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May 2008
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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.

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