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Updates: Article on eminent domain vs. churches and the Revised Letter to my pastor

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

Here's a nice big festering crock of you-know-what, courtesy of the New York Times(registration required)

Ruling on Property Seizure Rallies Christian Groups Text of article inside )

Sorry, but I don't buy that classic "O NOZ ALL TEH CHURCHz0rZ R GOING BAI BAI" fearmongering. It's been my observations that developers go after prime farmland and older housing areas first, rather than attempt to mess with the can of worms that church property entails. And seeing as how my area is currently experiencing some serious growth, if anything, even the churches are getting into the development business and expanding their operations on fields that were once open plains. I know of at least two churches who have slated future buildings for such land sites.

And now, the Revised Edition of Letter To My Pastor... )

I'm going to print and mail this sucker out sometime Monday, but before I do, I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on it (i.e., does it say what it should say, or does it need some more editing before I mail it out?).

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Thanks for the Dominionist Links...


I gave my girlfriend all of the links y'all provided to me so she could pass them on to her (evangelical) parents. Having been raised in that culture, she understands a lot more than I do, and some of what she found was really disturbing to her. She's going to write something up for Dark Christian, with a different list of links. The ones she wound up sending to them are religious site links rather than non-religious analysis of dominionism. She used a completely different set of keywords (the ones I remember is "kingdom theology", "pre-" and "post-millenialism").

Anyhow, she was working on a paper called "Sin of Salvation" but has decided not to write it, because after looking at all of these sites she thinks she has discovered a better strategy to fight against this christian lunge toward power.

I will post her stuff as soon as she gives it to me. Please just keep in mind that she is a philosophy professor, so sometimes she get be kind of ... intense. After spending the entire weekend on these sites, she took to her bed with depression, but also a little optimism because she has discovered some internal chasms which she thinks can be exploited in a sort of "divide and conquer" way.

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Religious Right Watch officially launched!


Today marks the official launch of Religious Right Watch. I think that this will do a lot to broaden the ability to educate the sleeping giant of the non-religious and moderate Christians in the US (and abroad) about the vipers in our corn crib.

There's a very interesting post there about the terminology used to describe this movement. Here, I use "dominionist" to describe it, because dominion is their major goal above others, but there are other ideas too. An excerpt:

When discussing the Religious Right, especially with people who are not yet well-versed on the subject, it's important to communicate effectively; many commentators use inaccurate or unhelpful terminology.Read more... )

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By Any Other Name


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Be sure to read the post below to learn about other peoples' criticisms and recommendations for nomenclature.

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

For those of you who haven't seen it, I highly recommend The Jesus Factor. It's an informative documentry by PBS's Frontline series that tells about Bush's past with religion and how the Religious Right got him the presidency.

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do you guys know this website?

The Coalition on Revival (COR) is a network of evangelical leaders from every major denominational and theological perspective who share a vision for and a commitment to worldwide revival, renewal, and reformation in Church and society. COR's basic mission is to encourage and help the universal Church of Jesus Christ to obey God's Cultural Mandate and the Great Commission. COR's founding director is Dr. Jay Grimstead who also helped found the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy, which wrote the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy & the Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics. (Click on the titles to go to the Chicago Documents.)

Check out the "documents" section of the site.

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Interesting reports

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

...on the BBC's World Service tonight. I saw two reports, back to back: The first was on African Christians who are using ritual abuse against young children who are accused of witchcraft (!). The second was on African refugees in places such as Erie, PA, and how they face dwindling resources and some amount of local persecution.

I can't help but think the two are connected somehow. At the very least, it's not unthinkable that American churches, which historically have aided in assisting the world's persecuted to come to the US and be free, are now turning a deaf ear and blind eye to Africa. Thoughts? Can anyone find either of these reports on the Beeb's website (http://www.bbc.co.uk)?

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