Thursday, August 25, 2011

Beware Rick Perry...

... and the NAR--the New Apostolic Reformation movement that organized "The Response," the Texas governor's August prayer rally for "a nation in crisis." Yesterday's Terry Gross "Fresh Air" interview with researcher Rachel Tabachnick, linked above, was one of the scariest things I've heard for a long time. An obviously well-financed and well-organized group of right-wing Christian evangelicals, the NAR practices "dominion theology"--which means, in a nutshell, them having dominion over the rest of us. Their political agenda includes the banning of abortion, the attack on gay rights, and the conversion of Jews. The latter is intended to clear the way for the Second Coming of Christ and the rapture, currently on hold, it seems, until enough Jews in Israel convert to Christianity--a prerequisite for the grand event. But that's not all:

For the past several years, [Tabachnick] says, the NAR has run a campaign to reclaim what it calls the "seven mountains of culture" from demonic influence. The "mountains" are arts and entertainment; business; family; government; media; religion; and education.

"They teach quite literally that these 'mountains' have fallen under the control of demonic influences in society," says Tabachnick. "And therefore, they must reclaim them for God in order to bring about the kingdom of God on Earth. ... The apostles teach what's called 'strategic level spiritual warfare' [because they believe that the] reason why there is sin and corruption and poverty on the Earth is because the Earth is controlled by a hierarchy of demons under the authority of Satan. So they teach not just evangelizing souls one by one, as we're accustomed to hearing about. They teach that they will go into a geographic region or a people group and conduct spiritual-warfare activities in order to remove the demons from the entire population. This is what they're doing that's quite fundamentally different than other evangelical groups."

Along with their demons, they also believe in the Antichrist--and many of them, I would guess, subscribe to the harebrained notion that Obama is his current manifestation in the world, bent on leading us into the satanic abyss of Socialism. (Just try googling Obama and Antichrist side by side. I'm not offering to do it for you.)

The NAR also argue, apparently, that this country's constitutional separation of church and state is a myth. They believe, quite literally, that it's their God-given right and duty to take over first this country, then the world. What's scary is not that already large numbers of people believe such madness but that they are able to persuade others to follow their delusional agenda, and that they wield potentially vast political influence. The fact that at least one major contender for the Republican nomination for the presidency is, if not one of their number, at least demonstrably influenced by their supposed piety, is deeply troubling to me. It should be receiving far more media investigation and exposure than a single episode of "Fresh Air." In case you missed this interview, here, again, is the link. If it doesn't scare the pants off you, I don't know what will.

6 comments:

theKevinRichardson said...

I'm voting for Rick Parry

PeterAtLarge said...

I must say, Kevin, I'm a Colbert fan but uncomfortable with his whole Superpac thing--including the Parry ad. This joke has the potential to backfire rather badly.

CHI SPHERE said...

To Rick and his Superpac warriors I offer the work
of W B Yeats regarding "the worst who are full of
passionate intensity".

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

THE SECOND COMING

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at
last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Is this the time of ultimate regression?

If He (God or Rick) is infinitely pure, then He must
be opposed to all sin, and that opposition to sin
must be demonstrated in His treatment of His
creatures.

Today I'm working on sculpture in my studio and
I'm certain that I'm not sinning or feeling any
rapture other than the clearest feeling that art is
beyond any God or politician. Art is free of
the need to be dominated by any reformation or
dogma.

roger said...

and like others who claim moral superiority they claim the right, nay, obligation, to do whatever it takes to gain power. lies..ok. intimidation..bravo.

if their god is so fucking powerful why must they use subterfuge?

PeterAtLarge said...

Glad that you're working away in the studio, Gary. Sometime in the fall, I'd love to stop by... And thanks, as I said in my email, for the poem. It's a great one.

Good to hear from you on The Buddha Diaries, Roger. Here's something we can wholeheartedly agree on!

theKevinRichardson said...

Sound more like fire breathing alarmism.

If any of this is true in regards to the Superpac wouldn't be fair to assume that the media would hammer Perry about this affiliation in the same way Obama got hammered with his association with Ayers and Jeremiah Wright?

It's hard to see this article having legs. I'm sure the most devout Christian wouldn't even endorse this.