Between SueinCA’s amazing posts on Dominionism, especially the lovely folks at C Street, and all the flap over C Street’s abetting of adultery and every other form of perverse Christian “exceptionalism”, we at the Planet are probably better informed than most about the threat of fundamentalism to American democracy.
Now we have another, highly-readable offering that brings us up to date on current happenings. God, Guns, and Greed: A Dangerous Path for America by Leah Burton outlines and details political threats to democracy from Dominionism as they are being embodied by the current crop of GOP presidential and other candidates. The book is available today Sept. 4. Leah is my friend and colleague, and, truth in advertising – I have content in the book but am NOT making money from it.
Drawing from years of research and a personal familiarity with the Alaskan politics that spawned the Star of Dominionism – Sarah Palin – Ms. Burton offers accessible insight not just to C Street but to the breadth and depth of the New Apostolic Reformation as it seeks power, high and low, throughout America. Quoting from participants, she lets their words show the passion and commitment Dominionists have to taking over America– and the world.
Because Dominionists believe that they are “the chosen” they seek not an expanded view of democracy but a narrowed one. They seek to make America either a theocracy or at least a Christian country, in either case with them at the helm of the seven essential parts of the nation – The Seven Mountains – including government, the military, family, education, culture, media, and business. The elect will make happy alliances with the non-saved or even non-believers (think Dick Cheney, Rupert Murdoch, the Koch brothers) just so long as the infidels defer to and promote the interests of the True Believers.
Americans tend to respect other people’s religions. We have been immune from holy wars, and while discrimination (restrictive covenants etc.) are part of our history, the gradual movement has been to fulfill Constitutional promises of a land free for all believers and non-believers alike.
That is the key target of Dominionism – undoing the first amendment and imposing a religiously-biased government upon everyone. God, Guns, and Greed explores the range of successes from school boards to campaigns for the White House that has brought Dominionism perilously close to capturing power over the nation.
This is a must-read for everyone who wants to understand who got elected in 2010 and is vying for power in 2012. These are not your “values voting” candidates who can occasionally forge compromises. These are the absolutists who will never back down, never share power, never yield to the idea of universal rights, full democracy, and a more equal nation.
Read this book. And be very afraid – then work to stop this march of the theocrats. Act as if your very life depends on stopping this force because it does.
You may order God, Guns, and Greed online at www.godgunsandgreed.com. It will be in chain and independent bookstores in early October.