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Dang! We're popular!

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

I just noted that we're getting close to crossing the 1400 member mark. That totally boggles my mind. But that also means that there are probably some folks here who'd like to know a bit more about this community and its purpose. A lot of that is on our Front Door page, and I invite you to go visit it. But the root story is that I started this community back in '03 as a hobby-horse, not exactly sure where I was going to take it. I thought about having a 'snark' spot, then decided against that. Debate was out, too. Others had that cornered quite nicely. Then I realized that I had an excellent kernel for this community- something I've been writing about and researching and having firsthand understanding with for over 20 years: Dominionist Christianity. I didn't know that was its name, and Dominionists generally don't call themselves that (well, maybe the Rushdoony descendants do), but it's a pattern of volitile action and interaction that distinguished them from ordinary Christians. I decided that this place would become a platform to educate, enlighten, research, and warn people about this growing political-religious wolf in sheeps' clothing that was devouring congregations everywhere. It's started small, but in the four years this community has been around, it's become a touchstone for people to learn. Some have even created other, more directed communities after seeing how this one works. Talk To Action is one offshoot that I was purposely involved in. They're more proactive, and I hope you'll visit them, and the other places we've placed on the sidebar. And don't forget our Wiki- it's a great place for research, too.

That said, this might also be an opportunity for some of our established members here to warm up their keyboards and write a bit about what Dominionist Christianity is, and why it's something that we should pay close attention to. The wall separating church and state in the US has never been weaker, and there are signs that in many places, it's been breached- the military being a prime example. I plan to talk a bit about that in a later post.

Education is a powerful thing. Any group- religious or not- who seeks to control what you see, hear, or read is one that should be avoided. Knowledge is power, and it is the best weapon against fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD). It does not matter what you believe- this is true for all people, and it is a good thing to know.

Be good to each other, and enjoy your stay.

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Suesviews and WFI - Strike One!

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]legless123)

http://suesviews2.blogspot.com/

Blog is by invite only now. Seems she didn't like all of the attention she was getting. So thats one less rabid Christians views that isn't spreading any more.

Well done everyone..

Cheers

Legless

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Dominionism and homophobia in Eastern Europe

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

Today's edition of the Guardian has a distressing article about the rise of homophobia in post-Soviet Eastern European states. It comes as no surprise that the homophobic movement has ties to certain Evangelist groups...

' Last year in Latvia, police said they could not step in to protect the gay rights rally because they had not been given authorisation from the mayor to do so. Counterprotesters, who were to all intents and purposes engaged in an illegal protest, gathered freely to chant, throw holy water and excrement. The police detained 14 people for acts of violence.

Igors Maslakovs was among the anti-gay protesters. Describing himself as a businessman, Maslakovs stopped work last year to devote his time to founding and running Latvia's "No Pride" organisation. The No Pride logo shows two male stick figures having sex with a red line through the middle. The group website, which was built using Maslakovs' money, announces its purpose: "To fight against the opinion that homosexual lifestyle is proper and even recommended, which is enforced on Latvian society by [the] EU."

Maslakovs' account of last year's Pride event differs only marginally from those of the supporters: "It wasn't human excrement, it was chicken shit." He claims it was aimed at the two Anglican pastors who led the morning service and that they got what they deserved.

Maslakovs' views on homosexuality, he says, are Christian beliefs. He has particular affinity with the New Generation Church, an evangelical organisation with a swelling international congregation of mostly Russian speakers. The group now has 108 churches in 15 countries, including Argentina, Israel and America. It is headed by Aleksey Ledyaev, a publicity-savvy pastor with close ties to the Christian right in America. In February, Pastor Ledyaev attended a breakfast at the White House hosted by President Bush. "He's a very good man, a very powerful man. He has many connections with parliament and worldwide connections to the USA and Russia. He agrees with me," says Maslakovs.

Pastor Ledyaev declined an interview, writing instead: "I believe that Christians and their traditional values are discriminated against today, and not the gays and lesbians." In his sermons, he has been more explicit, saying of homosexuals: "God will bring evil upon them! God will drive them out and they will fall!" Many of the counterprotesters at last year's Pride wore "I Love the New Generation" T-shirts. '

The New Generation Church Wikipedia article is very partisan and does not mention their homophobic mandate. I found further background on their US ties here:

' An election campaign for the sheriff of a practically unheard of county in America's Pacific Northwest is hardly the place one would expect to find itself in the middle of a row involving the homophobic preacher Dr. Ken Hutcherson, The White House, the Department of State, the FBI, Latvian gays and the Riga-based New Generation Church together with a preacher from Kazakhstan.

But a four-paragraph item in today's Everett Herald mentioning that Tom Greene, who is campaigning for election as Snohomish County Sheriff, is holding a fundraising breakfast at the Holiday Inn later this month caught our eye.

While we have never heard of Mr. Greene--or even Snohomish County (head north out of Seattle and you will soon cross the border between King County and Snohomish County), we did recognise the name of the event's guest speaker.

Dr. Ken Hutcherson, the former linebacker with the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL, founder and chief of the Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, near Seattle, and, he claims, "special envoy of the White House".

The bottom line is that the campaigning law enforcer, in his bid to be elected sheriff, is being backed by an alleged law-breaker.

Hutcherson has links to the New Generation Church, which is based in Riga, Latvia, and headed by Alexei Ledyaev, a native of Kazakhstan

In February, Ledyaev was accompanied by Hutcherson on a visit to the White House for a meeting with Jay Hein, the head of President Bush's "Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives", set-up by the President in January 2001 to protect traditional Christian values in the society. The office is under the President's direct control.

Hutcherson claims that at this meeting, Hein appointed him a "special envoy" of the White House--a claim that the White House is denying. '

(Found at DownWithTyrrany! blog.)

More on Antioch Bible Church and homophobia here and here. The latter link notes Hutcherson as one of the African-American Evangelists who claim gay rights are 'not a Civil Rights issue'.

(NB their church slogan - 'Black and White in a Gray World'. Actually, my world is in colour, thanks...)

A reminder that the Dominion means exactly what their name implies - they want dominion over the whole world and they are doing their best to achieve it. And that nothing scares them more than a person who owns their sexuality.

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Update on the tagging project

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

Hi regular readers and new! This is an update on the ongoing tagging project here I started a month ago. Since then we've had a couple of polls on how people want to find things; you can read the questions and see the results for the first one here, and for the second one here.

As a result of these polls, the media tag was abolished and entires sorted by format of media (books, movies, news, video, radio, podcast). Establishment clause was supplanted by church-state issues as a search term. Terri Schiavo gained her own tag and was taken out of women's health and congress, but kept in with politics. Marantha, Every Nation, and Campus Crusade are all cross-referenced.

Next up: pulling Christian Marketing out of the Culture Wars category. My question for y'all this week is just - Have I missed anything? I know we're still tagging up the backlog - I'm just now starting July of 2005 - but have I missed any good tags that would be useful? Are there redundancies that have been overlooked in our tag list? Feel free to click around on the 'explore community tags" link there on the side and let me know what you think.

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Separation of Church and State and Tax Exemptions

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

From WaPo
Friday, June 1, 2007; A04

Florida evangelist Bill Keller says he was making a spiritual -- not political -- statement when he warned the 2.4 million subscribers to his Internet prayer ministry that "if you vote for Mitt Romney, you are voting for Satan!"

But the Washington-based advocacy group Americans United for Separation of Church and State says the Internal Revenue Service should revoke the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status of Bill Keller Ministries, nonetheless.

Keller, 49, who has a call-in show on a Tampa television station and a Web site called Liveprayer.com, on May 11 sent out a "daily devotional" that called Romney "an unabashed and proud member of the Mormon cult founded by a murdering polygamist pedophile named Joseph Smith nearly 200 years ago." If the former Massachusetts governor wins the GOP nomination and the presidency, Keller's message added, it will "ultimately lead millions of souls to the eternal flames of hell."

In a letter to the IRS yesterday, Americans United called Keller's message a violation of the ban on partisan politicking by tax-exempt religious groups.

Keller, in a telephone interview, laughed off the controversy. "Let them come after me for making a spiritual statement about Mitt Romney. I would love that," he said. "Bring it on."

-- Alan Cooperman

It kinda scares me that I agree with Keller. lol

And there's The Pedo Meme again!

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And now for something funny: Fundie/Domie Bingo

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]navytron89)

Found this and was made by 

[info]jinwicked

 

I'm going to Hell, so you don't have to...



Feel free to play or vist here website for more interesting things: Crap I Drew on My LunchBreak!

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Well Hello....

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]legless123)

This whole WFI thing has turned out to be an unexpected good thing from my point of view. In my LJ, I've occasionally ripped into the USA as, from the UK, it looked as if the whole of America was slow-stepping towards a totalitarian religious future - with nobody doing anything to stop it.

Then along comes WFI and series of links and I arrive here where I find that not all Yanks are asleep and that some of you are opposing the religious right.

I've spent the last day reading article after article on this community and learned a hell of a lot. - Like not to dismiss all Americans as ignorant Bush puppies. Almost everything I've read is well-written, well researched and attention grabbing.

I think I'm going to like it here.

Cheers

Legless

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Just FYI on WFI

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

I noticed one of the conmenters on an earlier post had said that WFI's website was not longer active.

Actually, they are still alive and well. The url ends in dot org, not dot com.

They have a post on their main page regarding the LJ dust-up. They suggest that LJ restored some pedophile journals as well as mistakenly deleted journals. Appears that they aren't going away any time soon.

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Faith adopts key role in 2008 campaign

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

Long-time lurker/commenter, first-time poster.

From Yahoo!News: Faith adopts key role in 2008 campaign

While the article doesn't explicitly state something about dominionist Christianity as far as I can tell, I think the fact that there appears to be this emphasis on the faith of the candidates for this upcoming national election says something about the general mindset of Americans and where this country is headed - something that I'm not sure is entirely positive, though it can be if handled correctly.

(If this is too off-topic, feel free to delete. ^_^;;)

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Whoops!

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

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070602/ap_on_re_us/conjugal_visits;_ylt=AlNSvgIvF5JX5THl4igobwVH2ocA

Gay partners get conjugal visits, and the spokesman for the dominionist Campaign for Children and Families tips his hand. . . or something else.

Article full text behind the cut )

Maybe they should change their name to Campaign for Children and Families and Prison Guard Threesomes.

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