Philly's City Hall and moderate GOP state senator get snowed by dominionists at America for Jesus
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 09:57:51 AM EST

This past weekend, the America for Jesus 2012 rally took over Independence Mall in Philadelphia.  A quick perusal of YouTube hasn't turned up anything really outrageous from that rally--which is surprising given that it was heavily influenced by the most extreme elements of the religious right.  Its leadership team was made up mostly of major players in the New Apostolic Reformation, the out-and-out fascist wing of the religious right that actually believes it can bring about the Second Coming by taking over the world.  

However, a look-see at America for Jesus' Facebook page reveals that it may have succeeded in hoodwinking Philadelphia's City Hall and one of the few sane Republicans left in the Pennsylvania State Senate into endorsing the rally, per a press release pasted there.

State Senator Stewart Greenleaf noted that America was founded by God-inspired individuals like William Penn, telling the crowd, "Today has been designated by the Pennsylvania State Senate as William Penn Day, and we pray that our nation will continue to be a beacon to the world."

Deputy Philadelphia Mayor Richard Negrin brought greetings from City Hall saying, "You are standing on holy ground. In that building behind you, there are three words, 'We the people.' We have a right to worship...to exercise our religion, our free speech and all our rights in the Bill of Rights. Today you stand here with faith in your heart and a burning desire to worship just like William Penn did all those years ago."

I wonder if Negrin and Greenleaf have been willing to appear at this rally if they'd known more about the people behind it.  Like Cindy Jacobs, who believed the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" caused birds to fall from the sky dead, has declared war on separation of church and state and believes this country is going to be in major trouble with God unless it elects more conservative Republicans.  Or Harry Jackson, who believes Christians need to form a "fifth column" in order to roll back anyone standing in their way--thus aping a strategy employed by the borderline fascist Francisco Franco.  Or the rally's national chairwoman, Anne Gimenez, whose husband John organized the "Washington for Jesus" rally 32 years ago--a rally that helped launch the modern-day religious right?
The most benign interpretation of this is that Greenleaf and Negrin--and by extension, Negrin's boss Mayor Michael Nutter--got snookered by the claims that this was not a political event.  After all, if a rally this infused by dominionists is nonpolitical, there's a bridge in Brooklyn you might be interested in buying.  All the more reason to turn the hot lights on these people.



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If all these dominionists actually wanted to worship as William Penn did, then they would have to leave behind their belief in the Trinity. The various shades of dominionists, reconstructionists, etc. are all lionizing the Christians who helped found this country, yet almost all of them were not trinitarians or orthdodox in any sense of the word. It's amazing to me that on one hand they brand anyone who doesn't believe in the trinity as a cult, yet they use these same 'cultists' to push their right wing agenda. The intellectual dishonesty is absolutely amazing. Or maybe not.

by COinMS on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 07:42:07 AM EST
Psychologists call it "projection" when someone attributes their own misbehavior on to someone else. This type of "Christian" (it's hard for me to think of them as Christian because they do the opposite of what Jesus preached) hides behind the label and think that just because they call themselves Christians they can do pretty much anything, such as murder abortionists, beat or stone children, etc. Then they blame the victim by attributing their own misbehavior on to everyone else and by also claiming to be persecuted. In developmental psychology, projection is most often associated with the development of about a 2 or 3 y.o.

by wolvenwood on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 06:57:59 PM EST
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