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[Yurica Report Editor's Note: For another scandalous piece that Stanley Kurtz has written see, "Scary Stuff," his deconstruction of Harper's Magazine articles (May, 2005 issue). Click here on this image: where you'll find it. And read Jeffrey Sharlet's Soldiers of Christ, Inside America's most powerful megachurch. It's now available on line at Harper's. Don't miss this piece! Click on this image to go there:
Stanley Kurtz Attacks Yuricas, The Despoiling of America
By Katherine Yurica
May 23, 2005
Stanley Kurtz did his best. In an article titled, Dominionist Domination, published May 2, 2005 by National Review Online, he tried to attack and crumble the reasoning in my essay, The Despoiling of America. He didnt have much to work with, so as a last resort he made up things. He invented an essay that does not exist and said, See! Look at what she wrote! Then he gave a list of the imaginary faults in his newly rewritten essay and attributed them to me!
Heck. Anyone can do that. And to be charitable, he probably doesnt even know that the Yurica Report is run by two born again Christian ladies who live on Social Security and that my mom is way up there in her 80s! He probably doesnt know that I drove my 1967 VW bug for 38 years until it gave up the ghost last month. And well, that fact isnt really important anyway, but while Im listing his ignorance, I thought I would throw that in.
One of the great problems I find with the GOP propagandists who unleash a veritable barrage of negative accusations against liberals, Democrats and Christians, is their hobbled and lame logic. Invariably, its launched against anyone who is willing to say, Im a liberal because Jesus was a liberal. Or, Im a Democrat because that partys agenda comes much closer to measuring up to the guidelines Jesus laid out in the New Testament than any other political party in existence today. For some reason those words are so inflammatory that the far right immediately labels these folks as an Anti-Christian Jihad as Robert Novak recently did in his column. Its the logic they use that bugs me!
I read a story by Monroe Beardsley, the logician, and Ive never forgotten it. He said:
Lysenko, the Soviet biologist, gathered his students around his desk during a lecture: he put a flea on the desk and said, Jump! Presently the flea jumped. He then removed the fleas hind legs, and said Jump! again. This time the flea did not jump. Observe, gentlemen, said Lysenko: This proves that when you remove the fleas hind legs, its hearing is impaired.
Its as if whenever a Christian stands up and says to the so-called Christian Right Miss, your slip is showing, or The President doesnt have any clothes on! the right explodes with Lysenkoian logic and shouts back, Youre vision has been impaired!
Well, lets take a look at what Stanley Kurtz has to say about me: He says, I wrote my essay from the fever swamps of the Left. He has a whole list of things Im supposed to have: political paranoia, guilt by association, and flat-out looniness for starters. He says, Joe McCarthys got nothing on the good liberal folks who are warning us about a takeover by Dominionists.
After admitting that he interwove my essay with someone elses (who he doesnt name) to make up the first page of his piecehe says, The disturbing thing is that this sort of conspiratorial nonsense is being taken seriously by real media and political players!
This may surprise you, but I agree with himno one in their right mind should pay attention to Stanleys creation, let alone real media and political players!
And then Stanley finally got to the heart of his message: He says, we, presumably, we at the lefty site of the Yurica Report use sleight-of- hand to tar ordinary evangelicals with the madcap musings of a few fevered Dominionists.
Stanley says, [Yurica] takes the bogus and pathetic claims of influence of a fringe group and exaggerates even those bogus claims beyond recognition! You see, Stanley thinks the Dominionist movement in the churches is merely a fringe group making bogus claims. Hes forgotten that Pat Robertson ran for president and set up the Christian Coalition that sends out 40 to 50 million voting card records across the U.S. to influence Christian voters. The situation conjures up Mr. Bushs hysterical response in the debates with John Kerry: Tell that to Tony Blair! You think Tony Blair is just a fringe group! You think Great Britain is just a token country! (Or words to that effect.)
Thats rightMr. Presidentnow tell that to Stanley Kurtz. Tell him that the Dominionist movement wasnt started by a handful of unknowns! It was started and led by evangelicals Pat Robertson, Billy Graham, Tim LaHaye, and Jerry Falwell, all of whom appeared (in person or in a clip) on Robertsons 700 Club Show in 1985 and 1986 and stated the goal was to take over every elective office in America. They said there are 110,000 Bible believing churches in America and if each one would launch one candidate who won office there would be more Christians in office than there are offices since there are only about 97,000 elective positions in the country. And at the time this idea was launched nationally, Robertsons 700 Club topped the Nielsen ratings with a projected monthly audience of 27.8 million viewers! That is not a fringe group Stanley.
I must have scared Stanley because he went on: Yuricas wild-eyed and strange and wouldnt be worth mentioningexcept she spoke at a conference and she supplements her own accounts with quotes from Harpers Magazine. Stanley says, Im just attacking Conservative Christians!
Oh Stanley! Let me tell you a little something about Stanley:
Stanley Kurtz admits that he is not a Christian. But we know it right away because theres no such thing as a Conservative Christian in the Bible! In fact the word conservative doesnt appear in the Bible at all. (Now it just so happens that the word liberal does show up in the Bible! But we wont make too much of thatonly to point out that Stanley Kurtz just doesnt know about these things.)
But by his own account, Stanley Kurtz is a Jewish neo-conservative who works prodigiously as a columnist. He has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Harvard University. Hes a fellow of the Hoover Institute. Hes been in the forefront of a fight to reform the funding of Middle East Studies, and to defeat gay marriage in America (because he feels it will destroy all marriages), and hes been in the forefront of the battle that tries to explain why liberalism is an anti-Christian religion. (Again, the poor fellow is just over his head when it comes to explaining the Bible and Christianity to his readers.)
His problem is of course that he doesnt know a lot about the Bible or about Christianity, particularly the homely Pentecostal kindor the evangelical and fundamentalist Christianity that millions of Americans believe in. He doesnt appear to know a single thing about what Jesus taught and who Jesus associated with. This is all so strange a development, considering the positions he has taken. Bizarre is perhaps a better word. You see, he thinks liberal philosophy is anti-Christianwhen if hed just do a little readinghed find that Jesus originated liberalism and God promoted liberalism in the Old Testament. But for Stanley Kurtz to come face to face with a real Bible believing, spirit filled, water baptized believerhe would have to junk all his clever stories and anti-Christian agendaand if he did all thathe would lose all his power and probably his job! (We need to pray for him.)
When Stanley Kurtz talks about liberalism in the historic sensehe especially wants to divert his readers from thinking about liberalism in the Bible! All the folks who want us to vote against our Christian beliefs have to do thiselse wed know wed be sinning when we voted to elect folks who want to destroy the very heart and soul of the message Jesus brought to humanity. So Stanley Kurtz and our backslid preachers, like Pat Robertson and you know all of those big time pastors and big time TV show hoststheyve got to get all America to forget what the whole Bible says! They may quote a few teeny verses here and there to get folks to believe that God hates the poor and to divert us from the tax system set up just for the purpose of establishing the biblical equivalent of social security, welfare, Medicare and Medicaid as described in the Bibleplus a God inspired immigration system as wellbut their diversion just isnt going to work. Theres too many old ladies on Social Security whove read the Bible once a year for almost every year theyve been aliveand these little old ladies arent going to sit still anymore and let those hypocrites in Washington and on the TV shows lie about the Word of God! The old ladies of America whove got calloused knees because theyre prayer warriorsare rising now! Were not going to take the lies about Jesus anymore!
Jesus has always been democratic! He has always said that all of the law is fulfilled in two verses: (you Saints know the ones Im quotin): that we are to love the Lord our God with our whole hearts, minds and souls and our neighbor as ourselves!!!! Now if you love your neighbor as yourselfyour neighbor has the right to speak and we have the obligation to listen: thats Democracy! Your neighbor also has the right to vote! Your neighbor also has to have all the rights that you haveeven if hes despised by someeven if hes gay, even if hes a Muslimelse you dont love your neighbor as yourself! Thats Jesus talkingnot me! See Jesus created equality with that verse. These so-called conservative folks want to create elitism. They dont want to feed and clothe the poor and to pay taxes for that purpose. They want power they wont grant to you and me. Thats not Jesus talking! Thats another voice. Thats not Christianitythats the spirit of anti-Christ.
Oh Stanley, Stanley, how far youve gone by twisting the truth of Jesus! Honey, its not too late for you! Jesus is standing and waiting for you to come home right now! Come home to Truth! Hes waitin for you.
Endnotes: Click on the endnote number to return you to the text.
 Novak, Robert, "Baseball Politics" http://www.townhall.com/columnists/robertnovak/printrn20050326.shtml
 Kurtz, Stanley, Dominionist Domination: the Left runs with a wild theory, May 2, 2005, National Review on line (http://www.nationalreview.com/script/printpage.asp?ref=/kurtz/kurtz200505020944.asp
Yurica, Katherine, The Despoiling of America, The Yurica Report, February 11, 2004. Pat Robertson is quoted on page 21: Gods plan is for His people, ladies and gentlemen to take dominion What is dominion? Well, dominion is Lordship. He wants His people to reign and rule with Him but Hes waiting for us to extend His dominion And the Lord says, Im going to let you redeem society. Therell be a reformation .We are not going to stand for those coercive utopians in the Supreme Court and in Washington ruling over us any more. Were not gonna stand for it. We are going to say, we want freedom in this country, and we want power
 Ibid. See text above footnote 17 in The Despoiling of America for the Billy Graham quote. [T]he time has come when evangelicals are going to have to think about getting organized corporately .Im for evangelicals running for public office and winning if possible and getting control of the Congress, getting control of the bureaucracy, getting control of the executive branch of government. I think if we leave it to the other side were going to be lost. I would like to see every true believer involved in politics in some way shape or form.
 Ibid. See the Tim LaHaye quote at endnote 14 of The Despoiling of America essay; La Haye appeared on the show in a clip with Phyllis Schlafly. Tim LaHaye predicted on Pat Robertsons 700 Club show on September 25, 1985 that 110,000 evangelical, fundamentalist, and Pentecostal churches could sponsor one person per church to run for office and win, that in a decade they would hold every office in the U.S. At the time, he said there were only 97,000 public offices in the U.S. so we would have more Christians in office than there are positions. By 1994, for the first time in forty years, Republicans regained control of Congress.
Ibid. Jerry Falwell appeared on Pat Robertsons 700 Club Show on April 24, 1986 and made essentially the same statement that LaHaye made one year earlier. See above Tim LaHaye quote.
 Kurtz, Stanley, Getting Nervous? Middle East Specialists (try to) defend their clique. January 28, 2003, National Review Online (http://www.nationalreview.com/script/printpage.asp?ref=/kurtz/kurtz012803.asp
 Ferrara, Christopher A., Common Sense Catholicism from a Jewish Columnist, http://www.fatimaperspectives.com/cs/perspective233.asp
 Kurtz, Stanley, The Church of the Left, National Review, Dec. 12, 2002. http://www.hudson.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=publication_details&id=874
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Send a letter to the editor about this article A Compendium of all the Articles Written on The 2005 New York City CUNY/Open Center Conference on the Religious Right Agenda Stanley Kurtz Attacks Yurica: Dominionist Domination The Left runs with a wild theory. by Stanley Kurtz You want political paranoia? You want guilt by association? You want flat-out looniness? Well, Joe McCarthys got nothing on the good liberal folks who are warning us about a takeover by Dominionist Christians. What you've just read is a composite I've created (often word for word) by drawing on a couple of web-sites I'll link you to in a moment.
A Short Review of Katherine Yurica's
Rebuttal of Stanley Kurtz' Attack
By Lee Laurais
These days, when I hear someone describe him or herself as a
Christian, I'm apt to duck behind the piano as I expect that I'm in
the presence of a war-mongering, gay-bashing, profiteering, violence-
prone, right wing yahoo who couldn't care less about the poor, the
outcast and the marginalized and who would happily trade his or her
birthright of freedom and decency for the mess of pottage that our
decadent, irresponsible, national leadership has gotten us into.
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