Are Christians trying to take over the world?
The concept of dominionism is to say that they believe they have a God given right to rule all earthly institutions.
Personally I read this article and immediately thought it is bunk. I've heard many interviews from both Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry and they are both just fundamentalist Christians. There's nothing that stands out to me in the way they talk or the things they say that is any different than any other Christian politician. Is dominionism real? Or is it just another coined phrase to justify fighting against the evils that religion creates in this world? We don't need another ism to justify that.
Are you kidding? YOU could start a discussion about a hangnail! I couldn't get a discussion featured if I were warning of an imminent nuclear attack!
In fact, that's the reason I stopped trying - I had posted three discussions, none of which were ever featured, ever appeared anywhere that anyone could see and respond to them, but I decided not to give up, I posted a fourth. It, too was never featured - then, the same day, you, in one of your other multiple personalities initiated a discussion about how you felt Heather owed you an apology, and it was FEATURED! I threw up my hands! No more!
But I will respond to your Dominionism query, as soon as I get a cup of coffee - my tailfeathers are draggin' --
'while, 'dile --
Ok, Belle, now that I have a little more time and a lot more vodka, you deserve a better response than that. When you first came on this board, you thought with your heart and not your head - now, two aliases later (and no, I'm never going to let you live that down!), you've learned how to think with your head - in fact, I have even commented on another thread about the improvement I've noted.
You still think a little with your heart, and that's OK - show me someone who thinks entirely with their head, and I'll show you someone who has forgotten (or never learned) how to feel, and that's not a good thing.
But to say Michelle Bachmann is a good person because she adopts children, is like saying Adolph Hitler is a good person because he lets little old ladies cross the street without running them down in his Duesenberg.
Set aside your bias, really research Michelle Bachmann, and get back to us. Ask yourself if her concern is really with the kids, or is it for the publicity, and the possibility that "saving their souls" will help buy her way into her imaginary heaven.
You have come a long way, Grasshopper, but your journey has just begun - now, snatch the pebble out of my hand --
Whoops, too slow, Moe! Maybe next time --
For what it's worth I have probably started six or seven discussions and blog posts and only one of them had any sort of enduring appeal.
The thought of christians taking over the world is a really frieghtning one. You just gave me the chills.
The Handmaid's Tale. Christian fanatics murder the President and Congress, suspend the Constitution, and turn the United States into a theocracy. Classic dystopia. Classic Margaret Atwood.
Amen to that!
OK, I'll make it through what's left of the day now.
Is it "bunk"? Even a broken clock is right twice a day, and just because you're paranoid, that doesn't mean they're not really out to get you. Do you actually believe that Michelle Bachmann and Rick (oops!) Perry, while running for President, are going to announce in interviews that they have plans for Christians to rule the world, then laugh insanely, "Bwahahahahahahaha!" while stroking the white Persian cat in their lap? (yes, they share a lap)
I've included, below, excerpts from the article you reference - forget Bachmann and Perry, they're puppets and history anyway - research R. J. Rushdoony and how his influence has spread throughout the Religious Right, then we'll have something to discuss. (Now THAT was a cup of coffee!)
"Dominionism derives from a small fringe sect called Christian Reconstructionism, founded by a Calvinist theologian named R. J. Rushdoony in the 1960s. Christian Reconstructionism openly advocates replacing American law with the strictures of the Old Testament, replete with the death penalty for homosexuality, abortion, and even apostasy."
"But while Rushdoony was a totalitarian, he was a prolific and influential one—he elaborated his theories in a number of books, including the massive, three-volume Institutes of Biblical Law. And his ideas, along with those of his followers, have had an incalculable impact on the milieu that spawned both Bachmann and Perry."
"Rushdoony pioneered the Christian homeschooling movement, as well as the revisionist history, ubiquitous on the religious right, that paints the U.S. as a Christian nation founded on biblical principles."
"Rushdoony’s most influential idea was the concept of Dominionism, which spread far beyond the Christian Reconstructionist fringe. ‘Dominion theologians, as they are called, lay great emphasis on Genesis 1:26–7, where God tells Adam to assume dominion over the animate and inanimate world,' wrote the scholar Garry Wills in his book Under God: Religion and American Politics, describing the influence of the ideology on Pat Robertson."
"For believers in Dominionism, rule by non-Christians is a sort of sacrilege — which explains, in part, the theological fury that has accompanied the election of our last two Democratic presidents. 'Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ—to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness,' wrote George Grant, the former executive director of Coral Ridge Ministries, which has since changed its name to Truth in Action Ministries. 'But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice ... It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time ... World conquest.'"
Yeah, they both have that vacant, crazy look in their eyes, and a really aggressive facial expression.
And they both look a lot like Big Daddy Phelps --
And RE: "the way they talk or the things they say" - they're freakin' politicians, for cryin' out loud! When was the last time you EVER heard a politician say what he really thinks?! I can't recall the last time I ran across a politician who actually thinks at all! (OK, maybe I should ease back on the coffee and step down off my desk, I'm starting to scare myself --)
Someone made an interesting comment the other day - they said there ought to be a law that politicians wear jackets similar to NASCAR drivers, that list all of the organizations that sponsor them. I would second that in a heartbeat!
"...and step down off my desk, I'm starting to scare myself --)"
Fly Dino-man Fly... LOL