Why Patriarchy, Dominionism, Christian Reconstruction Is Dangerous


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“…”capital punishment is one of the best evangelistic tools of a society.” And, “there is no such thing as a natural disaster…what occurs results from God …Although we may not know the exact sin being judged.”…” Rev. Ray Sutton

One of the ways the Christian Reconstruction world works is to harass or silence anyone, especially Christians, who disagree with them.  During the past couple of weeks, I’ve been on the receiving end of this harassment.  It wasn’t much, but it was very well organized.  The attack did not come against the blog, or on Twitter, but against a review I did on Amazon.

Pink Flamingo readers must be annoyed with me for spending so much time on the subject of Patriarchy, Dominionism, and Christian Reconstruction.  There’s a  reason.  Once I was able to link Larry Pratt with Rushdoony and can document that he was the one who first began the anti-immigration racism, then all the puzzle pieces I’ve been trying to blindly put together, for the past seven years, suddenly fit.   Unlike the old five degrees of separation joke about Kevin Bacon, we’re not even dealing with two degrees of separation.  When Rushdoony is directly linked to the John Birch Society, and drew on their deep pockets, it all fits.

It is no longer a conspiracy theory.  It is no longer hypothetical.  When one considers the fact that the late, great William F. Buckley once said that what he feared most was the John Birch Society joining forces with the Randian Libertarians, and we have a very real problem.  Rushdoony’s new religion, created via New Testament hard-core unrelenting law, with only a few highlights from the New Testament, embraces Randian libertarianism.  It is the perfect storm.  Like Buckley said, the greatest threat to the freedom of the United States of America would come from them.

“…Unfortunately this Christian Reconstructionism of Rushdoony is based also on Holocaust denial and racism. Rushdoony believed that interracial marriage, which he referred to as “unequal yoking”, should be made illegal. He also opposed “enforced integration”, referred to Southern slavery as “benevolent”, and said that “some people are by nature slaves”. In The Institutes of Biblical Law he calculated Jewish deaths during the Holocaust to be between 896,292 and 1.2 million, suggested that many of those died of epidemics, and accused Holocaust survivors and researchers of bearing “false witness” against Germans, another Biblical law bearing the death penalty. Rushdoony states, “The false witness born during World War II with respect to Germany is especially notable and revealing. The charge is repeatedly made that six million innocent Jews were slain by the Nazis, and the figure–and even larger figures–is now entrenched in the history books”. He considers this a lie….”

Well, he was right. It is the greatest threat to freedom.  It is the greatest threat to the United States of America.  Not only do these people literally want to over-throw the current form of government and instill a theocracy where God tells the select elders anointed and in power, but anyone who is against it is a heretic.  Rushdoony and his protege Gary North managed to manipulate their new religion into a form where anyone who objects to their perversion of Christianity is a heretic.  Not only are we heretics, but we are to be executed.  Anyone in public life, public office who objects, and fails to repent will be executed.

“…Rushdoony’s dislike of democracy and tolerance and the wide use he would make of the death penalty, the British Centre for Science Education called him “a man every bit as potentially murderous as Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot or anyone else you may want to name amongst the annals of evil” and “a thoroughly evil man.” Rushdoony forced his first wife to be committed to Agnew State Hospital (by Dr Rappaport) so that he could divorce her within his theology. His married lover, Dorthy Ross Kirkwood, subsequently did the same to her husband (Thomas Kirkwood). They married after both of their divorces were final. Rushdoony then forced his new wife to disown her adopted son, Tom Kirkwood….”

First, this explains the reason certain far right entities have joined forces with the militias, Sovereign Citizens, Oath Keepers, KKK, White Supremacists, and those who flirt with fascism. These are the ones who are constantly calling for Barack Obama to be tried for impeachment and even executed.  It all makes sense.  It is all quite terrifying because they are openly expressing the dirty little secret of this new religion that has managed to assimilate much of the far right.  It began in 1984 with the Coalition on Revival. which spread the message of R.  J. Rushdoony to the world, at large.  They want to inflict Biblical Law on the rest of us.  If you’ve noticed how many of the far right, Tea Party Republicans don’t quite get the Constitution, there’s a reason.  They don’t care about the Constitution.  It’s all tied up in Biblical Law.

“…”Supernatural Christianity and democracy are inevitably enemies,” Rushdoony wrote. “Democracy is the great love of the failures and cowards of life…”

If we were talking some uneducated, red-neck, far right, he-man-woman-hating preacher from Podunk, USA, then we don’t have a problem.  When so-called ‘religious’ and political leaders like Pat Buchanan, Larry Pratt, John Hagee, James Dobson, Family Research Council, Rick Warren, Ted Cruz, Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Howard Phillips, Doug Phillips, Vision Forum, Mark Driscoll, International House of Prayer, Lou Engle, Peter Wagner, International Coalition of Apostles, Jerry” Boykin, FOX News, The New Apostolic Reformation, The Call, NAR, Ted Haggard, Gary Demar, Samuel Rodriguez, Newt Gingrich, David Barton, Glenn Beck, Coalition on Revival, Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders, NCFIC, Ken Ham, Pat Robinson, Jerry Falwell, Paul Weyrich, Phillis Schlafly, Eagle Forum, Tim LeHaye, American Coalition for Traditional Values, Concerned Women for American, Council for National Policy, Ralph, Reed, Christian Coalition, Sam Brownback, Karl Rove, John Hostetler, Judge Roy Moore, Rick Santorum, Antonin Scalia, Orrin Hatch, Federalist Society, Charles Koch, David Koch, Fred Koch, John Ashcroft, Kenneth Starr,Tom Coburn, Rick Joyner, Cindy Jacobs, Bobby Jindal, The Chalcedon Foundation, Mike Huckabee, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, D. James Kennedy, Promise Keepers, American Center for Law and Justice, Operation Rescue, Randall Terry, Wallbuilders, Francis Schaeffer, Richard A. Viguerie, Terry Dolan, Paul Weyrich, Ken Blackwell, Bill Gothard, Tom Delay, Free Congress Foundation, Ken Hemphill, Alan Keyes, Victoria Jackson, Bill Federer, Alex Jones, Gary Kreep, Francis Schaeffer, John Whitehead, Rutherford Institute, Bill Dannemeye, Joseph Morecraft, David Chilton, Clarence Thomas,  Bill Graves, Paul Pressle, . Debbie Riddle, David Welch, Jack Tompkins, Keet Lewis, Rick Scarborough, Rev. Ray Sutton, The Council for National Policy, Conservative Digest, John Lofton,Greg Bahnsen, Institute for Creation Science, Nelson Bunker Hunt, John Templeton, Phillip Johnson, Ed Meese, and so forth and so on.

Sure, the list is incomplete.  But, it does give you a picture of what is going on in the country, in the far right.  We’re dealing with an association of white supremacists, bigots, neo-Nazis, the KKK, birthers, anti-immigration, gun rights, libertarian, freedom-loving individuals who are so sure that their way is the only way that the want to deprive the rest of us of our freedom, including our religious freedom.  Not only that, but they want to deprive us of our very lives, if we disagree with them.  Of course, they can opt to force people into Biblical Slavery.

“…The significance of the Reconstructionist movement is not its numbers, but the power of its ideas and their surprisingly rapid acceptance. Many on the Christian Right are unaware that they hold Reconstructionist ideas. Because as a theology it is controversial, even among evangelicals, many who are consciously influenced by it avoid the label. This furtiveness is not, however, as significant as the potency of the ideology itself. Generally, Reconstructionism seeks to replace democracy with a theocratic elite that would govern by imposing their interpretation of “Biblical Law.” Reconstructionism would eliminate not only democracy but many of its manifestations, such as labor unions, civil rights laws, and public schools. Insufficiently Christian men would be denied citizenship, perhaps executed. So severe is this theocracy that it would extend capital punishment beyond such crimes as kidnapping, rape, and murder to include, among other things, blasphemy, heresy, adultery, and homosexuality (“Christian Reconstructionism: Theocratic Dominionism Gains Influence: Part 1 — Overview and Roots,” by Frederick Clarkson, 3/94 The Public Eye). …”

They consider democracy to be ‘mob rule’.  They consider women lesser beings, where God speaks through the men in their lives.  The leaders of the new ‘Christian’ nation will be men anointed by God, to be leaders.  Never mind if we know if they are rally ‘anointed’.

The most dangerous part of this entire movement is the fact that Rushdoony considered democracy to be heresy.  That he felt power only came from God, to the anointed.  Because he considered democracy to be mob rule, with individuals who might not be anointed by God voting and in power, it is better to sacrifice our freedom and become a dictatorship based on alleged anointed individuals who tell everyone what God told them, then to be free.  Every aspect of society must become under theocratic rule.  In other words – the Untied States must morph into a Christian Taliban, where women are submissive, daughters cloistered, husbands chosen, and anyone who objects will be accused of heresy, and executed as quickly as possible.  The rules and laws enforced on the United States will be even harsher than those associated with hard-core Islam.

“…Nearly three and a half centuries later, the “New Puritans,” called Reconstructionists, want to do what the earlier ones could not. Believing they have a mandate from God to reconstruct American society, they want to establish a theocracy or Theonomy (God’s law) by instituting the civil code of the Law of Moses under which all Americans, and eventually all the world must live. They propose to eradicate democracy and reinstate a form of slavery. (Most Reconstructionists are also anti-Semitic and racist, views deeply seeded in the old Identity Movement that purported to be Christian.) Reconstructionism has married politics and attached its agenda to that arena. Under the cover of fighting abortion, homosexuality, witchcraft, pornography, secular public education, and other anathemas to Christianity, it has made enormous strides in religious and political affairs….”

The reason?  Christ cannot come back to reclaim the Earth as His own until His Kingdom has been established.  In order to bring about the end of the human race as we know it, the United States must become Christ’s own kingdom.

They encourage ignorance.  Rushdoony is the one who basically started funding the Creationist movement, bankrolling the Institute for Creation Science.  Rushdoony was the brainchild behind the religious home schooling movement.  He felt the way to bring about a change in our society was to take children out of school and educate them, quite selectively. He also believed that the John Birch Society model is the way to achieve his goal of so-called Christian dominion of the earth.

No, this isn’t a crazy conspiracy theory. This is reality in the United States, 2013.  We are on the cusp of being destroyed as a democracy and turned into a racist, fascist, religious dictatorship which is the creation of a man psychologists have concluded had the potential of being another Hitler.  So do his followers.  The creation of Rushdoony’s paradise on earth would result in the death of tens of millions of Christians in this nation, myself included.

For those people who said this could never happen in the United States, well, it is happening, and we are like a frog being gradually boiled to death.  You put a frog in cold water and gradually heat it and he boils to death.  You put a frog in a pot of hot water and he jumps out.  We’re slowly being boiled to death as a nation.



4 thoughts on “Why Patriarchy, Dominionism, Christian Reconstruction Is Dangerous

  1. You are one of the few people out there willing to talk about the Dominionism Movement going on in this country. The mainstream media won’t go near it. The Tea Party is basically a coup of our government by these Dominionists. And this ‘manifest destiny’ of Biblical Law allows them to openly defend a racist/bigot/homophobe like Phil Robertson, because he’s a ‘Christian.’ Scary stuff.

  2. Please correct this. You mean “created via “OLD” Testament hard-core”

    “Rushdoony’s new religion, created via New Testament hard-core
    unrelenting law, with only a few highlights from the New Testament,
    embraces Randian libertarianism. ”

    It’s early on your home page. Thanks, we don’t want people to misunderstand where these nutcases are coming from.

  3. Not many people know about this history. How did you become familiar with it? Have you read the first major academic books on Christian Reconstructionism that came out this year? (McVicar and Ingersoll) Reconstructionist influenced people and organizations have grown quite powerful in the past 10-20 years and are extremely well funded, but the dire outcome you describe is unlikely. It’s complicated and not good, but these people will not be able to produce a theocracy anywhere. They can simply weaken democracy and push it in extreme nationalist directions.

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