I was going to announce today that I have been invited by the owners of www.politicusUSA.com to contribute a weekly post on Sundays relating to the slippery slope we are on as we track the Dominionist candidates headlong into 2012. Today’s article by one of their leading writers is a good way to demonstrate why this will be a great fit for both of us.
One of the reasons that this is such a boon for the work I do is not only do they have a broad and enormous readership – but they are well respected by moderate thinkers on both sides of the aisle. They have also listened to me over the years warn about this rise of political Dominionists with Sarah Palin as the Poster Gal, and rather than dismissing me (as so many have done) they have not only listened but taken it seriously.
Look no further than today’s article by PoliticusUSA author Sarah Jones on Michelle Bachmann to see how this is finally reaching the level of concern that will hopefully spawn a national debate and awareness. Here is a clip from that article, but please click the link to read in full…
by Sarah Jones
“What madness is this? While Bachmann’s extremist ideology has been tempered in the House by being one of many, it’s absolutely unconscionable to think of our country being led by someone who holds these beliefs.
And yet any critics are called secularists, when in fact, Bachmann’s religion views even other Christian religions as the anti-Christ. As someone who believes firmly in the separation of church and state (and I need no better examples of the necessity of this belief than Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Scott Walker, and George W Bush), I think the time has come to challenge the language used about critics of the far right.
It’s not just atheists who have trouble with extremism; people of many faiths find religious extremism dangerous, especially when coupled with the power of government. For this reason, we need to shift the discussion about the importance of secular government back into the mainstream.
We shouldn’t allow this to be framed as a liberal issue, when it is in fact a critical issue facing our democracy that impacts all Americans. So long as we allow our ideology to separate self-labeled rationalists from all religious faith, we give power to the extremists lurking in the background with their moderate robes and wide smiles.
To this end, we need to take back the far right’s linguistic capture of the word “secular”. Secular does not necessarily imply lack of faith, but it does suggest that our government is not concerned with religion. To be for secular government should not imply that one is an “enemy of God”, and yet that is the narrative of the far right, which when lobbed at us tempts us to bite into the self-defeating fruit of a seeming extremism reaction that then allows secularism to be viewed as an extreme position held by atheists only, instead of the mainstream belief that it is.
Americans don’t wish to be governed by a religious extremist of any brand. The question is, will they see the wolf in sheep’s clothing before it’s too late? If 2010 is any indication of the general public’s awareness of this violent threat to democracy, I’m not comforted.
Jones is SPOT ON! We need an awakening, and then we need people to speak up and demand that these self-branded “social conservatives” start answering truthful questions instead of hiding under the skirts of the former secular Republican Party that was overrun and infested with this sect of Dominionism in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
These aren’t Christians – they are a bible-based cult. Period. We have seen other smaller versions of this such as Jim Jones People Temple followers. Few know that the Peoples Temple was a granddaughter church to the Assemblies of God and the New Apostolic Reformation Movement that Jim Jones was raised in;
-that Sarah Palin was raised in and still attends
- that Tim Pawlenty is a congregational member of
- and Michelle Bachmann was recruited into at a very young age
- and Scott Walker
- and Mike Huckabee
- and Jim Miller (an obscure GOP presidential hopeful)
- and Rick Perry
- and a HOST of other names who are currently IN elected positions across America and in Congress and many more who are aiming to get there.
As Sarah Jones points out in her article, Bachmann is not stupid – she IS dangerous – as are all of these radical theocrats. We need to stop dismissing them with a roll of the eyes and wave of the hand and make damn sure that we do not have a repeat of the 2010 voter turnout or we WILL be staring down the barrel of a Dominionist government.
We must take back the definitions that the radical religious right has co-opted over the past few decades and start calling this what it is. The media doesn’t have the backbone to do it, so we must take it upon ourselves to redirect this conversation for them. They will then follow…they always do.
First – STOP calling it “social conservatism”. Call it what it IS! Religious politics – and even more specifically Christian Dominionist politics. That is a very narrow group and they are a minority. Why are we letting them redefine our language and turn this into a Movement that will exclude all who are not like them – including mainline Christians as well as all other faith and non-faith citizens in the United States?
I will beat this horse repeatedly in my posts because words DO have power, and we need to re-claim their meanings. I will let you all know when to look for my Sunday posts at politicususa.com.