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Religion gains control of U.S.
From Darrell Hutchins,
Twenty-five years ago, James Adams, ethics professor at Harvard Divinity School, warned that we now would be fighting "Christian fascists." He said this when Pat Robertson and other prominent evangelists began speaking of a new political religion intending to take control of all major American institutions, including mainstream denominations and the government, so as to transform the United States into a global Christian empire.
Adams' prediction has come true with the rise of a new and particularly militant movement in Christian politics, known as Dominionism, made up of Christian evangelicals obsessed with political power. Focus on the Family, New Life and National Religious Broadcasters are some of the organizations comprising the movement which calls for Christian dominion over the U.S. and, eventually, over the whole world, using all means, including military.
It was hard to take Adams seriously at the time he spoke. But fascism, he said, would not return wearing swastikas and brown shirts. Its ideological inheritors would adopt the language of the Bible, come carrying crosses, and chanting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Indeed, similarities between Dominionism and Nazism are striking. In Nazi Germany, many government functions started with prayer. Every school day started with prayer and every child was taught Christianity, especially the Ten Commandments in school. Hitler ended many of his speeches with prayer. He reached out to the churches, declaring that Germany had clear Christian roots, any nation not openly supporting religion was morally bankrupt, and that his administration would provide moral and financial support to initiatives based on faith to provide social services.
Dominionists preach that Jesus has called them to build the kingdom of God in the here and now. America becomes, in this militant biblicism, an agent of God, and all political and intellectual opponents of America's Christian leaders are viewed as agents of Satan. Under Christian dominion, America will no longer be a sinful and fallen nation. Instead, the Ten Commandments will form the basis of our legal system and Creationism and Christian values the basis of our educational system. The media and government will proclaim the "Good News" to all.
Aside from proselytizing , the federal government will serve only to protect property rights and provide homeland security. Some Dominionists would further require all citizens to pay tithes to churches empowered by the government to run social welfare agencies, and a number of influential Dominionists advocate the death penalty for a host of moral crimes, including apostasy, blasphemy, sodomy and witchcraft. The only public voices allowed will be Christian. All others will be silenced.
Traditional evangelicals, of Billy Graham's mold, are not comfortable with the direction taken by the Dominionists who now control most of America's major evangelical organizations. But Christians who challenge Dominionists tend to be ruthlessly thrust aside.
The Dominionist movement poses a very serious threat to the America we know and love. If Dominionist goals do not amount to unconstitutional establishment of religion, then I don't know what would.
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