Over the next few weeks, I intend to discuss at length, the extent that certain individuals are going to, in order to blur the clear lines between religion and politics, and those between Church and State.
By their very nature religion and politics are strange bed fellows. In Christianity, when confronted with the issue, Jesus handled it in a simple manner:
And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? — Mark 12:14
Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see. — Mark 12:15
And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar’s. — Mark 12:16
And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marveled at him. — Mark 12:17
A simple interpretation gives us this sage and still current advice, Religion should be kept separate from other things, such as politics.
God in his infinite wisom, gave each person the ability to choose to love him or not, these so called “Christians” would take away that choice if we allow them to. Without choice, there can be no love.
The theocratic right seeks to establish dominion, or control over society in the name of God. D. James Kennedy, Pastor of Coral Ridge Ministries, calls on his followers to exercise “godly dominion … over every aspect … of human society.” At a “Reclaiming America for Christ” conference in February, 2005, Kennedy said:
Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost. As the vice regents of God, we are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports arenas, our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors — in short, over every aspect and institution of human society.
Twenty-five years ago dominionists targeted the Republican Party as the vehicle through which they could advance their agenda. At the same time, a small group of Republican strategists targeted fundamentalist, Pentecostal and charismatic churches to expand the base of the Republican Party. This web site is not about traditional Republicans or conservative Christians. It is about the manipulation of people of a certain faith for political power. It is about the rise of dominionists in the U.S. federal government.
Today’s hard right seeks total dominion. It’s packing the courts and rigging the rules. The target is not the Democrats but democracy itself. – Theocracy Watch
The following video, Life and Liberty for All Who Believe”, is a powerful, 28 minute video documenting the birth of the Moral Majority. This video, produced by People for the American Way in 1982, and provided by Theocracy Watch, shows actual footage of the politicization of what has become the dominionist movement. (edited 2004)
This is not an attack on people of faith, instead it’s targeted at those hypocrites who misuse people’s religious beliefs for political gain. Consider it your introduction to this subject, I will continue your education next week!