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  •  Right on, Galiel (none)
    I think - it Bush manages to steal the election with all the machinations of vote-f*cking they have been doing (what HAVEN'T we yet caught plagues me) - can we ever again be a free nation?
    •  Well, who ARE (none)
      these people? The Opus Dei?
      •  Dominionists/Reconstructionists/Theocrats (none)
        The Christian Theocracy movement most prominently features a numerically small but extremely influential group called "Christian Reconstructionists", but more widely consists of "Dominionists", folks who believe that their actions will bring about the End Days, and that at the core of the requirements to fulfill that prophecy is instituting theocracy in the US based, literally, on Old Testament Law. Israel gaining control over its biblical territory as a prelude to or as part of a massive war in the Middle East is another part of the deal, for some. The uniting factor is a belief that democracy leads straight to hell, and that a Christian theocracy is necessary to save America and mankind.

        The political coordinating force for Dominionists/Reconstructionists is the Coalition On Revival, led by Dr. Jay Grimstead, works mostly behind the scenes to unite and mobilize politically active fundamentalists, Pentecostals, and Charismatics.

        Dominionists have a long-term strategy to use the political, educational, cultural and economic system to gain power. In the past twenty years, they have completed takeovers of the Southern Baptist leadership, of the home-schooling network, of the GOP, of many media outlets, of the education system in Texas (and thus control of one of the two big textbook markets, California being the other, and thus control over the content of what public school-children learn all over the country.)

        They tried a takeover of the California system a decade ago and failed, and the backlash put progressive forces firmly in power. That lesson, which followed their slap-down in their attempt to work overtly through the political system a decade earlier, led to a change in tactics, a grass-roots, twenty-year plan to build local, regional, state and national power in the political arena as well as developing a church-network to use for political organization and an long-term effort to gain positions on corporate boards and executive positions.

        Their latest effort is a takeover of the US military, (see my diary, a few weeks back, for a link to articles about this).

        In 2000, they attempted to force a split of the Presbyterian PCA, with a breakaway faction led by a neo-confederate organization, the League of the South.

        In the 80's, They also launched the so-called "Wedge Strategy", as articulated by creationist Philip Johnston, to develop "Intelligent Design" and infiltrate the education system under the guise of science. Most recently, they won a significant victory in Ohio (as reported in last month's Wired), where the state education board mandated teaching intelligent design alongside "evolutionism" as competing, co-equal theories.

        There are three main Dominionist pieces of legislation that are seen as the linchpin of the takeover strategy. All three have been introduced this year, one has passed and the other passed the House. They will be introduced immediately in the next session. They include the the Constitution Restoration Act, authored by Herb Titus, attorney for former Judge Roy Moore, this bill would prevent the federal Courts, including the Supreme Court, from intervening in cases where federal officials violate the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution. It would also bar the courts from using the laws or judicial precedents of another state to challenge such a violation. Literally speaking, a Dominionist judge could institute biblical punishment such as stoning, and the Courts would be barred from challenging it.

        (Note: According to legal experts, contrary to popular belief, it is not unconstitutional for the Congress to pass this act, for legal reasons that I won't get into here but which were discussed in a thread on this topic in my diary entry on the bill). A Dominionist activist has said that "The passage of this bill should be regarded as the most important item on the conservative agenda this year! It is...more important than who wins the White House this November."

        If you mean, who are these people in the administration, sigh, where to start?

        The manager of the White House Office of Personnel, responsible for hiring throughout the executive branch, is Kay James, former dean of Pat Robertson's Regent University. Regent University, in turn, is a literal training ground for Dominionist politicians and bureaucrats.

        Thus we end up with An undersecretary of state for arms control, John Bolton, former VP at the America Enterprise Institute, who literally does not believe in arms control, as it is God's will to determine who will prevail in the world, and he has obviously chosen Christian America. Jesse Helms once said of him, "Bolton is the kind of man with whom I would want to stand at Armageddon."

        Thus, we end up with a Reconstructionist secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson.

        Thus we end up with an Attorney General who annoints himself with oil and conducts prayer meetings in the public office of our official top law enforcement officer.

        Thus we end up with the Reconstructionist NRA (The National Reform Association, not the gun-people) who hold "Christian World View" workshops for freshmen Christian representatives and their staffs, right on Capitol Hill, sponsored by the House Majority Leader Tom Delay.

        The entire majority leadership of the House and the entire majority leadership of the Senate are either outright Dominionists or sympathetic to and have close ties to Dominionist organizations and individuals. The entire leadership of both houses of Congress have scored close to 100% on theocrat voter scorecards.

         Rep. Robert Aderholt (R, Alabama), sponsored the "Defense of the Ten Commandments" bill. It passed. Its supporters declared that "the U.S. is a Christian Nation". There are many, many others, like Rep. Frank Wolf (R, W-VA). Or U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-Va.), who insisted that elected officials must "do what the scriptures say."

        " God told me I would be in Congress," she said, "but he gave me two words: `No compromise.'"

        Christian Reconstructionist delegations, as part of Operation Potomac, frequently meet with dozens of legislators and their staffs. Lately, they have been warmly welcomed in the White House as well, being hosted by an official in the Office of Public Policy and Liaison and the staff of Attorney General John Ashcroft.

        Marvin Olasky, who coined the term "compassionate conservatism", and who was Dubya welfare guru, is a covert Reconstructionist.

        James Inhofe, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, is an overt Reconstructionist. When campaigning for the ticket in 2000, he said, "When we win this revolution in November," he said, "you'll be doing the Lord's work and he will richly bless you for it."

        Inhofe said Religious Right activists should not be deterred by concerns about church-state separation.

        " That's the phoniest argument there is," he said. "This whole nation was founded as one nation under God."

        Note his use of the word "revolution". It is a common one used in Dominionist circles.

        It is estimated that as much as one-third of the House of Representatives and the Senate are literal Dominionists, and they may be approaching a majority of loose supporters in the House.

        An influential policy group, the Council for National Policy, lead by, among others, Gary North, son-in-law of Rushdooney, founder of Christian Reconstructionist and one of the founders of the CNP, include Bob Barr, Dick Armey, Orrin Hatch, Trent Lott, Tom Delay, and many others.

        Hence we end up with A Solicitor General, Tom Olsen, who hosts secretive "Olsen Salon" meetings  which include Coalition on Revival leaders and leaders from other Dominionist organizations. Tom Olsen, the US Solicitor General, has stated publicly that pagan faiths are not "real religions", he opposes gay rights on Biblical grounds, and has ties to Richard Mellon and Scaife, prominent financiers of the Dominionist theocrat agenda.

        Lately, the Reconstructionist/Dominionist appointments have become more open.

        Bush recently appointed J. Robert Brame III, a current, active board member of Reconstructionist group American Vision, as Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board.

        Last December, Bush appointed a Rev. Moon operative, David Caprara, to head AmeriCorps VISTA, the national community service organization. Moon is a major financier of the Dominionist agenda.

        Many, many judicial appointments have come from activist Reconstructionist/Dominionist ranks, particularly to the courts from which Supreme Court nominees are traditionally selected, like Bill Pryor, 11th circuit, and Leon Holmes.

        Scalia is on record publicly stating that God's law is above man's law, and that a judge should not reverse the order. All reports (and the judicial record) indicate that Thomas supports a Dominionist agenda as well.

        On Jan 12, Scalia told a crowd in Frederickcsburg, VA, that the Supreme Court has gone too far with its rulings upholding the separation of church and state.

        Scalia, speaking at a "Religious Freedom Day" sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the Knights Templar, two Roman Catholic fraternal groups, asserted that the nation's founders never meant to "exclude God from the public forums and from political life."

        In a 10-minute speech, Scalia endorsed symbolic uses of religion by government, such as "In God We Trust" on currency, chaplains in the military, "non-denominational" prayer before public school sporting events and use of the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

        Scalia said these practices "reflect the true tradition of religious freedom in America - a tradition of neutrality among religious faiths. Government will not favor Catholic, Protestants, Muslims, Jews, but the tradition was never that the government had to be neutral between religiousness and non-religiousness."

        Legal observers were particularly galled that during his remarks Scalia criticized a federal court ruling striking down the use of the phrase "under God" in the Pledge. The case is on appeal and could someday reach the Supreme Court. It is highly unusual for Supreme Court justices to announce how they will vote on a case before it reaches the justices.

        After this report, Scalia has barred reporters and recording devices from his public appearances. A Justice of our Supreme Court.

        In our national parks, including the Grand Canyon, creationist literature is distributed by the official US Government, for sale to tourists.

        Key figures in the Energy and Interior departments literally do not believe in "fossil fuels", since they reject evolution, believing instead that God places energy sources on Earth in precisely the right amount for man, and that therefor efforts in conservation are not only unnecessary but imply a distrust in God's plan. (incidentally, at least one senior corporate executive, a VP at Ford, is on the record stating that oil comes from God, not fossils, to explain why Ford have been reluctant to follow GM and foreign manufacturers in exploring hydrogen and other alternative fuel technologies.)

        Elliot Abrams of the National Security Council
        said, "Religion is now one of the organizing principles behind American Policy." He didn't mean  religion as in mainstream churches. He means theocratic religion, the intent to overthrow democracy and install God's kingdom in America.

        This is just a very, very partial introduction. I've written extensively about this elsewhere as well as here on Dailykos. Others who are real journalists have done a much better job laying things out.

        You might want to check out the Yourica Report as well as

        "The problems of today will not be solved by the same thinking that produced the problems in the first place" - Albert Einstein

        by galiel on Fri Oct 22, 2004 at 06:56:29 AM PDT

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        •  Sorry, the recommended reading at end (none)
          should have included the writings of George Monbiot, a British journalist who has been following the Dominionist ascent to power for many years. His writing can most commonly be found in the Guardian although his columns are widely published.

          "The problems of today will not be solved by the same thinking that produced the problems in the first place" - Albert Einstein

          by galiel on Fri Oct 22, 2004 at 06:59:41 AM PDT

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        •  Did you see this one ? (none)
          The "Constitution Restoration Act of 2004"

          ...the ignorant barbarians in Washington are pushing a law through Congress that would "acknowledge God as the sovereign source of law, liberty [and] government" in the United States. What's more, it would forbid all legal challenges to government officials who use the power of the state to enforce their own view of "God's sovereign authority." Any judge who dared even hear such a challenge could be removed from office.

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