In so many ways the civilized world, as opposed to the world of the libertarian, Koch Machine, Christian Reconstructionist Right should not be shocked at what happened in Oklahoma during the barbaric execution of Clayton Lockett. There is a very simple and stomach turning reason why we shouldn’t be shocked. The GOP, thanks to FOX News, the strange and deplorable changes that have been occurring in Evangelical Christianity since the mid-1980s, and those who worship Ayn Rand and her perverted view of the world, has been been brainwashed. It began when Fred Koch, Robert W. Welch, Jr, and the John Birch Society merged with the perversions of Rand, and were taken in by W. Cleon Skousen, and then adopted by R. J. Rushdoony in the new religion he created which is a blend of Christianity, Mormonism, Calvinism, Old Testament rules which never existed, and a good dose of hate they neighbor as much as thy family. It is a new way of life promoted by Glenn Beck, ALEC, AFP, FOX News, Tea Parties, financed with money from the Brother’s Koch. Aside from teaching that there should basically be no charity, people who don’t work are nothing but animals, food assistance is evil, don’t even bother helping others, and pregnant women are nothing but wombs who have no rights, there is this rich fantasy of employing brutal, barbaric punishments on anyone who steps out of line. They are losing their historical perspective on the world, thanks to David Barton’s carefully blending of lies and half-truths, promoted from within major religious institutions, including the once vaulted Southern Baptist Convention.
This is a brave new world where Rushdoony created a list of reasons that people should be punished by death. Gary North (AKA Scary Gary) who is the marketing genius behind Ron Paul’s rise to fame, has elaborated on Rushdoony’s requirements. He likes the idea of death by stoning and firing squads because it is cheaper. The only reason there should be prisons is to hold people who are to be executed. These are the same people who are behind Creationism, anti-science, and who truly hate Neil Tyson, and want public schools closed. It is a world of spiritual and physical abuse of women, who have been so brainwashed, they are afraid to call out their abusers, some of whom are the leaders of the entire movement.
- Women who have had abortions
- Those performing abortions
- Women who lie about their virginity
- Disobedient children who curse their parents
- Heretics (including those who believe in democracy)
- Rapists who attack married woman or betrothed virgins
- Women guilty of chastity before marriage
“…Epitomizing the Reconstructionist idea of Biblical “warfare” is the centrality of capital punishment under Biblical Law. Doctrinal leaders (notably Rushdoony, North, and Bahnsen) call for the death penalty for a wide range of crimes in addition to such contemporary capital crimes as rape, kidnapping, and murder. Death is also the punishment for apostasy (abandonment of the faith), heresy, blasphemy, witchcraft, astrology, adultery, “sodomy or homosexuality,” incest, striking a parent, incorrigible juvenile delinquency, and, in the case of women, “unchastity before marriage.”
According to Gary North, women who have abortions should be publicly executed, “along with those who advised them to abort their children.” Rushdoony concludes: “God’s government prevails, and His alternatives are clear-cut: either men and nations obey His laws, or God invokes the death penalty against them.” Reconstructionists insist that “the death penalty is the maximum, not necessarily the mandatory penalty.” However, such judgments may depend less on Biblical Principles than on which faction gains power in the theocratic republic. The potential for bloodthirsty episodes on the order of the Salem witchcraft trials or the Spanish Inquisition is inadvertently revealed by Reconstructionist theologian Rev. Ray Sutton, who claims that the Reconstructed Biblical theocracies would be “happy” places, to which people would flock because “capital punishment is one of the best evangelistic tools of a society.”
The Biblically approved methods of execution include burning (at the stake for example), stoning, hanging, and “the sword.” Gary North, the self-described economist of Reconstructionism, prefers stoning because, among other things, stones are cheap, plentiful, and convenient. Punishments for non-capital crimes generally involve whipping, restitution in the form of indentured servitude, or slavery. Prisons would likely be only temporary holding tanks, prior to imposition of the actual sentence.
People who sympathize with Reconstructionism often flee the label because of the severe and unpopular nature of such views. Even those who feel it appropriate that they would be the governors of God’s theocracy often waffle on the particulars, like capital punishment for sinners and nonbelievers. Unflinching advocates, however, insist upon consistency. Rev. Greg Bahnsen, in his book By This Standard, writes: “We. . .endorse the justice of God’s penal code, if the Bible is to be the foundation of our Christian political ethic.”
Reconstructionism has adopted “covenantalism,” the theological doctrine that Biblical “covenants” exist between God and man, God and nations, God and families, and that they make up the binding, incorporating doctrine that makes sense of everything. Specifically, there is a series of covenant “structures” that make up a Biblical blueprint for society’s institutions. Reconstructionists believe that God “judges” a whole society according to how it keeps these covenantal laws, and provides signs of that judgment. This belief can be seen, for example, in the claim that AIDS is a “sign of God’s judgment.”
Reconstructionist Rev. Ray Sutton writes that “there is no such thing as a natural disaster. Nature is not neutral. Nothing takes place in nature by chance. . .Although we may not know the exact sin being judged,” Sutton declares, “what occurs results from God.”…”
There is a very good reason why the barbaric death of Clayton Lockett occurred in Oklahoma. It is a perfect storm of Koch Money, a governor who is abjectly ignorant, bought and paid for by the Koch Machine, and a state owned by the religious right. Mary Fallin is the poster child for ALEC. Her state, Oklahoma, has been, for many years, a testing ground, a proving ground, an experiment for the promotion of Rushdoony’s vision. If you have any doubts, just look at Hobby Lobby. The state of Oklahoma is bought and paid for by various associates of Charles and David Koch, the extreme religious right, libertarian kooks, the militias (there are 50,000 armed militia members living in the state), the tea parties, and Republicans who are so corrupt they make corruption look bad.
This is a state where the same governor, who willingly allowed a man to be brutally slaughtered in the name of law and order, goes out of her way to insure that women who have been victimized by rape, incest, or who are carrying a seriously deformed child cannot have an abortion. Like the others of her ilk, she strongly promotes the rights of the fetus as apposed to the rights of the woman carrying the fetus. She has done everything possible to hinder public and higher education while pandering to the ignorance of the anti-education zealots. She has advocated for and helped oil barons receive tax cuts while ignoring the plight of the working people in the state. In short, she is perfect for ALEC, a match made in hell.
The problem here is the fact that such ideology and political prostitution is not limited to Oklahoma. We are seeing it here in New Mexico, South Carolina, Kansas, Texas, and any state that is owned by the Koch Brothers and the extreme right of the GOP. This is not about right to life, law and order, or saving money for the taxpayer. It is about empowering a vicious ruling class, creating an uneducated under-class, depriving people of the basic education they need to be empowered voters. They are trying to prevent people from even voting unless they are the right gender and color. Christian Reconstructionism states that only baptized Christian men (of the correct denominations) will be allowed to vote. If their wives, if baptized, are to vote, they must vote as their husbands tell them. It is a world where children are allowed to go hungry, and senior citizens are to be deprived of dignity, sustenance, and – eventually – their lives.
This is the brave, new, Christian world envisioned by the John Birch Society, W. Cleon Skousen, Fred Koch, Ayn Rand, R. J. Rushdoony, Gary North, Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, Judge Roy Moore, Tom Delay, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Howard Ahamson, Bill Gothard, Vision Forum, ATI, Doug Phillips, Al Mohler, Liberty University, Ralph Reed, Pat Robertson, Family Research Council, Tim LaHaye, Gary Bauer, Michael Pearl, Debi Pearl, Nancy Campbell, Duggar Family,Phyllis Schiafly, Jim DeMint, Heritage Foundation, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, American Family Association, Chalcedon Foundation, Homeschooling Legal Defense Fund, and so forth and so on.
The execution of Clayton Lockett, who was truly an evil and horrible man, convicted of almost unspeakable crimes, is the way these goodly Christians envision the world. It is a world where there are no abortions. There is little or no charity. Children are to be brutally punished. Women are to be submissive and have as many children as possible. They are creating their own version of God’s theological hell on earth. It’s a country I don’t care to live in, not at all.
I am staunchly pro-life. I am so pro-life that I don’t believe in executing people for anything other than treason. I think that the only reason women should have abortions is due to rape, incest, the life of the mother, or due to a tragically flawed child who would spend their few moments of life suffering, horribly. I have become so pro-life, I am having difficulties dealing with the idea of military battles. Monsters like Lockett deserve to be punished – by spending life in prison, never to be allowed to see the light of day.