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  •  Both their power and their GROWING power (1+ / 0-)
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    biscobosco

    Bisobosco,

    Agreed.  

    Their growth/recruiting levels are also a huge concern.  Joe Busey and Dogemperor both make valid points about the relative level of influence these groups have.  I respect that there is no clear answer to that question other than, whatever the level influence & power, they have obtained enough political and social force to hurt an awful lot of people.

    What is not in question in my mind is the astounding level of growth these groups keep showing.  Where I live in New England, all the "traditional" offenders are getting older, thinning out and dying off.  The dominionist / fundamentalist wing of the religionist political movement, however, shows continued and dramatic growth.  I do not have the numbers but literally, every single new religious headquarters that posts in a town near me belongs to one of these sects.  It has been this way since the 1970s or since the end of the baby-boom generation.

    Throughout my county, region and state, the stained glass buildings with the organs are emptying, which if fine.  However, every month or two, along comes another building sporting a sign indicating the formation of another dominionist-fundamentalist-evangelical-Pentecostal type group, which is generally waiting for rapture rather than living in the world today.  

    Certainly, it is far from everyone in these fast growing assemblies who fall into the militant spiritual warfare camp.  Still, there is a pervasive thread of belief and teaching in these emerging institutions that is inimical to living in accordance with the laws of civil society.  For that matter, their teachings are politically inimical to many notions of contemporary deference to the Ten Commandments -- esp. that commandment regarding taking a particular God’s name in vain, which appears to be dying out as well.  (Apparently a casualty of theological evolution).

    sláinte,
    cl

    Religion is like Sodomy: Both may be harmless when practiced between consenting adults but neither should be imposed upon children.

    by Caoimhin Laochdha on Thu Oct 05, 2006 at 07:12:28 AM PDT

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