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Trajan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-04 09:20 PM
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'On a Mission From God': The Religious Right and the Emerging US Theocracy
http://www.buzzflash.com/farrell/04/03/far04007.html

'On a Mission From God': The Religious Right and the Emerging American Theocracy

by Maureen Farrell

"The religious right is winning. They've won." -- Howard Stern

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So how embedded is the religious right in our political institutions? In his aptly titled Jan. 28, 2004 Rolling Stone cover story, "Reverend Doomsday," Robert Dreyfuss explains: "It might seem unlikely that the commander in chief would take his marching orders directly from on high -- unless you understand the views of the Rev. Timothy LaHaye, one of the most influential leaders of the Christian right, and a man who played a quiet but pivotal role in putting George W. Bush in the White House."

LaHaye, you may recall, is co-author of the various Left Behind series, which, to date, has sold a reported whopping 60 million copies. A "strict biblical reconstructionist" who takes the Bible as "God's literal truth," LaHaye believes that Armageddon will be unleashed from "the Antichrist's headquarters in Babylon" (i.e. Iraq).

"Of course, there have always been preachers on the margins of the religious right thundering on about the end of the world," Dreyfuss writes. "But it's doubtful that such a fanatic believer has ever had such a direct pipeline to the White House. Five years ago, as Bush was gearing up his presidential campaign, he made a little-noticed pilgrimage to a gathering of right-wing Christian activists, under the auspices of a group called the Committee to Restore American Values. The committee, which assembled about two dozen of the nation's leading fundamentalist firebrands, was chaired by LaHaye."

In other words, Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore, and the religious right wants to be the great and powerful Oz. For your consideration, here are some of the means by which they're succeeding:

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GOPBasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-04 10:39 PM
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1. Here in the blue states, we should just separate from the country.
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dems4israel Donating Member (49 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-04 12:49 AM
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3. The Sum of all Democratic Fears
Im afrid the US is showing some shades of post 79 Iran this shift
toward Chirstian groups getting more and more extreme started in the early 80's it has only been as of late they have been getting a lot of political power that is one of the reasons why we must support moderates they can help us.
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TaraMoon Donating Member (45 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 06:06 AM
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4. Clark is your idea of a moderate?
Clark is your idea of a moderate?  The man sits on the board
of the coporation that produced the software Ashcroft intended
to use to build a database on ALL Americans.   Clark sists on
the board of a coporation that sells war materials.  
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IHeart1993 Donating Member (236 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-04 11:46 PM
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2. That's a great article
It really got me worried about how the religious right wants to take over the country.
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TaraMoon Donating Member (45 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 06:06 AM
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5. They already have.
Wants to? They already have.
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TaraMoon Donating Member (45 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 06:31 AM
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6. Superb article
I hope that everyone who dismisses the threat posed by the
Religious Right reads this article. Twice.  Thank you for
posting it.
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