What a great discussion we had! I really want to thank all those who came out last Friday night and participated in our conversation about Sarah Palin and Christian Dominionism. And a heartfelt thanks to Jan Goodman and Jerry Manpearl for opening their home to Ilene Proctor’s Great Mind Series speakers, and to Chris Bennett for sharing her talents and providing us with wonderful music. A huge thank you to Cenk Uygar, host of The Young Turks, a pioneering online political webcast that streams a live news show Monday through Friday, and so much more.
There is too much information to fit into one discussion, but we gave it a good go and traversed some wide territory. Because this was promoted by Ilene Proctor Public Relations as a look at who and what is behind Palin, I intentionally brought all points back to Palin and her extreme religious dogma. I was able to introduce Christian Dominionism, and people were genuinely interested.
There has been such an effective job of minimizing the influence of the Religious Right and in fact, declaring it disbanded that most of us have not realized they regrouped, rebranded and resurfaced in a far more threatening incarnation – that, of a cult of religious extremists who use Christianity as their platform to go forth and divide and conquer.
The majority of Americans are completely unaware of this extreme Christian sect. When I first learned of it I sought out someone, anyone, in my circle of diverse friends and acquaintances…from politicians and politicos to those who can’t stand politics. From religiously devout and faithful church-goers to atheists. From those with lots of letters and periods after their names, to those who are lucky enough to have even gotten a G.E.D due to extra-curricular distractions in their earlier years. And those in the “know” (we think) who work in the media. Out of all those people, I ran across only one individual who said, “Oh, I know about dominionism…I had a shop teacher in High School who introduced us to that”. He is the fellow who I enjoy chatting with weekly when he comes to caretake my neighbors yard.
Why do I point this out? Because one of the ways that they have been able to flourish and grow, is that they can do it right in front of us and we don’t pay attention. Even when they get boisterous, our tolerance of intolerance dictates that we accept divergent views and in that process inadvertantly overlook what is truly forming before our eyes. So if you think to yourself, “I’ve never heard of it, therefore it cannot be happening”, be careful. There are many of us who have been yelling into a vaccuum about this, now we have to change the delivery and get people’s attention.
And I think as overwhelming as this discussion can get very quickly, there were many great questions. An example, “What is the relationship between the wealthy corporatists in America and Christian Dominionism?” That is a question that could easily prompt a discussion forum all unto itself, but I attempted to explain that they do indeed share common goals – privatization, deregulation and power.
These goals weave together these groups for divergent reasons, but they need each other to succeed. Joint successes means more money for the corporations and less government. Less government means subverting the restrictions of church and state, allowing for wider proselytizing by Christian Dominionists. These joint goals also work hand in hand with the 7 Mountains Mandate which pursues reclaiming America for Christ by taking dominion over the secular institutions.
We discussed how C. Peter Wagner is the virtual CEO of Dominionism, and that his Apostles spread this 7MM around the world. How Palin’s own spiritual advisor, Mary Glazier, is one of those Apostles and in charge of the Northwest Sales District (as I like to refer to it). That Pastor Mutthee of Kenya, who while at Palin’s Wasilla church, anointed Palin as Queen Esther and ceremoniously cast the witches out of her. How Mutthee is a “Transformations Associate” of the Transformations Network which infested Uganda, directly contributing to the Death to Gays legislation before the Ugandan government. And that Transformations, based out of Louisiana is lead by a mix of dominionists such as Cindy Jacobs, a high level Apostle in – C. Peter Wagner’s Global Harvest Ministries, a New Apostolic Reformation ministry.
You get the picture. No matter where we took off, we would always wind our way back to Palin and her Christian cult and their End Times politics, and that is my message relating to an understanding of Palin’s Brain. It is a matter of what the forces are behind this woman and who provides the momentum and power, because we know that this is not a solo journey by Palin and her own self-actualized aspirations.
I can’t possibly recreate the entire discussion here because I would end up writing a book! Oh…but wait…I AM writing a book. That’s where I will bring all of this together and more. More in the sense that we need to also discuss those in this cult that are overshadowed by the Palin spotlight. Her constant media addiction creates a distraction that is no accident in how it takes our eyes off the GOP 2012 ball and the roster of other unseemly characters lingering in the wings…like Haley Barbour.
So, I had best get back to work. Research never ends, writing is essential and your attention is necessary in disseminating this information as far and as wide as you can spread it. I will be sharing several new stories with you as we increase our arsenal of information. Thank you all for your ongoing support, it truly will take ALL of us.