About the Author, Leah L. Burton
I began this effort in 2007 solely to fight for freedom and purge America from the very real march of the theocrats. God’s Own Party? is more than just another blog on the internet, it represents thousands upon thousands of hours donated by dedicated volunteers who contribute their time, energy and personal experience to the demanding research and writing on the assigned topic - Christian Dominionism in American Politics.
Fourth generation Alaskan, born in Ketchikan (aka “NoWhere,”) while still the Territory of Alaska, in 1957, daughter of an Alaska State Trooper father and a devout Christian (Dominionist) mother. Alaska, vast in land mass but very much a “small town” in its social relationships, allows one to meet and become involved in politics from the ground up, if desired. Due to my father’s involvements and associations, I met many of Alaska’s political “pioneers” before his retirement in 1993, capping his honored public service career to the people of Alaska by serving as Commissioner of Public Safety in the Executive Cabinets of Republican Governors Jay S. Hammond and Walter J. Hickel.
Further molding my expanding views, our family spent a “tour” overseas when my father took a position with the Agency for International Development in Vietnam for two years, placing our family in Taipei, Taiwan. Living overseas during that time, when the Vietnam War was coming to an end was life-changing. We are all challenged to accept how integral our relationships are with respect to the rest of the world and that our actions impact other countries, states and even neighboring counties, cities and towns. It is a natural inclination to think regionally – not globally. As a result of that overseas experience I developed a world view that lead to greater comprehension and understanding of how we all fit into a global reality, a view that stretched far beyond the boundaries of my remote Alaskan sense of ‘self’.
Over the years I have worked with my hands as a carpenter; benefited from the rewarding challenges of being a single mother and now Nana; studied Social Psychology at the University of Alaska; became a citizen activist and later a paid lobbyist on Social Justice issues in Alaska spanning two decades; worked within the system as a government employee determining eligibility of clients seeking social services; invited and joined organizations, and served on boards whose goals were a bi-partisan effort to secure America’s status as a pluralistic society.
I learned at an early age that respect is earned and goes where it is due, regardless of a persons position or status. It is not an entitlement, it must be earned. In later years while working at the State Capitol, for example, I totally valued the opinions of the clerks at the customer counter just as importantly as those of the Governor’s office – and all others in between.
In 2009, I had the unique opportunity to stand up and speak out by coming forward and testifying against then Governor Sarah Palin’s nomination of Dominionist and Alaska State Defense Force militia member Wayne Anthony Ross for the position as State Attorney General – successfully contributing significantly to his defeat.
Beyond my work here I am also privileged to work with the California Council of Churches by invitation as a Consultant on the dangers of Dominionist extremism and how it is a threat to mainstream Christianity and our democratic republic. CCC is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of over 1.6 million mainstream Christian members in California, spanning 51 denominations. We collaborate on providing information to mainstream Christian groups, organizations and congregations about Dominionism and the importance of maintaining separation of church and state.
Political Christians have infested conservative politics in America in every camp, but none more completely than the increasingly Christianized Republican Party. This goal to achieve dominion is precisely why they are called Christian Dominionists and there is no denying that religion is insinuating itself into the political landscape in America with the dangerous goal of attaining theocracy.
I am also a frequent guest speaker and radio guest on the topic of Dominionism in American politics which is finally realizing increasing awareness at a time when American politics is getting deeper and deeper into religious territory. If it wasn’t obvious in the past, the months of 2012 GOP primary battle should leave no doubt in anyone’s mind about the influence it is wielding – and this is just a precursor to 2016.
We no longer enjoy simple non-sectarian partisan politics. Democrats vs. Republicans - has become – Freedom vs. Theocracy.
You may email Leah at: email@example.com