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Christian Reconstructionism and The Politics of Hate

There was a meeting a bit more than a week ago filled with
the lunatic fringe on the Right.

Good old Tom DeLay missed it cuz he had to hurry off to bury
the Pope, but he still sent a message of support.

Many people seem to think us Lefties are the lunatics. Well,
read this and weep:


"One conference speaker was Howard Phillips, the hulking
former Nixon staffer who helped midwife the new right. Years
ago, Phillips, along with Richard Viguerie and Paul Weyrich,
recruited a little-known Baptist preacher named Jerry
Falwell to start the Moral Majority. Though he was raised
Jewish, Phillips is now an evangelical Christian who told me
he was profoundly influenced by the late R.J. Rushdoony, the
founder of Christian Reconstructionism. "Rushdoony had a
tremendous impact on my thinking," Phillips said. As time
goes on, he said, Rushdoony's influence is growing.

Christian Reconstructionism calls for a system that is both
radically decentralized, with most government functions
devolved to the county level, and socially totalitarian. It
calls for the death penalty for homosexuals, abortion
doctors and women guilty of "unchastity before marriage,"
among other moral crimes. To be fair, Phillips told me that
"just because a crime is capital doesn't mean you must
impose the death penalty. It means it's an option." Public
humiliation, he said, could sometimes be used instead."

This is the same meeting that used that lovely Stalinist
quote about killing off the judges who dare to rule the way
they don't like, including Justice Kennedy.

" Nor is DeLay this crowd's only firm ally in Congress.
Michael Schwartz, the longtime right-wing operative who now
serves as Senator Tom Coburn's chief of staff, made The
Hammer sound soft. "This problem that we're dealing with
fundamentally is a question of sovereignty," he said. He
went on to argue that, "when the Supreme Court says that
there is a right to kill babies in the Constitution and
therefore we can't have laws against that, or there is a
right to commit buggery in the Constitution and we can't
have laws against that," it implicitly asserts that "the
people have no right to make laws."

The article does go on to discuss the whole Constituion
being all about God and the 10 commandments issue too. But
brings in some historical context which one seldom sees
these days.

"The Constitution contains not a single mention of God,
Christianity or the bible. As the historians Isaac Kramnick
and R. Laurence Moore wrote in their book The Godless
Constitution, such secularism wasn't lost on an earlier
generation of Christian conservatives, who decried America's
founding document as a sin against God.

"They quote Reverend Timothy Dwight, president of Yale
College, who said in 1812, "The nation has offended
Providence. We formed our Constitution without any
acknowledgement of God; without any recognition of His
mercies to us, as a people, of His government or even of His
existence. The [Constitutional] Convention, by which it was
formed, never asked even once, His direction, or His
blessings, upon their labours. Thus we commenced our
national existence under the present system, without God."