RNC Allies with Christian Nationalist Who Calls U.S. Constitution “the Wrong Train”

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Let’s decide if America is a Christian nation or a pagan nation – and get on with it; the sooner the better.”

In God’s economy, the key component of knowledge is ‘The fear of the LORD.'”

– David Lane, in a World Net Daily op-ed, December 19, 2012.

I am sometimes asked why I write so much about religion, about my focus on characters such as Bryan Fischer and other Religious Right figures. The reason is that these people are influential in conservative circles. Just how influential became apparent when Right Wing Watch reported that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was “partnering with two radical anti-gay groups to send 168 RNC members to Israel.”

One of these groups most of you will know: The American Family Association (AFA), Fischer’s own group, for which he is Director of Issues Analysis. The other is Christian Nationalist David Lane, founder of the American Renewal Project. You probably haven’t heard of Lane, because while Fischer exposes his ignorant buffoonery for all to see, Lane is a shadowy figure who prefers to work behind the scenes to undermine American democracy.

RWW reported back in 2013 on Lane, saying that,

In December [2012], Lane described his project’s goal this way: “to engage the church in a culture war for religious liberty, to restore America to our Judeo-Christian heritage and to re-establish a Christian culture.” And he has a clear message to representatives and senators: “Vote to restore the Bible and prayer in public schools or be sent home. Hanging political scalps on the wall is the only love language politicians can hear.

And this is what Lane told Janet Mefferd in November of this year:

“I generally don’t do radio shows or TV shows or speak to reporters because I’m not that interested in public relations,” Lane said. “I’m interested in Christian men and women who know the Word engaging in culture … We’ve operated since 2005 largely under the radar … We want to show up on Election Day with a constituency that will march and engage the culture. And so instead of telegraphing our punches and beating the bass drum of what we’re doing, we’ve been really quietly mobilizing.”

“This is war,” he said.

This is war, and it is being waged by the RNC and by powerful figures on the Religious Right, and it is being waged against YOU. So you’d best wake up, and realize we are in some serious sh*t, America. These people are serious, and they don’t take prisoners.

If you want to know how influential Lane is, consider this: “Sen. Rand Paul and Gov. Rick Perry have previously traveled to Israel on tours sponsored by Lane, who also joined Mike Huckabee’s recent European tour.”

While the mainstream media is busy portraying Rand Paul as a moderate, they won’t tell you he hangs out with Lane, and it’s something you need to know.

Remember that Bobby Jindal prayer fast I mentioned here yesterday? Jindal is receiving the support of none other than Lane for The Response Lousiana.

RWW reports that “Lane’s group” has also “announced a plan to recruit 1,000 pastors to run for elected office”:

RWW reminds us that Lane has also “produced election-themed ads featuring Cruz, Perry, Jindal and Huckabee.”

None of this should be too terribly surprising. After all, Priebus said last year that the Republican Party is a religion:

If you’re looking at the evidence, what you will see is a party that embraces life, a party that embraces marriage and a chairman that understands that there’s only one sovereign God and that we ultimately aren’t dependent on what happens in politics. What ultimately matters in our lives is that we’re salt and light in the world and that we’re honoring God in the things that we do every day. I get that. I think our party gets that and there’s never been a movement away from that.

What is amusing is that when Priebus made this pronouncement, he also claimed that,

“I would think that Christians and pastors and everyone in between should agree that our principles have to be draped in the concepts of grace, love and respect and that’s not code language. That’s the New Testament so I don’t think there should be any problem with that thinking in our party.”

The problem is that there is nothing about “grace, love and respect” in the Republican message (search all you want), and it is certainly nowhere to be found in the rhetoric of the Religious Right.

This is David Lane’s own particular idea of God’s mercy, from 2013:

If we get mercy, that’s why we started this by talking about me coming to Christ thirty-five years ago, one of the wildest men who ever lived; I deserved judgment, I got mercy. If America gets mercy, I believe — this doesn’t sound good — I think the process of mercy looks like probably car bombs in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Des Moines, Iowa. I think if we get mercy the process is going to be a very painful process. If we get judgment like Nazi Germany, I’m assuming we go to rebel, and God says ‘I’m done.’ So I think that’s where we are, I think we’re at the fork in the road, and if you can believe this I’m actually hopeful.

I think we can do without that sort of mercy.

Whether these dire predictions come true is immaterial for the purposes of the Religious Right, which works off the fear of the Republican base. When Lane says, “The battle for religious liberty includes restoring the Bible and prayer to public schools,” you had better take him seriously. He means it.

My intent is to put God, prayer and the Bible back into public schools as a principal component of education. Some experts say it would take 1) a constitutional amendment; others say 2) a simple 50 percent plus 1 vote in the House and Senate (U.S. Constitution, Article III, Section 2).

Pick your poison – either approach is fine with me.

Lane has only disdain for the U.S. Constitution. He prefers to Mayflower Compact:

America has boarded the wrong, secular train. Now we’ve lost our Judeo-Christian heritage and its byproduct – a Christian culture.

America was a Christian nation. The Mayflower Compact declared, “In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, having undertaken – for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith …”

Except for the not-so-little obstacle posed by the Constitution, which forbids religious tests (Article VI, paragraph 3), and the First Amendment, which forbids the establishment of a state religion.

Plymouth Colony may have been founded as a Christian colony (but remember, only 41 of the Mayflower’s 101 passengers signed Lane’s Mayflower Compact), but let’s not mistake Plymouth Colony for the United States of America.

So there you are: as we go into the 2016 election cycle, think about people like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry, and who’s side they are really on. It’s not yours, America.

By way of its alliance with David Lane and the AFA, the RNC has made clear that it is at war with American democracy. It has branded liberalism as the enemy, and that’s fine, because it is thanks to liberalism that we have our democracy and the Constitution they now want to tear down. I’m ready for that fight. Are you?

21 Replies to “RNC Allies with Christian Nationalist Who Calls U.S. Constitution “the Wrong Train””

  1. God did not give us our magnificent minds merely to be obedient to another’s Vision. Yet this is precisely what Christianity demands of us.

    If sheep, we are doomed.

  2. It’s a toss-up as to whether the GOP has been corrupted more by corporate money or by the religious right, but it has become thoroughly corrupted. Those twin evils work well together, and they both are out to do away with what’s left of our democracy. Add to this the desire of many in the white constituency to rule this country by themselves only, in the manner of apartheid, and for that they will need, and accept, and fortify themselves with those twin evils in their quest for ultimate power.

    So Haraldsson, you can never speak out too much on the plans of the religious right. We cannot let them wage war on our government by just letting them roll over it’s stand on the separation of church and state, and over all who have differing beliefs or disbeliefs in this nation.

    They are at war. They call it that, and so it is. It is not just a few people on the fringe that we can scoff at and ignore; it is a powerful army. We must fight it, tooth and nail, however we can.

  3. Sinclair Lewis “when Fascism comes to the USA it will be wrapped in the flag carrying a cross”;that time is here folks.

  4. We note there is no denomination mentioned in any of these peoples rhetoric. That’s because they dont want the christians to know they wont be part of their current religion.

    Indoctrination is the word, and punishment will be the result of not following the laws.

    These people can ruin a nation and a life

  5. They are planning to remake the U.S. in their own desired image, and it won’t bear any relationship to a democracy. They have tried their best to infiltrate my own country, but we’re slightly less “religious” up here, so it’s been a bit difficult for them.

    Widespread exposure of their nefarious intentions may be the only way to stop them, but when you have every politician blindly praising God for this, that and the other, and when you have In God We Trust everywhere, and when you have kids pledging One Nation, under God every school day….well…..it’s going to be really hard to get your point across.

  6. WOW!! you said it Shiva. These so called Christians do not mention any denomination for just that reason. Pure Dominonist .I truly believe most people do not know or understand just how evil ,deceiving plain and simple lying this so called religion is.
    They have hidden under the radar for years, using deception to gain their goal. Even the most righteous of religions have some of their thoughts these days. Step by step they are getting where of they want to be. IN CONTROL OF ALL aspects of life.
    This religion is nothing but wolfs in Sheep’s clothing. Our Government is full of them with more every time there is an election. This time they finally got control of the Senate, they salivate at getting the White House in 2016

  7. We need to be aware of what these folks are saying and then we really do need to take them at their word.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/here-are-the-masterminds-behind-rick-perrys-prayer-rally-to-save-america-2011-8?op=1

    “Although he is officially the Finance Chair for The Response, evangelical activist David Lane is the brains behind Rick Perry’s prayer rally, according to evangelicals familiar with The Response.

    Over the past several years, Lane has been the quiet force behind the drive to revitalize and reorganize evangelical conservatives. Through his “Pastor Policy Briefings,” Lane has energized thousands of pastors to mobilize their congregations to engage in politics. The briefings were instrumental in key 2010 battleground state elections, and were the driving force behind the campaign to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices for their stance on same-sex marriage.”

    http://www.talk2action.org/story/2013/6/29/195525/765
    David Lane Calls for Dominionist Revol…

  8. If, and that’s a big if, They ever get their way we are doomed. That’s not to say we may not be doomed already because of all the in-fighting going on. But I just hope I’m dead before they destroy this country completely.

  9. Well, I hope “the powers at be” have a good strategy plan to combat this hidden evil that can and is spreading like a virus over our entire country! Squish them like a bug NOW!

  10. ​”If you are ashamed to stand by your country, you had better seek another​”​

    The interpretation of the bible is open to interpretation. The U.S. Constitution isn’t.

  11. “My intent is to put God, prayer and the Bible back into public schools as a principal component of education. Some experts say it would take 1) a constitutional amendment; others say 2) a simple 50 percent plus 1 vote in the House and Senate (U.S. Constitution, Article III, Section 2).
    Pick your poison – either approach is fine with me.”

    If this were A Muslim, LGBT, or Atheist group attempting to initiate such “radical” and contradictory ideology , The “Christian” right be outraged by it! These individuals seemingly disagree with the very thing that has allowed them to prosper and flourish for so long.

    There are reasons for why we choose not to include “religion” as an endorsement or sanctioned belief by Government. It opens the door for too much “conflict” among the people and Parties.

    To imply that a change or “disregard” to the Constitution to favor a “christian” belief is both offensive to all people, but our legacy as a Nation too!

  12. I do not believe that is what Christianity demands of us. It is, however, what some extremely misguided “Christians” demand of us. I never cease to be amazed how some of the loudest and most demanding of those who claim to follow Jesus do not seem to ever have read His words!

  13. I am a Christian. I have been a Christian since 1967 and will hold fast to my faith. I also could not agree with you more. These people are scary and they are NOT representing the words of and faith in Jesus of the Bible.

  14. These theocratic religious zealots are not new as the article pointed out. Some come from the “Christian Reconstruction” movement who’s theologians putting out out hundreds of books are from Presbyterian, Baptists etc. Many are serious academics. Some of the others (non Reconstructionists) make up Charismatics/Pentecostals from non-denominational and ultra conservative Baptists who are not so academic and down right stupid.

    As you know, their platform is with the Republican & Tea-theocrats. They are as serious as ISIS and other fundamentalists to establish theocracy with an Old Testament punitive system in the USA. To me, there’s hardly anything “Christ like” about their politics & worldview.

    These guys could do some serious damage if they actually got want they wanted.

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