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ED SCHULTZ ASKS THE QUESTION – LEAH BURTON ANSWERS – CHUTZPAH!

schultz32009Congratulations to Ed Schultz! Finally, someone had the chutzpah to ask one of the most pressing questions facing the American people today – “how can these evangelicals call themselves “Christians” while advocating taking food away from four million poor Americans and preventing 30 million Americans from getting health care and using the Bible to justify it.”

Our very own good friend and authority on dominionism, Leah Burton from Gods Own Party?.com called into his show and gave his listeners some very good insight into what is behind the façade that these charlatans have erected.

Leah BurtonShe was quick to explain that what we are witnessing from the ReBiblicans in Congress is not the efforts of honest, mainstream Christians – these are the acts of a Dominionist group, cult-like in nature, who have steeple-jacked mainstream Christianity for their own personal gain.

Additionally, she explained that the Republican Party has been largely co-opted by these people and that they now have the reins of what she calls “the conservative political machine in America.”

Unlike mainstream Christians who are truly compassionate and humanitarian in nature, there is nothing altruistic about Dominionists. They hunger for power, domination, and control and prey upon the downtrodden, hence, the more people in need, the more eager they are to hear the “Good News,” and the easier it is to make them one of the flock.

Ed Schultz stood tall today. He posed the question that many of us have been asking in a venue that we do not have access to.

Leah Burton has devoted her life to exposing the truth behind the curtain that hides the ulterior motives of Christian Nationalism/Dominionism. Today she met the question head-on and continued to educate the American people to the dangers of allowing this cult to overtake our government and the democratic process.

A standing ovation is due to both Schultz and Burton. Let’s keep the conversation alive. Ask the question – answer the question – educate the public – speak out. Remember, SILENCE = ACCEPTANCE.

For more information go to God’s Own Party?.com

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Who’s Crazier? The ReBiblicans or the Voters?

            Who’s Crazier? The ReBiblicans or the Voters?

 Ted YohoFlorida! Beautiful swaying palms, pristine sandy beaches, warm ocean water, great fishing, lots of fun in the sun – I grew up there, and life was good. Today? Not so much. Today Florida is home to George Zimmerman, crooked politicians and right-wing crazies. Today they claim folks like Marco Rubio and Gus Bilirakis along with a whole host of others as their “leaders.” Among that long list of whacked out nut-jobs is Ted Yoho.

Yoho recently held a town hall meeting that I wish I could have attended. But, alas, living 1,200 miles away, I just couldn’t quite get there from here. It’s probably just as well as I would probably have ended up in jail for disturbing the peace and using a great deal of profanity in the public square.

Now, it’s no secret that good ole Ted is one of those ReBiblicans that I talk so much about. He’s a veterinarian who came out of virtually nowhere and won the election last year. But, it really didn’t take long before we could determine just exactly where this man’s head is.

Standing in front of many of his constituents, Yoho took the opportunity to reignite the whole “Birther” issue. Yeah, you just thought all of that was behind us. You see, Steve Stockman, the nut-job representative out of Texas, has introduced some sort of “Birther Bill” and Yoho, who just couldn’t resist, promised his people that he would back that legislation. Stockman, you may remember, is the same idiot who brought Ted Nugent to the State of the Union Address.

Actually, Yoho indicated that there were other, more pressing issues than the birther issue, but said that an investigation into Obama’s birth certificate could bring down the whole government. “They said if it is true, it’s illegal, he shouldn’t be there and we can get rid of everything he’s done, and I said I agree with that.”

Now, if it seems that Yoho has gone a little over the edge, he has. You see, Yoho went on to tell the audience that Obamacare is racist against white people. Why? Because there is a tax on tanning beds. He claimed that white people who want to tan are being discriminated against because of the color of their skin.

Later, speaking about food-stamp funding, Yoho said that he very much doubted that 50 million Americans are dealing with food insecurity:

 “I think there’s 330 million people starving, at least three times a day, we call it breakfast, lunch and dinner.” He added that huge proposed cuts to food aid won’t impact anyone, telling the audience that “not one person would lose a calorie or crumb that deserves it.” http://rightwingwatch.org

As to terrorism – Yoho has spoken with some guy who works with Hezbollah, (uh…huh), and he said that Hezbollah has already smuggled 1,500 people into the United States who “don’t like us and want to blow us up.”

Now, no one can make this stuff up. Yoho is but one in a whole pool of like-minded individuals running this country. The numbers are frightening, but the second most scary thing in all of this is the fact that the electorate keeps voting them into office! That begs the question – “Who’s crazier? The ReBiblicans, or the Voters?”

Rediscover God In America? I Didn’t Know He/She Was Lost!

civic2There ought to be some sort of litmus test for those who wish to represent the American people and this country. I mean, after all, they should be able to demonstrate some basic knowledge – you know, the stuff that is taught in Civics 101. Perhaps, they should even have some sort of geographical understanding of the world? Is it too much to ask that those in Congress have a general grasp of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the basis upon which this country was established before they are allowed to represent us to the rest of the world?

This past week, the “Rediscovering God in America event was held in Iowa. Now, I didn’t know that God had ever been “undiscovered,” but, my ignorance aside, the event was part of a 12-state strategy that is aimed at turning out those conservative, evangelical voters in the 2014, elections. It is but one of many planned events presented by David Lane’s American Renewal Project.

 Of course, we know that the Christian Right pretty much threw in the towel in the 2012, Presidential election once it became evident that none the numerous Dominionist candidates they slated would stand up to the scrutiny of the American public. They then threw their support and their money behind the Congressional, state, and local politicians who would do their bidding.

In the meantime, they began work behind closed doors on the much coveted and anticipated 2014, and 2016, campaign cycles hoping to marginalize all candidates not considered to be of a “Godly nature.”

While those of us who have been aware of these plans and maneuverings have been vigilantly watching and reporting, much of mainstream America has no inkling of what is taking place right under their not-so-watchful noses. That’s to be expected – and that’s the way the Dominionist like it. However, it has been rather amusing to watch as the internet bloggers display absolute shock and outrage when they realize that Senators, Congressmen and other politicians are attending, supporting and speaking at such events.

Last week, Senators and presidential hopefuls, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz were featured speakers at the Iowa event – and the blogosphere went wild. Why? Does anyone honestly believe that there are not those in our halls of power who do not adhere to the separation of church and state, or who do not have an agenda that coincides with the extremist right wing? There are currently 41 Senators who fit that bill, and several more who are sympathetic to the far-right ideology of Christian Nationalism, and who insist that this nation is a Christian nation.

David Lane’s American Renewal Project has targeted 12 States: Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina, Alaska, Arkansas, North Carolina, Nevada, South Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia. Several of those states will have Senate races in 2014.

david laneDavid Lane likes to fly under the radar, however his hand can be found in many of the events that have been planned around the country. He has strong connections to national and state politicians and is considered one of the most influential people in the dominionist arena. The American Renewal Project is largely funded by the American Family Association, a designated hate group based in Tupelo, Mississippi. Lane has been around for at least 20 years and works with numerous Christian leaders. He was largely responsible for Rick Perry’s prayer rally and is a close ally of Perry.

Lane is anti-abortion, anti-homosexual, anti-non-Christian, believes that women should be submissive to their husbands, and has been called a Christian evangelical political “Kingmaker.” You might recall that Senator Rand Paul made a trip to Israel earlier in the year. Well, that trip was organized by none other than David Lane. According to Lane:

“This trip to meet with Israelis, Arabs and Palestinians is absolutely the first step in his 2016 White House campaign.”

 Additionally, the trip was financed by the American Family Association. As mentioned earlier, The AFA has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its demonizing propaganda against LGBT individuals. Of course, we know that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to Ron and Rand Paul, but I wonder if Rand will conviently claim that he had no idea who was behind the trip just as his father had no idea who wrote the racist and homophobic articles under his by-line.

paul laneAn interesting side note to all of this is that David Lane’s daughter is employed by Rand Paul as his press assistant. Unlike Daddy Paul who often tried to bamboozle the public when it came to his dominionist views, Rand embraces his extremism.

Ted Cruz, the new Senator from Texas, is no different. A strong ally of Rick Perry and the far-right-wing extremists, Cruz told the audience in Iowa:

“Book of Isaiah tells us: My people perish for lack of knowledge. Edmund Burke put the points a little differently when he said the only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. And the prophet Ezekiel charged us, son of man, you are a watchman for the house of Israel.”

Ted Cruz After what has been called a “fiery speech,” Cruz walked into the audience where the pastors met him, laid their hands upon him, and prayed over him.

The list of politicians and leaders who are associated with David Lane is quite lengthy – astonishingly so. Right now, the seeds are being sown for the upcoming elections. There is little doubt that, given the political climate in this country, the dominionists will succeed in placing more of what they consider to be the “right kind of Christians” in seats of power. How many more, is up to the American people.

Considering the stealth nature of the maneuvers of the Dominionist Movement, their abilities to market and rebrand themselves, and the gullibility of mainstream America, stopping them will be a daunting task. We already have a list of current Senators who fit their mold. Within the next few weeks, we hope to have a list of current Representatives. It is incumbent upon us to be watchful, not just in the Congressional races, but in our state and local races as well.

 

 

Christain Right – Supreme Court Hostage Takers?

Mat Staver

Mat Staver

With a ruling on Marriage Equality by the United States Supreme Court looming, Christian Right activst across the nation are promising great reprisals should the Court rule aganst them. Over 160 leaders of the Christian Right have joined with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver to put the Court on notice promising nothing less than revolution.

The list of anti-gay crusaders is impressive, indeed. Rallying around the idea that  “this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross,” they are essentially attempting to take the Supreme Court hostage under the threat of Civil War. In actuality, this might just be the litmus test required to see just how far into the Christian dogma the ties of the SCOTUS go, and to test the mettle of the bullies on the far right.

Not that we wish to see this country torn apart over religious bigotry, but for way too long these Christian nationalists have been running their mouth and their agenda rough-shod over the American people. In an all out effort to convince our governmental entities that these zealots speak for all of us, this group of fanatics has been behind the war on women, the war on gays, the war on the poor, infirm, and underprivleged, the war on everyone non-white, and non-Christian all in the name of God.

Mat Staver and Deaon Keith Fournier issued the following statement which they entitled “The Marriage Solidarity Statement:

We Stand in Solidarity to Defend Marriage

and the Family and Society Founded Upon Them

We stand together as Christians in defense of marriage and the family and society founded upon them. While we come from a variety of communities and hold differing faith perspectives, we are united in our common faith in Jesus Christ.

We acknowledge that differences exist between us on important matters of religious doctrine and practice. But, on the matter of marriage, we stand in solidarity. As a nation, we have lost our moral compass. As a result, we are losing true freedom. We affirm together that there is a moral basis to a free society. Though we live in a secular society, together we reject relativism and secularism.

We affirm that marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of creation. Marriage is ontologically between one man and one woman, ordered toward the union of the spouses, open to children and formative of family. Family is the first vital cell of society; the first church, first school, first hospital, first economy, first government and first mediating institution of our social order. The future of a free and healthy society passes through marriage and the family.

Marriage as existing solely between one man and one woman was not an idea manufactured by the Christian Church. It precedes Christianity. Though affirmed, fulfilled, and elevated by Christian teaching, the truth that marriage can exist only between one man and one woman is not based on religion or revelation alone, but on the Natural Moral Law, written on the human heart and discernible through the exercise of reason.

This claim of the existence of such a Natural Moral Law is the ground upon which every great civilization has been built. It is the source of every authentic human and civil rights movement. This Natural Moral Law gives us the norms we need to build truly human and humane societies and govern ourselves. It should also inform our positive law or we will become lawless and devolve into anarchy.

Marriage is the preeminent and the most fundamental of all human social institutions. Civil institutions do not create marriage nor can they manufacture a right to marry for those who are incapable of marriage. In the words of the first book of the Bible, we read: “it is not good for man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18) Society begins with marriage and the family.

Like many other concerned Americans, we await the opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States on two cases which open up the possibility that the institution of marriage will be further 2

undermined by a judicial opinion. We pledge to stand together to defend marriage as what it is, a bond between one man and one woman, intended for life, and open to the gift of children.

The institutions of civil government should defend marriage and not seek to undermine it. Government has long regulated marriage for the true common good. Examples, such as the age of consent, demonstrate such a proper regulation to ensure the free and voluntary basis of the marriage bond. Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the State. The Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage.

If the Supreme Court becomes the tool by which marriage is redefined in the positive law of this nation, the precedent established will leave no room for any limitation on what can constitute such a redefined notion of marriage. Conferring a moral and legal equivalency to same-sex couples by legislative or judicial fiat also sends the message that children do not need a mother and a father. It undermines their fundamental rights and threatens their security, stability, and future.

As Christian citizens united together, we will not stand by while the destruction of the institution of marriage unfolds in this nation we love. The Sacred Scriptures and unbroken teaching of the Church confirm that marriage is between one man and one woman. We stand together in solidarity to defend marriage and the family and society founded upon them. The effort to redefine marriage threatens the proper mediating role of the Church in society.

Experience and history have shown us that if the government redefines marriage to grant a legal equivalency to same-sex couples, that same government will then enforce such an action with the police power of the State. This will bring about an inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights. We cannot and will not allow this to occur on our watch. Religious freedom is the first freedom in the American experiment for good reason.

Finally, the Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage and thereby weaken both the family and society. Unlike the Legislative Branch that has the power of the purse and the Executive Branch which has the figurative power of the sword, the Judicial Branch has neither. It must depend upon the Executive Branch for the enforcement of its decisions.

As the Supreme Court acknowledged in the 1992 decision of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, its power rests solely upon the legitimacy of its decisions in the eyes of the people. If the Supreme Court were to issue a decision that redefined marriage or provided a precedent on which to build

an argument to redefine marriage, the Supreme Court will thereby undermine its legitimacy. The Court will significantly decrease its credibility and impair the role it has assumed for itself as a moral authority. It will be acting beyond its proper constitutional role and contrary to the Natural Moral Law which transcends religions, culture, and time.

As Christians united together in defense of marriage, we pray that this will not happen. But, make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the true common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.

They then put out the call to all of the Christian ant-gay activists to sign this statement – this is the result, so far.

Mathew Staver, Chairman,Liberty Counsel Action, Co-drafter

Deacon Keith Fournier, Common Good Alliance,Catholic Online, Co-drafter

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Fr. Paul CB Schenck, MA, EdD, National Representative, Catholics United for Life

Hon. Kenneth Blackwell, Constitutional Congress, Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to United Nations on Human Rights

Anita Staver, President, Liberty Counsel

James Robison, LIFE Outreach International

Fr. Randolph W. Sly, Common Good Foundation

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life, President, National Pro-Life Religious Council

Rev. Johannes L. Jacobse, American Orthodox Institute

Benjamin S. Carson, M.D., World-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council

James C. Dobson, Ph.D., President and Founder, Family Talk Action

William G Boykin, LTG(R) US Army, President, Kingdom Warriors Ministries

Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Moody Church – Chicago, IL

Colin A Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring

Dr. Ché Ahn, Senior Pastor, HROCK Church, Pasadena, CA, President, Harvest International Ministry, International Chancellor, Wagner Leadership Institute

Carlos Campo, Ph. D., President, Regent University

Dr. Richard Land, President, Southern Evangelical Seminary

Dr. Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Ron Luce, Founder, Teen Mania

Bill Donohue, President, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

Betty Robison,Co-Host, LIFE Today Television

Dr. Jack W. Hayford, Chancellor The King’s University—Dallas/Los Angeles

Rick Joyner, President, The Oak Initiative

Rick Scarborough, President, Vision America Action

Dr. Carl Herbster, President, Advance USA

Dr. Alveda C. King, President, Alveda King Ministries

Star Parker, President, CURE

Ruth Graham, President, Ruth Graham Ministries

Tim Clinton, President, American Association of Christian Counselors

Dr. Keith Wiebe, President, American Association of Christian Schools

Bill Johnson, President, American Decency Association

Don Wildmon, Founder/Chairman Emeritus American Family Association

Tim Wildmon, President American Family Association

Nancy Schulze, Co-Founder, American Prayer Initiative

Gary L. Bauer, President, American Values

Tom Hoefling, Chairman, America’s Party

Dr. Kenneth Hutcherson, Senior Pastor, Antioch Bible Church

Andrew Wommack, Andrew Wommack Ministries, Inc.

Dr. Sergio Navarrete, Superintendent, A/G – Southern Pacific District

Eleazar Rodriguez, Jr, A/G – Texas Louisiana Hispanic District

Pastor Juan Eliel Garcia, Auditorio de la Fe – La Nueva FM 88.3FM

Al Kresta, President and CEO, Ave Maria Radio

Sue Ek, Executive Director, BOMA-USA

Stanley Jeter, Sr. Producer, CBN News, President, ComunicadoresUSA

Rev. Dan E. Collis, Pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach

John Martin, Senior Adult Pastor, Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach

Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, Exec. Pastor, Bell Shoals Baptist Church

Dr. Stephen Rummage, Sr. Pastor, Bell Shoals Baptist Church

George & Sandra Thomasson, Pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach

Dr. Mike Spaulding, Calvary Chapel of Lima, OH

Steve Strang, Founder & CEO, Charisma Media

Matt Smith, President, Catholic Advocate

Sue Trombino, Founder, Women Impacting the Nation

Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr., President, High Impact Leadership Coalition

Daniel Hite, Pastor, Christian Family Fellowship

Carlos S. Morán, Ed.D., Dir.of Hispanic Ministries Church of God International, Cleveland, TN

Bishop Juan A. Garcia, Admin. Bishop, Church of God Northeast Spanish Region

Michael A. Montelongo, Former Mayor, City of Sanger, CA

Michael L. Brown, Ph.D., Director, Coalition of Conscience

Terry Kemple, President, Community Issues Council

Penny Nance, CEO and President, Concerned Women for America

Robert Gittelson, President Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Rick Ryan, Director, Convoy of Hope

Nathan Blackwell, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Family Church – St. Cloud, FL

The Most Reverend Rene Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus, Corpus Christi – Corpus Christi, Texas

Dr. Tom Mullins, Founding Pastor, Christ Fellowship

Amelia Den Hartog, MS., PLMHP, Christ for the City International

Marcus Lamb. Daystar Television Network

Rev. Rick Stevens, Pastor, Diplomat Wesleyan Church, Cape Coral, FL

Shannon M. Jones, President, CatechismClass.com

M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas), PhD, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament

Denver Seminary, Jay. W. Richards, PhD, Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute

George and Terri Pearsons, Pastors, Eagle Mountain International Church

Andrew Haines, Editor, Ethika Politika

Gary Marx, E. D., Faith and Freedom Coalition

Ralph Reed, Chairman, Faith and Freedom Coalition

Stephen Broden, Sr. Pastor, Fair Park Bible Fellowship, Pres., Constitutional Defenders of Texas

Rev. Louise Yakubisin, Assoc. Pastor, Faith Christian Fellowship Church Newton, Ohio

Rev. Gary Cristofaro, Senior Pastor, First Assembly of God, Melbourne FL

Dr. Robert Jeffress, Pastor, First Baptist Church Dallas, TX

Dr. Richard Lee, Founding Pastor, First Redeemer Church – Alpharetta, GA

Pat Andrews, President, Florida Eagle Forum

John Stemberger, President, Florida Family Policy Council

Norman Blanton, Pastor, Foursquare Church

Colonel (AL) John Eidsmoe, Senior Counsel and Resident Scholar Foundation for Moral Law

Patrick Lee, Director of Institute of Bioethics, Franciscan University of Steubeniville

Dr. Lloyd Stilley, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Gulf Shores, AL

John Meador, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Euless, TX

Don Worden, Pastor of Church Administration and Missions, First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach Florida

Steve Dulin, Elder, Gateway Church

Robert Morris, Senior Pastor, Gateway Church

Bill Gattis, retired Vice Pres., Exxon Mobil

Dr. Cindy & Mike Jacobs, Co-Founders, Generals International

Michael Cordeiro, Deacon Grace and Truth Family Baptist Church

Nathaniel & Veronica Dixon, Pastors, Grandview Church – Dunnellon, FL

Dr. Robert W. Roach, Pastor, Haven of Hope of St. Lucie County

Mark Andrews, President, Heartland Research Corporation

Ronald L. Drumm, Pastor Henderson Blvd Church of Christ

Dr. Carl Herbster, President, Center to Advance the USA

Patricia Sullivan, Women Impacting the Nation

Dr. Travis Smith, Sr. Pastor, Hillsdale Baptist Church

Jesse Rincones, Executive Director, Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas

Michael P. Donnelly, HSLDA Attorney, Home School Legal Defense Association

Rev. Nilo Ayala, Senior Pastor, Iglesia De Dios De Auburn

Rev. Carlos Quintero Iglesia Harvest Rock Hispana Unidad Los Angeles

David E. Smith, Executive Director, Illinois Family Institute

Pasqual Urrabazo Jr., Associate Pastor, International Church of Las Vegas

Frank Lopez, Sr. Pastor, Jesus Worship Center

Phillip L. Jauregui, President, Judicial Action Group

Eugene J. Zurlo, KCHS Radio

Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Founder and Co-Founder, Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Rev. Jesten F. Peters, President/Minister, Keys of Authority Ministries, Inc.

Steve Smothermon, Pastor, Legacy Church – Albuquerque,NM

Dean Shawn Akers, Liberty University, Helms School of Government

Yuri Mantilla, Ph.D., Dir. of Global Initiatives, Liberty University School of Law

Judith Gelernter Reisman, Ph.D., Visiting Professor of Law, Liberty University School of Law

Dr. Johnny M. Hunter, DD, National Director, Life, Education and Resource Networks

Gene Mills, President, Louisiana Family Forum

Dr. María M. Hermida, President, Magda Hermida Ministries

Rev. Yolandita Colon, Exec.Justice Pastor, Maranatha Minneapolis Church, Minnesota Chapter Director of NHCLC

Jimmy Evans, Founder and CEO, MarriageToday

Linda Harvey, Host Mission America

Patrick A. Trueman, President, CEO, Morality in Media

Steven Frakes, Pastor, Mount Zion Bible Church – Pensacola, FL

Jeff Pollard, Pastor, Mount Zion Bible Church – Pensacola, FL

Ted Baehr, Movie Guide

Rev. Lydia Gonzalez-D’Ross, Oklahoma City Chapter Director, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Rev. Eve Nunez, V.P. of Networking, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Steve Noble, Host, Called2Action Today

Pastor Carlos Ortiz, V.P. Southeast Region, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Gene Pierce, Executive Director, Ohio Faith & Freedom Coalition

Dr. Steve Kern, Senior Pastor, Olivet Baptist Church – Oklahoma City, OK, Candidate Oklahoma Senate District 40

Jacob Aranza, Senior Pastor, Our Savior’s Church-Broussard, LA

Jim Garlow, Founding Director, Pastors Rapid Response Team

Bud Hansen, Jr.,Secretary, Papal Foundation

Janet Parshall, Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host

Joy Allen, Advisory Board, Pennsylvania Catholics Network

Deal W. Hudson, President, Pennsylvania Catholics Network

Ted Meehan, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Catholics Network

John & Patsy Radcliffe, Advisory Board, Pennsylvania Catholics Network

Raymond Rivera Martinez, Presidente, La Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal MI a nivel mundial

Daniel A. Rodriguez, PhD, Professor of Religion and Hispanic Studies, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

Sonja Corbitt, Founder, PursuingtheSummit.com

Dr. Moses Mercedes, President, Radio Amor and NHCLC Board Member

Rev. Paul Blair, Reclaiming America for Christ

Barbara B.Henkels, Co-Founder, Regina Academies, Philadelphia

William J. Murray, Chairman, Religious Freedom Coalition

Matt C. Abbott, RenewAmerica.com

Stephen Stone, President, RenewAmerica

Rev. Paul Blair, Renewing America for Christ

Richard Wilson, Pastor Revival Outreach Center

Rev. Dale M. Glading, President, Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.

Dave Roever, Vietnam veteran, Founder & President Roever Foundation

Tony Calatayud, National Director Salem Espanol

Dran Reese, Salt and Light Council

Jose L. González, President, Semilla

Chris J. Montelongo, Administrator

Tabernacle of Praise Christian Center, Board of Directors, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Daniel de Leon, Senior Pastor, Templo Calvario Church

Erwin Guevara, Pastor, Victory Christian Center – Boca Raton

Dave Welch, Exec. Dir., TX Pastor Council

Dr. Gary M. Benedict, President, The Christian and Missionary Alliance

Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, PhD, Founder, The Pray In Jesus Name Project

Rev. Andrew S. Doan, Sr. Pastor, The Solid Rock Church – Winter Haven, FL

Timothy F. Johnson, Ph.D., Founder/ President, The Frederick Douglass Foundation

Fmr Vice Chairman, NC Republican Party

Steven W. Fitschen, President, The National Legal Foundation, Velasquez Group Productions

Rev. Michael and Rev. Jennifer Derrick The River of WNY

Dr. Tony Evans, The Urban Alternative

Morton Blackwell, Chairman, The Weyrich Lunch

Father James F. Kauffmann, Pastor, Saint Benedict Parish

Andrea Lafferty, President Traditional Values Coalition

Rev. Abraham Hernandez, V. P. Northeast Region, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Mike Valerio,Helen and Mike Valerio Charitable Trust

Harold Velasquez, President/CEO, Velasquez Group Productions

Dr. G. Antonio Smart, Pastor, Victory Baptist Church of Tampa

Rev Louis P. Sheldon, Founder and Chairman, Traditional Values Coalition

C. Preston Noell III, President Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Tom Peterson, President and Founder, VirtueMedia, Inc.

Robert R. Reilly, Former President, Voice of America

Rev. Nicholas Woodbury, Director, Latin America Mission

Bradlee Dean, President, You Can Run But You Can Not Hide International/The Sons of Liberty Radio

Dr. Tony Serna, ND & Master Trainer, Wellness Center

Joseph Farah, Chief Executive Officer, World Net Daily and World Net Daily Books

Susan Carleson, Chairman/CEO, American Civil Rights Union

Robert Knight, Senior Fellow, American Civil Rights Union and, Drafter of the Defense of Marriage Act

Micah Clark, Executive Director, American Family Association of Indiana

Gary Glenn, President, American Family Association of Michigan

Diane Gramley, President, American Family Association of Pennsylvania

Peter LaBarbera, President, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality

Donna Rogers, Founder of Angel of Love and Light Ministries

Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., Senior Fellow Beverly LaHaye Institute, Concerned Women for America

Richard Viguerie, Chairman ConservativeHQ.com

Janet L. Porter, President, Faith2ACTION

Ken Klukowski, Director, Center for Religious Liberty, Family Research Council

Robert Fischer, President, Fischer Furniture, Inc

John Kirkwood, Pastor, Grace Gospel Fellowship

Dr. Warren Guy, DDS, PhD, Pediatric Dentist

Matt Barber, Vice President, Liberty Counsel Action

Lucinda Hodges, LifeCare SouthShoreCenter Manager

Rep. Sally Kern, Oklahoma, House District 84

Gregory Quinlan, President, Pro-Family Network

Ann Quest, Founder, Unity Quest

Dr. Randy Rebold, National Director, Pastors & Patriots Initiative

Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but I do believe that the vast majority of American people will completely resent this band of miscreants who are clearly attempting to intimidate the justices of the Supreme Court into handing down a ruling that will serve no other purpose but to set civil rights back at least 50 years, as well as prohibit any further movement forward for America’s gay population.

Born and bred in fear, ignorance, and an irrational lust for power, these groups and individuals still wield a heavy hand in our political realm. Knowledge and education is the key to thrwarting their movements and their bid for a theocracy. In actuality, this is not about religion or the love of God – it’s about power and oppression.

Family Policy Network – Dominionists At Work

FPNAccording to the Family Policy Network, they are a” socially-conservative Christian organization that works to inform Christians and confront the culture on the important moral issues of the day.”

Of course, the “buzz” phrase in all of that is “confront the culture,” because climbing the cultural mountains is what all dominionist seek to do with their Seven Mountains Mandate.

They list as their three primary issues, The Family, Biblical Morality, and Religious Liberties. All of these reek of Dominionist “code speak.” “The Family,” as they see it consists only of a husband, wife, and their offspring. “Biblical Morality,” means nothing less than strict adherence to Old Testament scripture which they claim condemns homosexuality and advocates a patriarchal union between men and women where the woman is subservient to the man. As far as “Religious Liberties,” they mean liberties for Christians and exclusion of all others. This sort of religious supremacy is rampant among dominionist cults. While they are the first to scream about “Sharia Law,” they fail to acknowledge that their Biblical bent is comparable.

The FPN lists its objectives as:

– Educating Christians on important moral issues in public and corporate policy(What they really mean is poisoning the well with Biblical laws on such issues as abortion, birth control, same-sex marriage, and homosexuality.)

Confronting the culture by lifting a standard of righteousness in the public square.(Again we see the Seven Mountains Mandate creeping into their dialogue. Dominion over the “public square” complete with a theocratic ideology is what they seek.)

FPN3– Raising awareness of the harmful effects of immorality on families and communities. (Conquering the family mountain is of the utmost importance. Interestingly, here they would be the morality police making policies dictating what is moral and what is not.)
– Dissuading companies from condoning and/or sponsoring immoral behavior

(Simply put, this group, along with dozens of others, believe that companies and corporations should discriminate against homosexuals, and that homosexuality is a basis for dismissal from employment. Additionally, they have been behind the push toward mandatory birth control coverage.)

– Promoting forgiveness and healing as an “alternative lifestyle” for people involved in the sin of homosexuality (Along with many other dominionist groups, the FPN believes in Reparative Therapy for homosexuals and that gays are a sinful and heinous group who must be reformed before they can be forgiven.)

– Supporting laws protecting families, religious liberties, decency and health (Again, we witness the deliberately innocuous code speak endemic to the Dominionist mindset. The ideas of  religious freedom, protecting families, decency and good health are important to everyone. The use of such buzz words and phrases has worked well in their recruitment activities.)

– Encouraging corporate and public support for honoring America’s Christian heritage (Dominioists are hell-bent on convincing the world that we are a Christian Nation and that we were founded as such. “Heritage” is yet another of those buzz words in their arsenal aplenty.)

– Defending Biblical Christianity as the only answer to life’s ultimate questions (The FPN isn’t even trying to camouflage their dominionist leanings with this one. The use of the word “only” demonstrates their intolerance of all other religions and teachings.

– Equipping and networking Christians together for the purpose of preserving society and advancing the Kingdom of God (Kingdom Theology, proselytizing, and recruiting are all instruments in the Dominionist tool chest. The preservation of society is simply another way of saying “taking dominion.”

– Maintaining Christian humility and integrity in all aspects of the organization’s endeavors. (This begs the question – what is “Christian” humility and integrity? It certainly is an implication that those other than Christians lack these attributes, or, at the very least, that “Christian” humility and integrity is superior to all others.)

The Family Policy Network claims that “Confrontation” is one of their “Strategic Priorities.” They describe this as:

FPN2Working to hold corporations and public officials accountable for actions, policies and statements that undermine traditional values in society, FPN utilizes news releases, Email alerts, media interviews and other venues to confront policies and proposals that would undermine religious liberties, traditional morality, and the value of human life. (Empahsis added)

Dominionists love the word “traditional,” considering it appealing to the masses and underestimating the populace. In a world that is striving for advancement and a forward direction, the Dominionist realizes that their brand of archaic and backward thinking is not as palatable to mainstream America as it used to be, they tend to reach out to those who are disenfranchised or lost with a promise of “Taking America Back.” They capitalize on nostalgia and the remembering of the “good old days” with words like “traditional” and “heritage.”

Knowing that one of the most precious things to most people is “human life” and that we must protect it, they use the term “value human life.” Of course we all do. However, this term, as used by them is directed toward the issue of abortion and a woman’s right to choose.

In response to the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay youth into their rank and file, FPN President Joe Glover issued the following statement:

“The Boy Scouts of America should drop the phrase ‘to God’ and ‘morally straight’ from their oath, since they’ve decided to reject His standards of morality. The Bible clearly states homosexuality is a sin against God, and yet the Boy Scouts of America has decided to allow it.

“Parents should only place their children in the care of people who readily accept God’s definition of what it means to be ‘morally straight.’ Unfortunately, the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have chosen a form of moral character that arrogantly rejects God’s written Word.”

For a look into the mindset of the FPN, one has only to look at their “Policy Papers” found here.

It is important to note that this organization, along with many, others exert an enormous amount of pressure upon our elected officials and policy makers to accept their ideas, ideologies, and policies and enact them into law. They wield a lot of influence in the halls of government and have made some major inroads into getting their people into offices of power. Also note that many of these organizations raise enormous sums of money and have many well-heeled foundations and individuals supporting their efforts.

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.
…..
[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