Thursday, April 14, 2005

"Christian Fundamentalizing" America

Rolling Stone has a pretty scary article about a group called the Dominionists.

It's February, and 900 of America's staunchest Christian fundamentalists have gathered in Fort Lauderdale to look back on what they accomplished in last year's election -- and to plan what's next. As they assemble in the vast sanctuary of Coral Ridge Presbyterian, with all fifty state flags dangling from the rafters, three stadium-size video screens flash the name of the conference: RECLAIMING AMERICA FOR CHRIST.

Reclaiming America for Christ? I don't get that concept at all. The Jesus I worship reclaims hearts, not nations. In fact, he specifically shunned the role of political revolutionary that the zealots of his own time tried to put upon him.

Of course, I don't think Rolling Stone is altogether unbiased, so I googled "Dominionist" and while I couldn't find a website for a group of that name, I found this post about the concept. I have to say, I think it scares me even more than the Rolling Stone article.

Why is it that concerned Christians are afraid to unite, and "PUBLICLY" speak out against the liberal's moral and ethical degradation of America?? Why is it that concerned Christians are afraid to "PUBLICLY" inform the liberal educated elite, that we intend to Christian Fundamentalize the public school systems, by restoring school prayer, the Bible in each classroom, and promoting strict disciplne, and respect for God, country, authority, parents and the elderly?? Why is it that concerned Christians are afraid to "PUBLICLY" advocate support for the criminalization of the homosexual lifestyle, abortions on demand, the distribution of ponography, and other such liberal lifestyle choices?? Why is it that concerned Christians are afraid to "PUBLICLY" make clear that the A.C.L.U., the Hollywood elite, and the majority of the main stream entretainment and news media, is dominated by Jews, elite Atheists, and other non Christians, who are determined to make Christianity a lost memory in America?? Why is it that concerned Christians are afraid to "PUBLICLY" demand that those trouble makers who speak out against America, those who degrade our American flag, and those who stir up and promote inner city violence and unrest, be arrested for treason and sedition anainst America??

Uh, where do I begin? They want to "Christian fundamentalize the public school system"? Okay, scary beliefs aside, I don't want anyone with this poor a command of the English language to get anywhere near the education of my children.


At 4:45 PM, Anonymous the_methotaku said...

Dominionism is a vague movement, connected to 'Christian' Reconstructionism, that seeks to place political institutions under what they think is the 'dominion' of God. There is no one dominionist website- they are dangerously widespread throughout the Religious right. The IRD, which controls the right wing of the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church(USA),and the United Methodist Church, is openly dominionist.

At 5:35 PM, Blogger Bad Methodist said...

Sadly, I'm very familiar with the IRD and what they've done to the United Methodist Church. An absolutely apalling organization.

At 5:40 PM, Blogger the-unintentional-blogger said...

I did my own search on Reconstructionism and saw some pretty disturbing things as well. I hate extremists, because they allow people to paint conservatives (especially religious ones like myself) with such broad strokes. They've taken ideas which I hold dear, like morality and spreding the Gospel, and bastardized it into "We must DEMAND everybody be Christian and we must reinvent our civil structure to be more "Christian". I DO believe that we are drifting too far away from a moral center, but that is changed through individuals, not through political and civil organizations.

At 5:49 PM, Blogger Bad Methodist said...

Exactly. This kind of stuff distorts both Christianity and conservatism. The former is about following Christ, which can't be done through cohersion. The latter is, in large part, about individual responsibility and less govnerment control. I recognize neither my faith nor my political party in groups like these that are trying (and succeeding bit by bit) to control both.

At 3:41 PM, Blogger catholic_girl said...

"liberal educated elite"

Oh dear sweet Jesus. Yeah, gotta protect our women and children from those edyamucated people.

At 1:38 PM, Anonymous andrea said...

interesting article on Dominionism, if a bit tinfoil beanie:

At 1:39 PM, Anonymous andrea said...

here is it


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