Sunday, September 28, 2008

What you need to know about Sarah Palin's dominionist agenda

Sarah Palin's church, "Assemblies of God of Alaska" is clearly a dominionist church that claims her as a member as recently as this year in their summer '08 newsletter. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of dominionism, this is what it is:
The tendency among some conservative politically-active Christians, especially in the United States of America, to seek influence or control over secular civil government through political action — aiming either at a nation governed by Christians, or a nation governed by a conservative Christian understanding of biblical law.

In short... a theocracy.

It gets stranger...

Palin's church is involved with a movement specifically targeting teens that has been termed "the Third Wave Movement" that encourages unusual manifestations, such as "falling, shaking, 'drunkenness' in the Spirit, weeping and laughter." Mike Rose, pastor of Juneau Christian Center (Palin's church) has been noted to promote this psychologically and sometimes physical coercive insanity.

More importantly... this "Third Wave Movement"is linked with a militant dominionist movement called "Joel's Army." The Joel's Army movement began with the 1940s preaching of William Branham, whose group was banned as heretical by the Assemblies of God. However, Joel's Army is alive and well. Check out the report from the Southern Poverty Law Center on Joel's Army:
Joel's Army is prophesied to become an Armageddon-ready military force of young people with a divine mandate to physically impose Christian "dominion" on non-believers.

"An end-time army has one common purpose — to aggressively take ground for the kingdom of God under the authority of Jesus Christ, the Dread Champion," Bentley declares on the website for his ministry school in British Columbia, Canada. "The trumpet is sounding, calling on-fire, revolutionary believers to enlist in Joel's Army. … Many are now ready to be mobilized to establish and advance God's kingdom on earth."
Watch Joel's Army leader, Todd Bently bring Christ to a cancer victim.

Palin credited Pastor Muthee with her political success. Much has been made of her preacher rebuking witchcraft while praying over Palin. This is less significant than the clear dominionist message of Muthee. When watching the video of Palin being prayed over by Pastor Muthee, listen to the clear dominionist agenda where the pastor prays to Jesus "to make a way for Sarah in the political arena" and to "bring finances her way." Even more significant is that Murthee prays to God "invade seven areas of society" including politics, government and education.

Pushing religion into schools - yes, Palin is a confirmed creationist that is pushing to have "creation science" in the public schools.

Palin is also a member of the misnamed "Feminists" For Life, a deceptive anti-abortion group.

FFL in fact engages in "cultural appropriation" of women's suffrage icons to promote a very woman-unfriendly agenda that--despite attempts to sound "not like those crazies in Operation Rescue"--would not only criminalise abortion but the IUD and hormonal birth control methods, and potentially everything outside the rhythm method (the term "abortifacient birth control" is a codephrase in the dominionist "pro-life" community for hormonal birth control--partly due to a unique urban legend claiming "the pill" and other hormonal birth control causes abortion and partly because of a unique definition of pregnancy beginning at conception rather than at implantation and thus making anything preventing implantation potentially "abortifacient").

FFL promotes fear of abortion by touting and exaggerating concepts like "post-abortion syndrome" (the idea that having an abortion will inevitably lead to PTSD and insanity), and promotes mandatory waiting periods designed to give time for misinformation. In fact, one of their biggest causes isn't feminist at all--they actively promote the idea that the best choice for women is to stay home as fulltime mothers... the biblical role.

One of the big things FFL promotes is deceptive "pregnancy counseling centers"--where pregnant teens are forced to essentially listen to an altar call on how "abortionists want to murder their children" whilst a pee-stick test clears--and if she tests "yes", she gets a hard-sell to keep the child or to check herself into a dominionist-run "halfway house for teenage moms" where she will ultimately be forced to sign her kid over. (Yes, there is an entire private adoption industry in the dominionist community [see Ned Williams] --mostly focusing on adopting out the infants of poor teenage mothers who have been forced to give their kids up and who have been either scared into it or checked into such facilities by their parents.) H/T: Kos

This is Palin's religious dominionist agenda.

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