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There’s a reason so many Republican politicians seem to bring a religious fervor to their efforts to gut public institutions and social welfare spending. The modern day Religious Right draws much of its ideology from Christian Reconstructionists who teach that God gave specific duties to the government, the church, and the family.
According to this theological worldview, education and taking care of the poor are the responsibility of families and churches, and it is unbiblical for the government to take on these roles. That meshes well with the view of “constitutional conservatives” who believe, for example, the Constitution does not authorize any federal government role in education.
A stark example of the increasingly indistinct line between conservative Republicans and hard-core Christian Reconstructionists and dominionists (who believe the right kind of Christians are meant to have dominion over every aspect of society) can be found in the recent Republican primary victory of Michael Petrouka in a race for a county council seat in an Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
I’d be willing to bet that if God intends to even the score as Rios claims, He will use her to even it with!–ABratt
Spotlighting The “Dark Side” Of America
“I Like Your Christ. I Do Not Like Your Christians. They Are Unlike Your Christ.”– Gandhi
Tony Perkins: Social Conservatives Are ‘Not Judgmental’
By Ingor Volsky, TP, 1-20-12, Re-posted by Al Bratt, 1-22-12
“The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins appeared on MSNBC this morning to discuss last night’s GOP presidential debate and the recent revelations that Newt Gingrich allegedly asked his second wife for an open marriage.”
“The conservative leader — who regularly condemns gay people,…”
[And Jesus Wept, Again!] – AB
Spotlighting The Dark Side Of Tupelo, MS: Don Wildmon’s Tax-Subsidized AFA
by Brian Tashman, RWW, 12-30-11, Re-posted link by AlBratt 1-1-12
Gingrich, Wildmon And Garlow Hold Conference Call With Iowa Pastors As Caucus Approaches.
“Facing a barrage of negative ads and a severe drop in support among Iowa voters, Newt Gingrich today held a conference call with Iowa pastors to build up his support among the state’s social conservative voters. Religious Right leaders Don Wildmon and Jim Garlow, both of whom have endorsed Gingrich, were featured on the call, and David Brody of CBN News obtained Wildmon’s letter sent to Iowa pastors. In the letter, Wildmon stressed Gingrich’s “thrust to remove elitist judges,” including the Iowa justices who “voted in 2009 to impose homosexual marriage on all Iowans;” in fact,…”
Pseudo-Christian Right (e.g., AFA On The “Dark Side” Of Tupelo, MS) Foiled Once Again In Their Continued War On A Woman’s Reproductive Rights. It’s Time For Them To Keep Their Fundie Fingers Out Of A Woman’s Womb!– AB
“Nevada Judge Rules Fetal Personhood Initiative Misleading To Voters”
by Laura Bassett, HP, 12/19/11, Re-posted to AlBratts Blog 12/22/11
WASHINGTON — Nevada’s anti-abortion movement experienced a setback on Monday when a district judge ruled that a new Fetal personhood ballot measure — similar to the high-profile measure that recently failed in Mississippi — is misleading to voters. The judge rewrote the initiative to include all of its potential effects on birth control, in vitro fertilization, treatment for ectopic pregnancies and stem cell research.
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It’s really ironic that the so-called Christian Religious Right (ie., AFA) are seemingly dedicated to the unnecessary bashing of Paganism when Pagans made such a well-documented historical contribution toward the rise of Christianity. For example, the Biblical story of the “virgin birth” originated with the early Pagans. The story was incorporated into the early Biblical texts, in most cases, at the insistence of prospective Pagan converts to the new Jesus religion but to the chagrin of the Jews. Also, the presently controversial “Christmas Tree” concept was borrowed by Christians from the existing Paganism of the times, not to mention many other Pagan tenets that found a second home in the new Christendom. To deny this commentary is to deny Christianities’ early history.–AB
The War On Christmas : Hide The Baby Jesus!
By Tim King, Sojo. Net, 12-6-11, Re-posted excerpt and link by AlBratt 12-11-11
“It’s especially curious considering that the use of the fir tree around the winter solstice is commonly traced back to Germanic pagan traditions, not Christian ones.”– Tim King
“Now comes the American Family Association and its (seemingly annual) call to action prompted by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee’s decision to rename the capitol’s official Tannenbaum a “holiday tree” rather than a “Christmas tree…”
“A Christian Plot For Domination” [A Must-Read Expose` For Every Sane, Concerned American]
(2 pgs.) By Michelle Goldberg, Daily Beast, 8/14/11
“Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry aren’t just devout—both have deep ties to a fringe fundamentalist movement known as Dominionism, which says Christians should rule the world.”
…“a recent Texas Observer cover story on Rick Perry examined his relationship with the New Apostolic Reformation, a Dominionist variant of Pentecostalism that coalesced about a decade ago. ‘[W]hat makes the New Apostolic Reformation movement so potent is its growing fascination with infiltrating politics and government,’ wrote Forrest Wilder. Its members ‘believe Christians—certain Christians—are destined to not just take ‘dominion’ over government, but stealthily climb to the commanding heights of what they term the ‘Seven Mountains’ of society, including the media and the arts and entertainment world.’”
And, to accompany Michelle Goldberg’s expose` here’s more rom Right Wing Watch:
“It seems that Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber is none-too-pleased with the coverage that dominionism and its influence and role within the Religious Right movement has been receiving in the media and on blogs like Right Wing Watch and so he has decided to attack those who have been writing about it.”
Well, throw me down! AFA’s Tim Wildmon forgot to mention his involvement in the Seven Mountains Dominionist Crusade which is a plan(originating with Pentecostal Church Activists) to take control and influence of America in seven specific areas: family, religion, education, entertainment, business, media and government. One well-known dominionist declared, “if you have those seven areas, you can shape and control whatever takes place in nations, continents, and even the world.”
Who would have ever thought Tim Wildmon might someday sit right in the very lap of the Almighty, endowed with control of the “whole world” ? – ab
“Coming Soon: AFA Documentary Could Save The Republic From Secularists & Gays”
by Peter Montgomery, Right Wing Watch, 8/02/11
“Another reason to get your tickets for this year‘s Value Voters Summit, a fund raising letter from the American Family Association promises that its new “documentary” — Divorcing God: Secularism, Sexual Anarchy and the Future of the Republic — will debut at the VVS, the major annual political gathering for the Religious Right movement.”
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There is no question in my mind that Tupelo has a “Very Dark Side.”– Al Bratton
“Former Employees: Racism & Abuse In Religious Right Organization”
by Sarah Posner, Religion Dispatches, July 16, 2011
“Just before this year’s Values Voter Summit, the progressive advocacy group People For the American Way called on Republican elected officials and candidates to condemn virulently anti-gay and anti-Muslim statements made by the American Family Association’s director of public policy, Bryan Fischer.
The AFA, founded by [United Methodist Minister] Donald Wildmon in Tupelo, Mississippi back in 1977, was known as the National Federation for Decency until 1988. Today, along with Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council, it’s one of the powerhouses of the religious right. Contributions to the nonprofit exceeded $19 million last year, according to financial data made available by the Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability. In 2008, the organization donated $500,000 in support of Proposition 8 in California,…
Michael Keegan, president of People For the American Way. “The AFA has also played an active role in driving the national right-wing agenda—at the so called Values Voter Summit this year, GOP leaders echoed the AFA’s talking points on gays and lesbians, Islam, and the supposed persecution of American Christians.”