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Unique Traits


[info]foomf said:

It may, theoretically, be a dominionist trait to have "Rapture Flags" on your car, but it's hardly unique to dominionists. Nor does a WWJD bracelet used as a personal religious touchstone (not unlike a crucifix worn on a necklace) in any way compare to a political campaign to subvert the government in order to install one's religious doctrines into law.
I fully acknowledge that [info]dark_christian does not support Christian bashing. This is a very good thing. The comment prompted me to consider where the boundaries of discussion could be held. Are we striving for unique or are we addressing those things that a dominionist trait? IMO the "rapture flag" angle is a dominionist trait. Or is it? The key word here is dominionist.

Paraphrasing an understanding of the word, from the groups profile page:
Right-wing theocratic elements of the Christian faith, and how these religious supremacists are actively eroding the foundations of the separation of church and state in the US. Its major focus is on Dominionist Theocracy (also known as Christian Reconstructionalism)
This sounds very political. Is the rapture flag excluded from the dominionist traits because it is not political? Maybe that is the answer. I don't think it is the complete answer. Battle Cry is an organization that ministers to youths. Their mission statement is, "an on line community and resource for Christian teens, churches, youth groups, and leaders". They are not a lobbying group in Washington. Is is Christian bashing to talk about Battle Cry because they are not, by their own definition, political? Do we get to define what is political and what is not? Ah... the permutations.

Are we going after those topics with a dominionist trait (as defined above), or are we only talking about those things unique to dominionists? Are only political topics allowed? I would like to see people's opinions on what is approved ground for topics. I apologize if this sound trollish, but I very much believe in the power and intent of words, and I am feeling very philosophical this morning. Painting ourselves into a philosophical corner (trait vs. unique) does not help the excellent dialog I have seen here.

Current Mood: contemplative
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Some Reminders for Readers


I suppose that I should make this a monthly post, but I prefer to believe that folks here read the 'front door' on their own. But, just to make sure you know the rules, I will post the most pertinent ones here:

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Planning for the Rapture


This blog has been helpful in both toning down my Dominionist paranoia and (rightfully) inciting it. Kudos. I'm a philosophical type guy... and I hope everyone will suffer me a philosophical leaning question.

I've seen the affects of dominionist influence in school policy, monetary policy, foreign policy, and environmental policy. One area in that I've not seen an affect is in emergency planning. Here is my take. The Rapture is a center piece of dominionist thinking. The rapture will cause havoc in areas of public safety, transportation, property law, inheritance, and so on. Personally, I've not seen a any movement in these areas in regards to the much embraced event. What gives? I have several theories:

1) The public masses aren't ready for this to be part of their reality. Dominionist supporters would open themselves to ridicule if the subject is broached. Foreign policy is fine, but don't tell the emergency responders about planes crashing from the skies with no pilots.
2) The dominionist policy makers and their constituents will be gone anyway, and the aftermath is not their business at that point.

Insights anybody? I am seriously wondering if the emergency response portion of public policy has been actually passed over while the "dominionist agenda" has touched so much else.

Current Mood: contemplative
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