One Simple Question for Ted Cruz
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Mon Apr 18, 2016 at 12:33:19 PM EST
As the 2016 presidential primary season moves into the media savvy states of New York (April 19) and California (June 7) a question is beginning to loom large over the candidacy of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).  People are understandably wondering how his apparent Seven Mountains Dominionism would affect his policy decisions as president.  But in fairness, and not every leader or adherent of Seven Mountains Dominionism, necessarily believes exactly the same thing.  But there is one question that would go a long way to helping us all sort this out:  Do you believe yourself to be a divinely appointed king?
Ted Cruz declares that his religious faith defines who he is.  To that end, he has stated, "When I fight to defend religious liberty, it's not purely a constitutional matter; it's a lifelong passion and personal commitment.  When I stand to defend life and marriage, it is a core tenet of my faith."

As journalist Bill Berkowitz observed, "Ted Cruz is a seven-mountain guy and those mountains have nothing to do with Everest, Kilimanjaro, Whitney or any of the world's renowned peaks. Cruz's seven mountains have to do with reclaiming, rebuilding, and reestablishing America as a Christian country, which means Christians taking dominion over seven aspects of culture: family, religion, education, media, entertainment, business and government."

Senator Cruz also surrounds himself with high-profile Dominionists.   The list includes his father and campaign surrogate, preacher Rafael Cruz; revisionist historian David Barton; and retired US Army General William G. "Jerry" Boykin (now advising the candidate on foreign policy).

And then there is Cruz's wife Heidi, who recently said:

I think that's something that this country really needs to be reminded of, is that Christians are loving people, are nonjudgmental people, but there is right and wrong, we have a country of law and order, there are consequences to actions and we must all live peaceably in our own faiths under the Constitution. And Ted is uniquely able to deliver on that combination of the law and religion.

As a Catholic I find these comments to be quite troubling.  It seems as if the candidate's wife is making two diametrically opposed statements.  On one hand she is talking about living "peaceably in our own faiths under the Constitution." Yet on the other, I also hear her saying, "Christians are loving people, are nonjudgmental people, but there is right and wrong."  It is that latter statement that concerns me.  Under whose interpretation of Christianity do we determine right and wrong?  My concern is that the senator's wife means a Dominionist interpretation, one that excludes my Catholicism.

Predictably, Ted Cruz's political allies are pooh-poohing the issue. To that and, they are trying to discredit those who point out the candidate's links with Dominionism. His defenders include neoconservative Catholic strategist Robert P. George, (who has also endorsed Cruz's candidacy) as well as conservative Christian writers Robert Gagnon and Edith Humphrey who authored a smear article for Christianity Today magazine.  The stock attack lines include the unsupported claim that the senator's critics confuse Dominionism with his being "a constitutionalist".

Among those under fire are Frederick Clarkson and evangelical historian John Fea of Messiah College.  Indeed, it was Fea who made a strong circumstantial case with this observation:

The elder [Rafael] Cruz told the congregation that God would anoint Christian "kings" to preside over an "end-time transfer of wealth" from the wicked to the righteous.  After this sermon, Larry Huch, the pastor of New Beginnings, claimed Cruz's recent election to the U.S. Senate was a sign that he was one of these kings.

According to his father and Huch, Ted Cruz is anointed by God to help Christians in their effort to "go to the marketplace and occupy the land ... and take dominion" over it.  This "end-time transfer of wealth" will relieve Christians of all financial woes, allowing true believers to ascend to a position of political and cultural power in which they can build a Christian civilization. When this Christian nation is in place (or back in place), Jesus will return.

As I stated in my last piece, Senator Cruz has never publicly embraced this Dominionist vision. But then, has also not denied it.

The junior US senator from Texas walks like a duck and quacks like a duck when it comes to Dominionism.  But the voters need to know if he is, in fact, a duck.  More than that, it is a free press's obligation to ask.  After all, it is Senator Cruz and his closest associates who have publicly placed his faith at the center of his identity as a candidate, not his critics.

Cruz has mastered the art of being disingenuous, lying, an deceptive. He would be a very dangerous and unsuitable person to be president, and I think if either he or Donald Trump were to be elected, they would end our democratic experiment.

by khughes1963 on Mon Apr 18, 2016 at 01:51:31 PM EST
Lies seem to be OK in some situations in the conservative evangelical activist / politics community, despite Thou shalt not bear false witness. The justification is that lying by spies in enemy territory was considered justifiable. That attitude makes general civil society out to be the enemy, fitting the hubris of the Seven Mountains dominionism well.

by NancyP on Mon Apr 18, 2016 at 04:35:28 PM EST
This is like the deception practiced by Center for Medical Progress.  Some said it was OK by comparing it to the spies for Joshua and the Israelites  in Jericho.  As if fellow Americans were somehow the enemy.  Another example of the dangers of dominionist theology. ood-videos-led-attack-activists-article-1.2448839

by Seeker2 on Thu Jun 09, 2016 at 01:02:01 PM EST

Have spoken to some on the phone and they seem to never own up to the belief and tend to avoid the question.  R. J. Rushdoony, when he was around, was bold enough to admit it.  I have heard Barton several times in person.  Never heard him use the term.  He takes the slant that he and other Christians have been banned from their true heritage in the nation.

by wilkyjr on Mon Apr 18, 2016 at 05:16:08 PM EST
So they can use other cognates of dominion, just not call themselves that. A Dominionist by any other name will still hang you or burn you should they get that power to do so.

Just found out that Hulu is going to make a tv series of "The Handmaid's Tale". I liked the movie and the original novel. The synthesis of it I have incorporated into my own version of Future History. Yes the Republic falls like the Roman Republic did. Too much empire, and here, too much religious fervor. I hope you will review and analyze it for us.

Just reading how much our own military is starting to act autonomously within and outside our govt in the largest military ever to be fielded on the planet would be just perfect for the Dominionists to use. One that is full as much with soldiers as missionaries & as storm-troopers. The corporate riddling of our govt incuding our military and espionage sectors is unknown as is the number of private mercenary armies or what they are doing.

by Nightgaunt on Fri May 06, 2016 at 03:30:13 PM EST

... revealed Cruz true face (to a degree).  A gay Republican mentioned the Supreme Court deciding that LGBT people had a right to marry, and asked him if he'd support that right as president. Cruz not only prevaricated, he did so in a way that struck me as doing his best to mislead everyone.  He started spouting the Dominionist "Religious Freedom" line - and implied that gays were trying to take away that freedom.  He switched it from LGBT people having the right to marry who they choose (and be free of discrimination in life) to "Us Poor Christians are being SO persecuted" - in a sense.  For those in the know, that was where he was coming from.

We know their meaning of "Religious Freedom" - the freedom to discriminate and persecute the Other.  We know they twist words and redefine them - dogwhistle as Dogemperor called it, and she had compiled a list of such words (and there are many more).  That list is accurate - after all, I belonged to the Dominionist cult for three years, and now that I remember most of that time (my memories of that living hell WERE suppressed for over 20 years), I recognize how they (mis)used language and would even practice forgery and lie IN THE CHURCH and IN SERMONS.  It was part of their officially sanctioned behavior.  Just as using fear and terror to keep their followers in line was also official behavior.

Like others have said, the Dominionists don't take that term for themselves - because too many people know what it REALLY means.

His wife's words?  I've mentioned before their "Consequences for actions" (or "Actions have Consequences").  The reality is that is what they apply to the Outsider when he/she does or says something they don't like.  The torching of my electronics workshop/laboratory was an example of "Consequences for actions" - ditto for blocked employment, poisoned kitties, and so on.  I remember being taught in that church to persecute gay people and organizations - and that what we were doing was "God's consequences for actions" when we did.  When you think about it, what she was saying was "We're being loving by discriminating and persecuting - bullying the Other, because they don't follow OUR lifestyle/thinking!.  We're doing God's work by forcing them to be like us!  We're trying to SAVE them from themselves, so we're being Loving!!!"  You see, their idea of love doesn't include respect or caring for the other - their idea of LOVE is conversion and making others to be just like them.  They've been taught that "getting people into heaven" is the true love - "Agape" or "God's Love" (and "other forms" of Love were wicked and twisted).

You have some insight into dominionism, but in fact more as an outsider who is actually hated by the hard-core dominionists (but tolerated because of the right-wing faction in the RC church).  Others have studied it, and maybe even had some experience through family members.  I and others - the ones who are terrified of the Republican candidates (even Trump who isn't so militantly dominionist) see the evil that these people represent, because WE BELONGED TO IT at one point.  We remember (and most of us are ashamed of falling for their lies and brainwashing). We know where they will go if they win.

They will destroy this country and its freedom if they could... America was growing slowly towards being truly free (ask minorities about the De Jure persecution we experienced - in our case we didn't have freedom of religion, the basic RIGHT TO EXIST, and our presence and legal standing in the southeastern US didn't exist until after 1980 - years after I'd graduated from High School and made the mistake of moving to this Christian-dominated hellhole!* ).  In essence, they want to return to the "Good Ole Days" - the years when a preacher would be pulling on the rope on Saturday night, and preaching the Gospel on Sunday Morning.  The days when minorities were "kept in their place" - and LGBT people and women, well, they were to keep their mouths shut and take whatever was sent their way.

 *- For the first few years living here, my parents, my brother, and I could have been thrown in prison at hard labor just for being in parts of the state(s) where we were banned from - that was clear state law.  That is, if we weren't burned alive by the Klan (rather common practice before the 70s) or shipped to Oklahoma (the Trail of Tears law was finally stricken from the books after 1980, and friends of mine were threatened with "one way bus tickets to Oklahoma" in the 70s).

by ArchaeoBob on Tue Apr 19, 2016 at 11:34:15 AM EST

Religious Freedom/Liberty as terms within Dominionism are without linguistic pedigree or normative definition. They are indeed 'code' for ultra-right insiders to measure each others' purity of belief system, political most often trumping the religious or spiritual. Moreover, the pre-millennial mantras & the intraparty warfare over which statement is correct, which fallacy or worse, seems to be really what Dominionist followers do in this subtext of recreating past history, masked over for nonobservant converts as new and different. If the Mrs. Cruz offers a different subtext for the Mr.'s latest diatribe, it's OK in a world where lies can become truth: might as well be us as them, and the end justifies the means, ANY means.

It would be good to Dust OFF 'the divine right of kings' in medieval history, or earlier even, and topple how the elder father Cruz can prognosticate for the son's illegitimate expecta-
tion(s).  And we may as well go for the jugular on this issue too: the cabal that is the 2nd Baptist Church of Houston, a political mess as well as a religious one, in "anointing" not only Cruz but Rick Parry, et al., in their quest for power. Violate IRS rules for endorsing candidates from the pulpit? No problem, if their version of 'regime change' is in the offing: the end always justifies the means. The rest of us, who may still hold something of the importance of difference, must all step to the fore to oppose this brand who supports their own against all of us, without exception,

by achbird65 on Sun Apr 24, 2016 at 07:23:16 AM EST

... an "end-time transfer of wealth" ...

Supply-side Jesus is a commie redistributionist? Who knew?

by Pierce R Butler on Sun May 01, 2016 at 12:23:47 PM EST

As the Plutocrat Party has been doing using their worshipers to do their wishes as writing laws (A.L.E.C) to give them even more breaks while piling it on those who have lost much and continue to lose.

Some of; them seem to have ties to these Christian Nationalist and Dominionist groups in and out of our govt. It could produce a perfect storm that will shatter our already tottering shell of a Republic.

by Nightgaunt on Fri May 06, 2016 at 03:44:14 PM EST

The Christianity is increased day by day. Many people are interested to convert into Christianity. In this do my essay sydney, the Ted Cruz has explained about this religion in more clearly which is really had great meaning. But I regret for the comments of his wife which will hurting the other's feelings about the religion.

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