UPDATE Feb 4 2017: With the recent
election coup which placed Dominionist Mike Pence into the Vice Presidency, it is more urgent than ever to be aware of, and understand the goals of Christian Dominionism.
Christian Dominionism is a term that encompasses a variety of Christian conservative groups including:
- Moral Majority
- Christian Reconstructionism
- Christian Nationalism
- Quiverfull , The Gathering etc
- The Christian Right
- The Tea Party
Basing their ideas on a very literal version of the old testament bible, Domionists believe that the United States was founded as a “Christian Nation” — ignoring the Enlightenment period in which our country was founded, which centered upon reason as the primary source of authority, and the fact that “god” is not mentioned in the Constitution. Their unifying goal is to end our secular democracy, and to substitute a “Biblical” Theocracy in its place. And they’ve completely taken over the GOP.
To me, the importance of keeping as many of these people out of government right now is top priority, even over making a third-party protest vote. Why? Because these people are not only deranged, but they are dangerous religious zealots.
Those of us who believe in freedom, justice, and love… need to be aware of this movement, and share our knowledge with others. Understanding their worldview can help us work against their goals.
Dominionism Defined: The belief that Christians are destined to take over and rule the world by taking “dominion” over the political process and reinstituting biblical law. Many perceive this as a campaign to use the United States military to create a global Christian Empire.
Think it can’t happen here? Take a look at this graphic. It shows a relatively secular, open society in pre-Ayatolla Iran 1970s. Afghanistan had a similar open society before they, too, were overtaken by religious zealots.
Iranian College Students, late 1960s or early 1970s
These countries were NOT ALWAYS controlled by conservative fundamentalists. Women had access to education and employment. Then their Religious Right took over.
BEFORE:Iranian College Women Enjoying Education
AFTER:Iranian Women No Education Allowed
Unimaginable as it is, we must now protect our society so that we can continue to evolve into a more just, fair society — or we may face a similar fate. The most strict Domionists advocate biblical death penalties for a variety of “offenses”. More