Monday, May 30, 2005

Colorado Springs, where WACO & Stepford meet?

I came across this at Leah's Life, it goes to the heart of what our current Revangelical administration's plans really are.
The Man is the Christ; the Woman is the Body. He is coming; she is the church; she must open her doors. United, they are the Kingdom, ready for battle. “The Christian home,” preached Pastor Ted, “is to be in a constant state of war.” This made many so happy they put their hands in the air, antennae for spirit transmissions. “Massive warfare!” Ted cried out.
They are not, as previously described by Evangelical leadership, out to just ensure they can lead their own Christian lives unencumbered by the sins of others, they are not setting themselves up to fulfill a prophecized destiny when it comes as planned, they are out to create this destiny by forcing their own armageddon.
Hounded by the sins they see as rampant in the cities (homosexuality, atheistic schoolteaching, ungodly imagery), they imagine themselves to be outcasts in their own land. They are the “persecuted church”—just as Jesus promised, and just as their cell-group leaders teach them.

[. . .]

“We [Christians] have lost every major city in North America,” Pastor Ted writes in his 1995 book Primary Purpose, but he believes they can be reclaimed through prayer—“violent, confrontive prayer.[4]
This isn't religion as a deep reverance and committment to living a life of conscience and devotion to G-d, this is a rabid indoctrination with religion being abused as a weapon of torture. We have found the Weapon of Mass Destruction and it is right here in the good ol' US of A.

In her OP/ED piece in yesterday's Inky, Jane Eisner puts forth the notion that Americans are widely moderate who are standing on the sidelines while leaving the debate to the pols, media and extremists. She references Morris Fiorina's new book Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America which compares the average American to third world citizens stuck between an oppressive regime and freedom fighters. The difference is, the citizens in the third world country are shell-shocked and for good reason. By and large, they cannot speak up for fear of retribution. Unlike Americans, they are already completely dominated and controlled by an extreme; here we have a chance to stem the tide of the extremists and yet, if Eisner and Fiorina are right, our complacency that we will always have the freedom to speak/act/choose will lead us directly to a situation in which critical decisions will be made for us and not necessarily by those with whom we agree. It's already begun. As Fiorina states, American views are still moderate and have changed little but our choices have changed dramatically and we've done nothing to stem the tide. This isn't football, it's our lives and it's about damned time the folks on the sidelines realized it's their game to play too.

Edit: Liz @ Blondsense has posted the 14 characteristics of fascism. Reading it is like looking at a picture of today's USA.

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