Moral Contradictions

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Maybe Hillary Clinton was onto something...

...when she was filleted after bitterly complaining about the "vast right-wing conspiracy".

I have a problem with a group of people who say they believe in limited government and cut social and welfare programs at the same time as expanding federal powers to police our country's morals. I have an even bigger problem when these same people do this under the guise of Christianity.

How has this come about? My occasional trolling of Daily Kos revealed this diary entry by progressivearlingtonian titled "Ken Blackwell's Blog Caught Scrubbing Super Secret Post".

The diarist details the Council for National Policy, an organization with a cardinal rule that "The media should not know when or where we meet or who takes part in our programs, before or after a meeting".

What drew progressivearlingtonian to investigate the CNP was a post by Ohio gubenatorial candidate Ken Blackwell's post about his speech on his blog, only for it to be deleted.

Here's a snippet of what was found:

The CNP was founded in 1981 as an umbrella organization of right-wing leaders who would gather regularly to plot strategy, share ideas and fund causes and candidates to advance the far-right agenda. Twenty-five years later, it is still secretly pursuing those goals with amazing success.

Since its founding, the tax-exempt organization has been meeting three times a year. Members have come and gone, but all share something in common: They are powerful figures, drawn from both the Religious Right and the anti-government, anti-tax wing of the ultra-conservative movement.

It may sound like a far-left conspiracy theory, but the CNP is all too real and, its critics would argue, all too influential.

CNP's first president was Tim LaHaye famed millenialist preacher and writer of the Left Behind series of popular books about the "end-times" and the Second Coming of Christ. LaHaye,like the whole of the nation's Religious Right leaders, nurtured a strong contempt for the First Amendment principle of church-state separation, because it seriously complicates their goal of installing fundamentalist Christianity as the nation's officially recognized religion.

Many members of the CNP are part of the Christian Recon­struc­tionist movement. Reconstructionists espouse a radical theology that calls for trashing the U.S. Constitution and replacing it with the harsh legal code of the Old Testament. They advocate the death penalty for adulterers, blasphemers, incorrigible teen­agers, gay people, "witches" and those who worship "false gods."

A list of former and past members reads like a who's who of conservative Christian Right activists, anti-tax and anti-government activists, billionaire right wing philanthropists and GOP office holders, past and present.

Unfortunately, assuming a tin-foil hat isn't involved and that progressivearlingtonian is correct, the existence and purpose of this organization does not surprise me. I am extremely unsettled at even further proof that some so-called Christian leaders of sold the soul of our faith for political power. Christians should operate in the light through the God-given gift of the church and not in the dark underworld of politics to achieve the goals of His Kingdom.

Politics are of man, the church is of God.


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