Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Be Afraid...Be Very Afraid

Did you ever come across some article you wish you hadn't? I mean you know it is something you should have read, but sort of wish you could stay ignorant about it. There is a very distrubing article in Mother Jones. It is talking about the Reconstructionists and what they want for this country. Why should you care? Because these are the fundies we're battling.

...Christian Reconstruction—an obscure but increasingly potent theology whose top exponents hold that Christian crusaders must conquer and convert the world, by the sword if necessary, before Jesus will return.


...including Gary DeMar, the organizer of the Restore America rally and the head of American Vision, one of the most prolific publishers of the movement.


Reconstruction is the spark plug behind much of the battle over religion in politics today.

Yet for all its influence, Reconstruction is almost invisible to the media and secular society. Atlanta is ground zero for most Reconstruction activity—home office to DeMar’s publishing house and home district to movement prophet Larry McDonald, who served four terms in Congress in the 1970s and 1980s—but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has done only one major article on the movement. The entire Lexis-Nexis database includes only 43 articles from all of the U.S. media that make reference to Reconstruction, and only a handful of those explore the movement.


The Old Testament—with its 600 or so Mosaic laws—is the inflexible guide for the society DeMar and other Reconstructionists envision. Government posts would be reserved for the righteous, as long as they are male. There would be thousands of executions a year, with stoning a preferred method because it would turn the deaths into “community projects,” as movement theologian North has noted. Sinners in line for the death penalty would include women who commit adultery or lie about their virginity, blasphemers, witches, children who strike their parents, and gay men (lesbians, however, would be spared because no specific reference to them can be found in the Books of Moses). DeMar told me that among Reconstructionists he is considered something of a liberal, because he’d execute gays only if they were caught indulging in sodomy. “I’m happy to just drive them back into the closet,” he said.

In introducing Moore at the Trinity Chapel rally, DeMar told the crowd that he supports a “jurisdictional separation of church and state.” But he was not mounting a defense of the First Amendment so much as outlining an organizational distinction. In his book Liberty at Risk, DeMar writes that “the State cannot be neutral towards the Christian faith. Any obstacle that would jeopardize the preaching of the Word of God…must be opposed by civil government.”

Besides facilitating evangelism, Reconstructionists believe, government should largely be limited to building and maintaining roads, enforcing land-use contracts, and ensuring just weights and measures. Unions would not exist, and neither would unemployment benefits, Social Security, and environmental protection laws. Public schools would disappear; one of the movement’s great successes has been promoting homeschooling programs and publishing texts used by tens of thousands of homeschooling families. And, perhaps most importantly, the state is “God’s minister,” as DeMar puts it in Liberty at Risk, “taking vengeance out on those who do evil.” A major task for the government key Reconstructionists envision is fielding armies for conquest in the name of Jesus.

There's much more to the article. All of it pretty scary, but necessary info.


Blogger Jill said...

While Reconstructionists and Dominionists are pretty much under the radar, there are all too many Republicans in Washington who, if they don't outright subscribe to this lunacy (and Sam Brownback, at least, does), they are willing to implement it because it benefits them.

My favorite part of this is the idea that lesbians will be exempt from being stoned to death because the Bible doesn't mention them. This tells us all we need to know about what Dominionists watch on Cinemax in the wee hours. ;)

3/30/2006 10:53:00 PM  
Blogger spiiderweb™ said...

Yeah, I thought that was interesting and frightening too.

If it ain't in my book, I can ignore it. If it is, I have to fight you to the death over it.

3/31/2006 12:41:00 AM  

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