Nicole Nichols and I recently created “The Kryptonite Project”. This effort is dedicated to exposing extremist politicians and their funding sources that are immersed in ultra conservative Christian Dominionist politics. We compiled all national candidates into one post titled, “2012 Voter Guide of GOP ReBiblican Candidates – 50 State Edition” for all to see and share during this crucial election.
This is not new, in fact back in the 1980s we knew these people by the label the – “Religious Right”. But this latest incarnation is the former Religious Right on steroids. Many of the very same names and faces that helped create the Religious Right are found in the organizations, PACs, foundations and board rooms of the frankensonian creation of the ReBiblican Party.
Mike Huckabee has a video out in these final days leading up to election day next Tuesday, November 6th that puts right up front what their real focuses are. It’s not jobs, security and housing. It is biblically-based social positions that are designed to control behaviors of all Americans who are not complying with their vision of morality.
“HUCKABEE: Many issues are at stake, but some issues are not negotiable: The right to life from conception to natural death. Marriage should be reinforced, not redefined. It is an egregious violation of our cherished principle of religious liberty for the government to force the Church to buy the kind of insurance that leads to the taking of innocent human life.
Your vote will affect the future and be recorded in eternity. Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire? This is Mike Huckabee asking you to join me November 6th and vote based on values that will stand the test of fire.”
The majority of these ReBiblican candidates, who we have carefully screened, share this exact biblical world view and, sadly, there are more of them in the bible-based cult of Dominionism than Americans are aware of. They rely on their religious affiliation seen innocuously as those who are “simply god-fearing, patriotic Americans” – when in fact, these are not mainstream Christians at all.
Mike Huckabee actually went so far as to recite the first paragraph of this speech by Dominionist, George Grant during his presidential campaign in 2004:
“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.
World conquest. That’s what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish. We must win the world with the power ofthe Gospel. And we must never settle for anything less.
George Grant, (who endorsed Michele Bachmann for president) and a former assistant to D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Ministries in Florida, went on as follows:
“If Jesus Christ is indeed Lord, as the Bible says, and if our commission is to bring the land into subjection to His Lordship, as the Bible says, then all our activities, all our witnessing, all our preaching, all our craftsmanship, all our stewardship, and all our political action will aim at nothing short of that sacred purpose.
Thus, Christian politics has as its primary intent the conquest of the land – of men, families, institutions, bureaucracies, courts, and governments for the Kingdom of Christ. It is to reinstitute the authority of God’s Word as supreme over all judgments, over all legislation, over all declarations, constitutions, and confederations.
True Christian political action seeks to rein the passions of men and curb the pattern of digression under God’s rule. Fortunately, because of the theocratic orientation of our founding fathers, our nation has virtually all the apparatus extant to implement such a reclamation. Unfortunately, the enemies of the Gospel have hand-in-hand eroded the strength of those godly foundations.”
People always ask me why I call them Dominionists and Grant’s quote could not make it any clearer.
To clarify, a ReBiblican is someone who believes the following main belief that,
America was founded as a Christian nation
Mixed into this erroneous belief are what some in the the world of Christian Dominionism refer to as Reclaiming the 7 Mountains of Culture. Here are the basic tenets of this skewed scripture-twisted biblical world view shared in part or whole by these following candidates:
- Religion Mountain - Freedom of religion is restricted to those they deem the “right kind of Christian”, all other religions are here on probation and they had best not get too comfortable.
- Family Mountain - means one man, one woman and minorities are still suspect as fit parents.
- Education Mountain - Public education is bad. Public schools are secular indoctrination centers who block the worship through prayer and song of their version of Christianity.
- Business Mountain - More is blessed! The more you make, the wealthier you become, the stronger the affirmation as a message from God that you are truly the elect. Controlling business = controlling government.
- Arts & Entertainment Mountain - Crippling secular arts programs opens doors for Dominionist influence and entertainment that fits their views as the “right kind of message”.
- Government/Military - Privatization eliminates regulation that separated church and state and military infestation sets up global proselytizing opportunities under the guise of “nation building” and the use of authoritarian power to harvest souls among our own ranks.
- Media Mountain - They are as aware as the rest of us that media plays an extremely influential role in forming the opinions of American voters.
This also unequivocally differentiates the ReBiblican from a Republican. Republicans may hold conservative ideals, but they also recognize that America was founded on the principles of democracy – not theocracy, and they value the reasons behind why Thomas Jefferson felt so strongly about making it very clear that their must be a wall of separation between church and state.
Mike Huckabee, himself a former governor and presidential candidate, brings up the fact that many ReBiblican politicians are also seated and running for state offices, such as Governor and Lt. Governor which we included in our 2012 Voter Guide of ReBiblican Governor & Lt. Governor Candidates. We have literally run out of time to compile and release information on candidates running for state legislatures and other elected offices, county, city and school board positions.
Having said that, we are prepared to guarantee that The Kryptonite Project has only just begun. By 2014, you can expect to see a detailed list of ReBiblican candidates running for all elected offices – right down to dog catcher. And in addition to 2014, we are all too keenly aware that, in less than 2 years, campaigning will begin for the 2016 election and the strategy sessions have already begun.
They know they will lose this election and they are going to make certain that they are not embarrassed in 2016. Promoting absurdly ill-prepared candidates in the wake of Sarah Palin entering stage left in 2004, and exacerbated by the clown show GOP primary of 2012 with characters such as Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and more clearly backfired. They were so absurd that mainstream Christians even began to recognize that these folks don’t share the same faith values as theirs. And they were so absurd that the GOP was left with a Mormon at the top of the ticket, something that Dominionist Christians find nearly impossible to reconcile.
Their disastrous campaign cycle comes down to brazen over-confidence by these theocrats over the past 4 years. They have been in the driver’s seat of the GOP since 1992 when they infested the Party and displaced the Eisenhower Republicans. Eisenhower Republicans are those conservative who, while some are devout in their faith, believe in the separation of church & state and recognize the severe dangers of a theocracy.
The good news? There are a lot more of us than there are of them, but we must join together in this stand against extremism. All Americans…political/non-political, democrat/republican, progressive or liberal/conservative, religious/or not. We must participate in our democracy and pay attention to who is climbing up under the skirts of legitimate organizations like our political parties and churches. Most of us are moderate in our lives, our politics, our faith and that is the common thread that we must unite with.
We tell folks all the time that we are not anti-religion, nor anti-conservative – we are passionately anti-EXTREMISM. Dominionists are not for freedom of religion unless it is their scripture-twisted version of Christianity, literally applying to only those they refer to as “the right kind of Christian”. We must not allow them to succeed in gaining any more ground than they already have and, in fact, we must reverse their successes and push back in unity so that we can look at our future without seeing civil law replaced by biblical law.
Exposure is their kryptonite and we are spreading it like fairy dust. Support of these political candidates comes from a population of low-information voters in America that not only have the power to vote, but they show up, all the while bringing their religious zealotry into the mix, knowing as little about the Bible as they do about American politics and Civics 101.
Take a look at the lists we are compiling and judge for yourselves how few you think are engaged in theocratic politics in America. If we don’t show up – they will win, it’s that simple. Everything from women’s health issues, the passage of person-hood acts, de-regulation of industries, greater tax burdens for the non-wealthy, privatization and Christianization of public education, heightened military conflict in accordance with a biblical perspective, slashing minimum wage laws, eliminating social security and medicare, the future of what our Supreme Courts will look like, the gutting of programs that help the poor…the indigent…and the downtrodden including school lunch programs and Head Start for the most vulnerable among us – and so many more – will be our reality in America.
This is no longer simply partisan politics of liberal vs. conservative, democrat vs. republican…this is now freedom vs. theocracy.
Activist, Researcher, Writer against extremism of any kind. An advocate of Separation of Church & State and everyone’s right to have freedom of faith or non-faith.