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TEXAS-HERE’S YOUR CHANCE

Well, the Primaries are over in Texas, and it’s time for Texans to roll up their sleeves, put on their walking shoes (or wading boots) and hit the streets because they have a lot of work to do. While there will still be a few run-off elections, we pretty well know what needs to be done. Here is some information that may prove invaluable. November 4, really isn’t that far away.

U.S. SENATE

CornynJohn Cornyn (R) – walked away with the 59.4% of the vote in a field of 8 candidates. Cornyn is the incumbent since 2002, and the current Senate Minority Whip. His beliefs on same-sex marriage were published in the Washington Post via a quote:

“It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a box turtle. But that does not mean it is right…Now you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife”.

He is anti-women’s rights; anti-affirmative action; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; anti- senior citizen; pro-charter schools; pro-gun rights; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration; pro-English as the official language; anti-green energy.

His endorsements include: Texas Right-To-Life; former Senator Phil Graham; Dick Armey; Governor Rick Perry; the National Rifle Association; National Right-To-Life PAC; Texas Alliance for Life; U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

He is a graduate of both Trinity University and St. Mary’s School of Law. He is a member of the Church of Christ. REBIBLICAN

Cornyn will face either:

david-alameel_jpg_800x1000_q100David Alameel (D) – dentist and businessman out of Dallas, who won 47.6% of the vote. Alameel is a member of St. Rita Catholic Church. He is the founder and owner of Jefferson Dental Clinics. His platform includes: Raising the minimum wage; forcing big corporations to pay their fair share in taxes; enforcing equal pay laws; a faster track program of lawful work permits for immigrants; a pathway to citizenship; protecting a woman’s right to choose.

David Alameel has been endorsed by (just to name a few): Wendy Davis; The Austin American-Statesman; Fort Worth Star-Telegram; The Houston Chronicle; The Dallas Morning News; The Beaumont Enterprise; The Corpus Christi Caller-Times; Bexar County Tejano Democrats; Hispanic Women for Better Justice; Mexican American Democrats of Texas, San Antonio Chapter; Texas Young Democrats Women’s Caucus; Grace Hernandez, Mexican American Democrats of Texas “ONDA” Chapter; Houston GLBT Political Caucus; Bexar County African-American Political Alliance; Bexar County Northside Coalition of Women; Bexar County Mexican American Democrats; Bexar County Second Chance Democrats; Bexar County Young Tejano Democrats; Rosa Rosales, former national president of LULAC.
Alameel faces:
RogersKesha Rogers (D) – a Lyndon LaRouche devotee. Kesha has called for the impeachment of President Obama. She ran in both 2010 and 2012, for the U.S. House of Representatives.
NOTE: It is unlikely that Rogers will win the run-off against Alameel. A showdown between extremist Cornyn and David Alameel will be the race to watch (and to get involved in if you are a Texan). Cornyn is hugely popular among conservatives and the religious right. With a very large war-chest and a lot of heavy-hitters it will be interesting to watch the drama unfold as he takes on David Alameel and his dedicated, socially responsible cadre.
This is one of several opportunities for Texans to take out the trash and bring in a little sanity to the United States Senate. Will they rise to the occasion?


With Governor Rick Perry taking the high-road after this year, we can only say don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. Believe me when I say that Texas might be a whole lot better off after January of 2015. But the operative word there is “might.” A whole lot depends on November 4, 2014 – and I DO mean a LOT.

Now that the primaries are over we know that Greg Abbot and Wendy Davis will face off at the polls to fill that vacant governor’s seat. Let the games begin – not that they haven’t already been in a dog-fight; not that it hasn’t already gotten bloody; but look for the REAL fireworks to commence, because we ain’t seen nothing yet!

Here’s the skinny:

Greg AbbottGreg Abbott (R) – the 50th Attorney General of Texas, won 95.5% of the vote in the primary. He became the Attorney General in 2002, when his crony John Cornyn won the U.S. Senate seat. He is best known for successfully advocating for the display of the Ten Commandments in front of the Texas State Capitol. Previously, he was appointed by George W. Bush to the Texas Supreme Court. According to Wikipedia, “In the first six months of 2011, he raised more funds for his campaign than any other Texas politician, reaching $1.6 million.”

He is: committed to ending Obamacare; committed to defending the 2nd Amendment and any restritictions placed upon gun ownership; committed to the conservative values of faith, family, and freedom; committed to fight EPA regulations; committed to the enactment of strong Voter ID laws; committed to upholding the 10th Amendment.

Greg Abbott has been endorsed by: Sarah Palin; Texas Right-toLife; National Rifle Association; Mike Hucabee Huck PAC; Ted Nugent; Chuck Norris.

Abbott is a devout Orthodox Roman Catholic. REBIBLICAN

DavisWendy Davis (D) – Davis garnered 79.1% of the vote over challenger Ray Madrigal. She is an attorney out of Fort Worth, Texas where she served on the Fort Worth City Council. She has served in the Texas State Senate since 2008. Her rise to popularity came about when she held an eleven hour-long filibuster in an effort to block Senate Bill 5, which was legislation aimed at more restrictive abortion regulations in the state. She was successful in blocking the Bill for that session, however it passed in the next. She has been called the 4th most liberal Senator in the State.

On the issues, she is: pro-women’s rights; pro-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; pro-public education; pro-veterans services.

She is endorsed by the Texas State Teachers Association; Human Rights Campaign; Girl Scouts of America; Emily’s List; Progresssives United; Mayor Julian Castro; American Federation of Teachers.

NOTE: The fur has been flying for months now between Abbott and Davis, of that there is little doubt. The campaign will be a very dirty one, for certain. Abbott has the backing, the finances, and a lot of support from the old-guard, the religious right, and Texas Republicans. Davis, on the other hand has been bruised, battered, and bloodied while hanging on as the best hope that Texas Democrats and Progressives have for a saner, kinder and more palatable leadership in the state Capitol.

It is, truly, time for Texans to decide if they want to continue on the path of ignorance and insanity that they have been following, or if they want to participate in making their state one worthy of respect. Electing Abbott not only insures more of the same lunacy demonstrated by Perry, but promises to take that insanity to a much higher level. Texas – now is your chance.

HEADS UP TEXAS! I mean seriously? I know that there are serious issues in your state with poiticians, but this Lieutenant Governor’s race is a ridiculous state of affairs! There will be a runoff election between David Dewhurst (R) (the incumbent) and Dan Patrick.

DewhurstDavid Dewhurst (R) – as the incumbent he only garnered 28.3% of the vote, yet he is in a runoff. He is a businessman and rancher out of Houston, and a former officer in the CIA. It has been reported that he is worth in excess of $200 million. He has been Lieutenant Governor since 2002.

On the issues he is: anti-women’s right to choose; pro-charter schools and vouchers; pro-Voter ID laws; anti-Obamacare; anti-immigration; pro-gun; and anti-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage.

Dewhurst is a member of the Second Baptist Church in Houston. He has been endorsed by: Texas Eagle Forum; Tea Party’s across Texas; Texas Coalition for Parental Choice in Education; Christian Coalition of America; Texas Association of Business; Texas Oil and Gas PAC; Texas Right to Life PAC. REBIBLICAN

pATRICK DANDan Patrick (R) – Talk show host and current state Senator out of Houston. During his first month in office, Patrick introduced a bill that would have made abortions in the State illegal. In 2010, Patrick was listed as one of the top 10 influencers in Texas by PolitiFact.

Dan Patrick fits the bill, not only of ReBiblican, but of Dominionist. While vehemently opposed to abortion, Patrick is no friend of public education. Not only does he support increasing the number of charter schools, he has proposed a 20% cut to public education funding, and is determined to establish the teaching of creationism in the school curriculum.

He is anti-immigration and has advocated the adoption of Arizona’s Immigration Enforcement Law.

When the Texas ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional, Patrick quickly assured voters that he intended to fight that decision should he be elected to Lieutenant Governor.

His list of endorsements is a veritable of who’s who on the extreme right of religion and politics in Texas, including: Mike Huckabee; Concerned Women for America; Texas Values; Bum Phillips; NE Tarrent Tea Party; Pastor John Hagee; Conservative Republicans of Texas; Montgomery County Texas Patriots PAC; Dave Ramsey; The Liberty Institute; Family Research Council Action PAC; Ralph Reed; Faith and Freedom Coalition; Texas Conservative Review.

Dan Patrick took 41.5% of the vote in a field of four. He is a dangerous candidate for the second highest office in the State of Texas. Not just a conservative, but a religious-right uber conservative, placing Dan Patrick in a position that powerful could spell the downward spiral of one of the largest states in this country. REBIBLICAN/DOMINIONIST

van de putteLeticia Van de Putte (D) – will be running against either Dan Patrick or David Dewhurst on November 4, 2014. She is a current member of the Texas State Senate. She has also served in the Texas House of Representatives. She is a pharmacist out of San Antonio.

On the issues, Leticia is: pro-women’s rights; pro-public education; pro-equal pay; pro-veterans benefits; pro-immigration.

She has been endorsed by: The Latino Fund; Democracy for America; Emily’s List; Texas Organizing Project; Annie’s List; Democratic National Committee; Texas AFL-CIA COPE.

NOTE: Both the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s race inTexas are clearly races between common sense and extremism. The rest of the nation has watched as Texans have been noted for their number of executions, their support for secession, and their states-rights mania. We have watched, with bated breath, as their school board and text-book adoption committee made repeated attempts to include creationism in its science curriculum and to bastardize our history books with a white, Christian bias if revisionism.

On November 4, 2014, Texans have the opportunity to set things right. They have the chance to demonstrate to the rest of the nation that common sense does exist in Texas, and that religion belongs in church – not in government. Embrace the Separation of Church and State, Texas. Here’s your chance.

 

KANSAS ZEALOTS BASTARDIZE THE CONSTITUTION JUST LIKE THEY DO THE BIBLE

If you are following nothing other than mainstream media, you might have missed what the right-wing, religious nutso legislators are doing in the State of Kansas. In an effort to, once again, circumvent the United States Constitution, they have decided to resurrect old Jim Crow and this time homosexuals will be the victims.

In a frenzied attempt to further their religious agenda and implement a government by theocracy, the Kansas State House of Representatives passed HB 2453 which, as written, legalizes wholesale discrimination against homosexuals based upon “religious freedom.”

This bill now goes to the Kansas State Senate, where it stands a chance of passing, and it is a sure bet that Governor Sam Brownback will have no problem signing it into law. Of course, it will eventually be overturned, but the very acceptance of such a blatantly despicable and oppressive piece of legislation by a body of individuals who have been placed in positions of power should sound the alarm bells and raise all sorts of red flags for sane and rational people.

Rmuse, a columnist at Politicususa.com, perhaps said it best today when he wrote:

There is a war going on in America where one specific group of Americans is claiming their religious liberty affords them power to abridge other Americans’ rights in spite of state and federal laws or guarantees of freedom in the U.S. Constitution. What the religious right and their Republican enablers are pushing in Congress and GOP-controlled states under the guise of religious liberty is religious tyranny, and now another group of Republican fascists are passing legislation to violate the Constitution and other Americans’ rights. Americans should not be deluded for one second that theocratic-driven laws denying Americans their Constitutional rights will stop until this country’s rule of law comes from the Christian bible and the people are ruled by a theocracy along the lines of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.”

While it is incumbent upon us, especially in this political climate, to keep a close vigilance who is inhabiting the halls of our country’s government, it is becoming more and more important to work diligently to rid our state and local governmental entities of religious tyrants and their agendas.

For the good people of Kansas, knowing who these people are during this election cycle is the first hurdle. The next is up to you – get them out of your State House – send them all of them a strong message that their hatred and intolerance is not welcome in the Sunflower State.

Here is a link to a list of Representatives who voted “YES” on HB2453

Please consider adding your name to the growing list of supporters on Facebook here.

 

 

 

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