Monday, 15 August 2011

What do Christian Dominionists Want? The "Key Largo"* Philosophy

To meander up on Beijing York's earlier rhetorical question....

I expect this has been pointed out already, but I was googling around to see who the other fellow in the highlighted article was. I came across this local news informative piece on the principals of PFBO

In the Chatham piece, Mr. Emmanuel is positioned not as a pearl-clutching Christian, but as a material boy. He and his fellow concerned Ontarianian, Robert McAllister, flog non-union contractors' services to companies. Note their mercantile positions.

In other words, more than being Christian, (although the article has them eerily echoing the same 'concerns' as CLAC-Christian Labour Association of Canada )(For 'concerns' about CLAC see here and here) they're Cheap Labour Conservatives, pining for the fjords of plentiful, undemanding workers over which they shall have dominion alright. That said, I defer to that extremely useful piece by conceptual guerilla, "How to Defeat the Right in Three Minutes".

I'm also tossing in a Salon** article about the layers of the Tea Party support and this piece by a former insider of the Christian Reconstructionist movement. Canada, like the Northern US states, has seen its share of Secessionist migration in post-Civil War generations. It contains the population of less than many American states. Millions of undisclosed dollars were just pumped into Wisconsin's recall races where union busting is being show trialed.

I had a catfriend. We were lifetime buds, but he wasn't stupid. For a time, he discovered if he wanted to keep lounging in a spot I deemed he had to move from, he could wail as I lifted him so it sounded like I was breaking every bone in his body and driving the splinters into his vital organs. I fell for it a couple of times and I'd let go like he was on fire. He gave it away by curling contentedly up again. When I ignored his tormented agonies thereafter and he couldn't convince anyone around us either, he gave it up as a bad job.

As soon as there is high profile media investigation into the practical gains for power and control made by concerned Dominionists/Reconstructionists, I hear caterwauling tantrums about victimized a/ Christianity and b/conservatives. All too often the investigation is dropped. Handy that. Who would ever use religion as a cover for despotic, selfish activities?

*Key Largo

Frank McCloud: He knows what he wants. Don't you, Rocco?
Johnny Rocco: Sure.
James Temple: What's that?
Frank McCloud: Tell him, Rocco.
Johnny Rocco: Well, I want uh ...
Frank McCloud: He wants more, don't you, Rocco?
Johnny Rocco: Yeah. That's it. More. That's right! I want more!
James Temple: Will you ever get enough?
Frank McCloud: Will you, Rocco?
Johnny Rocco: Well, I never have. No, I guess I won't. You, do you know what you want?
Frank McCloud: Yes, I had hopes once, but I gave them up.
Johnny Rocco: Hopes for what?
Frank McCloud: A world in which there's no place for Johnny Rocco.

**h/t pandagon


Beijing York said...

Niles, here is another excellent article from a former Reconstructionist insider, posted at AlterNet:

Beijing York said...

Seems like the article I posted is a longer version of what you posted, Niles.

Niles said...

Same person, different article it looks like. I think he's a regular columnist in the huffpost regions.

But it's not as if "The Armageddon Factor" hasn't examined the Canadian angle on the Dominionists, and been dismissed as paranoid of course. There was another book before that one, focused on the US, Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism by Michelle Goldberg.

It's not like people haven't tried to give warning. It always as in anything comes down to "follow the money".

Beijing York said...

Too many are fearful of the cloak of religious freedoms. Funny how that cloak doesn't protect Muslims much but it certainly is there for Christians.

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