Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Ted, the Anointed King, and Other Dominionist/Reconstructionists Beliefs
It is interesting as an outsider to watch the YouTube video below of a gathering of Dominionists, led by Ted Cruz's father, praying for a Christian "transfer of wealth" from the "wicked" to the "righteous."
Wait! Did I just type "transfer of wealth?"
Don't the TeaPublicans call that COMMUNISM? So what about this "transfer of wealth" being preached by Ted Cruz's father? Is this "transfer of wealth" a NOT- Communist idea because the righteous will take the wealth from the wicked and give it to the righteous? Sort of like Robin Hood and his Merry Men? But the righties hate that idea and holler about the Libruls and Progressives wanting to "distribute the wealth!" So what makes it wonderful coming from the mouths of Dominionists, but EVUL when Libruls say it? I'd love to hear an explanation from one of these folks telling me how it is different.
(How could Ted Cruz grow up in a home where his pastor father talked about the transfer of wealth and NOT be influenced by this sort of communism? Didn't people wonder how Mr. Obama could listen to his pastor on Sundays and not be influenced? And yet Ted Cruz grew up with a father who talked about such things. Where's the outrage from the right on this?)
As an outsider who has no concept of what the hell they mean by their own special interpretation of the "transferring/distributing of wealth," I found another thing puzzling. Not once in this 10-minute collage of preaching did I hear one word about feeding, clothing, and giving shelter to the poor, comforting the sick, forgiving those who trespass, being merciful to those who need mercy, loving thy neighbor even if he or she is a Librul. Nothing. Zero. Nada. Not one word of what their Savior preached passed their lips. The other pastor in the video, Larry Huch, however, does talk about politics and how Ted Cruz will deliver all the holy folks into something, something, saved, and hallelujah!
It's evident that what's behind this movement is the fanatical desire to make this country into a theocracy, to fundamentally transform this country, from what the Founding Fathers established: a secular society where people are free to privately worship what and whom they choose. There's nothing in our Constitution that talks about the transfer of wealth from the wicked to the righteous (BTW, who'll determine exactly who those two groups are? People like Ted Cruz's father as well as other Dominionist Republican/Tea Party leaders? Will they label Muslims, Atheists, Buddhists, Hindus, etc. as "the wicked" and make them wear little yellow symbols of wickedness on their clothing so they'll "know?")
A perfect blend of theocracy and government -- one of the warning signs of fascism.
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
According to New Beginnings’ dominionist pastor, Larry Huch, Ted Cruz got elected to the senate because God is about to begin his “rule and reign” and there will be a big “end-time transfer of wealth.”
Somehow, transferring wealth is a good thing when the money is being taken from non-believers and awarded to the church but bad if rich folks and corporations are expected to pay their way. It is no coincidence that those rich folks and corporations are big supporters of people like Ted Cruz. God chose Ted Cruz and he is now apparently selecting his bankers.
As HuffPo explains the results, they seem to have very little to do with anything Jesus preached about wealth, even though a weaponized Jesus figures prominently in dominionist plans: So to pull all this logic together, God anoints priests to work in the church directly and kings to go out into the marketplace to conquer, plunder, and bring back the spoils to the church.
The reason governmental regulation has to disappear from the marketplace is to make it completely available to the plunder of Christian “kings” who will accomplish the “end time transfer of wealth.” Then “God’s bankers” will usher in the “coming of the messiah.”
From Political Research Associates:
Inside the Christian Right Dominionist Movement That's Undermining Democracy
Advocates of Dominion Theology go beyond the democracy eroding theocracy of Dominionism into a totalitarian form of religious power called a "theonomy," in which pluralistic democracy and religious tolerance are seen as a problem to be solved by godly men carrying out God's will. Karen Armstrong calls Christian Reconstructionism "totalitarian" because it leaves "no room for any other view or policy, no democratic tolerance for rival parties, no individual freedom."
Matthew N. Lyons and I call Christian Reconstructionism a "new form of clerical fascist politics," in our book Right-Wing Populism in America, because we see it echoing the religiously based clerical fascist movements that existed during World War II in countries including Romania and Hungary.
According to Fred Clarkson: Reconstructionists believe that there are three main areas of governance: family government, church government, and civil government. Under God's covenant, the nuclear family is the basic unit. The husband is the head of the family, and wife and children are "in submission" to him. In turn, the husband "submits" to Jesus and to God's laws as detailed in the Old Testament. The church has its own ecclesiastical structure and governance.
Civil government exists to implement God's laws. All three institutions are under Biblical Law, the implementation of which is called "theonomy." Christian Reconstructionists believe that as more Christians adopt Dominion Theology, they will eventually convert the majority of Americans. Then the country will realize that the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights are merely codicils to Old Testament biblical law.
Someone needs to tell these Dominionists/Reconstructionists to get back to this country's foundational beliefs, which have nothing to do with their fantasies of a Christian nation.