Director for Citizens United, and has been the President of the Young Americans Foundation for over thirty years.

Time Magazine referred to Robinson as “one of the seasoned generals of the right,” who is leading the “diverse and well-funded” generation of conservatives who are “winning battles on campus.”

He is the co-author of  “Funding Fathers: The Unsung Heroes of the Conservative Movement, Published, of course, by the right-wing Regnery Publishing Company.

Not surprisingly, Robinson served as a Trustee at the Philadelphia Society, a membership only organization that has had considerable influence over the Conservative Movement in this country. He currently serves as a Trustee for the Phillips Foundation, a group that advances Constitutional principles and American Values. The Phillips Foundation awards the annual Reagan Scholarship. Additionally, he is the Vice President of the Free Speech Defense and Education Fund. The FSDEF is noted for its assistance to the Christian Action Network.

Robinson is married to Michelle Easton who is the founder and president of the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute, a right-wing think tank that seeks to advance women through conservative ideas.

Robinson has all of the credentials and contacts that make him a valuable asset to Citizens United.

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Former Representative  Bob Barr

What we know about the former Representative from Georgia’s 7th District is that he is the exact kind of sleazebag that we would expect to be affiliated with Citizens United.  He is a former federal prosecutor and one of the leaders of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

He served for a short time as the President of the Southeastern Legal Foundation, an Atlanta based law firm and policy center that largely litigates in support of limited government, economic freedom and the free enterprise system.

Columnist Bill Schipp, at one point, called Barr, “the idol of the gun-toting, abortion-fighting, IRS-hating hard right-wing of American politics.” We can take that even further. Barr is a member of the racist, radical group “Sons of Confederate Veterans,” who favor secession and an all-white homeland. He is also the darling of the Council of Conservative Citizens. Both of these groups have been designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Barr authored the Defense of Marriage Act, yet he currently claims that it should be repealed. One can only wonder how that plays out with his far-right, Christian-minded buddies. Of course, he then advocated for the practice of Wicca to be banned in the military.

Bob Barr is a contributing editor to the conservative monthly magazine The American Spectator, published by Alfred Regnery and Regnery Publishing, and is on the Board of Advisors for the Texas Review of Law & Politics.

He serves as the 21st Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy at the American Conservative Union and is on the Board of the Constitution Project as well as the Patrick Henry Center.

As an Honorary Chairman for Citizens United, Bob Barr should feel right at home with the nefarious miscreants who make up that organization.

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Foster Freiss

Every organization needs an infusion of cash and Christian charity now and then, right? Enter Foster Freiss right smack-dab into the midst of chicanery, mud-baths, and the wheeling and dealing that surrounds Citizens United.

Freiss is a businessman and generous supporter of Conservative Christian causes. In 2012, he kept the campaign of Presidential hopeful, Rick Santorum, afloat by financing a super PAC, the Red, White and Blue Fund which ran television advertisements on behalf of the candidate.

In addition, Freiss donated at least $100,000 to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to help fight against the recall campaign that was being waged against him; $3 million dollars to Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller website, and a cool million to the Koch Brothers political activities.

Along with his benevolence, Foster Freiss in a member of America’s Foundation, Campaign America, Inc., and the Center For Security Policy.

He has served in several capacities, including president, on the Council For National Policy, an extreme right, Christian outfit that wields a ton of power in the halls of Congress. He also sits alongside a bevy of hard-right individuals in the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a pro-Israeli, pro war outfit.

Among his other beneficiaries are the Good Government For America Committee, Grow PAC, Restore Our Future PAC, the Prosperity PAC, and the John Templeton Foundation. The latter claims to give away about $70 million dollars a year in research grants and programs.

Spreading the wealth around, is what Freiss does best, and his friends at Citizens United can smell money from hundreds of miles away. Deep pockets, a little charisma, and a whole lot of clout makes Foster the golden boy of a lot of very devious and money-grubbing organizations and individuals. Money might not buy everything, but it sure speaks with a very loud voice.

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Again, Citizens United is a small group in comparison with others – but their power reaches far beyond their inner circle. All throughout our halls of government and our policy making institutions, the inner-workings of groups just like this are furthering the dissolution of the coveted separation of church and state and attempting to create a merger of business, government, and theocracy. It is in their hands that our fate lies.

The Endorsers

REBIBLICAN POLITICAL ENDORSERS AND PACS

Buying Our Elections and Politicians

Money talks. It buys your way in through the doors of power and authority, and we witness it every election year. So, just who IS buying our elections and speaking with louder voices than the collective citizenry could ever have? Have you ever wondered just who your representative is beholden to and just where some of these flagrantly discriminatory pieces of legislation were given birth?

Below is a small list of some very powerful political action committees and organizations who are foisting their right-wing, Rebiblican political agendas on a largely unsuspecting public.

American Conservative Union – Founded in 1964, the American Conservative Union is the oldest conservative lobbying organization. It was founded by William F. Buckley, Jr.; L. Brent Bozell; Frank S. Meyer; John Chamberlain; James Campaigne; John Ashbrook; Katherine St. George; and Robert E. Bauman.

Board members: Senator Jesse Helms; Grover Norquist; Morton Blackwell;  and Becky Norton Dunlop. Morton Blackwell also serves on the boards of the Free Congress Foundation and the Conservative Leadership PAC. Dunlop is on the boards of the Heritage Foundation, the Family Foundation, and Century Communications.

Frequent Donors to the group include the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Bill and Berniece Grewcock Foundation, and the William E. Simon Foundation.

The ACU is the host of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), andplay a prominent role in elections and policy making. They stand for free-market enterprise, traditional family values and strict interpretation of the Constitution.

They are virulently Pro-Life; Anti-gay rights; Anti-immigration; and Anti-Entitlements and endorse and fund candidates who are like-minded.

American Courage PAC – A conservative PAC registered in Boca Raton, Florida. They are devoted to funding right-wing candidates who support their agenda. Their stated  goals are to 1) Repeal Obamacare; 2) Create jobs and cut wasteful spending, entitlements, taxes, and needless regulations; 3) Create energy independence; 4) Support Israel, our closest ally; 5) Support a strong national defense; 6) Support the Second Amendment; 7) Stop negotiating with terrorists and cut support to hostile nations; 8) Support our veterans and deliver our promise to them; 9) Secure our borders from illegal immigration and enforce the laws; 10) Support self- reliance, individual  liberty, American exceptionalism, and  family values.

Board Members : Dr. Larry Kawa, D.D.S.. President; Keith Davis, Asst. Treasurer; Michael E. Toner, FEC Counsel; Brandis L. Zehr, FEC Counsel; and Richard Kwal, Treasurer.

American Crossroads  – A Super PAC that fundraises for the Republican Party. It was founded by former RNC Chair, Ed Gillespie and strategist Karl Rove. During the 2010 midterm elections, American Crossroads spent millions of dollars on electing candidates. They have promised to spend $16 million dollars in the next month on advertising for their chosen candidates.

American Crossroads has established a spin-off policy making group – Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (Crossroads GPS).

American Future Fund – The American Future Fund is an Iowa based 501(c)(4)tax-exempt organization [3] affiliated with the Center to Protect Patient Rights, which in turn has reported ties to billionaires Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch

American Future Fund was founded by individuals who worked for Mitt Romney’s 2008 bid for the Republican U.S. Presidential nomination. Nick Ryan, an adviser to Republican US Representative Jim Nussle founded the organization in 2007 , with Nicole Schlinger,( a GOP leader in Iowa) as its president. Its current president is Iowa Republican state Sen. Sandra Greiner.

The group “advocates conservative and free-market principles” ] and an energy agenda that includes support for drilling offshore and in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.

In 2010 the American Future Fund reported over 9 million dollars of independent campaign expenditures to the FEC, and 100% of its expenditures benefited Republicans. In 2012 the organization funded ads supporting Mitt Romney’s bid for the U.S. presidency.In the same year, it also funded ads attacking Missouri Attorney General  Chris Coster, and in support of California’s Proposition 32 which prevents unions from collecting political contributions as paycheck deductions.

Americans for Legal Immigration – A political action committee that seeks to end illegal immigration, takes a stand to secure the borders, crack down on employers that hire undocumented workers, remove incentives granted to undocumented workers, detain and deport all undocumented people. They stand against amnesty, birthright citizenship, and the Dream Act.

They endorse and support like-minded candidates and have been extremely active in the 2012 election campaigns. Their offices are in Raleigh North Carolina, and the President and Spokesperson is William Gheen.

Atlas PAC  – A political action committee dedicated to endorsing and funding candidates who embody the Founding Father’s principles of free-enterprise, limited taxation, and limited government regulations.

The Chairman of Atlas PAC is Lee Lowrey who served as a co-chair in the Bush/Cheney campaign. They currently endorse the Romney/Ryan ticket; Michele Bachmann; Allen West; Eric Cantor; Ted Cruz; and Richard Mourdock, among others.

Americans United For Life – A pro-life public interest law-firm and advocacy group. They have been a driving factor in setting policy and in the pro-life legislation that has been surfacing all over the country.

The president and CEO is Charmaine Yoest who was affiliated with the Family Research Council and Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign. The organization writes model legislation every year on abortion, health issues, and bioethics.  They also endorse and fund pro-life candidates in federal and state elections. They have played a major role in the defunding of Planned Parenthood.

Coalition of Americans for Political Equality (CAPE PAC) – A Super PAC which has spent in excess of one and a half million dollars on federal and state campaigns this year so far. They operate in a shroud of mystery, and have engaged in some unscrupulous acts that have raised suspicions on both sides of the political fence.

Their stated mission is “restoring conservative values in the politicians elected to represent all citizens of the United States of America.” They have set up a series of candidate-specific websites that look very much like the real deal and have been soliciting donations. The donations do not, however, go toward that candidate’s campaign.

Their focus is on endorsing candidates who support the far-right agenda: Michelle Bachmann, Tom Latham, Richard Mourdock, Erik Paulsen, Kristi Lynn Noem, and Dean Heller, specifically.
Campaign for Working Families (CWF PAC) – A political action committee founded by Gary Bauer. It is known for supporting pro-life, pro-family candidates.  Their motto is “Unapologetically pro-family, pro-life, and pro-Growth.” They take an aggressive stands on state ballot issues that promote gay and lesbian civil rights, or those that limit restrictions against abortion.

Gary Bauer has strong ties to the Family Research Council, American Values, Christians United for Israel, and John Hagee.

The group is committed to pro-life issues, anti-gay-rights, and anti-immigration.

Citizens United Political Victory Fund – A political action committee that calls itself “The Conservative PAC for Conservative Candidates.”   Its mission is to support conservative candidates running for federal office who share Citizens United’s vision of reducing the size and scope of government, lowering taxes, cutting spending, promoting traditional family values, and winning the war on terror.

The PAC is an arm of Citizens United which is dedicated to “Restoring Our Government to Citizens Control. David N. Bossie is the President and Chairman of the Board. They advocate and fund political candidates who are pro-life, anti-gay, and pro-business.

Another arm of Citizens United is the Presidential Coalition. From their stated mission: “Through a combination of direct contributions to state and local candidates, television advertisements, op-eds, and social media platforms, The Presidential Coalition strives to promote conservative values throughout America. Conservative luminaries like former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Governor Mike Huckabee, and Dick Morris have helped advance the goals of supporting our country, our armed forces, and our freedom. Without these three principles, America would not continue to be that beacon of freedom we all cherish.”

These outfits combined has pumped an enormous amount of money into federal and state elections during this cycle.

Club for Growth – A right-wing political group that has successfully endorsed and funded numerous right-wing candidates. It is funded by extremely wealthy conservatives who have a very pernicious agenda. They are credited with being a “key-player in Republican Governor Scott Walker’s move to take out the state’s organized workers.”

With the Citizens United ruling, Club For Growth, et.al, are not required to be transparent in their expenditures, however, it is now estimated that they have spent in excess of $13 million dollars on the 2012 elections.

They focus on the privatization of social programs, Social Security, and education. They support only the ultra-conservative Republican candidates and fight equally as hard against moderate Republicans as they do democrats.

Conservative Principles PAC – A right-wing political action committee founded by Iowa Representative Steve King. The main goal is to endorse and fund like-minded candidates in both state and federal elections.

Steve King is 100% pro-life without exception. He has defended Missouri Representative Todd Akin after his insidious remarks on pregnancy and rape. King supports an absolute right to gun ownership and opposes affirmative action. He supports racial profiling and likens immigrants to doge. He is radically opposed to gay-rights and same-sex marriage.

Declaration Alliance PAC – A political action committee that is an arm of Allen Keyes’ Declaration Alliance. Their goals for 2012, have been stated as follows:

  1. To defeat partisan Democrats, especially      hard-core, leftwing liberals like Senator Harry Reid and Congresswoman      Nancy Pelosi.
  2. To support endangered, scapegoated,      anti-establishment conservative incumbents in Congress who have fought      hard to stay true to our bedrock values and principles.
  3. To recruit real conservatives who can      challenge, politically frighten, and eventually REPLACE RINO,      “Money-Is-God” incumbents like John McCain.
  4. To pass pro-life, pro-family, anti-tax,      pro-sovereignty, pro-traditional values, anti-big government, pro-property      rights, pro-second amendment legislation and ballot initiatives across the      U.S.
  5. To retake the leadership of the GOP where      it has been captured by pro-abortion, anti-family, pro-tax, antimilitary,      pro-big government, anti-gun rights, “open borders” liberals in      “blue states” like California, New Jersey, and Illinois.

It is worthy to note that Allen Keyes is closely related to the Minuteman Project and that the alliance between the two organizations has come under close scrutiny.

Eagle Forum PAC – Founded and operated by Phyllis Schalfly, the Eagle Forum is a conservative interest group that describes itself as “pro-family.” They claim to have a membership of over 80,000 people.

According to Wikipedia: “The Eagle Forum is involved primarily in conservative issues. The organization is opposed to the legalization of abortion, against international oversight from the United Nations or the International Criminal Court, supportive of English-only education in schools, supportive of women’s role as “fulltime homemakers”, and opposed to same-sex marriage. Circa 2006, Eagle Forum began preparations to fight the introduction of the amero Northern American currency. They support those saying Christopher Columbus is a hero. It has also been active in the anti-vaccination movement, particularly fighting mandatory hepatitis B vaccination requirements for newborn babies, and opposition to sex education in the public school system. On its website, the Eagle Forum publishes a weekly column written by Phyllis Schlafly. Eagle Forum also opposes movements which would call for an Article V constitutional convention, stating that (based on the opinions of noted constitutional scholars such as former United States Supreme Court Justice Warren Berger such a “con con” (its terminology) could not be limited in scope, and thus could draft a whole new Constitution which might be contrary to the desires of the convention callers.”

Their recent list of political endorsements reflects the values of the Christian right.

Faith, Family & Freedom Fund – A Super PAC associated with the Family Research Council. Using the usual scare tactics, this group purports that the government is forcing Americans to use their tax dollars to subsidize abortions, is controlling your child’s education, telling you that your views on same-sex marriage are bigoted and if you don’t change you will be put in jail, telling you what you can eat, where you can live, and where you can worship, and that they want to control your faith, your family, and your freedom. So…you should send them your money.

They endorse and fund prolife, pro-family candidates.

The Family Research Council is a conservative Christian group that was founded by James Dobson. It is currently operated by Tony Perkins. The FRC holds the Values Voter Summit every fall. They have been certified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for their statements on homosexuality. They have endorsed numerous candidates at all levels for the 2012, election.

Family First – Family First is a not-for-profit, (501(c)(3) organization out of Nebraska. Their stated mission is to: protect and foster Judeo-Christian principles in Nebraska’s laws, for the benefit of its families.
Family First works to:

  • Inform policymakers by providing      research and factual information on vital issues affecting the family.
  • Communicate truth on family      issues through the media.
  • Equip concerned citizens and      churches to be persuasive advocates for the family.

They are associated with Focus on the Family, The Family Research Council and the Alliance Defense Fund. They endorse and support pro-life and pro-family candidates.

Feminists For Life – Don’t let the name fool you. This is a pro-life organization that reaches out to young women, college students in particular, and is, according to their website, dedicated to “systematically eliminating the root causes that drive women to abortion.” The organization is global.

They have been very active in the pro-life movement and in selecting, endorsing and funding pro-life political candidates.

The Freedom Project – The Freedom Project is a political action committee assisting far-right Republicans to achieve office. The honorary Chairman of this group is John Boehner. According to their website, “The Freedom Project is committed to a better America based on freedom and security, empowered citizens and personal responsibility. Our mission is to strengthen the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives that’s focusing relentlessly on jobs and the economy.”

Their list of endorsements for 2012, are all pro-life, anti-gay, anti-immigration, pro-gun, and supportive of the privatization of all social issues.

Government is Not God – GING PAC has been one of the most prolific of the political action committees during the 2012, election cycle. Run by William Murray, the head of the Religious Freedom Coalition, GING PAC has thrown its money and endorsement behind a slew of right-ring, religious zealots in an effort to co-opt Congressional and state houses and senates.

They have been running anti-Obama ads in newspapers across the country promoting the ideas that Obama will use voter fraud to stay in power, that he is pro-Islam, and a “dangerous racist.”

These advertisements portray Obama as anti-Christian and that he will force Christian schools to hire non-Christian teachers. This organization is a Dominionist, pro-life, anti-gay, anti-entitlements group who seek domination over the halls of government. To that end, they are promoting candidates who will help them achieve that goal.

Huck PAC – This is the political action committee of former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee. It was formed in 2008, and is focused upon electing far-right, like-minded candidates to gain a majority in the House and Senate, as well as governorships throughout the states.

The PAC endorses candidates for various offices, then organizes into local groups in every county in the United States to help each of their candidates win.  They have been extremely active in endorsing people this year who are pro-life, anti-gay, anti-Islamic, and anti-entitlements.

Liberty Candidates – This is Ron Paul’s PAC. As to be expected, this group backs candidates who are pro-free enterprise, pro-gun, pro-individual liberties and self-reliance. They also support things like Constitutional Government, free markets, and a Non-interventionist Foreign Policy.

In the midst of all the rhetoric, however, what they don’t tout is a Constitution Party agenda which is anti-gay rights, anti-women’s rights, pro-gun, anti-public education, anti-government entitlements, anti-FEMA, anti-EPA regulations, and pro-states rights.

The endorsed candidates generally play well to the militia crowd as well as white-supremacist groups.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness (LLPH) – This group proudly proclaims January 20, 2013, “The End of an Error.” A statement from their website sends the following message:

“In 2010, a shot was heard around the world as Republicans gained 63 House seats, 6 Senate seats, 680 state legislative seats, and took 29 of the 50 gubernatorial races. This awakening of the American people, who were upset by the over-spending, big government bureaucrats, was a great feat, but I and other freedom-loving Americans know that this cannot be the end. This must only be the beginning.

“Today, LLPH Second Revolution (formally known as Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness’s Second Revolution) is a conservative blog created on July 22, 2012. Our mission statement: To promote LLPH candidates, support freedom legislation and oppose anti-freedom legislation, inform voters about their legislators, and to do all things to promote Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness in the United States of America.”

And, they have already started laying their plans for the 2014, mid-term elections. They have listed 12 liberal Democrats as their main targets to defeat on Nov. 6th, 2012. They are: Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL); Bob Kerrey (D-NE); Elizabeth Warren (D-MA); Tim Kaine (D-VA); Sen. John Tester (D-MT); Joe Donnelly (D-IN); Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Tammy Baldwin (D-WI); Jim Matheson (D-UT); Mark Critz (D-PA); Christi Vilsack (D-IA); and John Barrow (D-GA).

The endorsements and dollars from this group have been flying.

Maverick PAC – A political action committee that claims to be engaging “next generation Republican leaders from business, politics and law to build a national network and strengthen the future of our country.”

The Cochairs of the group are George P. Bush (Jeb Bush’s son), and Jay S. Zeidman.  There list of endorsed candidates demonstrates their commitment to electing ultra-right-wing conservatives. It includes John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Scott Brown, Allen West, Mitt Romney, and Richard Mourdock, among many others.

Minnesota Citizens Concerned For Life – This is an affiliate of National Right to Life. They currently boast of having 70,000 member families and 240 chapters across the state of Minnesota. They are a pro-life advocacy group that works to advocate for the unborn.

“The mission of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life is to secure protections for innocent human life from conception until natural death through effective education, legislation and political action.”

Move America Forward PAC – A political action committee out of California. Move America Forward has sparked a lot of controversy through its confrontational actions. Their policies are to remove the United Nations headquarters from the United States, keep Guantanamo Bay open, close the Mexican border, ship every illegal immigrant out of the United States, and oppose any political candidate and media outlet that they deem to be too liberal/

According to Wikipedia: Prominent Move America Forward campaigns have included the closing of the US-Mexico border (the MAF’s “Secure Our Borders” campaign) and the ending of amnesty programs to illegal immigrants (through nomoreamnesty.com), support of John R. Bolton—an outspoken critic of the United Nations—to serve as the US representative to the United Nations, and restricting the distribution of the Michael Moore film Fahrenheit 911. In August 2005, Move America Forward sponsored a You don’t speak for me, Cindy! tour to counter Cindy Sheehan’s protest at President Bush’s Crawford, Texas, ranch (and the vigils in support of Sheehan that were held around the country). The organization also protested William Ayers when he made a speech at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California and has protested against the Lafayette hillside memorial.

Their stated mission is to support candidates who stand for their 5 basic principles which are:

-Support Our Troops and their Missions in the War on Terror

– Hunt Down and Defeat Terrorists on Any Battlefield

– Achieve Complete and Final Victory in Iraq and Afghanistan

– Provide Law Enforcement with the Tools Necessary to Ensure Homeland Security

– Maximize American Foreign Policy to Combat Global Terrorism

Top priority on their list is Rep. Col. Allen West of Florida.

National Federation of Independent Business – This entity claims to be non-partisan, however, historically it has endorsed primarily Republican candidates, generally far-right-wing Republicans and 2012 is no exception. The NFIB is headquarted in Tennessee, but has a presence in all 50 states.

To demonstrate the clout of the endorsements, it is important to note that in the 2010 election, 25 of the NFIB members, all Republican, were elected to Congress. Several of these were Tea Party members.

As to the NFIB’s lobbying prowess, they joined with 26 states in challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

National Organization for Marriage – Found in 2007, to work against the legalization of same-sex marriage. The group operates two non-profit arms, a 501(c)(4) political advocacy group, National Organization for Marriage, and a 501(c)(3) called the NOM Educational Fund.

It has been reported that much of their money comes from the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization, and from the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons).  In the 2010 elections it was reported that they had over $7 million in their coffers.

National Right to Life – This is the oldest and largest pro-life organization in America. It covers all 50 states with over 3,000 local chapters nationwide.  They wield a lot of power in political circles and promote pro-life candidates on the state, federal, and local levels.

They make no bones about admitting that they are all about electing a pro-life federal government, and are actively pursuing that goal.  During the 2012, election cycle, the NRL has endorsed candidates in 43 of the 50 states.

Pastors PAC – Of course, we already know that the separation of church and state no longer applies to churches, only to the state, right? Well, this little gem is a political action committee made up of pastors across the country who are actively endorsing and funding Dominionist candidates for a number of offices. From their website:

OUR VISION

To experience able, righteous officials serving in government.

Proverbs 29:2(a) “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.”

OUR MISSION

To promote candidates with proven, noble character who have an established track record that demonstrates the ability to serve capably in the office they seek.

Exodus 18:21 “Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men
who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain;
and you shall place these over them, as leaders of thousands,
of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.”

Republican National Coalition For Life – This group was founded by none other than Phyllis Schlafly. From their website:

“RNC/Life will continue to work to protect and defend the Republican Party’s principled commitment to legal protection for all innocent human beings, from conception until natural death.

In addition, we will work to hold Republican lawmakers accountable to the pro-life principles in our platform. It is our desire to see those principles translated into public policy and law. Further, we encourage Republican Party officials to enthusiastically support pro-life candidates and policies consistent with our platform. “

The RNC has endorsed and is funding a huge list of candidates for Senate and Congress in 22 states, all of who are pro-life candidates.

Restore America’s Legacy – These folks are all about limited government, free-markets, adherence to the Constitution and the rule of law, and a strong national defense. Again, they adhere to the dogma of the Constitution Party and to endorsing like-minded candidates.

All of their endorsements of candidates for the 2012 elections are those who are pro-life, anti-gay rights, anti-government entitlements, anti-public education, pro-gun, and pro-states’ rights.

Restore Our Future – This is a Super Pac that is not required to demonstrate any form of transparency. It was founded by a group of Mitt Romney’s aides in 2010, and was created to support Mitt Romney for president. As of July, 2012, they reported raising over $60 million dollars, half of which came from Wall Street contributors.

-out effort to get Mitt Romney’s face in millions of living rooms across the country, the Restore Our Future political action committee has spent upward of $12 million dollars on TV ads to air 2 weeks before the election in all of the battle-ground states and a few others.

Sarah PAC – This is the political action committee of former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. From the website:

“Sarah PAC is dedicated to building America’s future, supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation.

“SarahPAC believes America’s best days are ahead. Our country, founded on conservative principles and the fight for freedom, must confront the challenges of the 21st century with integrity, innovation, and determination.

“SarahPAC believes energy independence is a cornerstone of the economic security and progress that every American family wants and deserves. We believe in American Exceptionalism, and that US foreign policy should, first and foremost, be based on the pursuit of our national interest, not the interests of others.

“SarahPAC believes the Republican Party is at the threshold of an historic renaissance that will build a better future for all. Health care, education, and reform of government are among our key goals.

Her list of candidate endorsements is a Who’s Who among the Dominionist candidates of the far-right. Little surprise there.

Susan B. Anthony List – This is a political action committee formed to helping pro-life women gain election to Congress, although, they have been known to endorse pro-life men, as well.

The group was founded in 1993, by Rachel MacNair as an answer to Emily’s List. Last year, the List unveiled a pro-life pledge for 2012, in which political candidates pledge to, if elected, appoint only pro-life judicial nominees and cabinet members, preventing taxpayer funding of abortion, and supporting legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Again, only candidates who represent the right of the right are represented in the SBA list of endorsements.

The Justice Foundation – This is an offshoot of Randall Terry’s Operation Rescue, along with a couple of other offshoots, “Operation Outcry,” and “Project Liberty, USA.”

The Justice Foundation, according to its mission statement, exists “to protect the fundamental freedoms and rights essential to the preservation of American society.”

Accordingly, the Foundation claims that it represents clients free of charge in cases in the areas of limited government, free markets, private property, parental school choice, parental rights in education, and enforcing laws to protect women’s health.

In fact, the Justice Foundation is a Dominionist group that is pro-life, anti-gay rights, anti-public schools, pro-Christian, anti-government, and anti-religious freedom.

The Madison Project – Founded by Michael Farris, a Constitutional lawyer who established the Home School Legal Defense Association, and Patrick Henry College,  “…a Christian institution with the mission of training students through a classical liberal arts curriculum and apprenticeship methodology to impact the world ‘for Christ and for Liberty.”

Farris is closely associated with Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson,  the Christian Coalition, and Phyllis Schlafly.

He established the Madison PAC in 1994, to help and support new conservative “family values” anti-choice candidates, and to build a “true pro-life, conservative majority.” They organize and bundle small contributions by individuals to amass large contributions to the far-right candidates of their choosing. They focus on new candidates as opposed to incumbents.

Among their most noted board members have been Paul Weyrich and Tim LaHaye.

Young Americans For Liberty – This group was an outcropping of Ron Paul supporters after the 2008, elections.  They have numerous chapters on college campuses across the United States.  According to their website:

“Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is the largest, most active, and fastest-growing pro-liberty organization on America’s college campuses. With more than 300 chapters and 26,000 student activists nationwide, YAL seeks to recruit, train, educate, and mobilize students on the ideals of liberty and the Constitution.”

They endorse candidates who are strict Constitutionalists, advocate for free – markets, support the premise of states’ rights, believe in the doctrine of individual liberty, and are pro-life, pro-gun, and anti-big government.

This is but a small list of the movers and shakers buying our elections for the right-wing zealots who want nothing less than to turn this country into a theocratic morass of hatred and bigotry. But, these groups are merely a front, a middle-man for the more sinister monsters who are really pulling the strings. There’s more – much more.