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Zondervan Publishing - What are its connections?

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

While looking into the components of Murdoch's global empire, I was surprised to find that among his possessions is Zondervan. My dom-fu is perhaps not so good, but I did note strategic alliances with Promise-Keepers, Heritage-Builders, Focus on the Family, and tons others I have no referent for. Are dominionist groups the bulk or the least of their ties?

And what does any of this tell us about Rupert Murdoch (who's buying the Wall Street Journal)?

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

With July half spent, the time has come for me to consider what I'm going to write for the registration issue of the campus newspaper back at school. I'm an opinion columnist there with a long standing record, and have become interested in issues of faith and abuse of late. Of course, this led me in the direction of this community.

So, I'm looking for information about three groups in particular: Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Cthulhu Christ, and a group calling itself "Christians on Campus". I've heard less than positive things about all three and their association with abusive and/or Christian Reconstructionist/Dominionist theologies and groups, but alas, I'm having a hard time finding anything concrete.

The reason I target these three groups in particular is that they are generally the most visible Christian groups on campus, aside from denominational groups (Catholic Campus Ministries, the Baptist Student Association, the Wesley Foundation, and others) with which I can readily connect both a denomination and a specific supporting congregation in the area, and with which I've actually studied in the past.

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What Conservatives Say When They Think We Aren't Listening

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

An intriguing look by European journalist on a cruise sponsored by the National Review

I am standing waist-deep in the Pacific Ocean, both chilling and burning, indulging in the polite chit-chat beloved by vacationing Americans. A sweet elderly lady from Los Angeles is sitting on the rocks nearby, telling me dreamily about her son. "Is he your only child?" I ask. "Yes," she says. "Do you have a child back in England?" she asks. No, I say. Her face darkens. "You'd better start," she says. "The Muslims are breeding. Soon, they'll have the whole of Europe."

I am getting used to these moments - when gentle holiday geniality bleeds into… what? I lie on the beach with Hillary-Ann, a chatty, scatty 35-year-old Californian designer. As she explains the perils of Republican dating, my mind drifts, watching the gentle tide. When I hear her say, " Of course, we need to execute some of these people," I wake up. Who do we need to execute? She runs her fingers through the sand lazily. "A few of these prominent liberals who are trying to demoralise the country," she says. "Just take a couple of these anti-war people off to the gas chamber for treason to show, if you try to bring down America at a time of war, that's what you'll get." She squints at the sun and smiles. " Then things'll change."

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Zondervan, the "Life of Faith" series, and dominionist connections

Earlier today, a user posted a query in regards to Zondervan Publishing, a "Christian" publisher recently bought out by News Corp. and which has rather extensive connections to dominionism and the promotion thereof, especially in the pre-News Corp. days (they've actually gotten more liberal since then)--some of the more disturbing links include "strategic partnerships" with an Assemblies televangelist and Assemblies frontgroup Youth With A Mission.

In part, I found some interesting material on Zondervan's connections in a post on an American Girls forum for grownups (yes, Virginia, there are grownups who like to play with dolls, and it's all good :3) regarding the "Life of Faith" dolls. Reading some of the info there, I decided to do a little research on that particular bit of marketing...

...and found another big chunk of the dominionist "parallel economy", a little glimpse into what dominionist girls are being fed nowadays--the same dominionist girls being made to go to "American Heritage Girls" and the Assemblies-run Missionettes because Girl Scouting is seen as an Ebil Lesbian/Abortionist Plot (yes, there are quite a number of dominionists who believe this nowadays).

Get the Internet wet-suit, folks; it's time to take a dive down the rabbit hole into the dominionist parallel universe...

'Life of Faith', or how an obscure 1860's book series became a major part of the dominionist 'parallel economy' and indoctrination of little girls into the dominionist lifestyle )

So yet again, we find a dominionist undercurrent...a worrisome one, IMHO, and proof that even something as innocent as little girls' dolls isn't safe anymore :P

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