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  •  It's not just Dominionists, the flock gets duped (6+ / 0-)

    I started to comment on Chip Berlet's excellent diary post yesterday and, as often happens, I followed a few tangential links to learn more. I found Rev. Dr. Bruce Prescott's personal blog which started out with a discussion of refridgerators, oddly enough, but I found myself reading through most of his stuff.

    I read nearly all of the book about the SBC takeover by conservatives. The strategy that they followed is, for the most part, identical to the stratgies being used for their Republican party takeover. They are not nice people. They are deeply fearful and have become irrational.

    I think that it's very important to understand that it's the leaders of these organizations who are doing the damage. These are the people who are doing the fear-mongering and manipulating through gross distortions of religious principles and beliefs.

    Your friends and neighbors who attend church regularly and have studied the subjects and learned the principles can rightly claim to be persons of faith. Most are reasonable and rational people.

    When some of these folks start attending big revivals, mega churches, listen to conservative Christian radio, and support TV evangelists, they don't realize that many of these outlets are owned and directed by right wing conservative political organizations. The Heritage Foundation indirectly owns nealry 80% of all Christian radio broadcast stations.

    Many of these folks are being used. Their time and their donations are not being used to promote faith, rather they are being used to promote right wing political candidates. The Koch brothers, for example, have no interest in faith or religious principles other than to exploit their fear-based agenda.

    It's not easy to introduce the possibility that your neighbor has been duped and is the victim of a con artist, especially by someone of faith that they have trusted for their entire lives. But this is what's going on.

    This stuff cannot be stopped and it's difficult to even slow it down or turn directions. It's been going on throughout recorded history. The best we can do is to expose what's going on and relentlessly call out the hidden finances and political connections. The members of some of these groups are being used and manipulated. Getting this fact through to the believers is probably next to impossible, but we can limit the number of people who migrate to these organizations and reduce the number who contribute to them. Their money isn't being spent for the purposes they've been told.

    It's not just Dominionists. It's not limited to religious organizations, either. The problem is much larger than this.

    For example, I've done a bit of research about Scott Walker, another right wing self-identified conservative evangelical Christian. It didn't take much time to uncover a source of his twisted beliefs. But this is a suject for another time.

    Thank you so much for this valuable information. It's a service to the public.

    "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 04:44:39 PM PDT

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      Your friends and neighbors who attend church regularly and have studied the subjects and learned the principles can rightly claim to be persons of faith. Most are reasonable and rational people.

      It's not easy to introduce the possibility that your neighbor has been duped and is the victim of a con artist, especially by someone of faith that they have trusted for their entire lives.

      Have to be very careful about how info is presented, and especially careful to avoid broad brush allegations (i.e. not all evangelicals are fundamentalists or dominionists); and not all people of faith are delusional dupes. The word is getting out, though. A local Republican party leader wrote an LTE recently (Dallas Morning News) about Gov. Perry's prayer meeting, noting that several participants were heretical NAR associates.

      •  This is why these posts are so helpful (3+ / 0-)

        The terminology and labelling is important to know, but I think that, in general, most people aren't all that interested in learning the details and will revert to the broad brush and simplistic level of understanding. Bumper stickers are easy to understand. This is human nature, I suppose. For those who are interested, these diaries</> posts are just plain awesome.

        I agree wholeheartedly with you about the broad brush and assuming the worst about others. The people we are discussing here are not stupid or delusional. They willingly participate.

        The fact is that the strategy of the rabid right wing is what's being pushed. It's the John Birchers and Heritage Foundation blather. These billionaire organizations literally own the Christian radio stations and supply much of the agenda. Equating Democrats with the Devil is a Paul Weyrich invention. ALEC is a Paul Weyrich invention. They financed the rise of Jerry Falwell and many others. They literally bought and paid for several so-called conservative Christian "univerities". They arranged accreditation to legititmize the teaching of this nonsense. This didn't originate in any religious movement. They are literally altering religious belief structures to win elections and enrich themselves.

        Exposing this manipulation might help the habitual Republican voter to think about their reasoning. Maybe. If they feel that they've been duped, all the better. Trying to tell them is never going to work.

        "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

        by GrumpyOldGeek on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 07:29:56 PM PDT

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