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  •  The split in protestant churches is no accident (3+ / 0-)
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    It was intentional sabotage.  Here is an article from 2004 detailing the split.  Remember, mainstream protestantism threatens Republican goals.

    Conservatives Plan to Split Churches

    Here's a pertinent section:

    As Presbyterians prepare to gather for their General Assembly in Richmond, Va., next month, a band of determined conservatives is advancing a plan to split the church along liberal and orthodox lines. Another divorce proposal shook the United Methodist convention in Pittsburgh earlier this month, while conservative Episcopalians have already broken away to form a dissident network of their own.

    In each denomination, the flashpoint is homosexuality, but there is another common denominator as well. In each case, the Institute on Religion and Democracy, a small organization based in Washington, has helped incubate traditionalist insurrections against the liberal politics of the denomination's leaders.

    With financing from a handful of conservative donors, including the Scaife family foundations, the Bradley and Olin Foundations and Howard and Roberta Ahmanson's Fieldstead & Company, the 23-year-old institute is now playing a pivotal role in the biggest battle over the future of American Protestantism since churches split over slavery at the time of the Civil War.

    The institute has brought together previously disconnected conservative groups within each denomination to share resources and tactics, including forcing heresy trials of gay clergy members, winning seats on judicial committees and urging congregations to withhold money from their denomination's headquarters.

    Nothing is accidental to these people.  They are truly evil.

    •  Here is my article (3+ / 0-)
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      on how the right has sought to divide and conquer the mainline churches.

      The Battle for the Mainline Churches

      •  I think yours is the article I originally read (1+ / 0-)
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        and was looking for but ran across the one above first.  PLEASE diary this article!

        The Republicans have systematically attacked every institution that stands in their way of a corporatist state. Anything with a perceived liberal bias.

        Labor unions, universities, public schools, the news media, protestant churches--you name it. Now they are after the darned Girl Scouts!!  

         People don't understand that they do it because of MONEY, not any idealogy. They do it for their corporate masters.  And they do it through think tanks such as the one mentioned in the article I linked.

        Yes, they have minions like David Brooks and many others who carry water for them. Sometimes I think those people aren't always in on the con.  Brooks for instance seems most interested in what philosopher is on his necktie.

         The real goals are hidden from most of society.

      •  Frederick, if you have not could you post the (0+ / 0-)

        article here? It's absolutely crucial to understanding what is going on. We desperately need that depth of understanding in order to push back at all against this. Santorum is not a fluke. He's a symptom. And until we truly get that, everything we hold dear is at risk.

        Thank you.

        If corporations are people, then I want to see some birth certificates and talk to their parents.

        by Onomastic on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 03:51:37 PM PST

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    •  agreed, they're evil, well funded, and coordinated (1+ / 0-)
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      The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

      by a2nite on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 03:40:16 PM PST

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      •  I live in the Deep South and even here--people (1+ / 0-)
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        are starting to get really fed up.  The idiotic legislature we have elected here  is managing to unite people--against them.  I move in fairly conservative circles and I still hear a lot of dissatisfaction.

        Despite all this--if the state and national dems are not able to put together a coherent message on the federal and state and local  levels, we will just get stuck with a different bunch of republicans.  

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