Judging the 'Christian' crusadeMay 23,2005
Thank you for running Kevin Siers editorial cartoon on May 10 about "OUR judges". Siers seems to understand better than most what is happening in American politics, which is why he just won a Pulitzer Prize. He refers to Republicans Frist and DeLay and indirectly to their connection to the Christian Reconstructionists, also known as Dominionists. Although there is an article in the current Harpers magazine, few in the mainstream media have followed these radical Christians. The Dominionists are a minority of conservative, of even fundamentalist Christians. They do not believe in the separation of church and state, in fact they believe the United States should be a Christian state. By Christian they mean their version of Christianity, an Old Testament version, crusaders for Christ. They believe in the Second Coming. Armageddon, and soon Ė so why worry about the environment or entitlement programs. And why tolerate other world religions, or Catholics or most Protestants for that matter.
Who are these Dominionists. The founding leader is the Rev. D. James Kennedy with a 10,000 strong congregation in Florida, who has preached: "As the vice-regents of God, we are to bring His truth and His will to bear on every sphere of our world and our society. We are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government Ö our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors ó in short, over every aspect and institution of human society."
Recently, in an Op-Ed in the New York Times, John C. Danforth, until January our Ambassador to the UN, and a U.S. senator from Missouri for 18 years (with good conservative bona fides) expressed his dismay at the new Republican party: " Our current fixation on a religious agenda has turned us in the wrong direction. It is time for Republicans to rediscover our roots." Indeed, we are close to becoming a one-party country, neither Republican nor Democratic, and that is what this fight in the Senate over judges is all about.
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