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  •  FC--O/T there is a story I know of... (4+ / 0-)

    When I was born, my mother worked for the First Baptist Church of Long Beach, CA (American Baptist). After we moved to Orange County, my parents maintained many contacts with that church, including some Trustees.

    In 1980, a new pastor, Dr. Larry Chappell, took over and led a steeplejacking effort to stack the Board of Trustees with his supporters and subsequently take the church out of the American Baptist Convention (it was becoming too liberal).  A close family friend was one of the few remaining "old school" trustees and his final battle before the new majority took over was to secure the retirement tower across the street as in independent NFP corp. so the chuch couldn't steal the real estate. The new pastor and his son, Mark Chappell, who succeeded him until 1999, held what we would now call steeplejacking classes to teach people how to go into other churches and do the same thing.

    I have long been of the opinion that this episode mirrored both the SBC and the GOP. Many of the movers and shakers of that church in the '50s and '60s that my parents described to me sounded an awful lot like the proverbial Country Club Republicans and "moderate" Southern Baptists.

    Didn't know if you had ever heard this story, but it is definitely cut from the same cloth.

    (That sound you are hearing is a paradigm being shifted at Warp Factor Infinity using no clutch.)

    by homogenius on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 05:12:46 PM PDT

    •  hadn't hear that one, HG (2+ / 0-)
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      but it is worth noting that in the 60's the John Birch Society had organized similar stealthy campaigns to take over local school boards to what we saw in the 90s in the early days of the Christian Coalition. Reconstructionists have taken a similar approach.

      This general approach of organizing -- to take over society's institutions and impose conservative authoritarian notions of order -- has taken time and a lot of effort, and they keep getting better at exploiting the openness of democracy in order to limit it --  while the rest of society doesn't seem to learn much from the experience.

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