VAST RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY 2
By Peter Fredson
When you hear the word “Conspiracy” you might think of an evil Mr. Goldfinger, rubbing his hands with glee as he is about to conquer the last obstacle to ruling the world, or of people who talk about alien abductions, but rarely of the Southern gentlemen who conspired to kidnap and kill Abraham Lincoln to defend their Southern Values.
I did not find one single mad televangelist or mooney politician that controls the entire effort of the Right Wing, although insane-sounding televangelists and political termites do infest the woodwork of the nation. The issue is much more complex, with networks of organizations having differing and even competing agendas. There are divisions between Rightists reflecting the hundreds of various brands of Christianity and the various Republican agendas concerning private business, deregulation, home schooling, faith-based services, outsourcing, and privatization and a dozen other sources of internal dissention. The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is very real, but it is also multi-layered and serves many causes.
WHAT DO THEY WANT?
Part of the Right Wing political organization wishes to rule the world. Look up Karl Rove’s plan for U.S. Supremacy, first-strike readiness, aggression at a push-button, and recipe for bullying and threatening other nations. I kid you not. Here is a real life conspiracy which guides George Bush and his Yale corporate buddies. They want the U.S. to rule the world, and they intend to rule the U.S. Perhaps they do rub their hands with glee and cackle like movie villains. I don’t know.
“We need to find ways to win the war” said Karl Rove, President Bush’s political director to the Family Research Council in March, 2002. He wasn’t talking about a war on terrorism but the war on secular society which Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson had declared. The Moral Majority and Christian Coalition formed a vital part of Right Wing Conspiracy, and contributed heavily to strategy, tactics, and execution.
They declared that secular humanism was, as Paul Weyrich said in a talk: “The real enemy is the secular humanist mindset which seeks to destroy everything that is good in this society.”
“Our aim,” said Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition, at a 1984 banquet, “is to gain dominion over society.” His path to dominion was clear when he told the Denver Post in 1992 that his goal was to “take working control of the Republican Party.”
Pat Robertson in 1991, at a Christian Coalition Road to Victory gathering said: “It’s going to be a spiritual battle. There will be Satanic forces…. We are not going to be coming up just against human beings, to beat them in elections. We’re going to be coming up against spiritual warfare.”
When we were facing a war in Iraq, Alabama Governor Bob Riley declared, while speaking to the Alabama Christian Coalition’s “Friends of the Family” Celebration, March 8, 2003 “There is another war going on in this country. This one is far more insidious. It’s one that you just can’t go and attack. It’s a war for the absolute soul of this country.” He asked his followers to enlist in a crusade to restore Christianity to America.
Rev. D. James Kennedy, pastor of the Coral Ridge Presbyterians, founder of Reclaiming America for Christ movement, reached an audience of 3.5 million people when he declared: “the even more diabolical ‘wall of separation’ that has led to increasing secularization, godlessness, immorality, and corruption in our country.”
“God has called us to engage the enemy in this culture war. That is our challenge today.” James Kennedy wrote in Character & Destiny: A Nation In Search of Its Soul, (Zondervan Publishing House, 1997). He stated: “How much more forcefully can I say it? The time has come, and it is long overdue, when Christians and conservatives and all men and women who believe in the birthright of freedom must rise up and reclaim America for Jesus Christ.”
As the theocratic right declared war, they also declared themselves as imaginary victims of war. Church and State reported, April, 2003: “House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) is helping a controversial Religious Right group raise money to defeat a so-called ‘war on Christianity’ in America and preserve the nation’s alleged “Christian heritage.”
Richard Viguerie, a founder and organizer of the theocratic right, a pioneer in mail fundraising, spoke on December 15, 2004, to Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air. He said that his people’s beliefs had been attacked and victimized by secular society. This assertion has been repeated by a number of televangelists, especially Pat Robertson.
Tom DeLay endorsed a campaign by the Rev. Lou Sheldon’s Traditional Values Coalition (TVC), which claims that it would raise $12.6 million to “stop the all-out assault on Christians being waged by our government, by America’s educational institutions, by the media and throughout popular culture.”
When Judge Moore of Alabama insisted that the entire nation acknowledge his beliefs that the 10 Commandments are the perfect legal instrument, he was simply following the strategy of the Right Wing conspirators to demolish the Wall of Separation and install Christian slogans, monuments, and change the Constitution to match Christian’s sincerely felt beliefs. His action was NOT original. It was part of the overall conspiracy taking place all over the U.S.
Dominion theology provides the theological rationale for a “Christian” nation and intends to take control of all institutions. Look it up if you want to hear overly zealous rhetoric.
John F. Sugg wrote in the Weekly Planet, Tampa, Florida, March 2004: “Dominion theologians … preached … that it was Christians’ job to take over the world and impose biblical rule. Christ would not return, they said, until the church had claimed dominion over all of the world’s governments and institutions.”…
In 2000, the Republican Party of Texas “affirms that the United States is a Christian nation.” That sentiment reached a national level. The Constitution Restoration Act of 2004 acknowledged Christianity’s God as the “sovereign source” of U.S. laws. It would reverse all judicial decisions which built a wall between church and state, and would prohibit federal judges from making such rulings in the future.
An article appeared in Harper’s, March, 2003 called “Jesus Plus Nothing: Undercover among America’s secret theocrats” by Jeff Sharlet. While the term “dominion” isn’t used, the goal is the same. Says Sharlet, the ultimate goal of the Family is “a government built by God,” which is by definition a theocracy. Theocracy is the civil rule of God, or the belief in government by divine guidance. On GNN.tv, June 13, 2003, Sharlet said, “We would be told time and time again, “Christ’s kingdom is not a democracy.’”
In case you’re not already scared out of your wits by all this, read an article by investigative journalist and former Naval Officer who worked for the National Security Agency, Wayne Madsen, about The Fellowship described in the Harper’s article, Jesus Plus Nothing. This is called “The ‘Christian’.” firstname.lastname@example.org)
The powerful Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, Tom DeLay (R-TX) embodies government by divine guidance: “He [God] is using me, all the time, everywhere, to stand up for a biblical worldview in everything that I do and everywhere I am. He is training me.”
Tom DeLay represents an ultraconservative religious movement seeking to impose a narrow theological agenda on secular society. Chip Berlet and Margaret Quigley, senior analysts at Political Research Associates, named this movement the theocratic right:
“The predominantly Christian leadership envisions a religiously-based authoritarian society; therefore we prefer to describe this movement as the “theocratic right.” They seek radical change which appears to include bankrupting the federal government and shifting responsibility for welfare and education to the churches.
Television preacher Pat Robertson sent out a memo to his political organization in 1986 calling on his followers to “Rule the world for God.” That sums up the goals of the theocratic right, and explains their Congressional leadership which suspends the basic rules of Democracy: all that matters is winning, because it is for God. The ends justify the means.
The Christian Statesman is a publication of the National Reform Association. What is the National Reform Association?
“The mission of the National Reform Association is to maintain and promote in our national life the Christian principles of civil government, which include, but are not limited to, the following:”
“Jesus Christ is Lord in all aspects of life, including civil government.”
“Jesus Christ is, therefore, the Ruler of Nations, and should be explicitly confessed as such in any constitutional documents. The civil ruler is to be a servant of God, he derives his authority from God and he is duty-bound to govern according to the expressed will of God.”
“The civil government of our nation, its laws, institutions, and practices must therefore be conformed to the principles of Biblical law as revealed in the Old and New Testaments.”
Anyone who still believes that the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is, as George Bush explained, “compassionate conservativism”, spreading light and freedom across the world, really need their heads examined, because they form a very grave danger to our democracy in their pious zeal to “help God” by installing a corporate theocracy.
As Les in STUPIDEVILATHEIST often proclaims: “What the F*** are you People thinking.”