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  •  Of course, not a single one (0+ / 0-)

    of the sects and cults you mention are Reconstructionist.

    •  Reconstructionists have been around for... (0+ / 0-)

      ...a long time. Their influence today is no greater than it ever was. Though that's often hard to see when all you've allowed yourself to perceive is how loud they are and how colorful their propaganda mail-outs. Got one just last week, some Armageddon thing, same as last year. Same people go every year, which is why they keep coming back. Crazies are a dime a dozen here.

      What I don't think you've noticed is that with certain fluctuations over time, the frequency of these fringe groups remains pretty steady. And they leave lots of room in between the peaks and troughs for newcomers, who are also a dime a dozen. Except for Indian Princess, whose family has been healing around here for generations. Her clientele comes and goes too.

      Had an outlying church last year that got in trouble because the preacher booted out anybody he thought wasn't Republican enough. IRS shut 'em down, so on some levels the system still works. Outside that, there's real people in real life, and freedom was never intended for the weak of conformist heart. Some of us celebrate it, and that means we put up with a lot of noise.

      As for historical revisionism, that's been mainstream since winners began writing the histories. That's long, long before Rushdooney and the gang were gleams in their daddy's eye. As I said, keep track of them. Just don't try to sell fringe belief systems as a good reason to axe freedom. Some of us value freedom much more than we're afraid of Rushdooneys.

      Satan himself had a 33% approval rating even as he was booted out of heaven.

      by Joy Busey on Tue Jul 10, 2007 at 04:30:42 PM PDT

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      •  well, we disagree (0+ / 0-)

        I say that the influence is indeed greater than it ever has been and I think that the reach of their publications and curricula is far greater than you may think, and the open collaboration between mainstream (relatively speaking) religious right groups and the most overtly theocratic thinkers in America is not insignificant.  

        Think of the example I gave above: A generation of lawyers trained at Regent U law school, not only in the basic text of con law they need to pass the bar, but reading the Institutes of Biblical law, right along side them.  The last time  I was at Regent, I encountered a student carrying a copy of that text, and engaged her in a conversation about it. You can't make this stuff up.

        One cannot necessarily see the forest, Joy, when you are only looking at a tree or two.

      •  You wrote.... (0+ / 0-)

        Their influence today is no greater than it ever was.

        But what if their influence is greater than you ever thought? Reading this might change your mind as to just how powerful they have become over the years....

        Jesus Plus Nothing

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