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"Two ways of being in the world"

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]sunfell)

This editorial in the Northwest Arkansas Times reminds us about the contrast between Christ's teachings and those of the Pharisees. I thought that it might serve to remind us about the contrast between rigidity and hate, and flexibility and love.

The Christian Gospels show Jesus in a state of regular conflict. The gospelwriters identify the conflicting party as the "scribes and Pharisees." Although their account is probably colored by some early-Church polemic, here’s the picture we have of those who were bothered by Jesus’ message.

The Pharisees saw this as a fallen and profane world. They believed that people are essentially born sinners, and if left to their own, will live lives that are sinful, unclean and often evil. The only hope for us, therefore, is to be guided in the right way, if we will be guided, and forced if necessary. There are laws. There are absolutes. There is right and there is wrong, and we can know the difference with confidence, said the Pharisees. They searched the scriptures and codified right and wrong. Those who followed the laws of scripture were righteous. Those who did not or could not, were sinners.

The Pharisees believed that the most important thing in the world was to be obedient to the laws of God. If one was obedient, then God would bless you. What are the signs of God’s blessing? Prosperity and wealth, health and wellbeing, a large and orderly family, say the Pharisees.

It was believed that if you punished the disobedient appropriately, then the disobedient would become obedient in order to avoid punishment. There were strict punishments for breaking certain laws. Those who could not straighten up and become observant would be shunned and outcast at best, or, in extreme cases, stoned as blasphemers.Read more... )

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Creationist Terror in American Classrooms

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]sunfell)

This article from Intervention Magazine talks about how the creationists are making life hell for teachers and school boards alike, and compares their ideology to that of the old Soviets.

Now that Creationists are in the White House, many public school teachers are afraid to discuss the science of evolution in their classrooms.

By Frederick Sweet

During his 2000 presidential election campaign, George W. Bush spoke about the Kansas Board of Education’s decree requiring each public school district in the state to teach Creationism alongside evolution. He told the Associated Press, “I’d make it a goal to make sure that local folks got to make the decision as to whether or not they said Creationism has been a part of our history; and whether or not people ought to be exposed to different theories as to how the world was formed.”

Bush took this position in spite of the fact that three years earlier the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Edwards v. Aguillard prohibited teaching Creationism in public school classrooms. The Court ruled that it constitutes religious belief. This decision was not arrived at casually. Seventy-two Nobel Prize winners testified as friends of the court that Creationism isn’t science. It’s basically religion.Read more... )

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Interesting articles found (whilst pointing out Dominionism and possible greenwashing):

http://www.politicalamazon.com/fcf-homeschooling.html

Very interesting article in regards to how the dominionists are explicitly using homeschooling to indoctrinate kids. (As an aside, something else interesting in the article--apparently the *exact same person* who is credited with many of the tenets of "Christian Reconstructionism" (the bits regarding taking over the government) is also the major party behind the push for dominionist parents to homeschool.)

One of the things mentioned in the article is how *secular* homeschoolers (folks whom may decide to homeschool because, for example, their kids have special needs or their school system is bad educationally) are having trouble in regards to support groups because many (if not most) of the homeschool support organisations are run by dominionists and are increasingly unfriendly to non-dominionist homeschoolers. It also talks about how secular homeschoolers are having increasing problems because they are being lumped in with the dominionists...

Another interesting aspect is that much of the info references things as far back as the 80's and the various links between dominionist groups operating today (to give you an idea of how far back the web has gone, and how it's been woven; for example, the LaHayes ("Left Behind" and a whole lot of other dominionist nonsense) were actually kicked out of Jack Kemp's presidential campaign for antisemitic remarks...)

http://www.politicalamazon.com/cr-ahmanson.html

Info on one of the major bankrollers of dominionist causes.

Includes info on the Coalition for National Policy, which (for at least the past fifteen or so years) has been the major think-tank of Religious Right policy and is in itself practically a who's who of dominionism; a separate link to info on the CNP is at http://watch.pair.com/cnp.html (a worthy successor to IFAS's lost, lamented pages on the CNP) and a list of present and past members is at http://watch.pair.com/cnpdbase.html for those interested. As an aside, the list has included not only major dominionist figures but also major politicians, some Democrats but also major planners for the GOP. (Article makes references to CNP meeting during the GOP national convention in 2004)

For those who are interested on what was on the IFAS's pages re the CNP, here's a mirror: http://www.buildingequality.us/ifas/cnp/index.html

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