reclaiming america for christ

Sorry to keep piling on the, “Won’t someone please listen to me, our country’s being hijacked by the Dominionists” posts, but I can’t help it. Every day there’s just something newer and more shocking that I need to share. Tonight’s link comes from the new issue of Rolling Stone, by way of my friend Patty in Chicago. Read it and then, if you can, take some kind of action, even if it’s just calling a friend and saying, “What the fuck’s going on?” Here’s how the article starts:

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. These are the evangelical activists behind the nation’s most effective political machine — one that brought more than 4 million new Christian voters to the polls last November, sending George W. Bush back to the White House and thirty-two new pro-lifers to Congress. But despite their unprecedented power, fundamentalists still see themselves as a persecuted minority, waging a holy war against the godless forces of secularism. To rouse themselves, they kick off the festivities with “Soldiers of the Cross, Arise,” the bloodthirstiest tune in all of Christendom: “Seize your armor, gird it on/Now the battle will be won/Soon, your enemies all slain/Crowns of glory you shall gain.”

Meet the Dominionists — biblical literalists who believe God has called them to take over the U.S. government. As the far-right wing of the evangelical movement, Dominionists are pressing an agenda that makes Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America look like the Communist Manifesto. They want to rewrite schoolbooks to reflect a Christian version of American history, pack the nation’s courts with judges who follow Old Testament law, post the Ten Commandments in every courthouse and make it a felony for gay men to have sex and women to have abortions. In Florida, when the courts ordered Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube removed, it was the Dominionists who organized round-the-clock protests and issued a fiery call for Gov. Jeb Bush to defy the law and take Schiavo into state custody. Their ultimate goal is to plant the seeds of a “faith-based” government that will endure far longer than Bush’s presidency — all the way until Jesus comes back.

“Most people hear them talk about a ‘Christian nation’ and think, ‘Well, that sounds like a good, moral thing,’ says the Rev. Mel White, who ghostwrote Jerry Falwell’s autobiography before breaking with the evangelical movement. “What they don’t know — what even most conservative Christians who voted for Bush don’t know — is that ‘Christian nation’ means something else entirely to these Dominionist leaders. This movement is no more about following the example of Christ than Bush’s Clean Water Act is about clean water”…

“The other side knows we’ve got strongholds in the executive and legislative branches,” Cass tells the troops. “If we start winning the judiciary, their power base is going to be eroded.”

To pack the courts with fundamentalists like Moore, Dominionist leaders are planning a massive media blitz. They’re also pressuring Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist — an ally who’s courting support for his presidential bid — to halt the long-standing use of filibusters to hold up judicial nominations. An anti-filibuster petition circulating at the conference blasts Democrats for their “outrageous stonewalling of appointments” — even though Congress has approved more nominees of Bush than of any president since Jimmy Carter.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted April 19, 2005 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    What the hell are “good Christians” like that doing following the Old Testament – don’t they know that’s the Jewish version….as in people who don’t believe in Jesus.

  2. Dusty Szarell
    Posted July 18, 2005 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    I stand with you in the interest of keeping Christ’s laws in this country and God in our constitution, pledge of alegence, but is it a good idea to use filthy language on your site? Never saw F___ in the Bible, have you?
    Thanks

  3. mark
    Posted July 18, 2005 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    I don’t recall “antibiotics,” “automobile,” or “internet” in the Bible either. Shall I stop using those as well?

    As for my “interest in keeping Christ’s laws in this country,” I think you must have me confused with someone else. I believe in the separation of church and state (just like our great country’s founders).

  4. Posted July 18, 2005 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I was under the mistaken opinion that I can believe whatever I want and the State doesn’t have anything to say about it.

    Whoops, my bad.

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