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A rising tide of radical Christanity?

September 15th, 2011 (01:23 pm)
pensive

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?

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Posted by: Shimdrashaül ([info]shimdrashaul)
Posted at: September 20th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)

Fortunately, it is very unlikely for such a group to maintain anything more than a backstage influence in a developed country. Particularly one with, ironically, so many Christians sects in it... all of whom seem to hate each other.

While such people are indeed dangerous and a very sad thing to know exists, they are only really heard due to the sheer audacity of their message. Unfortunately this is also a problem when there are lots of impressionable crazy people.

In contrast, racial violence and discrimination is far more common than religious persecution, but is far less covered. Laws are still put into place to protect people from such action (despite protests from long established political groups.)

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