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Earlier in the cycle, a lot of attention was drawn to the rise in influence of the New Apostolic Reformation, a fascistic brand of Christianity that believes it can bring Jesus back by taking over the world and eliminating all "evildoers" who stand in their way.  Well, one of the main muckety-mucks in that movement is now a top leader in a "mainstream" religious right organization.  Namely, Jerry Boykin.  In mid-July, Boykin was named as executive vice president of the Family Research Council--from the looks of it, ranking second only to FRC president Tony Perkins.

Boykin's better known to most Kossacks as the former Pentagon staffer who has made a name for himself as a leading Islamophobe.  However, he also has very close links with the NAR.  He's a member of the board of directors of the Oak Initiative, a dominionist-oriented organization headed by Rick Joyner, a "prophet" based next door to me at what was once the PTL complex in Fort Mill, South Carolina.  The board is a who's-who of NAR luminaries, including Cindy Jacobs, Janet Porter and Lance Wallnau.

From the looks of it, Boykin's appointment has been in the works since last spring, when Perkins began working more and more closely with Joyner, and even appeared in a video with Joyner in which he declared Christians had a duty to get into all levels of government.  The NAR believes that Christians must take over the seven forces, or "mountains," that influence our society--business, media, entertainment, education, family religion and especially government.  Then they must purge the world of all "evildoers"--that is, those who dare stand in their way.  Then and only then, they believe, can Jesus come back.  It's fascism, plain and simple.  And now one of the main players in this movement is the number-two guy at one of the most prominent organizations on the religious right.

Just yesterday, we learned that on Thursday, Mitt Romney held a closed-door meeting with Boykin and several other religious right leaders in Denver.  There was already reason enough to be concerned about why Romney was meeting with a card-carrying Islamophobe out of the public eye.  But now you have to add his ties to an out-and-out fascist brand of Christianity to the list.

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  •  Ahh yes, this is (7+ / 0-)

    the general who told an audience that his God was a real God, unlike that Mooslim God, who is a fake idol.

    These "soldier for Jebus" types are a clear and present danger to our democracy.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 07:56:12 AM PDT

  •  And these guys are ok with the Mormons? (3+ / 0-)
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    And more to the point, are the Mormons ok with them?

  •  There was a near perfect convergence (3+ / 0-)
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    of ignorance, hate and bigotry in early February when Boykin and Frank Gaffney joined Glenn Beck and Erick Stakelbeck on Beck's GBTV to discuss Boykin's and Gaffney's book. It's 32 minutes of pure, unfettered lunacy.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 08:11:34 AM PDT

  •  Ha, ha... (5+ / 0-)
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    Just yesterday, we learned that on Thursday, Mitt Romney held a closed-door meeting with Boykin and several other religious right leaders in Denver.
    Boykin's lunacy is driving him to cut deals with Mormons.

    This guy is a raging hypocrite.

    He is brown-nosing a Mormon elder; something I would speculate Boykin's fundie church deems an abomination.

    Boykin's hatred for Barack Obama is driving him into the light, where we are finally able to glimpse his wicked devises.

    Somebody should e-mail Boykin & ask him what his church thinks about him getting in bed with a Mormon elder.

    $100 says Boykin responds with a hate rant aimed at Barack Obama.

    Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate. ~ Proverbs 22:22

    by wyvern on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 08:11:51 AM PDT

    •  wouldn't take that bet in a million years (1+ / 0-)
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      boykin seems like the kinda guy who'd take one for the team.  I wouldn't be surprised to see a kind  of Sistah Souljah moment coming from mitten. He knows he's got to appear more moderate to get votes from the middle.  boykin knows that too.  After that hate rant you speak of, I would not be surprised if mitten smacks him down a little, just to show the Village media his moderate credentials.  Those fools would eat it up like candy and maybe drag some unconfirmed moderate independents along with them.

      Speculated yesterday he might do something like  that with bryan fischer, but that guy's completely uncontrollable. boykin, with his military background, would seem to me to be much more willing to follow mitten's instructions.  I can't say this will happen, but it's something to look for.

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 08:54:35 AM PDT

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  •  Guess we should be glad (2+ / 0-)
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    that he no longer has a position in the military.

    Seeing how Willard will say or do anything to win, what has he offered Boykin in return for his support?

    Willard is following in the footsteps left by Cheney and god only knows what sort of deals have been made.
    This should be a genuine concern and of course being that it was closed door and all, we will never know.

    "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Louis Brandeis

    by wxorknot on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 08:13:39 AM PDT

  •  The guy who helped plan the Waco assault... (1+ / 0-)
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    SuWho now the #2 guy of one of the top rightwing religious orgs in the country.

    The irony and grist for conspiracy theorists is so thick you could cut it with a bayonet.

    Follow Me on Twitter!!/ZeddRebel

    by TarantinoDork on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 08:59:44 AM PDT

  •  This is the kind of shit that scares me... (0+ / 0-)

    The NAR believes that Christians must take over the seven forces, or "mountains," that influence our society--business, media, entertainment, education, family religion and especially government.

    These fucktards have no concern for those outside their myopic perception of the world. I wonder how many of them applauded 9/11?

    Only the weak & defeated are called to account for their crimes.

    by rreabold on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 09:45:21 AM PDT

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