PART I: Christian Reconstruction & ISIS – Two Peas in a Pod

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Screen Shot 2013-12-21 at 10.21.31 PM“...Our problem is with … the religious extremists … who want to destroy everybody who doesn’t agree with them. I see them as betrayers of the fundamental principles of conservatism. A lot of so-called conservatives today don’t know what the word means. …” Barry Goldwater

One of the problems with ignorance is that it can be deceptive. The problem with ignorance, tempered with arrogance is that the person who who doesn’t know anything, thinks they know everything, and plans accordingly. For months I’ve been writing about R. J. Rushdoony and the religious cult he created, Christian Reconstruction.

Could Mary Pride be one of the most dangerous women in this country? Is it possible she is one of the most corrupting influence on homeschooling, submission, and patriarchy? Why is her connection to Ron Paul so important? Is she the missing link, the one single individual, the smoking gun, the Typhoid Mary of patriarchal dominionism? When you add her strangeness to that of Glenn Beck, who thinks that we get our laws from those of Moses, we are in trouble.

“...I first met DeMar 18 months ago at his church, Midway Presbyterian, in the Atlanta suburb of Powder Springs, where he was teaching a class on government. During the session, a teenage homeschooler talked about how he had tried in a paper to prove that the family is a form of “Christian government.” “You don’t have to prove that,” DeMar gently chided, and then added, with more heat: “That’s established—established by God!” DeMar’s lecture focused on the “three governments”—family, church, and state—all of which, he told me, should be ruled by God-fearing men.

The Old Testament—with its 600 or so Mosaic laws—is the inflexible guide for the society DeMar and other Reconstructionists envision. Government posts would be reserved for the righteous, as long as they are male. There would be thousands of executions a year, with stoning a preferred method because it would turn the deaths into “community projects,” as movement theologian North has noted. Sinners in line for the death penalty would include women who commit adultery or lie about their virginity, blasphemers, witches, children who strike their parents, and gay men (lesbians, however, would be spared because no specific reference to them can be found in the Books of Moses). DeMar told me that among Reconstructionists he is considered something of a liberal, because he’d execute gays only if they were caught indulging in sodomy. “I’m happy to just drive them back into the closet,” he said….”

Freedom and liberty have nothing to do with Christian Reconstruction. When it does, it is only for Christians who practice the right version of Christianity.

“...When asked directly whether religious freedom and liberty applied to people of other religions, some were very clear that this is a freedom only for Christians. Throughout CR discourse (in talks, materials, and in conversation), it is noted that the original intent for the idea of religious freedom was to protect Christians from being restricted in how they could worship; the origin of this idea, in other words, was to prevent one Christian denomination from having dominance over others – but all the denominations were always presupposed to be Christian. Some stated that it is fine for other religions to practice their beliefs, but that they should not impose their practices upon others. Harriet and Mildred spoke of Muslims coming to America, and said that these people should not impose their religion upon America, because America is not an Islamic nation (H. Robinson & M. Briar, personal communication, May 31, 2007). When asked if non-Christian people could be (elected) leaders in America, Roy, referring to Muslims, said that it might not be possible for “them” to lead because “these people do not understand the foundations of our nation…its freedom comes from a Christian ethic.” (R. Booker, personal communication, June 18, 2008). Others seemed to echo this sentiment, that legislators probably could not be non-Christians because their ethics and choices would not be based on (Christian) truth and the guidance of the sovereign God. Harriet and Mildred presented the idea that complications arising from the presence of other religions in America have appeared only fairly recently. They explained that the idea of religious diversity was working for a while, but more and more Islamic people came into the nation. They began to receive freedoms and Christians ended up being persecuted and discriminated against because of society’s move toward openness and tolerance. The openness backfired, they explained, and worked against Christians…”

We’re living in a world where Christians, men and women who once knew what they believed, have been brainwashed what they believe corrupted and tainted by evil men like R. J. Rushdoony, who have taken it upon themselves to basically create a new religion that is a merging between very ancient Jewish tradition and their version of what Christian tradition should be. They have become dogmatic in what they believe, promoting it through the heresies of men like Bill Gothard, Gary North, via Doug Phillips, Ralph Reed, David Burton, and others to basically destroy people. Millions of Christians in this country no longer know what they believe. Not to worry, though. The Chanceldon Foundation will tell us what to believe. Because we are going to be under Christian rule, if you don’t follow the edicts laid out by R. J.. Rushdoony, you’re a heretic. Heretics are to be stoned to death.

This is the goodly, Calvinist world that R. J. Rushdoony is creating in the United States. If I did not know the difference, of what the normal Christian faith is to be, I would, after writing this post, say enough is enough and walk off, never to return. I can’t tolerate the world the godly Baptists who want Godly Manhood and Godly Womanhood. It’s not my world. I don’t subscribe to a world where women’s salvation is dependent upon a man’s sperm.

It’s not Biblical.

It’s heresy.

The great tragedy is that people are starting to believe this sh*t. There will be thousands of women who will believe it is true, and turn their back on Christ. I don’t blame them. I would too, if I didn’t know any better. That’s the great evil of it all. When a Christian causes someone to stumble in their faith, that’s also quite evil.

Unfortunately, the positions taken by the creators of Christian Reconstruction, Rushdoony, Scary Gary North, and promoted by the likes of Bill Gothard, Doug Phillips, Kevin Swanson, are not all that different from the extremist views of ISIS. Both are new ‘religions’ cults created, bastardizing decent religion. Mainstream, normal Islam is as much a danger to ISIS as mainstream, normal Christianity is to Christian Reconstruction. They are movements built on ignorance of the very real religions behind them. A young Muslim, who almost became a ‘terrorist’ explained the situation, beautifully.

“... And the people who eventually convinced me not to fight weren’t the kinds of Muslims propped up in the media as liberal, West-friendly reformers. They were deeply conservative; some would call them “intolerant.” In the same learning environment in which I was told that my non-Muslim mother would burn in eternal hellfire, I was also told that I could achieve more good in the world as a scholar than as a soldier, and that I should strive to be more than a body in a ditch. These traditionalists reminded me of Muhammad’s statement that the ink of scholars was holier than the blood of martyrs….”

The series continues tomorrow.

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