Religion Wars

Why the Christian Right Believes It Has Once-in-a-Decade Chance to Impose Its Radical Worldview on America By CJ Werleman, AlterNet,November 26, 2013 

…Wall or no wall, politics and religion have always been inextricably intertwined, and we won’t win until we recognize and deal with that fact…Why Progressives Can’t Ignore Religion By Mike Lux

…The increase in coverage of the religious right’s longterm strategy to transform American culture has led to a number of responses charging “leftists” with fearmongering… Reconstructionists themselves  hold a view of knowledge that says that there are really only two possible worldviews (a biblical one and a humanist one that comes in several varieties) and that both worldview are in a conflict for dominion (so in their view “we” are fighting for it too)…It is not fearmongering, paranoia, or religious bigotry to try to understand their goals and strategies. In fact, it’s irresponsible not to. The Pundits and the Dominionists by Julie Ingersoll

The Spiritual and Political Warfare of the New Religious Right

How the Unholy Alliance Between the Christian Right and Wall Street Is ‘Crucifying America’ By CJ Werleman, Dangerous Little Books, published by Alternet.org, November 8, 2013  Atheist groups, associations, and networks have literally sprung up in every town and city in America…The trend is very much that Americans raised in Christian households are shunning the religion of their parents for any number of reasons: the advancement of human understanding; greater access to information; the scandals of the Catholic Church; and the over zealousness of the Christian Right…atheists are the fastest growing minority in the U.S. today. More significantly, we make for being one of the most powerful voting blocs in the country, at least potentially. We now have the required critical mass to shape elections, laws, and leaders…We [free thinkers] are winning the cultural war, but the Christian Right is winning in the race to control the levers of poweratheists are wasting far too much intellectual and emotional energy on battles that lack real political gain or consequenceWhile we are busy playing the role of the nation’s police force for political correctness, they are gerrymandering voting districts to ensure they regain and maintain control of the levers of congressional and gubernatorial power…Poll after poll shows that a majority of Americans favor liberal policies, but our courts and legislatures are increasingly becoming controlled and driven by the Christian Right…on January 21, 2010… the Supreme Court … ruled that money equals free speech, and corporations equal people. That was the moment that whatever chance we had of righting the wrongs that have led to growing social inequalities in this country was lost. That was the moment that all but guarantees a continuation of the shrinking of the middle class. That was the moment that presented billionaires and the wealthiest corporations an opportunity to partner with the Christian Right, so that a new era of pro-business and anti-government policies could be enacted in this country.

The Relationship between Libertarians, the Tea Party and the Christian Right

Why We Must Reclaim The Bible From Fundamentalists

Are There Still Enough Value Voters to Turn American Red?

The Bible is a Good Book, But God Didn’t Write It – Bishop John Shelby Spong, Interview By Candace Chellew-Hodge, January 8, 2012 —Spong has been tak­ing reli­gious lit­er­al­ists to task for over 40 years…“I do not think for one moment that Bible is any lit­eral sense the ‘Word of God’.…I think the Bible is a great book and I think if we can get peo­ple to look at it prop­erly and not use it as a weapon to enforce their prej­u­dices we’d be mak­ing a major step for­ward. In this strange polit­i­cal cli­mate we’re in, the Bible seems to be get­ting tossed around an awful lot… I think it’s sick…

The Spiritual and Political Warfare of the New Religious Right by Bill Berkowitz for Buzzflash at Truthout, July 9, 2013 – As many of the pre-Reagan era Religious Right leaders retire and/or die off, beware of the new breed. Lou Engle is one of the new breed…the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), the charismatic evangelical political and religious movement that he has come to personify, has made such a splash that it threatens to drown out the more traditional voices of the Christian Right.…Rachel Tabachnick wrote in a long essay titled “The Christian Right, Reborn: The New Apostolic Reformation Goes to War,” in the Spring 2013 issue of Political Research Associates’ The Public Eye… “Engle has staged more than 20 similar rallies, and each has attracted tens of thousands of participants to stadiums across the United States. He and his organization have also become deeply involved in U.S. politics, especially in anti choice and antigay organizing,” …What the movement is really after is “to unify evangelical and all Protestant Christianity into a postdenominational structure, bringing about a reformation in the way that churches relate to one other, and in individual churches’ internal governance.” Engle calls for massive “spiritual warfare” that will result in a complete worldwide “political and social transformation”: “The revolution begins, they believe, with the casting out of demons, Tabachnick states…Demonic activity has caused the downfall of society, both at home and abroad. “The sources of demonic activity can include homosexuality, abortion, non-Christian religions, and even sins from the past.” …To achieve its goals, the NAR aims to have its apostles seize control over every important aspect of society, including, the government, military, entertainment industry and education.” If the NAR falls short of world denomination, it intends, as a minimum, to “turn America back to God.”

With Millions in Assets And Hundreds of Attorneys, Christian Right Is Waging War on the Church-State Wall, By Rob Boston, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, posted on Alternet.org, March 5, 2013 

Are the Bible Thumpers Losing Their Grip on Our Politics?

Susan Jacoby on Secularism and Free Thinking

6 Biggest Religious Right Threats to America 

How Pro­pa­gan­dists for the 1% Are Manip­u­lat­ing Chris­t­ian Teach­ings to Rob the Mid­dle Class

Right Wing Religion’s War on America

Why my Bible seems to dif­fer from Billy Graham’s

Debate Over Mother Earth’s ‘Rights’ Stirs Fears of Pagan Socialism

Reconstructionists Celebrate “Ruling Over the Earth” Day by Julie Ingersoll

Religious Right’s Ralph Reed Field-Tests Plan for Beating Obama

Why Is There So Much God in Our Politics? The Religious Right’s Theocratic Plan for the 2012 Election By Rob Boston, Church & State Magazine, posted on Alternet.org, January 6, 2012

10 Things You Should Know About Religion in the 2012 Elections By Catherine Woodiwiss, Sally Steenland, Center for American Progress, February 8, 2012

How Fundamentalist Religion Is Destroying the World By Frank Schaeffe, AlterNet, July 3, 2011

God and His Demons – Taking on the Religious Right  by Gregory Elich, March 24, 2010

Right-Wing Religion’s War on America By Rob Boston, posted on Church & State Magazine, April 9, 2012

God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It: A New Vision for Faith and Politics in America by Jim Wallis, editor-in-chief of Sojourners. February 6, 2005

Why Are Believers Willfully Ignorant About Atheists? By Greta Christina, Alternet.org, June 28, 2012

The Tragic Story of Christianity: How a Pacifist Religion Was Hijacked by Rabid Warmongering Elites By Gary G. Kohls, Alternet.org, January 30, 2012. Consortium News, January 30, 2012

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