Clarksville, TN Online: News, Opinion, Arts & Entertainment.


The Rise of Dominionism, Religion and Politics Part II

 

Christian HypocritesReligion should be an important factor in your daily life. There should be a deep and personal relationship between you and your God. While religion can be shared, it can never be forced.

But that is exactly what many activist Christians involved in politics wish to do, convert the heathens via the legal system. They had these same type of people back in Jesus’s time. They were called Pharisees.

Activist Christians are more dangerous than the worst activist judge. It is the job of a judge to interpret the law. A Christian’s sole job is to live a good life.

Some “Christians” have gotten confused about this, in their quest for power over their fellow man. It’s past time for true Christians to set them straight. Call them out, challenge their hypocrisy where ever you see it, in the Pulpit,  Papacy, or on the street.

    An important binary in the New Testament is the opposition between law and love. Accordingly, the New Testament presents the Pharisees as obsessed with man-made rules (especially concerning purity) whereas Jesus is more concerned with God’s love; the Pharisees scorn sinners whereas Jesus seeks them out. Because of the New Testament’s frequent depictions of Pharisees as self-righteous rule-followers, the word “pharisee” (and its derivatives: “Pharisaical”, etc.) has come into semi-common usage in English to describe a hypocritical and arrogant person who places the letter of the law above its spirit. Jews today (who subscribe to Pharisaic Judaism) typically find this insulting if not anti-Semitic. – The Wikipedia

Katherine Harris is a Republican from Florida. She had these things to say, in a recent interview with The Florida Baptist Witness, the weekly news journal of the Florida Baptist State Convention.

…that lie we have been told, the separation of church and state, people have internalized, thinking that they needed to avoid politics and that is so wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers. And if we are the ones not actively involved in electing those godly men and women and if people aren’t involved in helping godly men in getting elected than we’re going to have a nation of secular laws. That’s not what our founding fathers intended and that’s certainly isn’t what God intended…

Our nation was founded as a secular nation. It was made quite clear in the writings of the founding fathers and in some of the early treaties of this nation.

    …Our Constitution makes no mention whatever of God. The omission was too obvious to have been anything but deliberate…       

    …In the eighty-five essays that make up The Federalist, God is mentioned only twice (both times by Madison, who uses the word, as Gore Vidal has remarked, in the “only Heaven knows” sense). In the Declaration of Independence, He gets two brief nods: a reference to “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God,” and the famous line about men being “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”…

In a 1797 treaty with the nation of Tripoli they said it outright:

    “As the Government of the United States…is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion–as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity of Musselmen–and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries”

Although this was the 339th recorded vote, it was only the third unanimous vote in the US Senate’s history.

You can read the entire article on this subject at the Nation web site. It’s quite well written and very damning to the claims of those like Kathleen Harris who want to remake America into something it has never been.

…But that’s why we need the faithful and we need to take back this country. It’s time that the churches get involved. Pastors, from the pulpit, can invite people to speak, not on politics, but of their faith…

She says this is permissible in a 501-3c organization but, I think the IRS would probably disagree.

Here is another gem from the interview.

Are you certain in your own heart that when you come to that point of accounting that you’ll spend eternity with God in Heaven?

“No question”

What arrogance! Anyway here is the interview, in case you would like to read it.

I never have explained just exactly what a Theocracy is, so here you go!

    Main Entry: the·oc·ra·cy
    Pronunciation: thE-‘ä-kr&-sE
    Function: noun
    Inflected Form(s): plural -cies
    Etymology: Greek theokratia, from the- + -kratia -cracy
    1 : government of a state by immediate divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided
    2 : a state governed by a theocracy

A theocracy is what the Taliban in Afghanistan was, the government of Iran is, what the nation of Iraq will probally end up being, and what activist Christians want the United States of America to become.

That brings us to our next in a series of videos on the drive to redefine America as a theocracy by certain individuals including some in the American government.

This October 11, 2004 video is of Joan Bokaer describing the rise of Dominionism in the U.S. government. Joan explains how the Religious Right took over the Republican Party, and how President Bush, along with his Religious Right allies in Congress, are attempting to transform the United States into a Christian nation.

-6082626617349511699

Feel free to leave a comment letting us know what you think on this subject


About Bill Larson

    Bill Larson

    Bill Larson is  is politically and socially active in the community. Bill is a member of the Friends of Dunbar Cave.

    You can reach him via telephone at 931-249-0043 or via the email address below.

    Email: blarson@clarksvilleonline.com

Sections

Politics, Spirituality

Topics


2 Responses to “The Rise of Dominionism, Religion and Politics Part II”

  1. Debbie Boen Says:
    August 31st, 2006 at 9:29 pm
    Debbie Boen

    Wow, I appreciate this material. Extreme righteousness is seriously dangerous. It is seriously serious–which is about as positive in energy as death. I think that I prefer to look the other way and not confront this stuff but somehow I want to be able to look at it and take action about it without becoming like it, which, I think, is my fear.
    Maybe I should forgive MYSELF for having the human possibility of being an extreme self righteous, chosen by god–every one else is going to hell, must be right, must punish everyone else, type of person. I don’t know about you but I can’t forgive someone else unless I’ve forgiven myself first. Don’t let me push my religion on you!
    Thanks again Bill! Keep it up. Can’t wait for the next article. Debbie

  2. Bill Larson Says:
    August 31st, 2006 at 10:05 pm
    Bill Larson

    Thank you for your very kind comment :)

Comments

You must be logged in to post a comment.


  • Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On TwitterVisit Us On GooglePlusVisit Us On PinterestVisit Us On YoutubeCheck Our Feed
  • Personal Controls

    Archives