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Sunday, August 21, 2011

What the Heck Is "Christian Dominionism" and How the Left Is Using It As A Political Bludgeon

Michelle Goldberg

Since Leftists and their Democrat Party have no arguments that defend their abysmal socio-economic record, they have to attack Conservatives and Republicans on their youthful indiscretions or their Christian beliefs. They even go so far as to attack family members (Bachman’s husband is a closet gay, Palin’s Down’s Syndrome son Trig was the result of incest between her husband and daughter). I read and study a lot of religion, and I’ve never heard of “Dominionism” and “Dominionists” and “Christian Reconstructionists”. If I haven't heard of it, rest assured regular day to day ordinary non-scholarly Christians have no idea of them. There are the Christian “Deconstructionists” that take form thorough the “Sojourners” and Marxist Jim Wallis. Will blog on that later.

Apparently Dominionists are a Christian fringe group advocating for Christian world dominion. Even though most Christians haven’t even heard of this group or idea, what the Left is doing is trying to connect individuals, specifically Bachman and Perry, to this group, and then connect that to Christians in general to it, and that to Islamofacists. A little odd, since many Leftists advocate for Sharia Law being incorporated into Western Civilization’s socio-economic values and structure, and refuse to call Islamofascist terrorists, terrorists. The Bishop of Canterbury has even said Sharia Law should be incorporated into Christianity.

"Put simply, Dominionism means that Christians have a God-given right to rule all earthly institutions. Originating among some of America’s most radical theocrats, it’s long had an influence on religious-right education and political organizing. But because it seems so outrĂ©, getting ordinary people to take it seriously can be difficult. Most writers, myself included, who explore it have been called paranoid.” I wouldn’t call her paranoid, just a Christophobe. 
"Again, mainstream U.S. America doesn’t understand that people like Michele Bachmann have signed onto Bronze Age mythology, including its misogyny, its homophobia, its racism, and all the rest of it, and that that is the religion they are part of…, a bigot, and intolerant." Just like Islamofascists. 
I remember reading an article by another bigoted Christophobe commentator saying the Reagan years were a horrible time because we lived in an oppressive Christian Theocracy. Really? Goldberg goes on to say: “Think of it like political Islamism, which shapes the activism of a number of antagonistic fundamentalist movements, from Sunni Wahabis in the Arab world to Shiite fundamentalists in Iran.” So there’s the link to terrorists and murderers in the name of religion, and that is what Christianity is really about too.

Goldberg and other intolerant bigots say Dominionists want the Constitution jettisoned and Old Testament laws to govern a Theocratic State. That would mean homosexuals, adulterers and the rest would be executed for their transgressions. Then they connect Bachman and Perry to this, and infer that all Christians advocate this. Of course when called on this idiocy they obfuscate and say that’s not what they meant. One of the reasons it’s hard to debate and discuss issues with Leftists is they say and do stuff, then say they didn’t say and do that stuff.

Goldberg on Perry: “Perry tends to be regarded as marginally more reasonable than Bachmann, but he is as closely associated with Dominionism as she is, though his links are to a different strain of the ideology.”

The reason she’s able to connect Perry and Bachman with Dominionism is they know somebody that knows somebody that may have expressed some ideas that Goldberg views as “Christian Nationalism”. Guilt by association, and all Christians are closet "Christian Nationalists". 

There’s another character pushing this Christophobia, Frank Schaeffer, apparently an evangelical at one time. He’s with Goldberg that Bachman and Perry are “Dominionists” and their goal is to infiltrate the government an turn America into a theocracy, and from there to world domination. He claims Bachman “would replace American democracy with a theocracy on a Christian level that would mirror something like modern-day Iran after it fell to the Ayatollah Khomeini.” Even more a grievous lie is, “Again, mainstream U.S. America doesn’t understand that people like Michele Bachmann have signed onto Bronze Age mythology, including its misogyny, its homophobia, its racism, and all the rest of it, and that that is the religion they are part of…”

Of course the Jurassic Press picks up on this unquestioningly, and offers it up in watered down forms. Like the whole “submission” kerfuffle, they know nothing of Christianity, its theology or history, yet will propagate this as truth because their arguments for their Religion of the State carry no weight. 

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