March 11, 2008

 What these clowns are really after:

Dominionism describes, in several distinct ways, a tendency among some conservative politically-active Christians to seek influence or control over secular civil government through political action — aiming either at a nation governed by Christians or a nation governed by a conservative Christian understanding of biblical law. The use and application of this terminology is a matter of controversy.

Tim Wildmon (AFA’s fearless leader) would probably tell you that’s not what the AFA’s after at all.  But consider his own words:

“We’re not opposed to the ability of people to worship their own gods or god, but when it comes to our civil government … it’s always been the recognition of the God of the Bible. Every religion is not equal. That’s my belief. That’s logic.”

When it’s debated, this argument usually comes down to whether or not we are a Christian Nation, and whether the founding fathers themselves were Christian.  The debate tends to center around the latter part of that argument.

Which is, in itself, nothing but a straw man.  Sure, most of the founding fathers believed in God, lots of them in what Wildmon refers to as “the God of the Bible.”  That doesn’t mean they were right-wing crazies like Wildmon is.  There is ample evidence that most of them had relatively nuanced views of God and religion.

But nuance is something these people can’t fathom.

One comment

  1. I’ve got a novel for you to read…


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: