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Articles On the Rise of Dominionism in America

 

For Alphabetical List of Articles 2003-2005 click here

 

 

What They Are Saying About
The New York City Open Center/CUNY
April/May 2005 Conference Titled:
The Real Agenda of the Religious Right
NOW Including Katherine Yurica's Presentation
All the articles
in one place.

 


 

 

The No. 1 Article on the web
on Christian Dominionism

The Despoiling of America

How George W. Bush became the head of the new
American Dominionist Church/State
by Katherine Yurica

Most Americans have been aware that religious right
Republicans have become extremely active politically
in the last twenty years. But because we're Americans
and we're mostly tolerant of other people's religious
beliefs, their rise to power hasn't really troubled us.
We should be troubled. There is now overwhelming
evidence that conservative Christians set out to
takeover the government of the United States and impose
their culture and values upon all Americans. This
article is not a theory--it is factual and historic.
The proof is in this essay. Dont miss this one.

 

 

Bloodguilty Churches
Why Bush’s Agenda Is Immoral and an
Abomination to God
By Katherine Yurica

This is a stunning major analysis of Mr. Bush's
agenda
. Updated January 25, 2005

Did you know the Bible prohibits: deregulation;
vote rigging; privatization of Social Security; tax
cuts for the wealthy; invading Iraq; oppressing the
Hispanics who cross our borders; cutting Medicaid
services; cutting Medicare services; hurting the
environment; failing to answer all the questions from
the 9/11 families; Tort Reform; torture; lying to
congress; bribes; tampering with the justice
system; appointing prejudiced nominees to the
bench; tipping the scales of justice to favor big
corporations? Read Bloodguilty Churches.
Don't miss this hard hitting new report.

 

 


 

NEW: Truth or Consequences:
Why America's Open Society Is Collapsing

By Katherine Yurica

November 25, 2009

Recently, Americans have watched and heard false
and outrageous allegations that have been directed
against President Obama and congressional leaders
who are trying to pass a needed revision of America's
healthcare system, which, according to the Census Bureau,
left an estimated 45.7 million people without health insurance
in 2007. The opposition and frenzy has reached almost
unspeakable heights, as reform minded legislators are
labeled as Nazis. What is behind the attacks? Who are
the leaders? As Paul Krugman pointed out, "The point is
that the takeover of the Republican Party by the irrational
right is no laughing matter. Something unprecedented
is happening here
and it's very bad for America."
Read Truth or Consequences now.

 

Forward to the Past—
An Explanation of How We
Became What We Are 
(Which includes, ‘The Arrest
of Professor Christian Mostly’)

By Katherine Yurica
June 5, 2009

The name of the game was “Bible Roulette,”
and it was the greatest religious political
gamble of all time. A Swiftian political satire
that takes the reader to the future to look
back on the past.

 

New: On Defining “Dominionism”
and “The Cultural Mandate”:

Is it A New Anti-Christian Religion?

By Katherine Yurica

May 1, 2009

Some years ago I felt the term “religious right” was
accurate enough for describing a large segment of
the church world’s involvement in American “conservative”
politics, but it seemed inadequate as a term when one
struggled to understand the theological underpinnings
that were driving the movement. In fact, it became obvious
that a new religious doctrine was being taught that
urged Christians “To take back America!” not just as
a political objective but also
as a theological and
religious necessity
.

 

See Ken Blackwell on Hardball

Christopher Hitchens was a guest on Hardball along
with Kenneth Blackwell, from the Family Research
Council, to discuss Newsweek's recent cover story
titled "The End of Christian America." The story highlighted
a poll showing that while 62 percent of Americans considered
the U.S. a Christian nation, a staggering 68 percent say
religion is losing its influence on American life.

 

Is It "The End of Christian America"
or the Beginning of The Pilgrim's Progress?

By Katherine Yurica
Revised April 21, 2009

Newsweek published a well written, brilliant, but flawed
piece, in that it prematurely assumes the Christian
religious-political movement has arrived at a “failed”
crossroads when in fact, it is growing into a worldwide
phenomenon. Titled “The End of Christian America” and
dated April 13, 2009, Jon Meacham’s article makes
it clear that “rumors of the death of Christianity are
greatly exaggerated.” However, he apparently accepted
the latest statistics that show fewer people think America
is a “Christian nation” along with the fact that the percentage
of Christians is shrinking from 86 percent in 1990 to 76
percent now, which is taken as the harbinger that predicts
the end of the dream that would establish an American
Christian state.

 

 

How to Trick Candidates Into Giving
Themselves a Religious Test
September 6, 2008
by Katherine Yurica

On August 16, 2008, Rick Warren, the affable
pastor of the 83,000 member Saddleback Church
in Southern California made history by setting up a
sequential debate between Barack Obama and
John McCain at his church. Warren threw an hour
of questions at each of the two presidential contenders,
beginning first with Obama and in the second hour with
McCain. The candidates fielded his questions before a
live audience and the forum was televised and watched
by over five million people.

 

Rick Warren's Video On Why He Opposed
Proposition 8, Gay Marriage

 

 

 

Sarah Palin Used Tax Dollars
to Fund Dominionist Churches

by dogemperor

Over the past few days, I've done reporting on
Sarah Palin's extensive dominionist connections--
including the attempt to run her as a "stealth"
dominionist candidate and her connections to
some scary dominionist groups including not just
"Joel's Army" folks but a far-right Christian
Reconstructionist political party linked to domestic
terrorism.

To see a startling video, titled "Palin's Churches,
Thomas Muthee, Witchcraft and the Third Wave,"
by Bruce Wilson that includes portions of Sarah Palin's
talk to the Master's Commission at Wasilla Assembly
of God, click here: http://vimeo.com/1679097

Also see another startling video titled "Palin and the
Holy Laughter Annointing.
" For the complete text of
Sarah Palin's talk to the Master's Commission click here: ]

 

Former IRS Officials File a Complaint
Against Christian Lawyers
By Meredith Heagney


Three former Internal Revenue Service executives plan
to file a complaint today against a coalition of Christian
lawyers who they say are unethically encouraging pastors
nationwide to talk about political candidates from the pulpit.

 

 

165 Members Ousted from Gardendale
Baptist Church

Members of Gardendale Baptist Church voted Sunday
to expel about 165 members from their congregation
because they did not support the leadership of the
church's pastor, according to a church spokesman
and several ousted members.

 

 

NEW: When Christianity Is UnAmerican

By Terri Murray

There is a growing chasm between the
values of America's founders and the values
of the theocratic Christian right.

The Christian right claim that their version of
authoritarianism is a more authentic interpretation
of American values than the Enlightenment values
so cherished by our nation's forebears. But their values
are irreconcilable with those of America's past. Here's
how, in an incredibly lucid analysis.

 

 

Bill Gothard's IBLP Sued for
Prison Programs

December 6, 2006

The customized ministry, known as
"Life Principles/Crossing Program," was
jointly developed by CCA and the Institute
in Basic Life Principles (IBLP). The "Life
Principles" program is a standardized
residential program intended as a model
to be "franchised" in all of CCA's facilities
nationwide.

 

Religious Institute Increases
Political Alliances

by Mark Hollis, Ocala (FL) Star-Banner,
March 10, 1997

But Little Rock, Ark., had already been
established as friendly terrain for Gothard.
Two of his long-time admirers -- Republican Gov.
Mike Huckabee and Little Rock Mayor Jim Dailey,
a Democrat -- are loyal advocates of Gothard's
agenda and have encouraged him to expand
juvenile rehabilitation programs there.

 

George Bush to Robertson and
Other Christian Leaders Remember
D. James Kennedy's Legacy

Dr. D. James Kennedy was a man of great vision,
faith, and integrity. Under his leadership, Coral
Ridge Presbyterian Church of Florida developed
from a small group of worshipers. George W. Bush

 

Homeland Security Enlists
Clergy to Quell Public Unrest if Martial
Law Ever Declared

KSLA News 12 has discovered that the clergy
would help the government with potentially their
biggest problem: Us. For the clergy team, one of
the biggest tools that they will have in helping calm
the public down or to obey the law is the bible itself,
specifically Romans 13. Dr. Tuberville elaborated,
"because the government's established by the Lord,
you know. And, that's what we believe in the Christian
faith. That's what's stated in the scripture."

 

Battle Over Church Assets:

Parish Falls Out of Step, and Favor,
With Diocese

Last month, Connecticut’s Episcopal bishop,
Andrew D. Smith, defrocked the Rev. Donald L.
Helmandollar and ordered the congregation’s lay
leaders “to vacate the property of Trinity Church,
Bristol, and release every claim on the assets
of this parish by July 8, 2007.” The parishioners
had objected to the church’s position regarding
homosexuals in the clergy.

 

 

The New Civil Rights Focus:
Protecting Religion

Justice Dept. Reshapes Its Civil Rights Mission
By Neil A. Lewis
In recent years, the Bush administration has recast
the federal government’s role in civil rights by
aggressively pursuing religion-oriented cases
while significantly diminishing its involvement
in the traditional area of race.

 

 

Right wing Assault on Mainline
Protestant Churches Exposed:

On the national radio show "State of Belief,"
Rev. Welton Gaddy exposes the coordinated effort
to undermine mainline Protestantism --
and render America's largest denomination incapable
of standing up to right wing politics.

 

 

Reforming America's Churches:
A Project of the IRD

The Executive Summary of 2001-2004: Plans to takeover
the mainline churches of America by "conservatives" The
Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD). Liberal Theology
failed America's mainline churches in the Twentieth Century...
Striving to become "relevant," they instead lost millions of
church members. The IRD believes that the next four years
offer a rare opportunity to redirect these churches away
from their reflexive alliance with the political left and back
towards classical Christianity. Conservatives have won
surprising victories on key theological and sexuality
issues at recent church conventions.

 

 

Ted Haggard Now
‘Completely Heterosexual’

By NEELA BANERJEE

February 7, 2007

Forced by a gay sex scandal to resign
as president of the National Association
of Evangelicals, the Rev. Ted Haggard
now feels that after three weeks of intensive
counseling, he is “completely heterosexual,”
says an overseer of the megachurch Mr.
Haggard once led.

 


David Barton's Distorted History

David Barton, a fundamentalist activist who makes
a living attacking separation of church and state.
Even though the book and videos are riddled
with factual errors, half truths and distortions,
they have become the weapons of choice for
Religious Right activists in their ongoing war
against separation of church and state.

 

 

David Barton Falsifies
American History

A symposium of five articles detailing the
false quotes with factual analysis and a
description of how the false statements
have become widely accepted by the
religious political right and in America's
churches.

 

 

 

The Radical Christian Right
Is Built on Suburban Despair
By Chris Hedges, AlterNet
The engine that drives the radical Christian
Right in the United States, the most
dangerous mass movement in American history,
is not religiosity, but despair.

 

 

The Holy Blitz Rolls On

The Christian right is a "deeply anti-
democratic movement" that gains force
by exploiting Americans' fears, argues
Chris Hedges. Salon talks with the former
New York Times reporter about his fearless
new book, "American Fascists."
By Michelle Goldberg

 

 

American Fascists:
The Christian Right and the War On
America (Hardcover)

By Chris Hedges

"Dr. James Luther Adams, my ethics professor
at Harvard Divinity School, told us that when we
were his age, he was then close to 80, we would
all be fighting the 'Christian fascists.'

 

 

Putting God in His Place

New Jersey Student-warrior for the
Constitution Gets a Death Threat

by Nat Hentoff

When 16-year-old Matthew LaClair, a junior
at Kearny (New Jersey) High School, 10
miles west of Manhattan, recorded eight
lectures by popular teacher David Paszkiewicz
in an accelerated American history course,
he started a furor not only in his hometown
but elsewhere around this country—whose
Constitution has been degraded for the past
six years by the president and the Republican-
controlled Congress, with the acceptance of
many of the citizenry, either ignorant of their
constitutional liberties or willing to yield them
in fear of homicidal terrorists.

 

 

On the Authoritarian Behavior
of the Religious Right

by John Dean

This article by John Dean, quoting social psychologist
Bob Altemeyer, is a must read for every thinking
Evangelical in America. David Kuo exposed the
single greatest lie believed by millions of Christians
in America: that the culture war "is a war for God."
Kuo's message is: "It's not a war for God, it's a war
for politics." We would add that it's a war for
domination and power over others. Christians
have been seduced, used and used again and again.

 

 

The Harsh Wages of Sin:
Why Genarlow Wilson is Languishing
in Prison

By SHERRY F. COLB

Genarlow Wilson, a young African-American
man who is serving a mandatory ten-year prison
sentence for aggravated child molestation.
Based on the evidence - which included a
videotape of the crime while in progress -
the conduct for which Wilson now spends
his days behind bars was consensual oral sex
with a 15-year-old girl when he, Wilson, was
himself only 17 years old.

 

 

Nuclear Armageddon?
The Rapture Cult--Path of Death

by Carol Wolman

There's lots of talk going on about nuclear
armageddon- Israeli pilots are training to nuke
Iran's nuclear facilities, Bush attacks the Iranian
consulate in northern Iraq, Syria is being demonized
again. Read a Christian psychiatrist's take on it
all.

 

America's Holy Warriors

The radical Christian right is coming
dangerously close to its goal of co-opting
the country’s military and law enforcement.

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig

The drive by the Christian right to take control of
military chaplaincies, which now sees radical
Christians holding roughly 50 percent of chaplaincy
appointments in the armed services and service
academies, is part of a much larger effort to politicize
the military and law enforcement. This effort signals
the final and perhaps most deadly stage in the long
campaign by the radical Christian right to dismantle
America’s open society and build a theocratic state.
A successful politicization of the military would signal
the end of our democracy.

 

See this Related Yurica Report Article:

Infiltrating the U.S. Military
Gen. Boykin’s “Kingdom Warriors”
By Katherine Yurica, October 2004
Do not miss this solid article.

 

At Axis of Episcopal Split,
an Anti-Gay Nigerian

Archbishop Akinola, the conservative leader of
Nigeria’s Anglican Church who has emerged
at the center of a schism over homosexuality
in the global Anglican Communion, re-enacted
the scene from behind his desk Tuesday, shaking
his head in wonder and horror.

 

 

Gingrich v The Separation of
Church and State

Newt Gingrich is launching a new and ambitious
committee aimed at re-making American society
in the neoconservative image. But just below the
surface lurks an assault on the doctrine of separation
of church and state that has been dear to his
heart for decades.

 

 

Christians Rebuke Dr. Dobson

By Gary Vance

Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family
and one of the most powerful political voices for the
Christian Right, has been officially rebuked and
rebutted by a voice from within the Christian ranks.
The Institute for Progressive Christianity (IPC), a
recently christened research institute founded by a
diverse group of moderate and progressive Christians,
issued a crisp and confrontational reply to Dobson's
remarks made during the 11/22/06 interview on Larry
King Live.

 

Putting Faith Before Politics

By DAVID KUO
November 16, 2006

SINCE 1992, every national Republican
electoral defeat has been accompanied
by an obituary for the religious right. Every
one of these obituaries has been premature —
after these losses, the religious right only
grew stronger.

 

 

How Ted Haggard Was
Fired and Why

By Laurie Goodstein

November 19, 2006

The four ministers who assembled here
two weeks ago to decide the fate of the
Rev. Ted Haggard were facing a painful
choice. A male prostitute had accused Mr.
Haggard, one of the nation’s most prominent
evangelical ministers, of engaging in a three-
year affair with him and of using drugs.
Then, in a private emergency meeting, Mr.
Haggard promptly confessed to the ministers
— his handpicked board of overseers —
that he had engaged in sexual immorality.

 

 

 

Haggard Dismissed Amid
Sex Scandal

The Rev. Ted Haggard was dismissed
Saturday as leader of the megachurch he
founded after a board determined the
influential evangelist had committed "sexually
immoral conduct," the church said Saturday.

 

 

Key Evangelical Quits Amid
Gay Sex Claim
The leader of the 30 million-member National
Association of Evangelicals, a vocal opponent
of same-sex marriage, resigned Thursday
after being accused of paying for sex with a man
in monthly trysts over the past three years.

 

 

Faith-Based Profits

After Texas exempted religious day care
centers and drug-treatment programs from
state licensing, a study found that the “alternatively
accredited” facilities had 10 times the rate of
abuse and neglect of the others, and several
were investigated. In 2001, the Texas Legislature,
no enemy of organized religion, did the right
thing and ended the exemption.

 

 

In God’s Name
As Exemptions Grow, Religion Outweighs
Regulation Part I.

By Diana B. Henriques

An analysis by The New York Times of laws
passed since 1989 shows that more than 200 special
arrangements, protections or exemptions for
religious groups or their adherents were tucked into
Congressional legislation, covering topics ranging from
pensions to immigration to land use. New breaks have
also been provided by a host of pivotal court decisions
at the state and federal level, and by numerous rule
changes in almost every department and agency of
the executive branch.

 

In God's Name Part II.
Where Faith Abides, Employees
Have Few Rights

By DIANA B. HENRIQUES

J. Jeffrey Heck, a lawyer in Mansfield, Ohio,
usually sits on management’s side of the table.
“The only employee cases I take are those that
poke my buttons,” he said. “And this one really did.”
His client was a middle-aged novice training to
become a nun in a Roman Catholic religious order
in Toledo. She said she had been dismissed by
the order after she became seriously ill —
including a diagnosis of breast cancer.

 

In God’s Name PART III.
Religious Programs Expand, So Do
Tax Breaks
By DIANA B. HENRIQUES

The similarities between Holy Cross Village
at Notre Dame, on the north side of South Bend,
Ind., and Hermitage Estates, south of town, are
almost disorienting. The two retirement communities
have the same simple gabled ranch houses, with the
same touches of brick and stone, clustered around a
pond with the same fountain funneling spray into the air
and ducks waddling down the grassy bank. But the retired
residents of Hermitage Estates pay an average of about
$2,300 per unit in property taxes. The management of Holy
Cross Village, the Brothers of Holy Cross, says that
development should be exempt from property taxes, and
it has taken that argument to court.

 

 

In God’s Name, Part IV.
Religion-Based Tax Breaks: Housing to
Paychecks to Books
By DIANA B. HENRIQUES

For tens of millions of Americans, the Rev.
Rick Warren is best known for his blockbuster
spiritual guide, “The Purpose Driven Life,” which
has sold more than 25 million copies; his success
as the founder of the 22,000-member Saddleback
Church in Lake Forest, Calif.; and his efforts on
behalf of some of the world’s neediest people.But for
tens of thousands of ministers — and their financial
advisers — Pastor Warren will also be remembered
as their champion in a fight over the most valuable
tax break available to ordained clergy members of
all faiths: an exemption from federal taxes for most
of the money they spend on housing, which typically
represents roughly a third of their compensation.

 

 

Toward a Medieval Model

Michael Peabody

Amid all the activity of a turbulent year,
many missed the March 3, 2005, filing of the
Constitution Restoration Act of 2005 (CRA) in
both houses of Congress (S. 520 and H.R. 1070).
If enacted, the CRA would effectively turn the
United States into a theocracy, in which the
arbitrary dictates of God—as interpreted or
discovered by a judge, politician, or bureaucrat—
would override the rule of law.

 

 

Richard John Neuhaus's Deputy
Turns on Him.
by Philocrites

What a startling New Republic cover story! Damon
Linker, the former editor of the influential neoconservative
religious magazine First Things, turns against the political
theology of his former boss, Roman Catholic intellectual
and Bush adviser Richard John Neuhaus, the magazine's
prime mover.

 

 

Discover the Secret Right-Wing
Network Behind ABC's 9/11 Deception

Less than 72 hours before ABC's "The Path to 9/11"
is scheduled to air, the network is suddenly under siege.
On Tuesday, ABC was forced to concede that "The Path
to 9/11" is "a dramatization, not a documentary." The film
deceptively invents scenes to depict former President Bill
Clinton's handling of the Al Qaeda threat.

 

 

All About Youth With A Mission (YWAM) 
and the Making of a Film

Starting in July, along with our 'normal' discipleship
efforts in YWAM, we will officially join The Film Institute -
a new auxiliary branch of Youth With A Mission focused
on tranforming film and television from the inside out.
TFI's first project is a doozy: simply being referred to as:
The Untitled History Project, it is already being called
the television event of the decade and not one second has
been put to film yet. Talk about great expectations!

 

 

Theocracy, Theocracy,
Theocracy

A Review of Four Books from the Religious
Right's Perspective

Ross Douthat
This is a paranoid moment in American
politics. A host of conspiracies haunt our
national imagination, and apparent incompetence
is assumed to be the consequence of a dark
design: President Bush knew about the attacks
of September 11 in advance, or else the Israelis
did; the Straussians took us to war in Iraq, unless
the oil companies did; the federal government let
the levees break in New Orleans, unless it dynamited
them itself. Perhaps the strangest of these strange
stories, though, is the notion that twenty-first-century
America is slouching toward theocracy.

 

 

 

Public Stoning:
Not Just for the Taliban Anymore

By John Sugg, Church and State

Two really devilish guys materialized in Toccoa,
Ga., last month to harangue 600 true believers
on the gospel of a thoroughly theocratic America.
Along with lesser lights of the religious far right
who spoke at American Vision's "Worldview Super
Conference 2006," Herb Titus and Gary North called
for nothing short of the overthrow of the United States
of America.

 

 

 

Jesus Is Not a Republican

By RANDALL BALMER

The evangelical subculture, which prizes
conformity above all else, doesn't suffer rebels
gladly, and it is especially intolerant of anyone
with the temerity to challenge the shibboleths
of the religious right. I understand that. Despite
their putative claims to the faith, the leaders of the
religious right are vicious toward anyone who refuses
to kowtow to their version of orthodoxy, and their
machinery of vilification strikes with ruthless,
dispassionate efficiency.

 

 

 

Disowning Conservative Politics,
Evangelical Pastor Rattles Flock

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN

July 30, 2006

Like most pastors who lead thriving evangelical
megachurches, the Rev. Gregory A. Boyd was
asked frequently to give his blessing — and the
church’s — to conservative political candidates
and causes.

 

 

The Growing Threat of
Right-Wing Christians

By Onnesha Roychoudhuri, AlterNet.
Posted July 19, 2006.

"I don't want to be alarmist, but this is actually
quite alarming," Michelle Goldberg said. She was
referring to the subject of her new book, "Kingdom
Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism,
" which
chronicles the steady rise of the neocons of
Christianity. Whether she's attending a Ten
Commandments conference or joining Tony Perkins'
conference calls to listen in on what D.C. agenda
will be passed on to congregations, Goldberg's
reporting offers insight into a movement that has
reshaped the nation's political and cultural landscape.
Goldberg did not go undercover, nor wear any
disguise. Rather, she simply showed up, listened
and learned. And what she has learned is
definitely alarming.

 

 

In the Beginning God Created
an Open Society
(Guess Who’s Trying to Close It)

By Katherine Yurica

July 21, 2006

In Genesis, the God of the Bible created
an open society. We know this because
God had the power to exclude the Serpent
from the Garden of Eden, but God chose to
allow the Serpent to stay along with his
contrary voice and vision. It was a gamble
God was willing to make. He simply rejected
coercive power over his creation. In the end,
it cost God everything he loved—including his
only begotten son.

 

 

 

And on the Eighth Day,
Dr. Dobson Created Himself
By Eileen Welsome
July 2006

His ministry is also healthy, raking in approximately
$140 million a year. His recent book, Marriage Under
Fire—like his 35 other volumes—is selling well. The
family’s doing fine, too, especially his son, Ryan, a surfer,
skateboarder, skydiver, lover of mosh pits and hip-hop music,
who has moved back to the Springs with his second wife.
Despite all these blessings, Dobson seems preoccupied
as he settles before a dangling microphone. “I’m really
pushing it,” he murmurs distractedly, squaring his papers
and running a hand over a thick, gold-colored book that
appears to be a Bible.

 

 

Episcopalians Shaken by Division
in Church
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN

Their parish, which celebrated its 150th
anniversary last year, is solid and strong.
It has 3,000 members, a historic stone
building in good repair and a well-loved minister.
But to the Episcopalians at St. Luke's Parish
in Darien, Conn., who gathered with their pastor
to grapple with the past week's news about
their denomination, it was as if their solid
stone church had been struck by an earthquake.

 

 

Revisit: Conservative Dominionists Seek
to Split Protestant Churches


By LAURIE GOODSTEIN and
DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

As Presbyterians prepare to gather for their General
Assembly in Richmond, Va., next month, a band of
determined conservatives is advancing a plan to split
the church along liberal and orthodox lines. Another
divorce proposal shook the United Methodist convention
in Pittsburgh earlier this month, while conservative
Episcopalians have already broken away to form a
dissident network of their own. In each denomination,
the flashpoint is homosexuality, but there is another
common denominator as well. In each case, the
Institute on Religion and Democracy, a small
organization based in Washington, has helped
incubate traditionalist insurrections against the
liberal politics of the denomination's leaders.

 

 

 

The Innovator
Rick Warren Named by Newsweek
as One of 15 People Who Make America Great
Saddleback Church

Mobilizing Christians worldwide to heal the
sick and feed the hungry. It starts as an ordinary
success story.

See Rick Warren: Mega-church Minister
Linked to Paramilitary Video Game

 

 

Bill Moyers Interviews Union
Theological Seminary's Joseph Hough

by Bill Moyers


Bill Moyers talks to Joseph C. Hough on the intersection
of politics and religion, and why he thinks it is the
duty of Christians, Jews and Muslims to join to fight
growing economic inequality, why he’s critical of how
some political pundits are using Christianity to justify
their actions, and why he suspects that the time for
a non-destructive, civil disobedience may be near.

 

 

Rick Warren: Mega-church Minister Linked to
Paramilitary Video Game

by J.Hutson
Mon May 29, 2006

Imagine: you are a foot soldier in a paramilitary group
whose purpose is to remake America as a Christian theocracy,
and establish its worldly vision of the dominion of Christ over
all aspects of life. You are issued high-tech military weaponry,
and instructed to engage the infidel on the streets of New
York City. You are on a mission - both a religious mission
and a military mission -- to convert or kill Catholics, Jews,
Muslims, Buddhists, gays, and anyone who advocates the
separation of church and state - especially moderate,
mainstream Christians. Your mission is "to conduct physical
and spiritual warfare"; all who resist must be taken out
with extreme prejudice.

 

 

 

Nature of the Beast:
the Demonic Right
By Sheila Samples

America has lost its way. We are a confused
nation, beset on all sides by fear and paranoia.
After the orchestrated 9-11 attack on New York
City and Washington D.C., and its follow-up
anthrax attack on Democratic legislators, Americans
of all stripes rushed en masse to George Bush's Fools'
Gate to trade their morality and compassion for empty
promises of security.

 

 

 

A Major New Article:
Outing Creeping Dominionism

A Response to an Evangelical’s Attack

By Katherine Yurica

Katherine Yurica digs into the Dominionism
movement and exposes the true nature of the
doctrine millions of American Christians have
taken to heart. For the first time, she introduces
her readers to the man who is credited with
writing and inspiring the religious doctrines that
provided a new theological basis for regressive
economics and politics that would counter
traditional Christian progressive thought. One
man and his followers have turned not only
Christianity upside-down, but the future of America
is at stake. It was the insertion of “free enterprise
capitalism” onto the fabric of the scriptures that
enabled a small group of men to convert Christianity
into a tool that serves the purposes of regressive
conservatism. It is at once alarming and revealing
of the ingenuity and source of power behind the
spreading acceptance of dominionism. In fact, the
combining of conservative economics with edicts
that appear to be out of the mouth of God, may be
seen as one of the most brilliant and powerful
political concepts ever written. The man who
founded Dominionism has empowered the greedy
as no man has ever done: he’s made greed a virtue!

 

 

The Capitalist Threat

by George Soros

What kind of society do we want? "Let the free
market decide!" is the often-heard response. That
response, a prominent capitalist argues, undermines
the very values on which open and democratic
societies depend.

 

 

A Dominionist's View:

Three New Testament Roots
of Economic Liberty

Howard Ahmanson

But if you think of capitalism as
economic liberty, then there are several
New Testament passages that argue in
favor of it. I want to explore three passages
that bring out foundational issues regarding
the nature of economic justice and demonstrate
a biblical sympathy with liberty and the market.

 

 

Examining the Agenda of Secularism
Featured article from the September/October
2005 issue of Faith for All of Life

Martin G. Selbrede, Vice President of Chalcedon

On April 29-30, 2005, Chalcedon’s Communications
Director, Chris Ortiz, and I attended Examining
The Real Agenda Of The Religious Far Right at the
CUNY Graduate Center in New York. Many conference
speakers invoked religion, even Christianity and the
Bible, in their “principled” assaults on (among other
things) Christian Reconstruction. Katherine Yurica...

 

 

 

Howard Ahmanson: Avenging Angel
of the Religious Right

Quirky millionaire Howard Ahmanson Jr.
is on a mission from God to stop gay marriage,
fight evolution, defeat "liberal" churches -- and
reelect Republicans.

By Max Blumenthal

In the summer of 2000, a group of frustrated
Episcopalians from the board of the American
Anglican Council gathered at a sun-soaked
Bahamanian resort to blow off some steam and
hatch a plot. They were fed up with the Episcopal
Church and what they perceived as a liberal hierarchy
that had led it astray from centuries of so-called
orthodox Christian teaching. The only option, they
believed, was to lead a schism.

 

 

The Religious Right and
Christian Faith

By Gabriel Fackre

In this book I have tried to lay bare the theological
presuppositions of the political and moral programs
of the Religious Right. In every doctrinal area we have
seen loyalty to important aspects of classical Christian
conviction. At the same time, each of the chapters of the
Christian story has told of basic distortions which warrant
Senator Mark Hatfield's evangelical indictment.

 

 

Pat Robertson, A Christian
Reconstructionist?

A Parallel Column Comparison of R. J.
Rushdoony's Words with Pat Robertson's
by Katherine Yurica

 

 

An Evangelical Joins
Stanley Kurtz and Attacks Yurica

By Michael Hamblin

March 13, 20O6 in one of the online forums I frequent, a
user posted a link to Katherine Yurica’s
article “The Despoiling of America” to open
the forum up for some discussion. For people
whose impression of Christianity are televangelists
with bad makeup jobs and who have seen bits
and pieces of what is often termed Religious
Right propaganda, the conclusions of these
kinds of investigative reports seems quite plausible.

 

 

The Christian Reconstruction
Movement and its Blueprints for Dominion
by Greg Loren Durand

The influence of the Reconstruction movement, also
known as Theonomy, is quite broad despite the
admission of one of its founders that it is “a recently
articulated philosophy,” “unquestionably new,” “a major
break” with two thousand years of Church history, and
a “theological revolution.”

 

 

A Reformed Approach to Economics:
Christian Reconstructionism by

Edd S. Noell, Associate Professor
The teachings of Christian Reconstructionism
have been increasingly influential in recent years
for evangelicals advocating social policy in various
mainline denominations and independent churches.
In a PDF file.

 

 

A Christian Manifesto
by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer

Christians, in the last 80 years or so, have only
been seeing things as bits and pieces which
have gradually begun to trouble them and others,
instead of understanding that they are the natural
outcome of a change from a Christian World View
to a Humanistic one; things such as over permissiveness,
pornography, the problem of the public schools, the
breakdown of the family, abortion, infanticide (the killing
of newborn babies), increased emphasis upon the
euthanasia of the old and many, many other things.

 

 

 

Invitation to a Stoning
Getting cozy with theocrats

November, 1998

By Walter Olson

Mainstream outlets like the Los Angeles
Times and The Washington Post are finally
starting to take note of the influence Rushdoony
and his followers have exerted for years in
American conservative circles. But a second
part of the story, of particular interest to readers
of this magazine, is the degree to which
Reconstructionists have gained prominence in
libertarian causes, ranging from hard-money
economics to the defense of home schooling.

 

 

 

Rushdoony and Economics:
An Ally for Change

Timothy D. Terrell
October 23, 2002

Austrian economists reject the mathematization of
economics as inappropriate for the study of human
action. The Austrian method of deducing economic
principles from certain "universally accepted" axioms
bears an affinity to Van Til's presuppositional method
— we might take exception to the axioms, or their alleged
"self-evident" nature, but the basic method would
remain familiar.

 

 

Clashing Cultures: Christian Art
vs. Secular Art

The Importance of Hans Rookmaaker
In Art and in the Life of Francis Schaeffer
November 2004 - V. 22 I. 9
by David Bruce Hegeman

This essay will introduce the reader to the cultural
war in art. It brings two clashing concepts face to
face: Should art be Christian? Should Picasso be
replaced by Georges Rouault? In fact, the issue is
one of dominance. Whose art shall reign supreme in
our world? The author of this article champions Christian
art. He makes H. R. Rookmaaker his hero. But
Rookmaaker praises Rouault's work over Picasso's
because Rouault painted prostitutes and judges the
way he, as a Christian, prefers prostitutes and judges to be
viewed: Rookmaaker says Rouault's prostitutes "are symbols
for prostitution, for cheap love for sale, for the depravity
of his time. His judges are akin to those of Daumier: they
stand for the corrupt courts of his time. He prophesies
against the
times in which he lives."

 

 

Air Force to Examine Fundraising
E-Mail Sent by a General

Message Praised Candidate's Christianity

By Alan Cooperman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, May 6, 2006

The Air Force is investigating whether a two-star
general violated military regulations by urging fellow
Air Force Academy graduates to make campaign
contributions to a Republican candidate for Congress
in Colorado, Pentagon officials said yesterday.

 

 

Twenty-first Century Religion and
the Backlash Against Women's Autonomy:

Three Recent Events that Show that
Women's Freedom Is Imperiled
By MARCI HAMILTON
hamilton02@aol.com
Thursday, Apr. 20, 2006
There is a growing threat to women's autonomy
arising from religious groups, which deserves closer
attention than it has received to date. Three recent
events, in particular, should make women who
value their freedom shudder.

 

 

 

How Domination Is Sold to Christians
By Dutch Sheets

Excerpts from a book:
One of Scripture's primary themes is governmental
authority. The primary biblical struggle is over the
questions "Who will rule humankind?" and "Who
will rule the world?" [I]n many ways the war is about
you and me and who we listen to--we are going to
help answer the question of who is in charge of the
earth. In this earthly war over who is going to rule it,
you and your double-billed cap are caught right
in the middle!

 

 

 

Sex Reporting Nixed by Federal Court

AKA: "Kiss and Tell No More"
A federal judge in Kansas has dealt another blow
to the crusade by the state's attorney general, Phill
Kline, to restrict abortions under the phony banner of
combating child abuse....This week, a federal trial
judge in Wichita killed Mr. Kline's daft idea to require
doctors, school counselors and psychotherapists,
among others, to report all sexual activity by people
under 16, from kissing to sexual intercourse.

 

 

 

Theocons and Theocrats
By Kevin Phillips

04/18/06

Is theocracy in the United States (1) a
legitimate fear, as some liberals argue;
2) a joke, given the nation's rising secular
population and moral laxity; (3) a worrisome
bias of major GOP constituencies and
pressure groups; or (4) all of the above?
The last, I would argue. [with important links]

 

 

What Would Jesus
Do With Politics?


By GARRY WILLS
Chicago

THERE is no such thing as a "Christian
politics." If it is a politics, it cannot be
Christian. Jesus told Pilate: "My reign is
not of this present order. If my reign were
of this present order, my supporters would
have fought against my being turned over
to the Jews. But my reign is not here" (John 18:36).
Jesus brought no political message or program.
This is a truth that needs emphasis at a time
when some Democrats, fearing that the
Republicans have advanced over them by the
use of religion, want to respond with a claim
that Jesus is really on their side.

 

 

 

Christians Sue for the Right to Hate

Many codes intended to protect gays from
harassment are illegal, conservatives argue.
By Stephanie Simon
April 10, 2006

ATLANTA — Ruth Malhotra went to court last
month for the right to be intolerant. Malhotra says
her Christian faith compels her to speak out against
homosexuality. But the Georgia Institute of Technology,
where she's a senior, bans speech that puts down
others because of their sexual orientation. Malhotra
sees that as an unacceptable infringement on her
right to religious expression. So she's demanding
that Georgia Tech revoke its tolerance policy.

 

 

 

The New Face of Apartheid:
J. Kenneth Hackwell
March 30, 2006
The most unprincipled and opportunistic man
in the history of Ohio, Secretary of State J.
Kenneth Blackwell, stands poised to claim the
Republican primary for governor. Blackwell and
his far-right theocratic “rapture-ready” Christian
dominionists will doom the Buckeye State
to further despair.

 

 

Apocalyptic President
Even some Republicans are now
horrified by the influence Bush
has given to the evangelical right

Sidney Blumenthal
Thursday March 23, 2006

In his latest PR offensive President Bush came
to Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday to answer the
paramount question on Iraq that he said was
on people's minds: "They wonder what I see
that they don't." After mentioning "terror" 54
times and "victory" five, dismissing "civil war"
twice and asserting that he is "optimistic", he
called on a citizen in the audience, who homed
in on the invisible meaning of recent events
in the light of two books, American Theocracy,
by Kevin Phillips, and the book of Revelation.
Phillips, the questioner explained, "makes the point
that members of your administration have reached
out to prophetic Christians who see the war in
Iraq and the rise of terrorism as signs of the
apocalypse. Do you believe this? And if not,
why not?"

 

 

Pat Robertson's Attack on Islam
Pat Robertson Remarks 'Throw Gasoline
On Fire' Of Inter-Religious Tensions, says
AU's Lynn Barry.

Americans United for Separation of Church and
State today criticized TV preacher Pat Robertson
for a virulent attack on Islam. On the live version
of his "700 Club" program today, Robertson
charged that Islam is not a religion of peace, that
Muslims are demonic and satanic and that they
are trying to take over the world.

 

 

Crossing the Line
Bush Orders the Establishment
of Religious Initiatives at Homeland Security

 

 

 

Teaching US History,
Right Wing Christian Style
A Composium of Reviews
A selection from America's Providential
History by Mark A. Beliles and Stephen K.
McDowell appeared in February's Harper's
Magazine. This is a very popular textbook
for Christian educators of a certain persuasion
and among home schoolers. Here is an additional
selection from Chapter 1 plus selections from two
"editorial reviews" on Amazon.com. The book is
published by Providence Foundation.

 

 

 

Alito Thank-You Letter To Religious
Right Leader Is Grossly Inappropriate,
Says Americans United
New High Court Justice Should Follow
Command Of Constitution, Not Dobson, Asserts
Church-State Watchdog Group
Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito has sent a
cloying thank-you note to Focus on the Family head
James C. Dobson, a move Americans United for
Separation of Church and State says is further
evidence the new justice is firmly in the pocket
of the Religious Right.

 

 

Abortion Opponents Win Dispute
By LINDA GREENHOUSE
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 — The Supreme
Court brought an end Tuesday to a 20-year
effort by the National Organization for Women
to hold a coalition of anti-abortion groups
accountable for a campaign of disrupting and
blockading abortion clinics during the 1980's.
Ruling 8 to 0, the court held that the Hobbs
Act, a federal law that makes it a crime to use
robbery, extortion or, under some circumstances,
violence to obstruct commerce, did not provide a
proper basis for the federal court injunction that
NOW and two women's health clinics had obtained
against groups like Operation Rescue.

 

 

I.R.S. Finds Sharp Increase
in Illegal Political Activity
By STEPHANIE STROM
The I.R.S. said yesterday that it saw a sharp
increase in prohibited political activity by charities
and churches in the last election cycle, a trend
that it aims to reverse as the country heads into
the midterm elections. The tax agency found
problems at three-quarters of the 82 organizations
it examined after having received complaints about
their political activities, according to a report the
Internal Revenue Service released. The infractions
included distributing materials that encouraged
people to vote for particular candidates and giving
cash to campaigns.

Click here to read the full IRS Report

 

 

Tim LaHaye, the Richest Divinator
in the World
All about LaHaye before he co-authored
the Left Behind series

By Katherine Yurica

When Dr. Tim LaHaye complained that his
photograph in Time magazine wasn’t flattering
enough, he said it to a national audience. He was
chatting amiably with Phil Donahue while
Donahue’s audience made up their own minds
about his good looks. However, it wasn’t the first
time the Southern Baptist minister appeared on
a nationally televised program. He was a frequent
guest on the Jim Bakker Show, (before Bakker’s
conviction and imprisonment) and on Pat Robertson’s
700 Club. In fact, his influence spread to the highest
corridors of power. He was an honored guest at the
White House where he was consulted by Reagan
administration officials for his opinion on potential
appointees.

 

 

 

God's Senator
by Jeff Sharlet
January 25, 2006
Who would Jesus vote for? Meet Sam
Brownback. Nobody in this little church just
off Times Square in Manhattan thinks of
themselves as political. They're spiritual --
actors and athletes and pretty young things
who believe that every word of the Bible is
inerrant dictation from God. They look down
from the balcony of the Morning Star, swaying
and smiling at the screen that tells them how
to sing along. Nail-pierced hands, a wounded
side. This is love, this is love! But on this evening
in January, politics and all its worldly machinations
have entered their church. Sitting in the darkness
of the front row is Sam Brownback, the Republican
senator from Kansas. And hunched over on the stage
in a red leather chair is an old man named Harald
Bredesen, who has come to anoint Brownback as
the Christian right's next candidate for president.

 

 

 

Church Leaders Come Forward to
Defend Call for IRS Audit
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Joe Hallett
The Rev. Eric Williams says more pastors are joining
a call for an IRS investigation of the political activities
of two local churches. Religious leaders who accused
two evangelical pastors of illegally playing politics came
forward yesterday and reaffirmed their decision to
challenge the tax-exempt status of the pastors’
churches.

 

 

Cult of Character
How the 'secular' Character Training
Institute is working to build evangelist
Bill Gothard's vision of a First-Century
Kingdom of God--one city, one state,
one school board, one police force
and one mind at a time.

By Silja J.A. Talvi January 9, 2006

From the outside the bland, unmarked
exterior of the Character Training Institute's
headquarters blends remarkably well into
its immediate surroundings. This is a
section of Oklahoma City that hasn't yet
benefited from the nearby, upscale urban
development intended to draw both tourism
and business to the area. Both the downtown
Greyhound Station and the county jail are
situated a few blocks from here, which explains
the number of forlorn, transient men and women
wandering down West Main Street. For the most
part these folks seem to have more immediate
priorities than paying attention to the dozens of
foreign-looking visitors entering and exiting the
10-story Character Training Institute (CTI), which
also serves as the headquarters of the International
Association of Character Cities (IACC).

 

 

 

Wayward Christian Soldiers
By CHARLES MARSH
Charlottesville, Va.

IN the past several years, American evangelicals,
and I am one of them, have amassed greater
political power than at any time in our history.
But at what cost to our witness and the integrity
of our message?

 

 

 

Faith Under Fire, Part 1
Gothard Juvenile Center Investigated

By Karen Hensel

The News 8 I-Team first broke the news that
a faith-based juvenile center in Indianapolis has
changed its policy on spanking. The policy
changed to "no spanking" after the mother of a
10-year-old girl who spent the last 10 months
in the center complained.

 

 

 

Faith Under Fire: Juvenile Center
Investigated
Station WISH-TV Indianapolis
Indiana Directory of Investigative
Articles
From the outside, the Indianapolis Training
Center has all the appearances of an upscale
hotel. But insiders say what drives the center
is a combination of faith and fear.  Follow this
continuing News 8 I-Team investigation. 
Scroll down to read the latest stories.

 

 

 

Pastor Acknowledges
Making Political Contributions
To Blackwell

ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A pastor with ties to
one of three GOP candidates for governor said
Friday a complaint filed with the IRS over those
connections is off base and part of a liberal
political agenda.

 

 

 

Group Seeks I.R.S. Inquiry
of Two Ohio Churches

By STEPHANIE STROM
A group of religious leaders has sent a
complaint to the Internal Revenue Service
requesting an investigation of two large
churches in Ohio that they say are improperly
campaigning on behalf of a conservative
Republican running for governor.

 

 

 

Statement from World Harvest
Church
January 16, 2006

The complaints filed by a consortium of
liberal ministers against World Harvest
Church, the Center for Moral Clarity and
Reformation Ohio are baseless and
without merit.

 

 

What the ‘Left Behind’ Series
Really Means

Have we finally become the dumbest mofos
on the planet?

 By Joe Bageant

“The best thing about the Left Behind books is the
way the non-Christians get their guts pulled out by God.”

 -- 15-year old fundamentalist fan of the Left Behind series

That is the sophisticated language and appeal
of America’s all-time best selling adult novels
celebrating the ethnic cleansing of non-Christians
at the hands of Christ. If a Muslim were to write an
Islamic version of last book in the Left Behind series,
Glorious Appearing, and publish it across the Middle
East, Americans would go berserk. Yet tens of millions
of Christians eagerly await and celebrate an End Time
when everyone who disagrees with them will be
murdered in ways that make Islamic beheading look
like a bridal shower. Jesus -- who apparently has a
much nastier streak than we have been led to believe—
merely speaks and “the bodies of the enemy are
ripped wide open down the middle.” In the book
Christians have to drive carefully to avoid “hitting
splayed and filleted corpses of men and women
and horses
.”

 

 

 

Abortion Rights in Latin America
For proof that criminalizing abortion doesn't
reduce abortion rates and only endangers
the lives of women, consider Latin America.

 

 

Can Democracy Be Christian?

An Interview With Katherine Yurica
Questions by Terri Murray
Posted October 10, 2005

It depends on how we define “democracy.” If we
limit it to mean: rule of the majority, then I see
an inherent conflict between democracy and
the great principles of the Judeo-Christian tradition,
because there is such a thing as the
tyranny of the majority.”

 

 

A Nation Under God

Let others worry about the rapture:
For the increasingly powerful Reconstruction
movement the task is to establish the Kingdom
of God right now—from the courthouse to
the White House.

By John Sugg with a Yurica Report Note
on Dominionism vs. Reconstructionism

On a Friday last April, Trinity’s parking lot filled
with SUVs and luxury sedans as about 400 faithful
gathered inside the sanctuary. The church was
host to Restore America, a rally to “celebrate faith
and patriotism” sponsored by Christian publisher
American Vision.

 

 

Anti-Defamation League Breaks
With Pack On Church-State
Foxman signals shift in tactics with
attack on Evangelical power in U.S.

James D. Besser/Washington -
Washington Correspondent

Warning that the Evangelical right has made
alarming gains in social and political influence,
a leading Jewish church-state watchdog is
calling for a tougher and more unified Jewish
response. Abraham Foxman, national director
of the Anti-Defamation League, speaking to the
group’s national leadership here last week,
signaled a sharp shift in ADL policy by directly
attacking several prominent religious right groups
and challenging their motives, which he said
include nothing less than “Christianizing America.”

 

 

Blackwell’s Un-American Scheme:
 
Under the Guise of “Character
and Civic Renewal” Ohio State
Foists a Religious Moral Code
upon Its Citizens

by Katherine Yurica

J. Kenneth Blackwell has stepped to the forefront of the
American culture wars. He has posted his official
endorsement of a 20-point religious moral code
claimed to be “a shared vocabulary of character-building
ethics” on Ohio’s official Secretary of State web site.
Blackwell wrote, “Character is the cornerstone of American
citizenship. And good citizenship is the foundation of
community. But to a lot of people, civic renewal means
the opportunity to not only religionize our government,
but, as we shall see, to create a new religion that is
decidedly not Christianity. Instead, it is an opportunity
to convert our citizens into docile followers of a new
authoritarian rule
. Includes a linked glossary of definitions
of terms plus parallel columns that compare the text.

 

 


The Rise of Dominionism
Remaking America as a Christian Nation
By Frederick Clarkson

As readers of The Public Eye know, dominionism—
in its "softest" form [is] the belief that "America is
a Christian Nation," and that Christians need to
re-assert control over political and cultural institutions—
has been on the rise for a long time. Dominionism is ...
the driving ideology of the Christian Right.

 

 

What Is Christian Reconstructionism?

by Frederick Clarkson

Reconstructionism argues that the Bible is to be
the governing text for all areas of life, art, education,
health care, government, family life, law and so on.
They have formulated a "biblical worldview" and
"biblical principles" to inform and govern their lives
and their politics.

 

 

Blackwell receives John
McCain's backing

By the Columbus Bureau
Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell
announced an endorsement Thursday from
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, in Blackwell's
run for governor. “Ken is building a winning coalition
of Republican, conservative Democrat and
Independent voters who will lead the Ohio
GOP to victory in November 2006,”
McCain said in a statement.

 

 

Is an Unholy American Theocracy Here
Or Has Jim Jones Gone Mainstream?

Posted October 9, 2005
By Katherine Yurica

Katherine Yurica’s plenary address at the New York
City Conference, Examining the Real Agenda of the
Religious Far Right
, April 29-April 30th, 2005 co-sponsored
by the NY Open Center and CUNY Graduate
Center Public Programs.

 

 

Grooming Politicians for Christ
Evangelical programs on Capitol Hill seek to
mold a new generation of leaders who will
answer not to voters, but to God.

By Stephanie Simon

In the blue and gold elegance of the House speaker's
private dining room, Jeremy Bouma bowed his head
before eight young men and women who hope to one
day lead the nation. He prayed that they might find
wisdom in the Bible — and govern by its word.

 

 

Ohio Church leaders seek more
influence in state government
By Charita M. Goshay
Repository staff writer
September 4, 2005
The Rev. Russell Johnson says he doesn’t want
to take over Ohio; he just wants to improve it based
on his Christian faith.
The way that he’s going about
it is making some people nervous.

 

 

Ohio, Blackwell & the Christian
Right
By Frederick Clarkson
Recently, the Ohio Restoration Project
announced plans to mobilize conservative
Christian voters towards the 2006 elections.
The principal beneficiary appears to be
Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell
who is running for the Republican nomination
for governor.

 

 

What Fundamentalists Need for
Their Salvation

by David James Duncan

I WAS BORN A CHOSEN PERSON, though this state
of affairs was not of my choosing. My mother, grandmother
and great-grandmother were staunch Seventh Day
Adventists—a Saturday-worshiping fundamentalist sect
that arose in the mid-19th century.

 

 

Evangelicals Are a
Growing Force in the Military
Chaplain Corps
By Laurie Goodstein, New York Times
It was the opening ceremony of a four-day Spiritual
Fitness Conference at a Hilton hotel [in Colorado
Springs] last month organized and paid for by the
Air Force for many of its United States-based chaplains
and their families, at a cost of $300,000.

See The Yurica Report:--the story you read first--
"Infiltrating the U.S. Military" by Katherine Yurica,
October 12, 2004

 

 

Putting Christ Back into Christianity
A Clinical Psychologist Warns
America's Christians
by Dr. Theresa Whitehurst
Many Christians today see Jesus as their ticket
to heaven, and little more. When it comes to
political philosophy, they much prefer the wrathful,
violent images of God that are found in selected
verses from other parts of the Bible....If "conservative"
Christian leaders really believed that Christians
must give top priority to Jesus' teachings, they
wouldn't dare urge us to endorse contradictory
attitudes and behaviors. But they do, and it's
time we called them on it. There comes a time,
particularly when pre-emptive wars are waged
in Jesus' name, when silence is betrayal.

 


  

Has God Changed the Rules?
A psychiatrist takes the pulse of
America's Christians
.
by Carol Wolman, M.D.
How can we understand this schizophrenia, this
refusal to see the contradiction between Biblical
teachings and "faith-based" actions of the US
government? Many Christians do see it; why
are they not denouncing the false Christians
from the rooftops, and reclaiming Jesus and
the Bible?

 

 

Dominionists Try to Get Control
of Ohio Government Posts
By JAMES DAO
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Christian conservative leaders
from scores of Ohio's fastest growing churches are
mounting a campaign to win control of local
overnment posts and Republican organizations,
starting with the 2006 governor's race.

 

 

Religious Right Rally for
Justices: Leaders Ask for
Nominees Who Will End
Abortion and Gay Rights
By Thomas B. Edsall
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 15, 2005
Prominent conservative political and
religious leaders called Sunday night
for Senate approval of Supreme Court
nominees who will vote to end the
constitutional right to abortion, against
recognition of same-sex marriage and
for fewer restrictions on religious
expression in public places. The
Supreme Court has sanctioned "the right
to kill unborn children" and opened the
door to legalized "homosexual sodomy,"
declared Tony Perkins, president of the
Family Research Council, which
co-sponsored Justice Sunday II."

 

 

Stations Of The Cross
How evangelical Christians are
creating an alternative universe of
faith-based news
By Mariah Blake

CBN’s flagship program, the 700 Club with
Pat Robertson, is familiar to many Americans.
But few outside the evangelical community
know how large the network is — it employs
more than 1,000 people and has facilities in
three U.S. cities as well as Ukraine, the
Philippines, India, and Israel — or how
diverse its programming. And CBN, or
Christian Broadcasting Network, is just
one star in a vast and growing Christian
media universe, which has sprung up largely
under the mainstream’s radar. Conservative
evangelicals control at least six national
television networks, each reaching tens of
millions of homes, and virtually all of the
nation’s more than 2,000 religious radio
stations.

 

 

Everything You Need to Know About
Michael Ledeen
By Katherine Yurica

He wrote, “Paradoxically, preserving liberty may
require the rule of a single leader—a dictator—willing
to use those dreaded ‘extraordinary measures, which
few know how, or are willing, to employ.’” To find out a
little about Michael Ledeen, the man who may have
forged the documents, click here.

 

 

Conquering by Stealth and Deception
How the Dominionists Are Succeeding in Their
Quest for National Control and World Power
By Katherine Yurica
Americans and the main-stream media have been
very slow in catching on to the fact that we are in a
war—a war that is cultural, religious and political--a war
that uses stealth and deception and the rules of
engagement written by the enemies of representative
democracy. Unless Americans wake up--we could
lose that war.

 


Club of the Most Powerful Gathers in
Strictest Privacy
By David D. Kirkpatrick
Three times a year for 23 years, a little-known club
of a few hundred of the most powerful conservatives
in the country have met behind closed doors at
undisclosed locations for a confidential conference,
the Council for National Policy, to strategize about
how to turn the country to the right.
Details are closely guarded.

 

 

What Did Mr. Bush’s 2nd Inaugural
Address Really Mean?
Biblical Code Unraveled
By Katherine Yurica
Mr. Bush’s second inaugural address has
puzzled observers around the world. Mr. Bush
admits he copied one line from Natan Sharansky.
Few realize he copied several lines from another
source. Journalists have pointed out he used the
words, “free, freedom or liberty” forty-nine times.
Not many observers, however, have questioned |
why, nor have they asked, “What did Mr. Bush
mean by these words?” The answer to this
question is important for Americans and the
world to understand. Katherine Yurica gives
a startling analysis of Mr. Bush’s
true meaning in this essay.

 

Editor's Note:
Since the posting of "What Did Mr. Bush's
2nd Inaugural Address Really Mean?" on
February 21, 2005, the Yurica Report has
learned of an article written by Editor Matthew
Rothschild of The Progressive magazine. Mr.
Rothschild's analysis is comprehensive and
reveals a number of hidden passages not
mentioned in Katherine Yurica's analysis.
Click on this image to go to Rothschild's
article:

 

Editor's Note: We are pleased to refer our
readers to a
Bill Moyers essay published
by
The New York Review of Books for
the March 24, 2005 issue. Mr. Moyers discusses
the significance of
political religion--religion as
an instrument of political combat.
He turns his
attention to the impact of the new political religion
on environmental policy. This is a must read
essay. Click on this image to read the
article:

 

 

"Reclaiming America For Christ"
by Bob Moser

In the conference's opening ceremony, the Dominionists
recite an oath they dream of hearing in every classroom:

'
I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Savior
for whose kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen
and coming again, with
life and liberty for all who believe.’”

 

 

 

Theocracy in America
by Chris Floyd
For even now, the ignorant barbarians in Washington are
pushing a law through Congress that would "acknowledge
God as the sovereign source of law, liberty [and] government"
in the United States. What's more, it would forbid all legal
challenges to government officials who use the power of the
state to enforce their own view of "God's sovereign authority."
Any judge who dared even hear such a challenge could be
removed from office. With links to important articles.

 

 

 

The Truth About Charles Colson
and Deep Throat

By Katherine Yurica

Updated: June 21, 2005
Chuck Colson, who like Karl Rove, was the
political strategist in the Nixon White House, was
often called “the White House Hatchet Man.” If a
nasty job needed to be done, Chuck Colson did it.
He served as Special Counsel to Richard Nixon. In
1974, Colson pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice
in the Watergate-related Daniel Ellsberg case and
served seven months in prison. Read what
Christianity Today's readers are saying about Mr.
Colson's interview with the magazine.

 

 

Evangelicals Are a
Growing Force in the Military
Chaplain Corps
By Laurie Goodstein, New York Times
It was the opening ceremony of a four-day Spiritual
Fitness Conference at a Hilton hotel [in Colorado
Springs] last month organized and paid for by the
Air Force for many of its United States-based chaplains
and their families, at a cost of $300,000.

See The Yurica Report:--the story you read first--
"Infiltrating the U.S. Military" by Katherine Yurica,
October 12, 2004

 

 

 

A Response to Stanley Kurtz

By Katherine Yurica
May 23, 2005

Stanley Kurtz did his best. In an article titled,
“Dminionist 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 didn’t 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!

 

 

In the Name of Politics

By JOHN C. DANFORTH

St. Louis — BY a series of recent initiatives,
Republicans have transformed our party into
the political arm of conservative Christians. The
elements of this transformation have included
advocacy of a constitutional amendment to ban
gay marriage, opposition to stem cell research
involving both frozen embryos and human cells in
petri dishes, and the extraordinary effort to keep
Terri Schiavo hooked up to a feeding tube

 

 

 

Religious Right Leaders Call
Democrats "Anti-Christian" and
Then Deny They Ever Said It

Southern Baptist Convention official Richard
Land said: “They never said that they [filibuster
supporters] were not American or not Christian.
Tony Perkins started off the -- I've seen the
broadcast. He started off by saying, ‘We are
not saying that people who disagree with us
are not people of faith. We haven't said that
and we never will.’ But promotional materials
for ‘Justice Sunday’ made just such attacks.

 

 

OLDIE: How The National
Religious Broadcasters Provide
Troops And Ammo For the
Religious Right's Christian
Nation Crusade
by Joseph L. Conn

Lttle notice has been given to the multi-million
dollar fundamentalist Christian ministries that
dominate the nation's airwaves and serve as the
foundation of the sectarian political lobbies.
Although many of these tax-exempt ministries
preach a controversial and often partisan gospel,
their activities remain virtually unknown to
the general public.

 

 

OLDIE: Two leaders of the
religious right debate engagement
v. withdrawal from politics
Cal Thomas vs. Jay Sekulow

At the February 2000 national convention of the
National Religious Broadcasters, Cal Thomas (the
former Moral Majority vice president who is now
one of the country's most widely circulated
newspaper columnists) debated Jay Sekulow
(Pat Robertson's attorney who heads the American
Center for Law and Justice, which litigates for
religious liberty) on religious political activism.
An edited transcript follows.

 

 

Evangelical Pastor Preaches the Gospel
of Free Market Capitalism and Bloody
Preemptive Strikes:

[Yurica Report Editor's Note: Read Jeffrey Sharlet's
Soldiers of Christ, Inside America's most powerful
megachurch.
Sharlet writes: "In addition to New Life,
Pastor Ted presides over the National Association of
Evangelicals
(NAE), whose 45,000 churches and 30
million believers make up the nation’s most powerful
religious lobbying group, and also over a smaller
network of his own creation, the Association of Life-Giving
Churches, 300 or so congregations modeled on New Life’s
“free market” approach to the divine...New Lifers, Pastor
Ted writes with evident pride, 'like the benefits, risks,
and maybe above all, the excitement of a free-market society.'
They like the stimulation of a new brand. 'Have you ever
switched your toothpaste brand, just for the fun of it?' Pastor
Ted asks. Admit it, he insists. All the way home, you felt
a 'secret little thrill,' as excited questions ran through your
mind: 'Will it make my teeth whiter? My breath fresher?'....
This is the sensation Ted wants pastors to bring to the
Christian experience. He believes it is time 'to harness
the forces of free-market capitalism in our ministry.'
Globalization, he believes, is merely a vehicle for the
spread of Christianity. He means Protestantism in particular;
Catholics, he said, 'constantly look back.' ....'My fear,” he
says, 'is that my children will grow up in an Islamic state.'

"And that is why he believes spiritual war requires a virile,
worldly counterpart. 'I teach a strong ideology of the use of
power,' he says, 'of military might, as a public service.' He is
for preemptive war, because he believes the Bible’s exhortations
against sin set for us a preemptive paradigm, and he is for
ferocious war, because 'the Bible’s bloody. There’s a lot
about blood.'"

It's now available on line at Harper's. Don't miss this piece!
Click on this image to go there: ]

 

 

 

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.

 

 

This Side of Theocracy
—By Martin E. Marty


[In] U.S. News & World Report, Michael Barone
reassured readers that the United States is not
“headed toward a theocracy .... [W]hether the
United States is on its way to becoming a theocracy
is actually a silly question” (“Faith in Our Future?”
April 25, 2005)....[B]ut [I am] not assured by Barone's
word that “no religion is going to impose laws on an
unwilling Congress or the people of this country.”
Is that how it would work?

 

 

Certainty vs. Humility about God
The Tao that can be named is not true Tao
By David Stevens Seeley

There is a crucial issue facing the human race that is not
being sufficiently discussed—between (A) those who believe
they have certain knowledge of the nature of God and His
Will, and (B) those who believe that it is best for people to
have a degree of humility about their religious beliefs—to
accept the fact that, however much beliefs may command
our faith and loyalty, there is no way to be “certain” of their
“truth,” and that it is therefore unwise and perhaps even
blasphemous to disrespect or be alienated from those with
different faiths
.  

 

 

 

The New Blacklist
By Doug Ireland, LA Weekly

Spurred on by a biblical injunction evangelicals
call "The Great Commission," and emboldened
by George W. Bush's re-election, which is
perceived as a "mandate from God," the
Christian right has launched a series of
boycotts and pressure campaigns aimed
at corporate America -- and at its
sponsorship of entertainment, programs
and activities they don't like.

 

 

The Religious Left Fights Back

By Van Jones
Rabbi Michael Lerner is stirring up trouble again --
thank God.... Lerner wants to help forge a new
alliance of "religious, secular and spiritual, but
not religious, progressives." This alliance will
someday expose and challenge the cancer of
American consumerism. And it will oppose the
religious Right's abuse of scripture to promote
war, intolerance and ugly corporate agendas.
                                              

 

 

The GOP: God's own party?
Several weeks ago, Episcopal priest and former
Republican Senator John Danforth began an op-ed
in the New York Times by writing: "By a series of
recent initiatives, Republicans have transformed
our party into the political arm of conservative
Christians." And, I would add, some Religious
Right leaders are trying to transform the church
into the religious arm of conservative Republicans.
Either way, these partisan attempts to hijack
faith and politics are wrong.

 

 

Bush's Calvin College surprise
by Jim Wallis

An extremely narrow and aggressively partisan
expression of right-wing Republican religion has
controlled the debate on faith and politics in the
public square for years. But that is no longer true.

 

 

Petitioner or Prophet?
David Domke and Kevin Coe

President Bush delivered his first 2005 commencement
address on May 21 at Calvin College, a small evangelical
Christian school in western Michigan. This address marked
the latest attempt by the Republican Party to use talk
about God for political gain.

 

 

Calvin Professors Speak Out Against
Bush Visit
Wednesday, May 18, 2005

In a full-page advertisement that will run in The
Press on Friday and a half-page ad to appear
Saturday, Calvin students, staff and alumni voice
their disappointment with Bush's graduation stop.
"By their deeds ye shall know them," reads the paid
advertisement, quoting the Bible. "Your deeds,
Mr. President -- neglecting the needy to coddle
the rich, desecrating the environment, and
misleading the country into war -- do not exemplify
the faith we live by.
"

 

 

Pat Robertson Calls America's Judges
Greater Threat than Terrorists and
Nazi Germany
On Sunday morning, [May 1, 2005] Christian
Coalition founder Pat Robertson told TV viewers
nation-wide that the threat posed by liberal
judges is “probably more serious than a few
bearded terrorists who fly into buildings.” When
an incredulous George Stephanopoulos asked if
Robertson really believed that these judges posed
“the most serious threat America has faced in nearly
400 years of history, more serious than al Qaeda,
more serious than Nazi Germany and Japan, more
serious than the Civil War?,” he responded,
“George, I really believe that.

 

 

Politicized Scholars Put
Evolution on the Defensive

By JODI WILGOREN

When President Bush plunged into the
debate over the teaching of evolution, saying, "both
sides ought to be properly taught," he seemed to
be reading from the playbook of the Discovery Institute,
the conservative think tank that is at the helm of this
newly volatile frontier in the nation's culture wars.

 

 

A Yurica Report Editorial:
The Wall of Demarcation: Are We a
Nation Ruled By Law or by Men?
Humpty-Dumpty Bush Sat on a Wall
In perhaps the most serious misstep an American
president has ever taken, George W. Bush has crossed
the wall separating a nation ruled by laws from a
nation ruled by men in violation of the Constitution.

 

 

Democrats voted out of N.C.
church, Pastor Steps Down
updated May 11, 2005

Members say Pastor reportedly told Kerry-backers
to repent or leave
During the presidential election last
year, Pastor Chan Chandler told the congregation that
anyone who planned to vote for Democratic Sen. John
Kerry should either leave the church or repent, said
former member Lorene Sutton. Members of the small
East Waynesville Baptist Church say Chandler led an
effort to kick out congregants who didn’t support President
Bush. Nine members were voted out at a Monday church
meeting in this mountain town, about 120 miles
west of Charlotte.

 

 

Evangelicals Want to Strip Courts' Funds
Taped at a private conference, the leaders outline
ways to punish jurists they oppose.

By Peter Wallsten
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — Evangelical Christian leaders, who
have been working closely with senior Republican
lawmakers to place conservative judges in the federal
courts, have also been exploring ways to punish sitting
jurists and even entire courts viewed as hostile to

 

 

A Dominionist Reviews
Katherine Yurica's
Essay on Dominionism!
Rejecting Agape
Fear of Control by the Creator
By: Al Cronkrite
[Yurica Report Editor's Note: Mr. Cronkrite is a defender
of Dominionism. His review of Katherine Yurica's
The Despoiling of America is offered here so our
readers can contrast the differences in tone and
style of reporting as well as the documentation
offered in both articles.

 

 

"Reclaiming America For Christ"
by Bob Moser

In the conference's opening ceremony, the
Dominionists recite an oath they dream of hearing
in every classroom:
I pledge allegiance to the
Christian flag, and to the Savior for whose kingdom
it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen and coming
again, with
life and liberty for all who believe.’”

 

 

Republicans, In the Name
of Religion Have Transformed the
Party:
In the Name of Politics
By JOHN C. DANFORTH
Republicans have transformed our party
into the political arm of conservative Christians.
The elements of this transformation have
included advocacy of a constitutional amendment
to ban gay marriage, opposition to stem cell
research involving both frozen embryos and
human cells in petri dishes, and the extraordinary
effort to keep Terri Schiavo hooked up to
a feeding tube.

 

 

Some Pharmacists Refuse
To Fill Birth Control Prescriptions
By Rob Stein
Some pharmacists across the country are
refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control
and morning-after pills, saying that dispensing
the medications violates their personal moral
or religious beliefs.

 

 

 

Air Force Cadets Complain of
Religious Harassment by Christian
Evangelicals
By Robert Weller, AP
Less than two years after it was plunged into
a rape scandal, the Air Force Academy is
scrambling to address complaints that
evangelical Christians wield so much
influence at the school that anti-Semitism
and other forms of religious harassment
have become pervasive.

 

 

 

A Mission To 'Reclaim
America'

by Jane Lampman

In material given to conference attendees,
the Rev. D. James Kennedy, Coral Ridge
pastor wrote: “As the vice-regents of God,
we are to bring His truth and His will to bear
on every sphere of our world and our society.
We are to exercise godly dominion and
influence over our neighborhoods, our schools,
our government ... our entertainment media,
our news media, our scientific endeavors - in
short, over every aspect and institution
of human society.

 

 

In the name of freedom and
goodness, thought suppression
is in the air
By Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
In the church these days, too, anyone who
wants to talk about the nature of life, the stem-
cell question, the definition of marriage, the
human rights of homosexual citizens or the
ordination of women is targeted for
cclesiastical sanction, accused of being
a "bad Catholic," silenced on church property,
threatened with excommunication, and made
the target of right-wing pressure groups
designed to save the world from the possibility
of examining other ideas. Like curing paralytics
on the Sabbath or raising women from the
dead, I'm sure.

 

 

 

The Madness of George W. Bush
A reflection of our collective psychosis:
Bush’s sickness is our own
By Paul Levy
George W. Bush is ill. He has a psycho-spiritual
disease of the soul, a sickness that is endemic
to our culture and symptomatic of the times we live in.

 

 

After the Schiavo Case What Can
We Expect? What Will the Radical
Christians Demand Next?
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Democratic societies have a hard time dealing
with extremists in their midst. The desire to
show respect for other people's beliefs all too
easily turns into denial: nobody wants to talk
about the threat posed by those whose beliefs
include contempt for democracy itself.

 

 

 

Read the Poll that Shows
How the Democrats are Gaining
in Mainline Churches, but the GOP
controls the Evangelical Religious Right
See why Dominionists are scurrying:
in a PDF file.

 

 

Do We Have a Christian
Presidency?
By Dennis Crews
This president sought to circumvent Geneva
conventions, to find a legal means by which
torture can be used, and his office justified
itself by finessing the law.

 

 

Unmasking the Theocons
by Sasha F. Chavkin
The intrusion of America's leading Republican politicians
into the tragic dilemma facing Terri Schiavo and her family
speaks volumes about how deeply they have become
beholden to the religious right. Brushing aside time-
honored advocacy for limited government and state
sovereignty at the behest of a crass internal memo
advertising a "great political issue" that "the pro-life
base will be excited" about, Congressional Republicans
and President Bush instead used the moment to pay
Christian conservatives their most dramatic homage to date.

 

 

 

On the Frontlines of the
Culture War

by Dr. David R. Koepsell
War has been declared in America. The battle
lines were drawn some time ago, in the early 1980s,
when a small but vocal element of fundamentalist
Christians declared a certain segment of society to
be public enemy number one. Since then, these forces,
often posing as something less than they actually are,
have been working to take power in the public sphere
and transform this country into a form of theocracy.

 

 

Roman Catholic Bishops
Cut Auditing of Their Child
Protection Measures. Happy
Holidays Little Ones!

 

 

 

After the Schiavo Case What Can
We Expect? What Will the Radical
Christians Demand Next?
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Democratic societies have a hard time dealing
with extremists in their midst. The desire to
show respect for other people's beliefs all too
easily turns into denial: nobody wants to talk
about the threat posed by those whose beliefs
include contempt for democracy itself.

 

 

 

Christian Conservatives
Press Issues in Statehouses
A New York Times article
By Neela Banerjee

 

 

 

 

Is Bush the Antichrist?
The Christian right and the Christian
left are engaged in a debate over who
'owns' Jesus—and whether Dubya is
a force for good or evil.
by Tim Appelo
When President George W. Bush was
appointed by five Supreme Court justices
in 2000, right-wing Christians sang
hosannas for the triumph of God's
will over the electorate's.

 

 

 

America the theocracy
By John Sugg
A band of influential preachers is
praying for the power to rule America.
For those who disagree, they have
a solution -- stoning.

 

 

 

Jimmy Carter Explains
how the Christian right isn't Christian
at all.

 

 

 

The Covert Kingdom:
Thy Will Be Done, On Earth as It Is in Texas
by Joe Bageant
Bageant, an editor and writer, who like Katherine Yurica,
writes from a Pentecostal and Fundamentalist background,
shows why forty percent of the electorate will be supporting
George W. Bush three to one and why their religious beliefs
are hurtling the USA backward to the new Middle Ages
where Dominionism and the Bible reign.

 

 

 

Hung Over in the End Times 
If liberal society is to survive the rise
of the Godwacks, we need to start by
calling them what they are
By Joe Bageant “Since George Bush’s
reelection, the Christian nut-jobs have
mounted an assault on my block.” So
begins Bageant’s latest article on the
immoral religious right’s political takeover
of the American government. Hard hitting,
humorous, and filled with the saltiest language
we’ve published on this web site. But don’t
let that stop you! Hung Over in the End Times
is a soul searing essay. Joe Bageant calls
them as he sees them.

 

 

My Right-wing Degree
How I learned to convert liberal campuses
into conservative havens at Morton Blackwell's
Leadership Institute, alma mater of Karl Rove,
Ralph Reed, Jeff Gannon and two Miss Americas.

By Jeff Horwitz

May 24, 2005 | One recent Sunday, at Morton Blackwell's
Leadership Institute, a dozen students meet for the second
and final day of training in grass-roots youth politics. All
are earnest, idealistic and as right wing as you can get.
They take careful notes as instructor Paul Gourley teaches
them how to rig a campus mock election.

 

 

 

George Bush and the Rise of Christian Fascism
by Rev. Rich Lang
Since December 2000 the Rev. Rich Lang writes, "we have
witnessed and have been unable to prevent the emergence
of an Imperial Presidency that has the unrestricted power
to declare war against any country he chooses."
What we need is a movement of spiritual justice.

 

 

The Jesus Landing Pad
Bush White House checked with rapture
Christians before latest Israel move

by Rick Perlstein
May 18th, 2004 10:00 AM


It was an e-mail we weren't meant to see. Not for
our eyes were the notes that showed White
House staffers taking two-hour meetings with
Christian fundamentalists, where they passed off
bogus social science on gay marriage as if it
were holy writ and issued fiery warnings that
"the Presidents [sic] Administration and current
Government is engaged in cultural, economical,
and social struggle on every level"—this to a group
whose representative in Israel believed herself to
have been attacked by witchcraft unleashed by
proximity to a volume of Harry Potter.

 

 

Heartland Morality, American Politics
by Gregory Stephens.
Can America survive? Millions of honest, hard-working,
moral people in mid-America are hearing, reading, and
believing that their messiah can only return to earth
under certain conditions--which they are told must
be aided by their political participation.

 

 

A Turn to the (Religious) Right
By Dr. Robert Abele
If John Kerry has anything going for him that
separates him from George W. Bush, it is the
fact that he is not involved in the so-called
"religious right" of America. This is the name
given by the media to a well-organized band
of fanatic biblical fundamentalists who are
hell-bent on turning our democracy over to
(their concept of) God.

 

 

'We Could Control This Country':
33 Extreme Reasons to Give Bush
the Boot
by Maureen Farrell

 

 

Wobbly Wall Between Church and State
By Maureen Farrell

In a brilliant article, Maureen Farrell brings all of the Yurica
Report articles together plus a few others not reported here.
This is a must read.

 

 

Marriage On The Rocks By Chuck Muth.
The folks supporting the Federal Marriage Amendment want
people to think it's just a measure to protect marriage. But if
that's the case, why not a constitutional amendment banning
divorce and adultery, as well? Any reasonable person would
have to admit those two have been historically far more harmful
to the institution of marriage than gay unions ever could be, right?

 

 

Hurricane Sent By God to Smite Florida?
Secret Religious Right Political Meeting In
South Interrupted by Message From God.
A biblical prophecy says the hard line Christian
"Right" are biblically wrong! A call for repentance!
Florida's hurricanes were no accident!


 

Republican Operative's Secret
Talk to Pastors
By George Beres
In a secret meeting, David Barton, Deputy Chairman
of the Texas Republican Party met with pastors.

 

 

Christians In Iraq
"It is obvious to observers on the
ground that Washington would prefer
if the whole messy problem of Iraqi
Christians would just go away..."

 

 

 

Churches Begin Election Role for Bush
By David D. Kirkpatrick
The Bush campaign is seeking to rally conservative
churches and their members to help turn out sympathetic
voters this fall, and West County Assembly of God, a
600-member evangelical congregation in a Republican
district of a pivotal swing state, is on the
ront lines of the effort.

 

 

House Passes HR 3313, the
“Marriage Protection Act”
With Two More Dominionist
Bills to Go
By Katherine Yurica
By a vote of 233 to 194, the House of
Representatives took the first step in U.S.
history, to change the system of checks
and balances built into the U.S. Constitution.
And read the New York Times editorial that
calls the passage of this bill by even one
house of congress an "outrage."

 

 

 

Pointing out the different planks
in party platforms

By Phyllis Schlafly

Discusses HR 3313. President Bush is quoted by
Schlafly: "We will not stand for judges who undermine
democracy by legislating from the bench and try to
remake America by court order." The platform followed
up by asserting: "The Republican House of Representatives
has responded to this challenge by passing H.R. 3313, a
bill to withdraw jurisdiction from the federal courts over the
Defense of Marriage Act. We urge Congress to use its
Article III power to enact this into law, so that activist federal
judges cannot force 49 other states to approve and recognize
Massachusetts' attempt to redefine marriage."

 

 

On Being a Liberal:
The Bible says Christians must strive to be liberal,
so when Bush-Supporters call the Kerry/Edwards'
ticket 'liberal,' aren't they praising and blessing them?
A surprise analysis By Dennis Crews

 

 

The U.S. Senate Rejects Bid to
Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Two short articles show the defeat of the
Constitutional issue against Same-Sex
Marriages: Bill Frist, Senate Majority Leader
vowed, "This is the start. And it's not going
to be over...We'll be back in the future."
Senator Edward M. Kennedy said,
"
Trying to write discrimination into
the Constitution is bad enough..
."

 

 

Politicking on Marriage
a New York Times must read editorial.

 

 

Hug an Evangelical
by Nicholas D. Kristof

 

 

Onward G.O.P. Soldiers
A New York Times must read editorial.

 

 

Jesus and Jihad
by Nicholas D. Kristof

If the latest in [Tim LaHaye’s] the ‘Left Behind’
series of evangelical thrillers is to be believed,
Jesus will return to Earth, gather non-Christians
to his left and toss them into everlasting fire:”

 

 

 

Bush White House checked with rapture
Christians before latest move. The Jesus
Landing Pad
by Rick Perlstein. Members of the
United Pentecostal Church have direct access to the
Bush White House. Read this Village Voice
reakthrough article. Click on the box.

 

 

 

Al Gore gave a speech that
will resound in the halls of
American courage for as
long as men will be here to
read it.
"An American policy of
dominance is as repugnant to the rest of
the world as the ugly dominance of the
helpless, naked Iraqi prisoners has been
to the American people. Dominance is
as dominance does."

 

 

 

RICO: It's time to prosecute the Catholic
church under the Racketeer Influenced
Corrupt Organization (RICO) law.
A sharp and readable article by Marci
Hamilton, who holds the Paul R. Verkuil
Chair in Public Law at Benjamin
N. Cardozo School of Law. Hamilton
explains why the law meant for criminal
organizations, is applicable to an institution
founded for benign purposes.

 

 

 

What is and What Should Never Be
by Dennis Crews, a review of The Despoiling
of America
by Katherine Yurica from a man
who sat on the board of a Christian ministry
and watched it all happen.

 

 


Also by Dennis Crews, Strange Bedfellows.
Read his prescient article written in 1984
during the Reagan administration.

 

 

 

Evangelical Leaders Affirm the
Need for Government to Aid the
Needy
by Larry B. Stammer

 

 

 

Bush Asked the Vatican to
Pressure U.S. Bishops to
Help Get Bush Re-Elected
by David Kirkpatrick of the
New York Times

 

 

 

Rev. Moon Crowned
King in a Senate Office
Building.
From Salon.com

 

 

Read a review of "Despoiling" from
a different perspective

by J. A. Bartlett who brings a convincing
sophistication to the subject including
comments from other readers.

 

 

House Republicans Drop
Provision to Give Religious Leaders the Right to
Engage in Political Partisanship Without Losing
Tax Exempt Status Dominionism droops a little.

 

 

 

How Dominionist Charles Colson
Brought Catholics and Evangelicals
Together to Become America's Most
Potent Political Power
by Laurie Goodstein.
Father Neuhaus said the alliance is "an extraordinary
realignment that if it continues is going to create a
very different kind of configuration of Christianity in America.

 

 

 

Dominionists Seek to Split
Protestant Churches
Presbyterians, United Methodists and
Episcopalians have beome insurrection
targets of the Institute on Religion and
Democracy funded by the Scaife family,
the Ahmanson's, and the Bradley and
Olin Foundations in an effort to separate
the liberal churches from the conservative
churches in the same denomination.

 

 

 

A Matter of Faith
by David Brooks

Bill Clinton knew what John
Kerry doesn't: in order to win
election, a candidate must
be religious.

 

 

A Vicious Attack:
The Jesus Thing
by Ann Coulter
The only Democrats who go to church
regularly are the ones who plan to run
for president someday and are preparing
in advance to fake a belief in God.

 

 

If you missed Frontline's special on
PBS on April 29, 2004, it can be seen
on-line.
See George Bush and
"The Jesus Factor" Click on the gray box below:

 

 

A Catholic Nun
Discusses John Kerry's faith
and the Bishops' direction.

 

 

 

Bishop Denies
Communion to Catholics
Who Vote for Kerry
Step by step, day by day the
militant churches of America,
both Catholic and Evangelical
unleash their power.

 

Fundamentalist General Boykin
was assigned the job of making
Abu Ghraib like Guantanamo.
by Sidney Blumenthal

 

 

 

Pentecostal Chaplain
Takes the Fifth.
Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan was
in charge of interrogation at

Abu Ghraib acording to an L.A. Times
article. He was also a Pentecostal
Chaplain according to an Assemblies
of God article.

 

 

A Review of the PBS TV
Show: "The Jesus Factor"
aired on PBS (Bush
and his God) by Alessandra Stanley

 

 

Walk the Walk
Who is allowed to quote from the
scriptures? Democrats or
Republicans?

 

 

The Christian Taliban
by Stephen Pizzo, Alter Net

 

 

College for the Home-Schooled
Is Shaping Leaders for the Right
Of the nearly 100 interns working in the
White House, seven are from the roughly
240 students enrolled in the new Patrick
Henry College in Virginia.

 

 

Christian Fundamentalists
Are Driving U.S. Middle
East Policy
by George Monbiot

 

 

Rabbis Criticise Evangelical
Support for Israel
The rabbis fear the Christians' real
intent is to convert Jews.

 

 

Putting Bias Into the
Constitution
The N.Y. Times implores President
Bush to refrain from injecting mean-
spiritedness and exclusion into the
Constitution.

 



Reader's Choice: Dr. Laura
gets an answer from a U.S. Citizen
When Dr. Laura told her radio
audience that she was duty bound to
follow the Holy Scriptures' prohibitions
against homosexuals, she was
not expecting to receive an
hilarious letter from a perplexed
educator. Funny but raises serious
questions.

 

And See Also these Documents:

 

 

Paul Weyrich's
"Teaching Manual" on how to
defeat the Democrats by
intimidation and how to
destroy the American
Culture. It's a moral battle
between good and evil! But
guess who's evil!

 

 

You Should Know what Tom
Delay plans for America and you can
read the Texas Republican Party's
incredible hatefilled document
here at the 2002 Platform.

 

Pat Robertson warned against
reckless spending: "Congress is buying
votes with your money. It's time to clean
out congress." Reported by Katherine Yurica

 


 

 

 

 

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