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Further "Purification" of America

I stumbled across some more reporting on R.J. Rushdoony and the National Reform Association. Rushdoony is one of the founders of Christian Reconstructionism, and an article at au.org highlights the movement's close political ties to the Christian Coalition and to House Speaker Tom De Lay (R-Texas).

A few highlights from CR doctrine:

  • According to Rushdoony, their goal is "the developed Kingdom of God, the New Jerusalem, a world order under God's law."

  • Literal dominion over the earth in the name of "King Jesus."

  • Stoning is the preferred form of execution for crimes such as 'striking or cursing a parent, adultery, homosexuality, "unchastity," rape of a betrothed virgin, witchcraft, "incorrigible" juvenile delinquency, blasphemy and propagation of "false" religious doctrines'

  • The return of slavery, as sanctioned by the Bible

  • Restoration of second-class status for women, as condoned by "God-ordained order"

  • the Bible commands them to "purify" America for the Second Coming

So, they are religious nutjobs. Big deal. Except that the Reconstructionists will be discussing all this on Capitol Hill next year in a "biblical worldview" conference for Congressional staffers. They've already met personally with Majority Whip DeLay, House Republican Conference Chair J.C. Watts (R-Okla.), Reps. Asa Hutchison (R-Ark.), J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.), Steve Buyer (R-Ind.), John Hostettler (R-Ind.), Mark Souder (R-Ind.), twice with Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio), James Traficant (D-Ohio), Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), and Ron Paul (R-Texas). They've also met with staffers of Henry Hyde, and staff of many other House and Senate members (Santorum, Inhofe, Lott, and others). They also visited personally with Attorney General Ashcroft and some White House staffers, and seem to have a fighting chance of meeting with Bush and Cheney as well.

I don't mind living in a nation that includes religious wackos; it's part of the rich tapestry that is the American experience. I am frankly alarmed when these mullahs and nutjobs grab the levers of power. Why are pro-slavery, pro-stoning zealots even getting a hearing in DC? Does "Dominion Theology" inform our foreign policy in some way? What happened to the US of A being founded as a secular state? Why is it acceptable to provide access and influence to these American Taliban?


( 3 sutras — Your wisdom )
May. 31st, 2004 11:33 am (UTC)

Remember when the religious whackjobs that had influence on the White House were only Jerry Falwell, the 700 Club, and Co?

I never thought we'd have an administration that'd make Reagan's look moderate or one that makes Nixon's look less crooked in comparison....

Hanging in there on the ledge with you, pal....

May. 31st, 2004 10:05 pm (UTC)
Holy cow! (Of course, they'd stone me to death for that.)

Jun. 1st, 2004 12:05 pm (UTC)
nothing new under the sun
christian churches, and their equivalents in other religions, had always a fatal attraction to power and money. the russian orthodox church always stood on the tsars side, just for instance. when not all the german churches embraced the nazis right away (only the
catholics did it immediately) the nazis quickly found a "deutsche christen" club doing their bidding and the infamous reibi (reichsbischof) mueller did their job.

all bishops in europe were christening their respective cannons in 1914. most, if not all the southern churches in this country never had a problem with that peculiar institution until 1865.

so what is new with the reconstructionists? nothing! a new wind
is blowing from d.c. so the christians fall in step.
( 3 sutras — Your wisdom )

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