Monday, July 7, 2008

Reconstructionism, the American Taliban

Over the course of the last several years, the Republican Party has been hijacked by Christian fundamentalists. Up until the last few days I had believed that these people were a loose confederation bent upon making changes in their primary issues, abortion, evolution, school prayer, and gay marriage. I believed that they would be very capable of stoning their detractors to death. Now it has become very clear (thanks to some of my Internet blogging friends) that this is a very well organized attempt to take over and "reconstruct" the United States Government as a theocracy. These emotional issues are the catalyst by which these wild-eyed, religious fanatics will begin to move the government in their direction.

A very major step was taken with the election of George W. Bush. Either unwittingly or in full knowledge of what he was doing, Bush has played into their hands. The appointment of federal and supreme court justices who would further their agenda with the overturning of important constitutional rights is high on the reconstructionist list. The passing of constitutional amendments against gay marriage by the various states is further evidence of their advancing agenda. You may recall Radical Cleric, Mike Huckabee's, remarks about rewriting the U.S. Constitution:

"But I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that's what we need to do -- to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view.""But I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that's what we need to do -- to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view."

These reconstructionists do not want the public school system to exist. Therefore, they are creating an image of public schools that are under the control of "liberal" teachers, who teach the "liberal" agenda of what they call "secular humanism." Colleges are also their target. The "liberal" faculty of colleges is at fault for the secular humanistic generations of students and, of course, everything else that is wrong with the country. Their answer? Home schooling. They have created home schooling curricula that teach their agenda to young people. Their aim is to create a generation of people who believe that government belongs to "Christians" of their ilk. Everyone else either belongs or is destined to die at their hands. The abolishment of hate crimes legislation is very much on the reconstructionist agenda. Hate is a part of their agenda and they relish the death and beating of those whom they hate, i.e., gays, adulterous women, etc.

Thus the Taliban. To reconstructionists public executions of gays, adulterous women, non-believers, etc. will be a daily affair until full compliance is gained. Women are, of course, subservient, sub-human, if you will. Pay attention to this quote from a website, known as "American Vision" :

"On New Year’s Day, people recover from hangovers by watching the Rose Parade, a TV show so excruciatingly boring that it looks as though it was produced by PBS with a major government grant. (Note: it was to comment on the Rose Parade that national TV networks first brought in women to serve as “colorful” co-anchors, something for which the original producers will answer for on judgment day.)"

Men are to be rulers in their new order. Already the Southern Baptist Convention, now under the control of fundamentalists in the Reconstructionist mode, has adopted policies against women as pastors. They are to be subservient to their husbands. To date they haven't been forced to wear the traditional Arab head covering, but I wouldn't count it out. Incidentally, only adulterous women would be executed under reconstructionism. Men, of course, would not be subject to such punishment. They make the rules, you see.

The same "American Vision" article refers to Santa Claus in this way:

"Every Christmas, Americans celebrate the arrival of a bearded, red-suited Communist who looks suspiciously like Karl Marx, and who gives presents to everyone, irrespective of race, color, creed, or national origin."

I've never seen a picture of a fat, white bearded, rosy cheeked Karl Marx, but maybe in his fanatical haze, the writer, someone named Gary North, has seen a vision. It doesn't matter of course that Santa Claus or his ancestors were around before Karl Marx. Like the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Reconstructionists will tear down our traditional institutions and replace them with something that they regard as Christian. Incidentally, I left a comment, questioning the statements that I've quoted above. My comment, though not inflammatory at all, was immediately removed. No disagreements are allowed.

Ultimately, reconstructionism is destined for world wide domination. Once they have taken the United States, they will begin to spread their theocracy around the world through force. Maybe it has already begun with the invasion of Iraq. I'm sure they see it that way and would like very much to be Christianizing that country. Actually, the Europeans tried that once before. I believe it was called The Crusades. It didn't work then, and I doubt it would work again.

The Old Testament is their Bible, apparently. They do not seem to have heard of Christ and his teachings. Minor details for them of course. They decide what is right according to their interpretation of the Bible. No one else would have a point of view under threat of public execution.

It isn't a pretty picture. Is it real? I believe so. Already, the reconstructionsists have achieved some victories. They have played upon the emotions of the American people, especially those with inclinations to believe what reconstructionism espouses. Many Americans already talk about "activist" judges and bad public schools, and colleges who teach the "wrong" ideas. The uproars over displaying the Ten Commandments in public buildings has been another building block in reconstructionist efforts to sway public opinion. Many people are home schooling their children without an idea that they have been influenced by the leaders of reconstructionism and their surrogates in churches around the country.

The current presidential candidates have fallen under the spell of reconstructionism. John McCain has pandered to the fundamentalist religious right. Barrak Obama talks of funneling tax payers' money through religious organizations. How much further they will allow themselves to be drawn under the reconstructionism spell remains to be seen.

I hope the American people will ultimately reject this attempt to overthrow the U.S. Government and replace it with a "God-led" theocracy. I think that the United States is far to diverse to have this happen, but then I see how these fanatics have already influenced the presidency and the judicial system as well as many state governments, and I wonder. Will the American people be ostriches and enablers and not take their heads from the sand until it is too late?

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