The fine blog Seeing the Forest has a new URL.
Please give the post "They Mean It" a look over- it deals with Christian Dominionism, offering many valuable links.
A quick quote:
Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ – to have dominion in the civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness. But it is dominion that we are after. Not just a voice. It is dominion we are after. Not just influence. It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time. It is dominion we are after.
The quoted piece originates at corrente, as you'll see if you follow the link contained in it. The information is vitally important these days as religion is used to mobilize social conservatives, using religion as a smokescreen to hide actions/policies that would make Jesus weep. These folks seem to have missed The Sermon on The Mount...
The Open Center is hosting a two day conference "Examining the Real Agenda of the Religious Far Right" in Manhattan Friday the 29 and Saturday the 30th of April. There is an fantastic roster of speakers...
Theocracy Watch can be really helpful in learning about this anti-Democratic vein of religiousity that is suddenly mainstream, Christianity in name that, sadly, lacks the teachings of Jesus Christ.
I posted the following at American Samizdat and offer it here as well:
Cardinal Ratzinger handed Bush the presidency by tipping the Catholic vote. Can American democracy survive their shared medieval vision?
The new pope's burning passion is to resurrect medieval authority. He equates the Western liberal tradition, that is, the Enlightenment, with Nazism, and denigrates it as "moral relativism." He suppresses all dissent, discussion and debate within the church and concentrates power within the Vatican bureaucracy. His abhorrence of change runs past 1968 (an abhorrence he shares with George W. Bush) to the revolutions of 1848, the "springtime of nations," and 1789, the French Revolution. But, even more momentously, the alignment of the pope's Kulturkampf with the U.S. president's culture war has also set up a conflict with the American Revolution.
For the first time, an American president is politically allied with the Vatican in its doctrinal mission (except, of course, on capital punishment). In the messages and papers of the presidents from George Washington until well into those of the 20th century, there was not a single mention of the pope, except in one minor footnote. Bush's lobbying trip last year to the Vatican reflects an utterly novel turn, and Ratzinger's direct political intervention in American electoral politics ratified it.
Read the article by Sidney Blumenthal. Share what you learn.
Thank You to Cyndy for the heads up on the Dominionist piece at Seeing the Forest.