The Theology of Government Shutdown: Christian Dominionism

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The Ranting Stenographer Blew The Cover

Thanks for a reasoned analysis. After the House vote, a stenographer took to a microphone to give an odd non sequitur rant about how "God is not mocked" because the U.S. constitution was "written by freemasons". She was led from the chamber by a couple of Congressmen, but later snarky political gossipers released her name and salary ($126,200/year!) and revealed her husband was a producer of "Christian music". In a moment of stress she revealed the essence of the theology of Dominionism or "Christian Reconstructionism:" the values of The Enlightenment, as represented by the American founders in a constitutional convention closed to the public and the media, presided over by the esteemed Revolutionary War hero George Washington - a noted Freemason as were many other members of the assembly - constitute the enemy to those who would institute theocracy. This is clearly outlined in the works of Gary North, son-in-law of Rousas John Rushdoony, that the intellectual basis of the Religious Right is entirely constituted in antienlightenment and antimasonry. An interesting coda to both this legislative denoument and Garrison Keillor's title for his rant about the results of the 2004 election, "When the enlightenment went out." .I'd bet a piece of American currency that features a portrait of that noted Pennsylvania printer, freemason and babydaddy for several doxies from taverns on South Broad Street, Benjamin Franklin, that a search of her house would reveal more than one book authored by Gary North. And thus this one troubled woman has come to personify the victims of religious predators like the Cruzes, pere and fils, and their colleagues in crisis creating, Rushdoony and North. Well, at least she wasn't armed, thanks to the metal detectors, unlike another noted sufferer of what Alexis de Tocqueville called the common "religious insanity" in the United States, tat being of course, the Army Major-Pyschiatrist Dr. Abdul Hassan of Fort Hood infamy, who decided to strike a blow for Allah by massacreing his fellow soldiers and now sits on death row. Oh, what a world we live in!

George Nixon Shuler more than 3 years ago

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