George W. Bush, Head of the American Dominionist Church/State

February 29, 2004 at 4:25 pm
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Folks,

This is one of the most frightening, incredible, scholarly articles I have ever read about George Bush and the Dominionist religious movement to which he and much of the GOP apparently belong. If you’re not entirely clear on why this administration seems so bent on destroying the walls between church and state, or how “compassionate conservatism” should look so much like Machiavellianism in practice, you should definitely read this article. It explains so much of the underlying motivations of the whole religious right, in fact, that I’d go so far as to call it required reading.

Here’s a small excerpt:

Dominionists have gained extensive control of the Republican Party and the apparatus of government throughout the United States; they continue to operate secretly. Their agenda to undermine all government social programs that assist the poor, the sick, and the elderly is ingeniously disguised under false labels that confuse voters. Nevertheless, as we shall see, Dominionism maintains the necessity of laissez-faire economics, requiring that people “look to God and not to government for help.”[13]

It is estimated that thirty-five million Americans who call themselves Christian, adhere to Dominionism in the United States, but most of these people appear to be ignorant of the heretical nature of their beliefs and the seditious nature of their political goals. So successfully have the televangelists and churches inculcated the idea of the existence of an outside “enemy,” which is attacking Christianity, that millions of people have perceived themselves rightfully overthrowing an imaginary evil anti-Christian conspiratorial secular society.

When one examines the progress of its agenda, one sees that Dominionism has met its time table: the complete takeover of the American government was predicted to occur by 2004.[14] Unless the American people reject the GOP’s control of the government, Americans may find themselves living in a theocracy that has already spelled out its intentions to change every aspect of American life including its cultural life, its Constitution and its laws.

And this quote, taken from Machiavelli himself, is chilling:

“Let a prince therefore aim at conquering and maintaining the state, and the means will always be judged honourable and praised by every one, for the vulgar is always taken by appearances and the issue of the event; and the world consists only of the vulgar, and the few who are not vulgar are isolated when the many have a rallying point in the prince.”


The Despoiling of America


How George W. Bush became the head of the new American Dominionist Church/State


By Katherine Yurica

February 11, 2004

-C

1 Comment

  1. Wow!

    I’ve been characterizing the Bushies as Macchiavellian for quite a while, and it was an eye-opener to see how deeply that runs. Yes, Chris, this is required reading. I’ve forwarded to a bunch of friends around the country.

    One response from a religious friend acknowledged the schism in his congregation and confirms the reticence among the spiritually minded Christians to take a stand against their extremist bretheren:

    “My wife and I belong to the Episcopal Church, which has been going through
    some identity crisis issues with the Robinson nomination in New Hampshire.
    The vast majority of Episcopalians fully support his nomination and are
    sick of the loud minority of whining right-wing idiots within our church.

    We’re called in one of our more beautiful hymns (315) to try to seek unity
    through the sacrament of communion. However, I’m finding it increasingly
    difficult to see myself in communion with such hateful people. I’d rather
    be in communion with non-Christians who treat people as individuals. I’m
    guessing most Episcopalians, especially those not from places like Texas,
    feel this way.

    Because of our relatively progressive views, we tend to not attract people
    looking for simple, black and white answers. Unfortunately, the biggest
    growth area in Christianity in this country is with the churches that give
    their worshipers permission, and even encouragement, to be bigoted and
    simple-minded.

    I wish our church would be the one to stand up to these idiots, but we’ve
    never been a very confrontational church. Perhaps it’s because Christ
    told us we should turn the other cheek; perhaps it’s that we lack unity
    internally on these issues right now. Whatever the case, should we as a
    church decide at some point to stand up to these nutcases, you can bet
    that I’ll be on the front lines. Christ challenged people to be better
    and we should be keeping in that tradition.

    Thanks for the note.

    What’s truly disturbing is how the Christian religion in American has been co-opted by adherents to an ideology based on deceit and the ruthless execise of power, turning a message of love into a message of hate.

    Our government decries foreign governments controlled by religious fundamentalists, yet that is precisely what they themselves have created! Fundamentalist religion has no place in government, no matter where. The framers of the Constitution were wise to separate Church and State.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 2, 2004 @ 8:16 am

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