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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.

Watch this:

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.


Anonymous said...

In a TeaFundie's world, transforming this country into a theocracy is what the Baby Jesus told Mr. Anointed King to do, so it's okay, and not to worry, as long as Ted's fundy daddy is in charge.

Paula said...

People like Cruz and his father are dangerous. They truly believe what they're doing is God's plan, except there are OTHER RELIGIONS that believe in their plans as well, i.e., the plans in the Koran. Ask any Muslim and he'll tell you what God has planned for them and the infidels. See that's what's wrong with basing a country's laws on a book written by a prophet or dozens of Iron Age men who lived in a desert. They all believe their books are THE WORD OF GOD. Just ask the tribes in the M.E. about it.

And the Cruz family want to bring this hot mess to this country? NEVER!

Ted Cruz will never be president.

Rational Nation USA said...

Don't be so sure Free Twinkies. The forces of the Christian god are on the march and the angels righteousness are flying.

Ducky's here said...

Well, this is his base. Very frightening people who are not going to be able to elect a president but that's not the object.

Cruz can get the religious zealots out to elect the undercard.
Get a few elected to state offices and a few in the Senate and they can really gum up the works. Witness what has happened in Indiana.

I think their economic policy is a combination of Ayn Rand and Calvin. We've been cheating the elect.

Niger Abraham said...

Careful, Ducky's Here!

Rational Nation USA is an adherent of Ayn Rant's. He could turn on you.

Rational Nation USA said...

Stop trying to give Ayn Rand a bad name Duck. Study her. Go beyond the oobvious. Look deep, analyze, think beyond the Marxist box, learn to leverage Rand. She wss no advocate of the conservative/republican agenda and saw big L libertarianism for what it is, anarchy.

Rational Nation USA said...

No Niger turning on people is what the far right does. Regularly and for no reason.

Howard Brazee said...

There's a reason Jesus Christ fought the Righteous. He also warned about the wealthy, and welcomed the poor, the outsider, the unclean, and basically everybody the Religious Right is against.

Anonymous said...

"Cruz explained that he’s running because there are still too many non-believers in the “public arena.”

“This country remains a country, I believe, grounded in values, grounded in faith, but far too many Christians have ceded the public arena to people who aren’t believers.”

Ted Cruz believes only Christians can run the US Government and he, the Anointed King, should be installed as the Supreme Leader of the United States of Christians and take back political power from all nonbelievers.

The Ayatollahs are proud of him.

However, any American with any knowledge of our history sees Cruz as a dangerous demagogue.

Robert D.

Flying Junior said...

Mrs. Junior and I watched this video segment with a mixture of horror and unbelief tinged with awe. Of course this doctrine of divine benevolence rewarding the righteous with prosperity is probably much older than the last fifty years or so. But it has picked up the pace considerably with the current false teaching of end times transfer of wealth. It's not safe to dismiss Cruz as a laughable clown. Particularly when one learns that he was instrumental in delivering the Southern fundamentalist/extremist Christian vote to GWB in 2000. God forbid that he ever does become the president. Yet he could do irreparable harm simply as a senate leader or even a propagandist for the more filthy elements of the republican party.

Shaw Kenawe said...

It's interesting to note that certain conservatives lost their minds over a phrase Mr. Obama said in a campaign speech--"fundamentally transform--which, taken in context, did NOT refer to changing the Constitution.

These Dominionists/REconstructionists, however, actually want to fundamentally transform this country into a theocracy, and yet not a peep out of the Obama Deranged Right on this threat.

Here's how it works: As long as their favored people of the "correct" religion talk about transforming this country and and taking it back from "nonbelievers," as Cruz has promised, it's okay. The see no hypocrisy whatsoever in this.

Cruz will never be president. But it is useful to see how blatant he and his fellow travelers are about wanting to make America into the United States of Christianity.