Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Do Bachmann and Perry have ties to Christian movement seeking to rule world?

There is nothing wrong with a candidate for the presidency expressing his or her faith in a particular religion, or no religion at all for that matter.  There is something very wrong and disturbing for any candidate to support using the power of government to promote a particular religion or to closely associate with a religious sect that proposes to do just that.  Two of the top contenders for the Republican nomination for president may have just such a disturbing connection according to recent reports.    

Michelle Goldburg, writing on the Daily Beast blog, raises some disturbing questions about how much the professed religion of Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry might influence how they would govern if elected President.  Goldburg writes:

Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry aren't just devout—both have deep ties to a fringe fundamentalist movement known as Dominionism, which says Christians should rule the world…

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…

Writing about Bachmann in The New Yorker this month, Ryan Lizza spent several paragraphs explaining how the premise fit into the Minnesota congresswoman’s intellectual and theological development. And a recent Texas Observer cover story on Rick Perry examined his relationship with the New Apostolic Reformation, a Dominionist variant of Pentecostalism that coalesced about a decade ago. “[W]hat makes the New Apostolic Reformation movement so potent is its growing fascination with infiltrating politics and government,” wrote Forrest Wilder. Its members “believe Christians—certain Christians—are destined to not just take ‘dominion’ over government, but stealthily climb to the commanding heights of what they term the ‘Seven Mountains’ of society, including the media and the arts and entertainment world.”

Watch the following video to learn more about Dominionists:

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