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A rising tide of radical Christanity?

September 15th, 2011 (01:23 pm)

current mood: pensive

We all know that over the last several years Pat Robertson has lost his marbles.  Saying the 9-11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the Hatti earthquake, and the more recent midwest tornadoes, the eastcoast earthquake and the devistation of Hurricane Irene are "god's punishment for tolerating sin"  (you know gays, pagans... feminists) implying, if not stating outright, that those who suffered death and loss some how "deserved" what happened to them. 

We won't even go into the Westburo Baptist church protesting at the funerals of US  military members carrying signs that read "Thank God for another dead soldier."  That level of batshit crazy speaks for itself.

Now, Pat Robertson has told his "700 Club" viewers that divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer's is justifiable because the disease is "a kind of death.  This was in response to a viewer who asked what kind of advice he should give his friend who was seeing another woman while the man's wife was dying from Alzheimer's.  Really?  Wonder if he would have had the same advice if it was a woman stepping out on her husband with Alzheimer's? Is it okay for women to divorce their sick husbands, or is this yet another "Christian" privilege reserved for men only?  What's next?  Saying it's okay to dump your mentally or physically disabled children in orphanages as long as you can justify it by saing they aren't really living?

Then you have the "New Apostolic Reformation" (NAR) a fanatical group of Christians who are out to supplant the U.S. Constitution with bibilcal law... you know, kind of like a Christian version of Sharia law.  They want to place biblical law (as interpreted by the NAR) over the "Seven Mountains" of society: arts and entertainment; business; family; government; media; religion; and education. 

In their "Declaration of Light" they state that they have "no power to purpose or accept any compromise of the promises of God, and we declare illegal in the earth any action of any people, Nation or nations that undertake what is contradictory to the Word of God.  But they aren't looking to create a theocracy, you understand...  they just want a country where gays are imprisoned simply for being gay, women are completely submissive to their husbands, and where any faith not in "storm trooper lockstep" with theirs are allowed only as much freedom of practice as they choose to permit. 

They are also advocating book burnings, the smashing of Native American antique pottery and all symbols of native spirituality," destroying Buddha statues (you know, like the Taliban did), statues of Catholic saints (because the Catholic Church is the "Great Whore" don't ya know), and religious and spiritual writings of all non-Christian, and "false Christian" groups (False Christians, btw, are anyone who don't believe exactly as they do).  And starting in October they are planning to lauch "spiritual warfare" (known in Pagan circles as malific magic) with somthing called "DC40" where they will pray for the overthrow of all politicians and institutions who aren't willing submit to the will of God... as interpreted by the NAR, of course.

And us "evil, godless Pagans?" We are calling for freedom, wisdom, and equal justice as laid out in the Constitution to be the law of the land in the United States, for people to be free to live their lives as they choose, to worship (or not) as they choose, and to love whom they choose as long as they aren't hurting, or infringing on the personal freedoms and liberties of anyone else.
So tell me? Who is the REAL threat here? The so-called "Christians" of the New Apostolic Reformation, or Pagans?


Posted by: Ethelshai ([info]ethelshai)
Posted at: September 16th, 2011 09:28 am (UTC)
Stormwatching Ethel

Sometimes, when I see how dramatically fast radical branches of some religions are progressing and developping, I come to wonder if it has something to do with people being so despaired by the current international and local situations that they try finding refuge in what they're told to be so-called "stable" values.

To be honnest, the things mentioned here are really scary, and sound like sectarian practices since they work more or less the same. Namely, those people are waving scarecrows at others and try selling them sets of "values" (I really insist on the scare-quotes here) in order to fulfil I don't know which ultimate purpose. Maybe they're simply trying to extend their influence, so their power over ever-growing groups of people in need of some kinds of explanations for their own situations and misfortunes. I don't know.

And what is even scarier is that those faith swindlers are guaranteed to have quite some extensive audience to address to, especially because (as sad as it is) global education levels in developped countries are terribly plumetting. And we all know that the less people are educated, the easier it is to talk them into believing anything and accepting even the unacceptable :/

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