Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Religious right heady with power
There was Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Then came David Limbaugh, who would be Rush's brother and author of Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity, and David Barton, said to be "listed among Time magazine's 25 most influential evangelicals." "Roy's Rock," the Commandment-carved rock belonging to defrocked Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was stationed outside in a truck for oglers. Though Alexandra Alter's article for the Miami Herald doesn't mention the refreshments, a copious quantity of Kool-Aid was likely served to the teetotaling guests.
Rob Boston of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State said—
The rhetoric used at his [Kennedy's] conference was among the most strident that I've ever heard, and I've covered the religious right for 18 years.
The group has big plans: "influencing the appointment of Supreme Court judges, opening faith-based action centers in all 435 congressional districts and, naturally, raising enough cash to accomplish the above."
"We used to be a minority and now we've got to learn how to lead," said Gary Cass, the executive director of the Center for Reclaiming America, in urging the crowd to get involved in government by lobbying Congress and starting local political action centers. "It's very ambitious, and we can't do it alone, and that's why you're here."
... Cass outlined four new initiatives in his group's fight to ban gay marriage, outlaw abortion and promote religion in schools and public life.
• Opening a lobbying office in Washington, D.C.
• Launching a "strategy institute" to study the tactics of their political opponents.
• Expanding the center's media outreach.
• Recruiting one million grass-roots activists around the country.
The group has apparently abandoned all pretense of civil government—
"We've got God-sized problems in our country and only God can solve them," Land said, drawing frequent applause and occasional gasps as he lamented the nation's divorce rate and the advancement of "the homosexual agenda."Meanwhile, the Christian Heritage folks, a new group in Virginia, celebrated President's Day. According to Gina Farthing of The News Virginian—
It was the day a call to arms went out, to Christians everywhere, to band together and fight religious persecution they encounter even today.
It was the day to recognize the perpetrator, that “enemy of the Gospel” - Jefferson, according to Christian Heritage officials.
The new religious group, which recently built a complex on a hilltop overlooking Interstate 64 at Tinkling Spring Road, pronounced Jefferson “the anti-Christian” and George Washington’s opposite.
Jefferson, they said, “feigned belief in God to achieve his own political ends and came to sever Jesus Christ from his divinity.”
So no one could miss the point, they did a little play-acting—
Each actor cited examples to suggest Jefferson was the enemy of Christians and that Washington was a model Christian, who walked the walk - even begging forgiveness from God when his prayers were not fervent enough.
“Jefferson came disguised as an angel of light by appealing to reason instead of faith - to works instead of the cross,” Humphries said.
“His purpose … was taught by Voltaire, Locke, Paine and Priestly. They become … wolves in sheep’s clothing,” he said.
Notice: The Enlightenment is hereby canceled.