Farewell. The Flying Pig Has Left The Building.

Steve Hynd, August 16, 2012

After four years on the Typepad site, eight years total blogging, Newshoggers is closing it's doors today. We've been coasting the last year or so, with many of us moving on to bigger projects (Hey, Eric!) or simply running out of blogging enthusiasm, and it's time to give the old flying pig a rest.

We've done okay over those eight years, although never being quite PC enough to gain wider acceptance from the partisan "party right or wrong" crowds. We like to think we moved political conversations a little, on the ever-present wish to rush to war with Iran, on the need for a real Left that isn't licking corporatist Dem boots every cycle, on America's foreign misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq. We like to think we made a small difference while writing under that flying pig banner. We did pretty good for a bunch with no ties to big-party apparatuses or think tanks.

Those eight years of blogging will still exist. Because we're ending this typepad account, we've been archiving the typepad blog here. And the original blogger archive is still here. There will still be new content from the old 'hoggers crew too. Ron writes for The Moderate Voice, I post at The Agonist and Eric Martin's lucid foreign policy thoughts can be read at Democracy Arsenal.

I'd like to thank all our regular commenters, readers and the other bloggers who regularly linked to our posts over the years to agree or disagree. You all made writing for 'hoggers an amazingly fun and stimulating experience.

Thank you very much.

Note: This is an archive copy of Newshoggers. Most of the pictures are gone but the words are all here. There may be some occasional new content, John may do some posts and Ron will cross post some of his contributions to The Moderate Voice so check back.


Monday, August 15, 2011

The Religious Right On Steroids

Commentary By Ron Beasley

The Evangelical Christians are a large group but there is fringe group of that movement that is small but well represented in the Republican primary contest - Dominionism.

With Tim Pawlenty out of the presidential race, it is now fairly clear that the GOP candidate will either be Mitt Romney or someone who makes George W. Bush look like Tom Paine. Of the three most plausible candidates for the Republican nomination, two are deeply associated with a theocratic strain of Christian fundamentalism known as Dominionism. If you want to understand Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, understanding Dominionism isn�t optional.

Put simply, Dominionism means that Christians have a God-given right to rule all earthly institutions. Originating among some of America�s most radical theocrats, it�s long had an influence on religious-right education and political organizing. But because it seems so outr�getting ordinary people to take it seriously can be difficult. Most writers, myself included, who explore it have been called paranoid. In a contemptuous 2006 First Things review of several books, including Kevin Phillips� American Theocracy, and my own Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, conservative columnist Ross Douthat wrote, �the fear of theocracy has become a defining panic of the Bush era.�

This has come up recently when The Washington Examiner�s Byron York asked Michele Bachmann a question about her relationship with her husband - specifically would she submit to her husband's wishes as president.  One of the tenants of Domionism is that wives must submit to the wishes of their husbands.

But it's not just Bachmann:

But it�s only recently that one group of Pentecostals, the New Apostolic Reformation, has created its own distinct Dominionist movement. And members see Perry as their ticket to power.

�The New Apostles talk about taking dominion over American society in pastoral terms,� wrote Wilder in the Texas Observer. �They refer to the �Seven Mountains� of society: family, religion, arts and entertainment, media, government, education, and business. These are the nerve centers of society that God (or his people) must control.� He quotes a sermon from Tom Schlueter, New Apostolic pastor close to Perry. �We�re going to infiltrate [the government], not run from it. I know why God�s doing what he�s doing ... He�s just simply saying, �Tom I�ve given you authority in a governmental authority, and I need you to infiltrate the governmental mountain.�

According to Wilder, members of the New Apostolic Reformation see Perry as their vehicle to claim the �mountain� of government. Some have told Perry that Texas is a �prophet state,� destined, with his leadership, to bring America back to God. The movement was deeply involved in The Response, the massive prayer rally that Perry hosted in Houston earlier this month. �Eight members of The Response �leadership team� are affiliated with the New Apostolic Reformation movement,� wrote Wilder. �The long list of The Response�s official endorses�posted on the event�s website�reads like a Who�s Who of the apostolic-prophetic crowd, including movement founder C. Peter Wagner.�

So why is this important?

For believers in Dominionism, rule by non-Christians is a sort of sacrilege�which explains, in part, the theological fury that has accompanied the election of our last two Democratic presidents. �Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ�to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness,� wrote George Grant, the former executive director of Coral Ridge Ministries, which has since changed its name to Truth in Action Ministries. �But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice ... It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time ... World conquest.�

If this doesn't sound familiar it should.  It sounds a lot like the Islamic fundamentalism that spawned al Queda.  Religious extremism is crazy and dangerous regardless of the species.  Both Perry and Bachmann are part of this movement.

1 comment:

  1. You left out the best part: dominionism and the rapture.
    Dominionists want to start Armageddon so they'll be raptured sooner.