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1 A Project of the Center for Religion, Ethics And Social Policy at Cornell University


3 “Oh my God! We really are in a theocracy.” (Maureen Dowd, New York Times, March 24, 2005)

4 “ Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain;

5 for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” (Hebrew Scriptures, Exodus 20)

6 Christopher Shays (R-CT)

7 “The Party of Lincoln has become the Party of theocracy.” (Christopher Shays, R-CT, New York Times, March 24, 2005)

8 I. History II. Dominion Theology III. “Thy Kingdom Come Thy Will Be Done” IV. What We Can Do

9 1964

10 Paul Weyrich Republican Strategist

11 1973 Founded Heritage Foundation

12 Proposed targeting members of: Fundamentalist Pentecostal Charismatic Churches.

13 1979 Coined Term “Moral Majority”

14 1981 The Council for National Policy

15 Reverend Tim LaHaye First President Council for National Policy

16 Paul Weyrich Council for National Policy


18 Focus on the Family Family Research Council Council for National Policy James Dobson

19 Pat Robertson Council for National Policy Christian Broadcasting Network 700 Club Christian Coalition Regents University

20 Rousas Rushdoony Christian Reconstruction Movement Jerry Falwell Moral Majority Council for National Policy

21 1989 Moral Majority disbands Christian Coalition forms

22 Pat Robertson Christian Coalition


24 He decided to take over the Republican Party from the bottom up.

25 “We think the Lord is going to give us this nation back one precinct at a time, one neighborhood at a time, and one state at a time.” (Christianity Today, April 3, 1990) Ralph Reed

26 Washington State GOP Platform, 1992 Outlawed: - Witchcraft - Yoga Classes

27 "We soon as possible to see a majority of the Republican Party in the hands of pro-family Christians...“ (Denver Post, 10/26/92) Pat Robertson

28 “It’s like guerilla warfare… It’s better to move quietly, with stealth, under the cover of night.” (LA Times, March 22, 1992)

29 1994 40 million Family Values Voter Guides in more than 100,000 churches


31 2000 70 million voter guides to support George W. Bush

32 Christian Coalition Scorecards, 2004 U.S. Senate Percentage of votes with CC # of Senators

33 42 % of U.S. Senators received 100% rating from Christian Coalition.

34 42 % of U.S. Senators received 100% rating from Christian Coalition. 22% of population identify as Christian Right.

35 “With the apathy that exists today, a well organized minority can influence the selection of candidates to an astonishing degree.” (The Millennium, 1990)

36 Ralph Reed Active Faith: How Christians Are Changing the Soul of American Politics. 1996

37 “The surest antidote to tyranny is a free people who believe it owes allegiance to a Higher Power, not the government.” (Ralph Reed, Active Faith, 1996, p. 8-9)

38 “The preamble of the Constitution invokes the people of the United States. It does not invoke any sort of God.” (The Godless Constitution, Isaac Kramnick and R. Laurence Moore)

39 “The consent of the governed rests upon faith in a sovereign God. (Ralph Reed, Active Faith, 1996, p. 8-9)

40 “… faith as political force is the very essence of democracy.” (Ralph Reed, Active Faith, 1996, p. 8-9)

41 “The consent of the governed rests upon faith in a sovereign God...” (Ralph Reed, Active Faith, 1996, p. 8-9)

42 "Government... is the minister of God…” (Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia First Things, May, 2002)

43 The word "God" does not appear within the text of the Constitution of the United States.


45 “We need common sense judges who understand that our rights are derived from God. Those are the kind of judges I intend to put on the bench.” (George Bush, quoted in fundraising letter, Traditional Values Coalition, March, 2005)

46 Michael McConnell U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

47 “Freedom flourishes when man is subordinate to God.” (Michael McConnell, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 13, 2001)

48 I. History II. Dominion Theology/ Christian Reconstructionism III. “Thy Kingdom Come Thy Will Be Done” IV. What We Can Do

49 “Christians alone are Biblically mandated to occupy all secular institutions until Christ returns…” (Sara Diamond Z Magazine, February, 1995)

50 Bringing in the Sheaves, (1985) George Grant

51 “The army of God is to conquer the earth, to subdue it, to rule over it, to exercise dominion.” (Bringing in the Sheaves, p.98)

52 Rousas Rushdoony 1916-2001

53 “ … subdue all things and all nations to Christ and His law-word.” (R.J. Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, 1973)

54 “The reign of Christ … is meant to subdue every enemy of righteousness.” (Gary DeMar and Peter Leithart, The Reduction of Christianity, 1990 p. 335)

55 Dominion Theology: Blessing or Curse? (Thomas Ice, 1988)

56 “Christian Reconstructionists propose to institute a theocratic government in America.” (Dominion Theology: Blessing or Curse? P.16)

57 “Non-Christians cannot rule themselves and must be excluded from a government under God’s law.” (Dominion Theology: Blessing or Curse? P.71)

58 “What Would A Reconstructed America Be Like?” (Dominion Theology: Blessing or Curse?, Chapter 4)

59 “The only legitimate functions of the state are: 1.Restraining civil evil; 2.Punishing evil; 3.Protecting the law abiding; 4.Defending the nation.” (Dominion Theology: Blessing or Curse? p. 73)

60 “ We support the abolition of... the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the position of Surgeon General, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Departments of Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Education, Commerce, and Labor. We also call for the de-funding or abolition of the National Endowment for the Arts, and Public Broadcasting System.” (p.19)

61 America’s Providential History, 1989 Mark Beliles and Stephen McDowell

62 “A government controlled and funded welfare system is unbiblical.” (America’s Providential History, p.27)

63 “Scripture makes it clear that God is the provider, not the state.” (America’s Providential History, p. 187)

64 “Tax rates would be much less … due to the shift in welfare burden away from government to … the church.” (Dominion Theology: Blessing or Curse? p. 74)

65 Tax Cuts One of Bush’s signature issues

66 Income tax is “idolatry,” Property tax is “theft,” Inheritance taxes are “not allowed in the Bible.” (p.214)

67 "The Party urges the IRS be abolished" (p.17)

68 Calls for eliminating the: “income tax, inheritance tax, gift tax, capital gains, corporate income tax, payroll tax and property tax." (p.17)

69 “The tithe, not taxes would finance most social welfare.” (Dominion Theology: Blessing or Curse? P. 77)

70 Faith-based Initiative

71 The United States is beginning to fit the model of a reconstructed America.

72 Biblical Law

73 “Only through … Old Testament civil law can America – and the world – be saved from destruction.” (Dominion Theology: Blessing or Curse? P.15)

74 Senator Tom Coburn, R-OK

75 "I favor the death penalty for abortionists.“ (Dr. Tom Coburn, AP, July, 2003)


77 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

78 Lawrence V. Texas 6-3 Supreme Court ruling June 26, 2003

79 "The petitioners are entitled to respect for their private lives.

80 The state cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime.“ (Lawrence V Texas, June 26, 2003)

81 Bill Maher Real Time, HBO

82 "'Activist judges' is a code word for gay."

83 “The judges being verbally tarred and feathered are those who have decriminalized gay sex.” (Frank Rich, New York Times, April 24, 2005)

84 Chief of Staff of U.S. Senator Tom Colburn (R-OK): "I'm a radical! I'm a real extremist. I don't want to impeach judges. I want to impale them!“ (The Nation, April 11, 2005)

85 U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) Third Highest Ranking Republican

86 Gary DeMar, "Sound Off" radio program, Superstation WSB AM, Atlanta, Georgia

87 “The Bible doesn't say that homosexuals should be executed.

88 What it says is this: ‘If two men lie together like a man and a woman lie together, they are to be put to death.’" (Gary DeMar, WSB AM, January 4, 1991)

89 David Barton

90 “Our party pledges to exert its influence to... dispel the ‘myth’ of the separation of church and state.” (Texas Republican Party Platform, p.8)

91 “The Republican Party of Texas affirms that the United States is a Christian nation." (Texas Republican Party Platform, preamble, 2004)

92 1797

93 Treaty of Tripoli, 1797 ARTICLE 11: “… the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion...”

94 I. History II. Dominion Theology III. Thy Kingdom Come Thy Will Be Done IV. What We Can Do

95 “Reconstructionists consider the Puritans the decisive illustration of a Christian society.” (Dominion Theology: Blessing or Curse? P.71)

96 “The primary strength of the Puritans was their ‘spirit of dominion.’” (America’s Providential History, p. 84)

97 “They recognized the scriptural mandate requiring Godly rule, and zealously set out to establish that in all aspects of society.” (America’s Providential History, p. 84)

98 Faith-based Initiative Huge tax cuts - for the very wealthy

99 January 22, 2001 – Global gag rule on international family planning assistance.

100 January 22, 2001 – Global Gag Rule August 9, 2001 – ban on most kinds of stem cell research

101 January 22, 2001 – Global Gag Rule August 9, 2001 – ban on stem cell research March, 2004 -- cut off entire American contribution to the United Nations Population Fund

102 November 5, 2003


104 Michigan State House passed the Conscientious Objector Policy Act

105 Defunding PBS

106 The “E” word


108 Terri Schiavo

109 1997 Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law


111 Ten Year Ban on Assault Weapons Expired September 13, 2004

112 CBS fined $550,000 Superbowl Sunday, 2004

113 Kevin Martin

114 Chair, FCC

115 The Broadcast Indecency Act authorizes the FCC to fine broadcasters up to $500,000 for indecency violations.


117 Abstinence-only sex education


119 I. History II. Dominion Theology III. “Thy Kingdom Come Thy Will Be Done” IV. What We Can Do

120 Electoral Politics

121 Midterm Elections

122 2006 Midterm Elections

123 Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas



126 “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God… I contemplate with solemn reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof’ thus building a wall of separation between church and State.” (President Thomas Jefferson, 1802) To the Danbury Baptist Association :

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