Saturday, October 09, 2010

Jim DeMint Lies Down With Fleas, Gets Up With the Witchfinder General

And while we're on the subject of Christian persection---it appears Jim DeMint is using a Christian Reconstructionist organization to achieve his right-wing political ends:
American Vision is a Christian Reconstructionist organization that publishes books and newsletters, runs a discussion board, a web-based radio show, and annual conferences and engages in other activities to promote the dominionist views of its founder Gary DeMar, as well as those of one of its most well-known associates, Gary North, the son-in-law of Christian Reconstructionist founder R.J. Rushdoony, and a supporter of Ron Paul whose economic writings have also influenced Rand Paul.

The goal is to return America to its Biblical foundations “from Genesis to Revelation” (a postmillennial reading of Revelation, which holds that the Second Coming will occur after an era of Christian dominance). American Vision is a non-profit, tax exempt, educational organization. Like many of these groups, DeMar also has a companion organization that can raise money and promote candidates for elected office: Vision to America.
The group describes its purpose this way:
Vision To America is a division of Christian Worldview Communications, LLC. Founded in 2006 by Gary DeMar and Brandon Vallorani, Vision to America exists to help America return to our Founding Father's vision for a Christian Republic. America was once a light to the world—a place that God blessed with liberty and prosperity. Today, Americans are taught that the Almighty State has all the answers. As a result, our God-given liberties are being traded for a false sense of security. It our Vision to see Americans once again recognize that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights and that this Creator is the God of the Bible.
Now, through Vision to America, the Senate Conservatives Fund PAC (Chairman Jim DeMint) is trolling for money to "Take America Back"--to the fucking Dark Ages--and prop up Tea Bagger candidates across the country, including Rand Paul, Christine O'Donnell, Sharon Angle, Joe Miller, and Pat Toomey here in PA.

So what we see here is a direct connection from an extremist theocratic organization that aspires to take over the country and codify Leviticus, to an extremist political organization that seeks to use the adherents of the first group to elect dipshit ideologues of the second group. The essential cluelessness and lack of clarity in the thinking of the Tea Bag candidates makes them perfect for these ends. Once installed in their new offices, they should prove excellent sock puppets for the stone-the-queers-and-fornicators crowd, and we can listen to the theocrats boo-hoo about being victims of religious intolerance all the way up to the day they make jerking off a capital offense and enshrine the Holiness Code into the Constitution.