Just as the Anna Nicole Smith circus ends in Fort Lauderdale, another one begins....
fundamentalists have gathered in Fort Lauderdale to look back on
what they accomplished in last year's election -- and to plan what's
next. As they assemble in the vast sanctuary of Coral Ridge
Presbyterian, with all fifty state flags dangling from the rafters,
three stadium-size video screens flash the name of the conference:
RECLAIMING AMERICA FOR CHRIST. These are the evangelical activists
behind the nation's most effective political machine -- one that
brought more than 4 million new Christian voters to the polls last
November, sending George W. Bush back to the White House and
thirty-two new pro-lifers to Congress. But despite their
unprecedented power, fundamentalists still see themselves as a
persecuted minority, waging a holy war against the godless forces
of secularism. To rouse themselves, they kick off the festivities
with "Soldiers of the Cross, Arise," the bloodthirstiest tune in
all of Christendom: "Seize your armor, gird it on/Now the battle
will be won/Soon, your enemies all slain/Crowns of glory you shall gain."
has called them to take over the U.S. government. As the far-right
wing of the evangelical movement, Dominionists are pressing an
agenda that makes Newt Gingrich's Contract With America look like
the Communist Manifesto. They want to rewrite schoolbooks to
reflect a Christian version of American history, pack the nation's
courts with judges who follow Old Testament law, post the Ten
Commandments in every courthouse and make it a felony for gay men
to have sex and women to have abortions. In Florida, when the
courts ordered Terri Schiavo's feeding tube removed, it was the
Dominionists who organized round-the-clock protests and issued a
fiery call for Gov. Jeb Bush to defy the law and take Schiavo into
state custody. Their ultimate goal is to plant the seeds of a
"faith-based" government that will endure far longer than Bush's
presidency -- all the way until Jesus comes back.
"Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost,"
Kennedy says. "As the vice regents of God, we are to exercise godly
dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our
government, our literature and arts, our sports arenas, our
entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors -- in
short, over every aspect and institution of human society."
and continues to consult top Dominionists on matters
of federal policy.
want. Their model is Roy Moore, the former Alabama chief justice
who installed a 5,300-pound granite memorial to the Ten
Commandments, complete with an open Bible carved in its top, in the
state judicial building. At Reclaiming America, Roy's Rock sits out
front, fresh off a tour of twenty-one states, perched on the
flag-festooned flatbed of a diesel truck, a potent symbol of the
"faith-based" justice the Dominionists are bent on imposing.
Activists at the conference pose for photographs beside the rock
and have circulated a petition urging President Bush to appoint
Moore -- who once penned an opinion calling for the state to
execute "practicing homosexuals" -- to the U.S. Supreme Court.
House: The Rev. Richard Land, top lobbyist for the
16-million-member Southern Baptist Convention, enjoys a weekly
conference call with top Bush advisers including Karl Rove. "We've
got the Holy Spirit's wind at our backs!" Land declares in an
arm-waving, red-faced speech. He takes particular aim at the threat
posed by John Lennon, denouncing "Imagine" as a "secular anthem"
that envisions a future of "clone plantations, child sacrifice,
legalized polygamy and hard-core porn."
schools into forums for evangelism. In a landmark case, the
Alliance Defense Fund is suing a California school district that
threatened to dismiss a born-again teacher who was evangelizing
fifth-graders. In the conference's opening ceremony, the
Dominionists recite an oath they dream of hearing in every
classroom: "I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the
Savior for whose kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen
and coming again, with life and liberty for all who believe."
Dominionists. "The most humble Christian is more qualified for
office than the best-educated pagan," says Cass, an anti-abortion
activist who led a takeover of his school district's board in San
Diego. "We built quite a little grass-roots machine out there. Now
it's my burden to multiply that success all across America."
As you can see, religious fascists have a direct line into the White House. I'm not sure how these conservative Christians differ from the conservative Wahabi Sunni that run Saudi Arabia. Same mind set, different prophet.
If you believe in democracy in America, then realize that these folks are a bigger threat than the radical fundamentalist Muslims with bombs.