Rick Perry: Dominionist

Dallas (CNN) — The U.S. Supreme Court has delayed the scheduled execution on an inmate on death row in Texas amid questions about a psychologist who testified that blacks and Hispanics were more likely to commit future crimes. “Praise the Lord Jesus,” Duane Edward Buck, the condemned man, said. “God is worthy to be praised. God’s mercy triumphs over judgment, and I feel good.”

That’s bad news for Gov. Rick Perry, I’ll bet. He was no doubt hoping to add Buck to his top-gun list of executions during the next GOP debate. Surely that would have triggered another great round of applause from the oh-so righteous Christian members of the audience as it did last week at the Tea Party debate. Ironically it seems that Mr. Buck is a righteous Christian as well.

During that debate, Perry seemed well-satisfied that every one of the  234 executions which is by far the most of any recent governor in the United States. Wild applause erupted when, in the style of an Old West sheriff, Perry boasted of his state’s stringent death penalty clause. They loved it and Perry gloated. Perry is hoping to double the executions of former governor George W. Bush who  oversaw the execution of 152 convicts over five years. I’m wondering if Perry hopes to attain the status of the “modern-day Pontius Pilate.” In his book, Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington, Perry states: “If you don’t support the death penalty…don’t come to Texas.”

Here’s the hypocrisy of it all: the GOP touts itself as the pro-life party. Of course, what’s in a name, eh? I’ve seen scant evidence for that claim. In fact, I’d say pro-life my ass! In fact, were I to have $5K to throw around [reference to Perry’s quip to Bachmann] I would wager that no one could prove that the GOP is, in fact, pro-life. There is no evidence to support that claim.

Perry was asked to halt Thursday’s execution but refused to do so because hewas in Iowa Thursday night at fundraiser for his Republican presidential campaign. Isn’t that just swell. It is interesting to note that 7 of the 9 members of the Supreme Court are either Jews or Catholics. The remaining two belong to mainline Christian churches. None are evangelical Christians like Perry. It appears that the non-evangelical Supreme Court exhibits more ‘mercy’ than does Perry and the gaggle of Tea Party attendees at the debate.

Historically, members of the U.S. Supreme court have claimed as their religion these religious affiliation: Episcopalian, Presbyterian, generic Protestant,  Catholic and Unitarian. [link] No evangelicals.

I have found that the most egregious Jesus-pimpers are affiliated with evangelical/fundamental Christian churches. The idiotic Koran-burning preacher from Florida comes to mind, as does Pat Robertson, John Hagee, Oral Roberts, Ted Haggard and Jerry Falwell.

As I was researching this topic, I ran across this article, The Covert Kingdom: Thy Will be Done, on Earth as it is in Texas. Interesting title. Author Joe Bageant writes, “Given how fundamentalists see the modern world, they may as well be living in Iraq or Syria, with whom they share approximately the same Bronze Age religious tenets.” Bageant states that his relatives are Southern Pentecostal/Baptists so he knows his stuff.  He writes,  “They believe that, until Jesus does arrive, our “satanic humanist state and federal legal systems” should be replaced with pure “Biblical Law.” This belief is called Christian Reconstructionism.”

I’ve written a few posts on Christian Reconstructionism or Dominion Theology as it is often called. Yet, from Beagant’s personal point of view, he states:

Christian Reconstruction is blunt stuff, hard and unforgiving as a gravestone.    Capital punishment, central to the Reconstructionist ideal, calls for the death penalty in a wide range of crimes, including abandonment of the faith, blasphemy, heresy, witchcraft, astrology, adultery, sodomy, homosexuality, striking a parent, and ”unchastity before marriage” (but for women only). Biblically correct methods of execution include stoning, the sword, hanging, and burning. Stoning is preferred, according to Gary North, the self-styled Reconstructionist economist, because stones are plentiful and cheap. Biblical Law would also eliminate labor unions, civil rights laws, and public schools. Leading Reconstruction theologian David Chilton declares, “The Christian goal for the world is the universal development of Biblical theocratic republics…” Incidentally, said Republic of Jesus would not only be a legal hell, but an ecological one as well — Reconstructionist doctrine calls for the scrapping of environmental protection of all kinds, because there will be no need for this planet earth once The Rapture occurs.

Did you see the current GOP agenda in the quote above?

• eliminate labor unions, civil rights laws, and public schools

• calls for the death penalty

• scrapping of environmental protection

• homosexuality

I was recalling Rick Perry’s speech a few days ago at Liberty University as I stumbled across this line from Bageant’s piece: “The training of Christian cadres is far more sophisticated than the average liberal realizes. There now stretches a network of dozens of campuses across the nation, each with its strange cultish atmosphere of smiling Christian pod people, most of them clones of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.” Was it merely a coincidence that Perry spoke there days after his second debate? I think not.

Bageant ends his article with this: “Nor will it necessarily bring ever-tolerant liberals to openly acknowledge what is truly happening in this country, the thing that has been building for a long, long time — a holy war, a covert Christian jihad for control of America and the entire world. Millions of Americans are under the spell of an extraordinarily dangerous mass psychosis.”

Mass psychosis. Yes it is,  and when I look closely at Perry on stage at the debates, it appears to me that he has been smitten with that mass psychosis. Does anyone else see that?

 

 

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24 thoughts on “Rick Perry: Dominionist

  1. My wife and I just received an email which began:

    …Why should you support Catholic Charities USA’s 2011 Annual Fund?

    I can give you 46 million good reasons…

    …because that’s how many people live below the federal poverty level. More than 15% of the entire U.S. population. I find those numbers nothing less than a national disgrace.

    This is a moral, as well as an economic, crisis.

    ————————————————–

    I just found this Huffington Post editorial titled, Why Evangelicals Hate Jesus.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phil-zuckerman/why-evangelicals-hate-jes_b_830237.html

    1. M_R wrote the following above: “because that’s how many people live below the federal poverty level. More than 15% of the entire U.S. population. I find those numbers nothing less than a national disgrace.”

      May I ask, if it is a national disgrace then why do you still sit in the Kaptur
      camp? It is under her watch and her enabling that has let this happen.

  2. This is why it would be fun to have Barb posting here.

    Unfortunately for the evangelicals, the United States was established as a secular society by precisely the same evangelicals who are whining about it being a secular society.

    Why?

    Simple, they knew that once government became involved in religion all hell would break loose. Religion and Goverment have no business being intertwined because someone is likely to be left out, and the evengelicals didn’t want to be the ones left out.

    Anyway, there are three reasons the US government has no business involving itself with relgion

    1) No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States (Article VI).
    2) Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
    3) or prohibiting the free exercise thereof (First Amendment).

    I wish US politicians would say that their religion was their own business and stop pandering to the religious right giving these three reasons.

    Number three isn’t ignored. You can’t play favourites if you are going to have religion within the state.

    That means equal time for all: no one sect gets preferential treatment.

    Christians, Jews, Muslims, Jains, Hindus, Buddhists, and on and on should get an equal pulpit.

    otherwise, hands off.

  3. 1. After October 2010 (Addition of Jewish Supreme Court Justice Kagan) the United States Supreme Court is made up of three Jewish and six Catholic justices. Sorry, not a single protestant or Muslim.

    2. Why is it that the same people against the “murder” of abortion are also the same ones for capital punishment? According to their own rules, both are murder.

    3. Why are the anti-choice people against abortion, but not some types of birth control? They claim the fetus is a person after it is fertilized. Both the pill and I.U.D. will stop the “fertilized” fetus from attaching to the vagina wall, thus causing the “death” of the fertilized fetus. The morning after pill works the same way. And condoms are out of the picture because it kills all those “alive sperm” (I don’t mean to be gross, but don’t most of them die otherwise running down someone’s leg).

    The Roman Catholic Churches pushes the Rhythm Method. Do you know what you call people who use the Rhythm Method? Parents.

    P.S. SIDE NOTE: Most of the lawyers in the United States Department of Justice were hired during the Bush years after they graduated from Liberty University. President Obama has not replaced many/any of them so far.

  4. Good analysis and added information, Jeff. If you attempt ‘reason’ with any of this stuff, then you will end up needing some Dramamine.

  5. Hello Laci,
    Don’t you know that in Texas those amendments:
    1) No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States (Article VI).
    2) Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
    3) or prohibiting the free exercise thereof (First Amendment)

    don’t count because they were written and inserted in to our constitution by that non-believer, Thomas Jefferson? (he was doing black women you know).

    When the evangelical Christians who were on the school board in Texas and were trying to rewrite the history school books for all of the Texas schools (and many other states that would be subservient to their volume purchases) had removed Thomas Jefferson’s contribution to founding this country and inserted Sam Huston as being more of a founding father.

    Hello Jeff,
    “They claim the fetus is a person after it is fertilized. Both the pill and I.U.D. will stop the “fertilized” fetus from attaching to the vagina wall, thus causing the “death” of the fertilized fetus.”

    When I point this exact same fact to the “Pro-Life” Republicans I come in contact with, I just get this puzzled, confused, suppressed, look as if they have just been presented with these facts for the first time. With the extreme, non-thinking, viewpoint aspects of those within my Republican Party; you have to understand, they can only handle VERY simple concepts and this logic you presented is just TOO complemented for them to comprehend.

    IT IS AS IF THEY ARE A DIFFERENT SPECIES OF MAN!

  6. I completely agree with you Muddy; there IS a Christian religious right ‘jihad’ to overthrow our secular government, and to impose their religion on all of us. They DO NOT support freedom of religion; they support that the only freedom is to be part of their religion – this is the modern equivalent of the Inquisition era religious oppression.

    1. Maybe you can help me explain this to my mother; she thinks mixing religion and government would be a good thing. I point out, in vain, that the “religion” mixed with the state would probably not be hers.

      I’m sure you’ve all heard of those government locations that display the Ten Commandants (Lucas County Courthouse). Did you know there are at least THREE different sets of Ten Commandants in the United States? It’s a fact I just learned recently; you got the “original” (?) Catholic version, the more common Protestant version and then you got the Jewish version. So do tell how you are not favoring one religion over another when you put up just one version? Also, Catholics make up around a fourth of the U.S. population (and increasing). Today in the year 2011, it is still illegal for a Catholic to get a divorce or marry someone who is divorced. Also, any children conceived out of wedlock (or a divorced union) aren’t considered valid human beings nor their descendent’s for ten generations. And then you got your Jewish population with a totally different set of rules.

      So I ask once again, just which religion are they trying to combine with the state?

  7. BREAKING NEWS: The Fox Network seems to have learned a thing or two from it’s blogger followers. The Network will be censuring any references it deems negative to it’s respectability during tonight’s Emmy broadcast.

  8. “There are similarities between absolute power and absolute faith: a demand for absolute obedience, a readiness to attempt the impossible, a bias for simple solutions –to cut the knot rather than unravel it, the viewing of compromise as surrender. Both absolute power and absolute faith are instruments of dehumanization. Hence, absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.” -Eric Hoffer

  9. Poet- thank you for that Eric Hoffer quote. Just the other day I thought about you, Poet, wondering how you were doing. Hopefully OK??

    1. You’re very welcome! All things considered I’m doing well. Thanks for asking. I send those thanks back to you for fighting the good fight. I still follow politics but from a distance these days.

      1. I still follow politics but from a distance these days. That’s a wise decision. I’ve come to the realization that if one ‘plays around’ too much in the political muck, then one becomes soiled. I’ve cut back on quite a lot of my earlier political enthusiasm, and have chosen to seek out situations which uplift and enrich my life. Politics is the antithesis of that.

  10. “I’ve cut back on quite a lot of my earlier political enthusiasm, and have chosen to seek out situations which uplift and enrich my life.”

    How discouraging, M_R. Just when Toledo needs you the most!

  11. Toledo needs more than what I can offer. Today the local newspaper led with large print: Mayor Bell approves nearly $1M in contracts for niece’s firm
    She has no construction history; mayor says it’s OK

    Political crap everywhere you turn.

    1. It really depresses me that Chief Bell has been a bigger disappointment than President Obama. Talk about someone who doesn’t have a clue about economics. Didn’t anyone tell him that Toledo won’t be getting anymore Federal grants this year and next year Toledo won’t be getting any rent from the properties it has sold?

    1. How many ‘Bobs’ have YOU tried to reason with??? Bubble universes are, coincidentally, one of the new set of hypotheses in the world of astrophysics, but then, what do scientists know, eh, Bob?

  12. Did you see the Congressional Districts proposed by the Democrats? Yeah, now there’s a contest: Kaptur v.s. Latta

    What I don’t understand, the Democrats are always saying every district has to be anchored by a city. Why?

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