PART XXVIII-C: Christian Reconstruction, ATI, Abuse & Submission – Character First?


Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 12.15.35 PMThese are Gothard’s Character Qualities:

The Gift of Teaching
Dependability vs. Inconsistency
Diligence vs. Slothfulness
Patience vs. Restlessness
Reverence vs. Disrespect
Security vs. Anxiety
Self-Control vs. Self-Indulgence
Thoroughness vs. Incompleteness

The Gift of Exhorting (encouraging personal development)
Creativity vs. Underachievement
Discernment vs. Judgment
Discretion vs. Simplemindedness
Enthusiasm vs. Apathy
Faith vs. Presumption
Love vs. Selfishness
Wisdom vs. Natural Inclinations

The Gift of Giving
Cautiousness vs. Rashness
Contentment vs. Covetousness
Gratefulness vs. Unthankfulness
Generosity vs. Stinginess
Punctuality vs. Tardiness
Resourcefulness vs. Wastefulness
Thriftiness vs. Extravagance
Tolerance vs. Prejudice

The Gift of Organizing (administration)
Decisiveness vs. Double-Mindedness
Determination vs. Faintheartedness
Humility vs. Pride
Initiative vs. Unresponsiveness
Loyalty vs. Unfaithfulness
Orderliness vs. Disorganization
Responsibility vs. Unreliability

The Gift of Serving
Alertness vs. Unawareness
Availability vs. Self-Centeredness
Endurance vs. Giving Up
Flexibility vs. Resistance
Generosity vs. Stinginess
Hospitality vs. Loneliness
Joyfulness vs. Self-Pity
Endurance vs. Giving Up

The Gift of Prophecy (speaking warnings about sin)
Boldness vs. Fearfulness
Forgiveness vs. Rejection
Obedience vs. Willfulness
Persuasiveness vs. Contentiousness
Thoroughness vs. Incompleteness
Truthfulness vs. Deception
Virtue vs. Impurity

The Gift of Mercy
Attentiveness vs. Unconcern
Compassion vs. Indifference
Deference vs. Rudeness
Gentleness vs. Harshness
Justice vs. Fairness
Meekness vs. Anger
Sensitivity vs. Callousness


Rogers Website P. 366
Rogers Website
P. 366

The training is ‘godly’, but it is also a recipe for corruption.

“...The IBLP’s “blue book,” formally titled The Power for True Success, is carried around by many of the IACC officials. It explains the imperative for learning the 49 character qualities this way: “Character reveals the Lord Jesus Christ, since He is the full personification of all good character qualities.” It continues, “understanding character explains why things happen to us, because all things work together for good to conform us to the character of Christ.”

This book is now in the hands of most of the 1,200-strong Cincinnati police force, courtesy of a life insurance salesman and CTI cheerleader named Mike Daly who, along with Phil Heimlich, helped turn Cincinnati into a City of Character. The two worked hand-in-hand to implement the CTI training into nearly all facets of government and secondary education. During one of his trainings, Daly gifted curious officers with the religious books while telling them to become “apostles for character.”

In the blue book and other IBLP materials, the 49 character qualities take on a more strident and extremist tone. “Obedience” is defined as the “freedom to be creative under the protection of divinely appointed authorities. All legitimate authority comes from God. He is the One who sets up rulers and takes them down. … God ordained government to carry out his will in matters of justice.”

“Those who violate God’s laws are like citizens who commit crimes,” Gothard explains in Sevenfold Power. “They are still citizens, but they lose certain rights and privileges that they otherwise would have enjoyed.”

Apparently, sometimes the sinners and the criminals are one and the same. In recent years, IBLP has expanded into highly controversial religious juvenile boot camps and, most recently, into a partnership with the private prison company, the Corrections Corporation of America, which has announced its intent to bring the teachings to all of the prisons it owns.

To take but one example, the workbook materials distributed to the prisoners in the CCA-run Grants, New Mexico, women’s prison include a breakdown of “basic life principles,” including “Moral Purity,” “Yielding Rights” and “Proper Submission.”

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord,” reads one of the biblical selections. Emphasis is placed on “courting” rather than “dating;” on women obeying their husbands; avoiding the “addiction” of all forms of music except for those written and/or approved by the IBLP; preserving marriage at all costs; and on the need for Christians to respect, obey and submit to church and government. These institutions and their rulers, as the workbooks explain, exist because of God’s will.

Again, here is the fundamental premise: what the IBLP hopes will come of these myriad efforts on secular and religious fronts is a patriarchal, hierarchical Christian government that truly has no place for dissent, for disbelievers, or for those whose character qualities fall short of expectations. Government, from this viewpoint, is akin to the right hand of God: Nothing or no one should stand between the two entities, or question their right to rule over our lives.

“God ordained government to carry out His will in matters of justice. Rulers are to praise those who do well and punish those who do evil,” reads the IBLP’s Power for True Success. “Because civil authorities derive their power from God, they will be judged if they violate the Laws of God.” Church leaders, fathers and husbands, and even business leaders, are given nearly the same power in this conception of a well-ordered society: “Employees are to obey employers with wholehearted service.”…”

Daily Kos
Daily Kos

It is all about ‘character’. It is about ever growing groups of unwitting dupes, all being pulled into the Gothard machine.

“...Based in Oklahoma City, the International Association of Character Cities (IACC) has designated 13 communities in Texas and more than 200 worldwide. Many are Character Cities in name only, passing symbolic resolutions and hanging a plaque on the wall, but many Burleson city and community leaders follow the program to the letter. Based on the “Character First!” school curriculum, the training materials emphasize 49 character traits ranging from alertness to obedience to wisdom. A character trait is highlighted each month, whether in a bulletin distributed in government offices, as a topic at special character employee meetings, or as instructional time in school classrooms. Employers are encouraged to hire, promote, and even fire workers based on character….

…The IACC feeds into the Christian Reconstructionist nostalgic notion that if America could rebuild as a Christian nation on biblical principles, then social ills could be cured. Although the IACC strategically dodges the separation of church and state issue by eliminating explicit references to Christianity or religion, the character traits, while on their face innocuous guides to good behavior, have fundamentalist overtones.

The IACC was established in 1998 as a division of the Character Training Institute, a subsidiary of the Institute of Basic Life Principles, a religious organization with $80 million in assets led by evangelist Bill Gothard. The IACC generates about $1.7 million in revenue annually from the sales of training materials, and conference and speaking fees. Although it is now legally and fiscally separate from the Illinois-based institute, IACC founder Tom Hill, CEO of oil and gas company Kimray Inc., sits on the institute’s advisory board, as does San Antonio millionaire and ultraconservative James Leininger, who spreads his considerable financial largesse among right-wing political candidates. [See, “Wrath of the Soccer Moms,” March 24, 2006.] U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, a Republican from the Texas 3rd District, is the chairman of the board of directors; he twice recognized Gothard and the institute on the House floor and entered his hallelujahs into the Congressional Record….

Except perhaps the Constitution. While Burleson’s Character City certificate is emblazoned with a pledge that reads in part, “I will always uphold the Constitution,” City Councilman Stuart Gillaspie, who also sits on the Character Council and is the son of Lighthouse Church Pastor Gloria Gillaspie [see “The Passion of Johnson County,” May 21, 2004] says the modern courts have misconstrued the document, which Christian Reconstructionists interpret to mean the state can’t interfere with religion, not vice versa. “There is no such thing as separation of church and state,” Gillaspie says….”

On December 9, 2007 Michael Murray murdered 4 young people. From what it has been ascertained, Murray was destroyed by Bill Gothard’s Institute of Basic Life Principles. It is a recipe for disaster.

Daily Kos
Daily Kos

Just who is using the Police Dynamics Institute? They have infiltrated police departments, not only here in the US, but world-wide, creating a generation of goose-stepping monsters. The program of character audits is so successful, we can suspect that Scientology is envious.

“...Past Contracts
Since 1998, the Police Dynamics Institute has provided professional training to over 10,000 law enforcement and government leaders from around the world.

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy – Columbia, SC
National Sheriff’s Association Annual Conference – Phoenix, AR
Lifebuilders Conference – Columbia, SC
Heritage Community Services – Summerton, SC
Law Enforcement Leadership Conference – Indianapolis, IN
International Association of Character Cities – Oklahoma City, OK
Trident Area Community of Excellence – Charleston, SC
Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association – State College, PA
Romanian National Police National Crime Prevention Unit – Voineasa, Romania

Ohio Sheriff’s Association – Columbus, OH
Romanian National Police National Police Academy – Bucharest, Romania
American Society of Military Comptrollers – Charleston, SC
United States Air Force Military Junior Officer’s Training – Charleston Air Force Base, SC
Trident Area Community of Excellence – Charleston, SC
International Association of Character Cities – Indianapolis, IN
Idaho POST Law Enforcement Leadership Conference – Boise, ID
Florence City of Character Conference – Florence, SC
National Sheriff’s Association Annual Conference – Columbus, OH
Charleston Air Force Base Fire Department – Charleston, SC
Winchester Police Department – Winchester, KY
South Carolina Jail Association – Santee, SC
Moscow Police College – Columbia, SC
Cameron and Barkley, Inc. – Hilton Head, SC
Medical University of S.C. Dental College – Charleston, SC
State Law Enforcement Division – Columbia, SC

South Carolina Department of Corrections – Columbia, SC
One Hundred Club – Charleston, SC
Cameron and Barkley, Inc. – Atlanta, GA
International Association of Character Cities – Indianapolis, IN
Hawaii County Police Department – Hilo, HI
Hattiesburg Mayor’s Breakfast – Hattiesburg, MS
Indiana Sheriff’s Association – Indianapolis, IN
Cincinnati Police Division – Cincinnati, OH (app. 1300 total personnel trained)
South Carolina Corrections Association – Myrtle Beach, SC

Allen County Sheriff’s Office – Ft. Wayne, IN
LaGrange County Sheriff’s Office – Shipshewana, IN
Cincinnati Police Division – Cincinnati, OH
South Carolina Jail Administrator’s Association – Myrtle Beach, SC
International Association of Character Cities – Flint, MI
Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office – Tuscaloosa, AL
Collier County Sheriff’s Office – Naples, FL
South Carolina Department of Corrections – Columbia, SC
ALERT Academy – Big Sandy, TX
Skiatook Police Department – Skiatook, OK
U.S. Department of Justice/U.S. Attorney’s Office – Wrightsville Beach, NC

Missouri Department of Conservation Law Enforcement Division – St. Louis, MO
Owasso Police Department – Owasso, OK
South Carolina Polygraphers Association – Myrtle Beach, SC
Law Enforcement Summit – Ridgecrest, NC
Character Training Institute – Oklahoma City, OK
Cincinnati Police Division – Cincinnati, OH (4 seminars)
Indiana Sheriff’s Association Conference- Indianapolis, IN

Illinois Sheriff’s Association – Oakbrook, IL
Colorado Sheriffs’ Association – Ft. Collins, CO
Owasso Police Department – Owasso, OK
Character Training Institute – Indianapolis, IN
Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy – Douglas, WY
Estes Park Police Dept – Estes Park, CO
Cheyenne Police Dept – Cheyenne, WY

County Sheriffs of Colorado – Ft. Collins, CO
East Central Illinois Mobile Regional Law Enforcement Training Team
Wyoming Highway Patrol – Cheyenne, WY
Kitsap Fire District – Port Orchard, WA
FBI National Academy Graduates – Tulsa, OK
ALERT Academy Recruit training – Big Sandy, TX
Topeka Police Department – Topeka, KS
Noble County Sheriff’s Office – Albion, IN
Character Training Institute – Indianapolis, IN
Law Enforcement Summit – Ridgecrest, NC
Volunteers of America/Indiana Correctional Association – Evansville, IN
East Central Illinois Mobile Law Enforcement Training Team – 4 regional seminars
Holland Police Department – Holland, MI

Hagemeyer’s, Inc. – Charleston, SC
Northwest Management Seminar – Portland, OR
Wyoming Highway Patrol – Douglas, WY
Christian Law Enforcement Conference – San Diego, CA
Illinois Sheriffs Association Annual Retreat – Belleville, IL
Liberty Behavioral Health Corporation/Indiana Department of Corrections – Indianapolis, IN
ALERT Academy – Big Sandy, TX
International Association of Character Cities – Oklahoma City, OK
Character Training Institute – Indianapolis, IN
Larimer County Sheriff’s Office – Fort Collins, CO

El Dorado Hills Fire Dept – El Dorado Hills, CA
Orange County Fire Authority – Irvine, CA
Lee’s Summit Police Dept – Lee’s Summit, MO
Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Conference – Las Vegas, NV
Southwestern Colorado Sheriff’s Assoc – Durango, CO
Liberty Behavioral Health Corporation/Indiana Department of Corrections – Indianapolis, IN
National Sheriff’s Association Conference – Orlando, FL
City of Henderson Fire Dept – Henderson, NV
Winchester Police Department – Winchester, KY
Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Assoc. – Chicago, IL
Grant County Sheriff’s Office – Lancaster, WI
ALERT Academy – Big Sandy, TX
City of Huntington Beach, CA – Huntington Beach, CA
International Association of Character Cities – Oklahoma City, OK
POST SE Region Colorado – La Junta, CO
Oregon State Sheriff’s Association – Salem, OR
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office – Fort Collins, CO

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office – Castle Rock, CO
Northwest Management Seminar – Portland, OR
Arkansas Department of Corrections – Little Rock, AR
United States Border Patrol – El Paso, TX
Lees Summit Police Department – Lees Summit, MO
Adams County Sheriff’s Office – Brighton, CO
Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office – Pueblo, CO
Vancouver Police Department – Vancouver, WA
Western Colorado Peace Officer’s Assoc. – Montrose, CO
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office – Crystal River, FL
Conway Character Council – Conway, SC
Pagosa Springs Police Department – Pagosa Springs, CO

Owasso Police Department – Owasso, OK
Colorado Department of Wildlife – Broomfield, CO
East Central Illinois Mobile Law Enforcement Training Team – (series of 4 sites)
S.C. Association of County-wide Elected Executives – Myrtle Beach, SC
S.C. Association of Treasurer’s – Hilton Head, SC

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office – Chattanooga, TN
Sierra Leone National Police & Military – Freetown, Sierra Leone, Africa
Saluda County Sheriff’s Office – Saluda, SC
Hamburg Character Council – Hamburg, NY
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office – Myrtle Beach, SC
S.C. Association of County-wide Elected Executives – Myrtle Beach, SC
Legal Affairs Department, Ministry of the Interior – Kabul, Afghanistan
Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association – Oklahoma City, OK

They call it the Cult of Character:

“....Speakers emphatically and repeatedly stress that Character First! training has nothing to do with promulgating religion. Instead, attendees are told, the training promotes great character and, as a side benefit, drives up corporate profit margins. The Character First! DVD is chock-full of tales of incredible savings to businesses: Kimray’s Hill, for instance, talks of workers’ compensation dropping from $24,000 per month to a mere $2,000 to $4,000, while Todd Anderson, the vice president of C.P. Morgan, a home construction firm, brags about a tenfold increase in profitability attributable directly to CTI training.

The list of Character First! seminar attendees already reads like a who’s who of top corporations and government institutions: McDonald’s, Burger King, Aflac, Costco, Coca Cola, the Correctional Corporation of America, the Better Business Bureau, Tyson Foods, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Bureau of Prisons, the Arkansas Prison System and the U.S. District Attorney’s office are all mentioned, in addition to more than a dozen school districts (including Denver, Memphis and Ft. Lauderdale), and eight healthcare companies and hospitals….”

This is the conditioning which is now going on in thousands of schools throughout the nation. We wonder where today’s monster-cop comes from, blaming the militarization of police departments. It isn’t the militarization of the police departments which is at fault. The real blame is in a training program where young men and women are taught to blindly follow orders and expect their orders to be followed, no matter what the consequences. We are watching the consequences play out in town after town, city after city, throughout the United States.