what will happen when the Christian right takes over…

Posted: August 30, 2013 in believing, Christian nation (scary shit!), dominionism, fundamentalism, politics, the tea party
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american-flag-cross-1This is actually pretty scary…but stoppable.  But please don’t think it can’t happen in America.  It already is a work in progress, and it needs to be resisted.

Have you heard of Dominionism?  Or Christian Nationalism?  This is the belief that Christians need to establish a Christian reign on earth before Jesus returns for the second coming.  Dominionists/Christian Nationalists also believe that Christians in general have a God-given right to rule, but more particularly, in preparation for the second coming of Christ, that Christian’s have the responsibility to take over every aspect of political and civil society.  And here is what makes this even scarier:  They believe that this Christian-led society should be governed strictly according to biblical law.

Do you think I’m making this up?

Ever hear of George Grant’s “The Changing of the Guard?”   Grant is executive director of D. James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Ministries, and he wrote:

Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ — to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness.

But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice.
It is dominion we are after. Not just influence.
It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time.
It is dominion we are after.
World conquest. That’s what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish.

Christian nationalists believe in a revisionist history, which holds that the founders were devout Christians who never intended to images-205create a secular republic; separation of church and state, according to this history, is a fraud perpetrated by God-hating subversives.  The goal of Christian nationalist politics is the restoration of the imagined Christian nation.

Click HERE for an example of this just this month:  Republican Christians in Texas rewrote children’s history books  to reflect a more biblical world view.

Just last month, senators and presidential hopefuls Rand Paul, Rick Perry and Ted Cruz were in Iowa as featured speakers at a closed-door event for conservative pastors organized by David Lane, an anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-Mormon, Christian-nation absolutist who has declared war, not only on secularism and separation of church and state, but also on establishment Republicans who don’t embrace his vision of an America in which the Bible serves as “the principle textbook” for public education and a “Christian culture” has been “re-established.”  Lane describes his project’s goal this way:

to engage the church in a culture war for religious liberty, to restore America to our Judeo-Christian heritage and to re-establish a Christian culture.

Does anyone else find it as frightening as I do that half of the Republican presidential hopefuls are aligned with people like this???

One of the foremost Christian revisionist historians is David Barton, who, in addition to running an organization called Wallbuilders that disseminates Christian nationalist books, tracts and videos, is also the vice-chairman of the Texas Republican Party.  He says that – and this is serious – the Constitution is not merely a religious document–it’s lifted, verbatim from the Bible itself. That’s right. If you haven’t heard this before, it’s because Barton himself is pioneering this cutting-edge theory that experts have somehow missed all these years.  He says:

Now, that’s why the Constitution’s a problem. Look at Article III, Section 1, the treason clause–direct quote out of the Bible. You look at Article II, the quote on the President [having] to be native-born–that is Deuteronomy 17:15, verbatim. I mean, look at how many clauses come out [of the Bible]. That drives the secularists nuts, because the Bible is all over [the Constitution]. Now, we as Christians don’t tend to recognize that. We think it’s a secular document–we’ve bought into their lies. It’s not.

(Just for fun:  Deuteronomy 17:15 actually says “Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.”)

Oh, and an FYI for you, David:

ver·ba·tim adv (ˌ)vər-ˈbā-təm\

Definition of VERBATIM

: in the exact words : word for word

And one more – Gary Potter of Catholics for Christian Political Action writes:

When the Christian majority finally takes over this county, there will be no non-Christian churches, no more free distribution of pornography, no more talk of rights for homosexuals.  After the Christian majority takes control, pluralism will be seen as immoral and evil, and the state will not permit anybody the right to practice evil.  (emphasis mine.)

By the way, I have over 200 quotes from current Christian right political leaders that tell this story…and it’s temping to include ALL of them in this article.  I’m going to hold back a bit…I want this to be readable, not too long, and not overwhelming.  But go to the end of this article for some of my favorites.  In the meantime, let’s talk for a moment about Sarah Palin.

ChristianNationDid you know that this dominionist outlook heavily influenced Wasilla Assembly of God, Palin’s home church, in a big way?  And if you’ve heard Palin talk for more than five minutes you know that Christian Nationalism is clearly the basis of her political philosophy.  And do you remember that Palin ran for vice president alongside John McCain in 2008?  And do you know that when presidents die or are hospitalized, vice presidents take the reigns?  And are you aware that McCain is dang old (over 80)?  And, although Obama whipped McCain’s ass (Obama received the largest percentage of the popular vote for a Democrat in a half-century), if it wasn’t for team Obama’s “get out the vote” and other aspects of their brilliantly run campaign, we could have had McCain for president?

In 2010 Sarah said on national television:

We are a Christian nation.  I think we should keep this clean, keep it simple, go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant.  They’re quite clear that we should create law based on the God of the Bible and the 10 commandments, it’s pretty simple.

And she went on (and continues) to say things like this:

God truly has shed his grace on thee — on this country. He’s blessed us, and we better not blow it, lest anyone try to convince you that God should be separated from the state, our founding fathers, they were believers.

For a vivid, well-argued, entertaining (in sort of a sick let’s-slow-down-and-check-out-the-car-wreck kind of way) picture of what Cover3Dcould happen here in America, read Frederic Rich’s Christian Nation:  A Novel, a story that reminds us that America’s Christian fundamentalists have been consistently clear about their vision for a “Christian Nation” and dead serious about acquiring the political power to achieve it.  This novel takes us down the terrifyingly credible path toward theocracy, in which people realize too late that the Christian right meant precisely what it said.

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I’m not trying to be alarmist…but please don’t think it’s out of the question that the “Christian Taliban” could one day be at the helm here.  Did you know that fourteen years before the first shot was fired in World War ll,
Hitler announced his plan to destroy the parliamentary system in Germany, to attack France and Poland, and to eliminate the Jews?  Why did ordinary Germans voting in 1932 not believe him?

He went ahead and did exactly what he said he was going to do.

And what is it that the Christian Nationalists say they’re going to do, once they’re in power?

I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good… Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called on by God to conquer this country. We don’t want equal time. We don’t want pluralism.

–Randall Terry, The News Sentinel

Nobody has the right to worship on this planet any other God than Jehovah. And therefore the state does not have the responsibility to defend anybody’s pseudo-right to worship an idol.

–Rev. Joseph Morecraft, Chalcedon Presbyterian Church, “Biblical Role of Civil Government” speech given at Biblical Worldview Conference.

The long-term goal of Christians in politics should be to gain exclusive control over the franchise. Those who refuse to submit publicly to the eternal sanctions of God by submitting to His Church’s public marks of the covenant–baptism and holy communion–must be denied citizenship.

–Beverly LaHaye, Concerned Women of America

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This is God’s world, not Satan’s. Christians are the lawful heirs, not non-Christians.

–Gary North, Political Polytheism: The Myth of Pluralism (Tyler, TX: Institute for Christian Economics, 1989), p. 102

[W]e need a legal strategy which protects the rights of those of us who hold Christian convictions which will afford us the opportunity to contend once again for the mind of this culture.

–Keith A. Fournier, ACLJ brochure “Religious Cleansing”

Most politically active Christians don’t want equal time with homosexuals, abortionists, animal worshipping pagans, witches, radical feminists and pornographers. We want them silenced and mercifully disciplined according to the word of God.

–Jay Rogers reviewing Ralph Reed’s Politically Incorrect in “Chalcedon Report”

I don’t know that atheists should be considered citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation images-204under God.

–President George Bush, August 27, 1988

We are engaged in a social, political, and cultural war. There’s a lot of talk in America about pluralism. But the bottom line is somebody’s values will prevail. And the winner gets the right to teach our children what to believe.

— Gary Bauer, Family Research Council

We’re going to bring back God and the Bible and drive the gods of secular humanism right out of the public schools of America.

–Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan addressing the anti-gay rally in Des Moines

The ‘Owner’s Manual’ for the Constitution is the Bible.

–Tony Nassif, California Christian Coalition and the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools images-207

One day, I hope in the next ten years, I trust that we will have more Christian day schools than there are public schools. I hope I will live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won’t have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!

–Jerry Falwell, “America Can Be Saved”

Yes, religion and politics do mix. America is a nation based on biblical principles. Christian values dominate our government. The test of those values is the Bible. Politicians who do not use the bible to guide their public and private lives do not belong in office.

— Beverly LaHaye, Concerned Women of America

Article by Mike Nash
Click HERE for part 2:  The four things the Christian Right needs before it can take over

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Comments
  1. Steve denney says:

    The statement you attribute to David Barton was apparently made by someone else: Gary Potter (Catholics for Christian Political Action) see: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Christianity

  2. Michael B. says:

    Serious, serious, issues here with your article.

    The founders were not fundamentalist Christians (as the phrase is known today) and I don’t think that most commentators have said or suggested that. However, most of the founders did believe in a God (or Higher Power) and believed in religious freedom – allowing for the choice of worshiping whatever (or whichever) God you wished. Very very few were atheist – which is what you seem to be implying.

    Just to be clear, for example, Thomas Jefferson was NOT an atheist – he was a Deist. He believed in a single God / a creator of the universe / someone who directed mother nature. But he was not a Christian.

    American was founded as a nation expressing and allowing religious freedom. However, most of the founders who were not Christian did believe that there was a singular God. The concept of “not believing in a monotheistic God” was very very rare.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m confused about your post. This article says nothing about the founders being atheists. It just affirms the truth that the founders were absolutely NOT attempting to create a Chrsitian nation.

    • Hi Michael,

      I read the same article you did and I saw no implication by the author that the founders were atheists, as none were anyway. What I did see though was the article pointing out that the founders had no intent on making the United States a Christian based system of government. Their ideals included free worship and separation of church and state. That’s not atheism, that’s neutrality.

    • Ryan says:

      You know what they did to people who said there was no god back then? They certainly didn’t let them craft legal documents or be involved in government. Being a Deist was a simple way to reject Christianity but not end up being burned alive or tortured and executed in other lively fashions. I would lay good money down that if any of those men were alive today, a decent percentage would be atheists.

    • Michael Hill says:

      Most of the Founding Fathers were Deists, not Theists. Quite a few were Unitarians. The believed in a Higher Power, but not God. Thomas Jefferson, among others, hated Christianity. He called the Bible a “dunghill.”

    • What issues? The article most definitely does NOT make the claim or imply that the Founders were atheist. That’s an absurd fabulation.

      • John Dough says:

        An absurd fabulation, and also a strawman. I think one of the founding fathers was an Atheist, a few were Christians, and the majority were Deists. A Deist, as Michael Hill suggests, believe in a ‘prime mover’ that creates the Universe, then merely watches as it unfolds. It is not a God which approves or disapproves of the actions of humans, or any other animals. It is more like God as a clockmaker, who builds clocks, sets them in motion, and then leaves them alone to run by themselves.

        Disasters or good fortunes do not befall individuals or nations because an omnipresent and omniscient God approves or disapproves of something they do.

        Thomas Jefferson took a razor and CUT OUT everything in the New Testament bible which referred to a miracle, such as the virgin birth. He rewrote the title as “The Philosophies of a man called Jesus Christ.” That does not sound like the actions of a Christian to me.

  3. Paul De Mann says:

    “…to restore America to our Judeo-Christian heritage and to re-establish a Christian culture.” I just wonder how much Judeo is in that culture that they are talking about

    • Susan L says:

      VERY, VERY little of what Dominionists want to “restore” to the US id Judeo! 99.999% of it is pure Christianity ….. and most of that is based on one misunderstood line from the book of Leviticus. With the exception of the 10 Commandments, they ignore everything that what they call the OT instructs them to do.

      I do wonder how they will measure if one does not honor their mother and Father. Will not sending a birthday card get you a death sentence?

  4. Harry Vest says:

    Sorry, the link is http://www.antipasministries.com – these folks have been writing articles for two decades on this subject.

  5. Arty McDavis says:

    I love it when people try to start bigger shit than those they think are starting shit. What a lovely world we live in.

    By the way, stereotyping is kind of an asshole thing to do.

  6. jsjct says:

    Hi… first, let me say that I am a progressive Christian pastor, and I enjoyed your post on what could possibly happen if the Christian Right were to ‘take over.’ However, according to another couple of websites, your John Adams quote was incomplete, and probably out of context. The quotation is, in fact, part of Article 11 of The 1797 Treaty of Tripoli. The full text is: “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.” The treaty was written by an American diplomat, John Barlow. It was approved by John Adams and ratified by The Senate.

    Also, according to another site, John Adams did write in 1798, after the first ratification of The Treaty of Tripoli, in a letter to the officers of The First Brigade of The Third Division of The Massachusetts Militia, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

    Have you researched the quotes? Where did you find your quote? I think the Christian Right has been very devisive in their approach to governing; however, I think there are a lot of discrepancies from both sides of the aisle as to what is correct and true. Rather than a lot of finger pointing, I think we all need a truthful dialogue from both sides… that, I think, is how we’ll get done what’s best for the people of this country.

  7. […] until America is ruled by Christians and has the Bible as the basis for all law. (Click here for part1 and part 2.) Well, as I’ve read more about this, I’ve noticed something really scary […]

  8. jsjct says:

    Wasn’t John Adams a Unitarian? Not UU (which came into existence in 1961), but someone who didn’t identify with the Trinity or trinitarian beliefs?

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  13. Anon says:

    Wow. Using ad hoc fallacies to make Christians seem primitive. This is not the truth. It is merely a smear tactic used by the left to destroy Christians 1st Amendment rights. Christians are not trying to take over America by any means. This is the most inane post I’ve ever layed my eyes on.

    • How are Christians’ 1st Amendment rights being taken away? It protects folks from having their free speech rights abridged by the government. It does NOT allow Christians to impose their religious beliefs on others with the advocacy of the state, nor does it insulate you from public criticism. Criticism by others is not a violation of the First Amendment.

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