Monday, August 22, 2011

Criticizing Radical Evangelical Christians Labeled "Hate Speech"

First a funny story to begin the week about Fox News viewers and their concern about an alien (ETs) invasion of Earth.

Fox Viewers Overwhelmingly Think We Should Prepare For Alien Invasion Before Fighting Climate Change By Alex Seitz-Wald via Think Progress, Aug 19, 2011

A new (supposedly) NASA-funded study postulating that aliens may attack humans over climate change had all the ingredients for a perfect Fox faux controversy — it bolstered their anti-science narrative, painted their opponents as clownish radicals, and highlighted wasteful government spending on a supposedly liberal casue. Fox reported the “news from NASA” several times several times today, presenting it as official “taxpayer funded research.” A chyron on Fox and Friends read: “NASA: Global warming may provoke an [alien] attack.”
But as Business Insider pointed out, they’re “wrong” — “That report was not funded by NASA. It was written by an independent group of scientists and bloggers. One of those happens to work at NASA.” NASA distanced itself from the report as well, calling reports linking the agency to it “not true.” Host Megyn Kelly finally corrected the record this afternoon, saying, “I was making that up.”
But before she did, she was so bemused by the study that she directed her viewers to complete a poll on her website which asked how we should respond to the study: “Immediately increase efforts to curb greenhouse gases,” “Develop weapons to kill the Aliens FIRST,” or “Gently suggest scientists research how to create job.”
Not surprisingly, most suggested they research something else. But more than six times as many respondents (19 percent to 3 percent) said we should focus on building weapons to kill aliens before curbing greenhouse gases. Watch a compilation:

So by studying and critiquing the more Radical Evangelical Christians we are engaging in Hate Speech and Paranoid Fantasies according to much of the Mainstream media and Christian Evangelical apologists and fellow travelers such as American uberconservatives Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann , Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly , Sean Hannity, Ann coulter and so on.
These Notables or characters tend to have similar beliefs such as being Islamophobic, Homophobic ;a twisted form of anti-semitism ,a belief in unfettered capitalsism as sanctioned by God or Natural law and of course a belief in America as being superior to all other nations or peoples and that America has a special destiny again according to Natural Law , Social Darwinism or as simply chosen by God and as having an essential role to play in the Second Coming of Christ the Messiah and the Apocalypse .

And so it appears that it is astouding and to say the least dumfounding that so many so called journalist and media stars and other notables are in fact clueless not just about the New Apostolic Reformation movement aka The Seven Mountains prophecy linked to Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, sarah Palin but are clueless about the different brands if you like of Evangelical Fundamentalists Christians in the United States.

Not all Evangelical Christians are using the political realm to foist their beliefs on everyone else.
Some may preach that our society maybe on the road to perdition but their central message is to spread the word as they see it without being overly aggressive and interfering with other peoples rights and freedoms such as freedom of speechfreedom to worship or not as they see fit to live and let live and to be tolerant of the views and lifestyles of others.

But the groups which are of public concern are those such as the Dominionists as in the New Apostolic Reformation and the Seven mountains Prophecy who believe that their leaders are (self-proclaimed) prophets and their followers do not believe that they should confine their activities to merely praying and preaching and so forth but to actively engage politically in America's society but to openly or in some cases by stealth to ensure that the United States is run by god fearing Christian Conservative Evangelical Fundamentalists to bring about a Theocracy which they believe is essential in hastening the return of the Messiah ( the Mahdiin Islam).
Once a theocracy is in place in America and not necessarily the entire world God's time table for the End-times the Apocalypse the Rapture Armageddon and so on can take place.

One of the other conditions is that all of the Jewish /the Israelites return to Jerusalem and then complete the construction of The Temple as it was in ancient Judea. This will involve purifying Israel by emptying Israel of all non-Jews but according to the Evangelical Pro-Isreal zealots after the Jews make their sacrifice of a pure red heffer and so on at the last moment they will repent and become Good Christians. As we have seen lately Prophet Glenn Beck wants to lead a group of good Christians, Real Americans a few politicians and notables to Israel to prove their support for Israel while fully expecting the only Jews that will survive the Apocalypse are those who
who abandon Judaism in favor of Christianity. As Ann Coulter has said at that moment of conversion these Israelites will be " perfected ".

As Frederick Clarkson points out in his excellent article that those journalists and notables who know little about these radical Evangelical movements tend to be rather harshly critical of those journalist who have raised concerns about thenegative influence of these radical Christians in America on politicians , Media celebrities and on Public Policy Making, on legislators, on the law and on society's basic attitudes such as tolerance, pluralism, on helping those in need without first vetting their religious beliefs or their sexual orientation or their stand on the Rights of a Fetus and the Rights of corporations both groups defined as "Persons" and so forth.
Again as Glenn Beck and his like minded gang of Christians and Mormons including John Hagee, Sean hannity, Michele bachmann, pat Robertson, Peter Wagner, James Dobson , Doug Coe of The Family and their benefactors such as the Koch brothers, the Coors, Welches, Mellon Scaifes,and Sun Myung Moon billionaire who publishes the Washington Times at a loss each year all believe God favors Capitalism and a free market place and of course is anti-regulation - Jesus loves the prosperous Capitalist and those who are wealthy and or powerful.

Another Senior Journalist Confesses to Ignorance
byFrederick Clarkson viadaily, August 21,2011

..Its bad enough that Miller hasn't heard of such a major movement in evangelicalism and so presumes that no one else could have either. What's worse is that she writes that the recent stories in The New Yorker,The Texas Observer and The Daily Beast "raise real concerns about the world views of two prospective Republican nominees" -- and then spends the rest of the piece telling us why we should not be concerned. Her main point is that not all evangelicals think like that. True. But no one said that they do.

She says that the "echo-chamber effect" of the articles "reignites old anxieties among liberals about evangelical Christians." This might be an interesting point, but she does not bother to provide any evidence that this might be so, and if it was, what the consequences might be. And while we might not be surprised to find liberals who make broad brush generalizations about evangelicals, what is astounding is that Miller would try to make her point by making broad brush generalizations about liberals.

The very next sentence is similarly revealing. "Some on the left" she claims, "seem suspicious that a firm belief in Jesus equals a desire to take over the world." That may be. But she does not say who, or how many, the extent that such views might exist and of what consequence they might be.

The whole column is like this.

"'Dominionism'", she declares, "is the paranoid mot du jour." Unfortunately, she does not say who exactly is being paranoid or what exactly they are paranoid about.

If the knocking down of straw men is remarkable in this piece, so is the use of false equivalence.

"Certain journalists" she claims, "use 'dominionist' the way some folks on Fox News use the word 'sharia.'" She does not name any journalists who do this. She offers no examples of scary misuse of the term dominionist. She makes no effort to show how her unsubstantiated charge against unnamed journalists is in anyway like what happens on Fox News.

Finally, there is her stated reason for this column. "It’s a plea," she writes, "given the acrimonious tone of our political discourse, for a certain amount of dispassionate care in the coverage of religion."

I hope Miller will take her own plea to heart.

Sarah Palin & Spiritual Warfare

Rick Perry Partners With 'Apostle' Who Thinks The Statue Of Liberty Is A 'Demonic Idol'by Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch via People For The American Way ,July 12, 2011

As we've been reporting on Right Wing Watch, Texas Governor Rick Perry is working a number of radical preachers to plan his upcoming Christians-only prayer rally. Perry's partners in the event include extremists who believe that tolerance for homosexuality caused the September 11th attacks, Oprah Winfrey is the harbinger of the Antichrist, the deadly Japanese earthquake was caused by the country’s Emperor having sex with a demon, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell caused bird deaths in Arkansas and violence should be considered to overthrow President Obama, among many other extreme beliefs.

One self-described ‘Apostle’ who has signed on as an official endorser to Perry's The Response prayer rally is John Benefiel of the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network, a group affiliated with the New Apostolic Reformation with ties to other The Response endorsers including Cindy Jacobs, C. Peter Wagner and Jay Swallow. In a sermon last August, Benefiel argued that America is under a curse from God because the country possesses monuments to pagan idols and that Americans needs to renounce those idols if not destroy them. Benefiel claims that the Statue of Liberty is in fact a “demonic idol” because it represents a “false goddess.”

Gov. Rick Perry's 'Army of God!' WTF?? - Rachel Maddow

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry might actually think he's the "Chosen One" of the 'New Apostolic Reformation'. WTF? -- Sorry folks, we really can't make this sh*t up. From MSNBC &
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