POLITICAL observations & opinions

* in The Daily Beast … 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.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 15, 2011

******

******

 

Michelle Goldberg writes for The Daily Beast (8/14/11) …

With Tim Pawlenty out of the presidential race, it is now fairly clear that the GOP candidate will either be Mitt Romney or someone who makes George W. Bush look like Tom Paine.

two (Michelle Bachman and Rick Perry) are deeply associated with a theocratic strain of Christian fundamentalism known as Dominionism.

Dominionism asserts that Christians have a God-given right to rule all earthly institutions. In elaborating Bachmann’s Dominionist history, though, it’s important to point out that she is not unique. Perry tends to be regarded as marginally more reasonable than Bachmann, but he is as closely associated with Dominionism as she is, though his links are to a different strain of the ideology.

Writing about Bachmann in the New Yorker, Ryan Lizza spent several paragraphs explaining how the premise (of Dominionism) fit into the Minnesota congresswoman’s intellectual and theological development.

And a recent Texas Observer story on Rick Perry examined his relationship with the New Apostolic Reformation, a Dominionist variant of Pentecostalism that coalesced about a decade ago. 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.”

We have not seen this sort of thing at the highest levels of the Republican Party before. Few of us imagined that someone who actually championed such ideas would have a shot at the White House. It turns out we weren’t paranoid enough.

If Bush eroded the separation of church and state, the GOP is now poised to nominate someone who will mount an all-out assault on it. We need to take their beliefs seriously, because they certainly do.

read the entire article at … http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/08/14/dominionism-michele-bachmann-and-rick-perry-s-dangerous-religious-bond.html?om_rid=Nsjkcc&om_mid=_BOSQ7zB8ctRRHD

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: