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Danger to Democracy: The Dominionist Movement

This is the second of a two-part opinion & insight series by local political pundit Gene Gerth. 

Within standard acceptable American Christianity there has arisen a movement that has been defined as the “Dominionist Movement” (Dominionism). Their objective is to implement their version Christian Theology directly into the US Government. There is also a smaller but just as potent group of Christian dogmatists called the Reconstructionism Movement, that want to go even further. The original text describing their goals is “The Institutes of Biblical Law” published in 1973 by Rousas John Rushdoony.  One of their ideas is to re-implement stoning as an acceptable form of the death penalty, as was common in biblical times along with burning at the stake. Gary North, the self-described economist of Reconstructionism says, (stoning) “it’s cheap and effective”, why waste taxpayer money on other forms of execution.  Now in spite of all this radical rhetoric from Reconstructionism that movement is quite small when compared to the Dominionists. The primary protagonists (leaders of this movement) include the well known CBN host of the 700 Club Pat Robertson, Focus on the Family chief guru Dr. James Dobson, and Coral Ridge Ministries head Dr. James Kennedy. Also involved was the late Jerry Falwell of the now defunked Moral Majority. This is only a beginning list. There are many other less well known persons involved, to include the current Senator Ted Cruz’s father. Now let’s take a look at a graphic that demonstrates one of their real objectives.

Christian Sharia Law

One of the common myths claimed by the religious right wing is that this country (America) was founded on the Christian religion and our laws therefore should reflect Christian law. That is of course, the Christian right wing’s interpretation of what Christian law is. Now the idea that the founding fathers did not support the separation of church and state could not be further from the truth. Let’s take a look at a further graphic which demonstrates quotes from the founding fathers as to their real ideas pertaining to separation of church and state.

Another important axiom of the Christian right is to change the school system in our country to reflect their beliefs and way of thinking. They have attempted to start the ball rolling by their use of what best can be called “Revisionist History” A large part of their revisionist history as mentioned above is with reference to the claim that the founding fathers intended this nation to be a Christian nation. In fact many revisionist history books have been published by so called scholars of the religious right to include Gary DeMar, whose books are being widely used and taught in Christian schools and utilized by Christian home schools. Let’s quote a couple of statements by another religious right wing scholar, John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute (a Christian right wing legal group). “The challenge of the Christian attorney…is to be a vocal and dynamic spokesman for the true legal profession…the one with Christ at its center…and stop at nothing less than reclaiming the whole system” next quote “The public education system, including universities, must be re-instilled with Christian theism” If there is no hope of such reform he adds, “then Christians must remove their financial support from the system”.

Founding Fathers on Religion

Now some of these ideas are unfortunately gaining some traction among certain folks in the moderate Christian community. Reference the recent struggles over textbook selection (revisionist history books) by the Texas Board of Education, and the recent attempt by the some folks on the same board to take the art of critical thinking out of school curriculums. These are just two examples.

In addition to the book “Eternal Hostility” The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy, by Frederick Clarkson, from which much of the information in this article is gleaned, two other excellent ones would be, “American Fascists” The Christian Right and the War on America, by Chris Hedges, and “American Theocracy” The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century, by Kevin Phillips. Here’s another graphics in closing of this section, which deals one more time with the separation of church and state issue.

For the last, in some ways the most important issue. AND, that is the issue of…

Lack of Voter Turnout by Liberal and Progressive Voters in Mid-Term Elections

This item has become the nemesis for liberal and progressive for quite sometime in the past. In a previous article by this author entitled “The Importance of Voting” details were given regarding this subject. In short, it’s imperative, that in order to save America from the above mentioned Plutocrats and Christian Right Wingers we all need to vote in the upcoming election. If you haven’t done so already it may now be too late to do so. However in the case it’s still prior to the election day, (about two weeks) go to http://www.votefromabroad.com and request a form on this web-site, fill out and mail in what’s called a Federal Write in Absentee Ballot, (FWAB). Several states allow these to be faxed. The vote from abroad web-site has all the information about registration deadlines and addresses as to where to mail your ballot. All you need is a State of residence and a home address. (The last place you lived in the states or your parents address).

Jefferson Danbury

A closing comment with reference to “A Conservative way of Thinking”

Now some of the conservative readers of this article, and Faux News watchers, may also want to say that the main reason for poverty is laziness. In fact Roger Ailas (of Faux News fame, for those of you who don’t know) even stated “If you need a helping hand look below your wrist”. Unfortunately this statement totally ignores all of the sociological and psychological studies that have shown, “The vast majority of poverty is caused by circumstances”, NOT attitude, or a lazy frame of mind.


You can read the first part of this series by Gene Gerth here.

 The views of the author do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher of Haps Magazine.

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About Gene Gerth

Retired US Army, Retired Eighth Army Entertainment Director, Former Adjunct Assistant Professor - University of Maryland University College Asian Division, Busan City Chapter Chair - Democrats Abroad ROK

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