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[greenyes] Evangelicals - Threat or Promise


[I suppose that the intent of this article is to arouse the secular left to
fight back with renewed rigor. But, three things intertwine with the
question of what is the best approach. First, the two divirgent groups have
swung back and forth in ascendancy since WWII with no clear winner. Second,
the secular left lost in 2004 notwithstanding the fact that it had equal
financial resources and maximum grassroots work, because there were more of
the evangelical right. Third, much of what is good in the evangelical right
is, at heart, not inconsistent with a better world. Perhaps, this is the
time for the secular left to see the power of what Christ did say about
turning the other cheek. - peter]


ROLLING STONE - 4/7/05
The Crusaders

Christian evangelicals are plotting to remake America in their own
image

By BOB MOSER



It's February, and 900 of America's staunchest Christian fundamentalists
have gathered in Fort Lauderdale to look back on what they accomplished in
last year's election -- and to plan what's next. As they assemble in the
vast sanctuary of Coral Ridge Presbyterian, with all fifty state flags
dangling from the rafters, three stadium-size video screens flash the name
of the conference: RECLAIMING AMERICA FOR CHRIST. These are the evangelical
activists behind the nation's most effective political machine -- one that
brought more than 4 million new Christian voters to the polls last November,
sending George W. Bush back to the White House and thirty-two new pro-lifers
to Congress. But despite their unprecedented power, fundamentalists still
see themselves as a persecuted minority, waging a holy war against the
godless forces of secularism. To rouse themselves, they kick off the
festivities with "Soldiers of the Cross, Arise," the bloodthirstiest tune in
all of Christendom: "Seize your armor, gird it on/Now the battle will be
won/Soon, your enemies all slain/Crowns of glory you shall gain."
Meet the Dominionists -- biblical literalists who believe God has called
them to take over the U.S. government. As the far-right wing of the
evangelical movement, Dominionists are pressing an agenda that makes Newt
Gingrich's Contract With America look like the Communist Manifesto. They
want to rewrite schoolbooks to reflect a Christian version of American
history, pack the nation's courts with judges who follow Old Testament law,
post the Ten Commandments in every courthouse and make it a felony for gay
men to have sex and women to have abortions. In Florida, when the courts
ordered Terri Schiavo's feeding tube removed, it was the Dominionists who
organized round-the-clock protests and issued a fiery call for Gov. Jeb Bush
to defy the law and take Schiavo into state custody. Their ultimate goal is
to plant the seeds of a "faith-based" government that will endure far longer
than Bush's presidency -- all the way until Jesus comes back.



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FOR FULL ARTICLE:
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/_/id/7235393?rnd=1113802661328&has-player=true&version=6.0.12.872

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