apologies to Steve Little (pictured at left above).
More Turkeys in the Straw:
Surfside Beach mugwump mystic and liberty for Me tympanist Ron Paul managed to purchase second place in the Ames Straw Poll behind Iowa State Fair Corndong Princess Michele Bachmann.
Paul is essentially a Bourbon Democrat with a Bonnie Blue Flag in his garage and no-one at FOX News or the mainstream media in general (aside from maybe Glenn Greenwald) wants to write glowing goo-goo-eyed man-crush media narratives for someone as predicatably esoteric and ultimately un-message manageable as Ron Paul and his merry band of suburban anarchists, Tea Party confederates, Christian/patriot/militia movement paranoids and various late nineteenth century monetary policy tossbacks. Face it, one of Ron Paul's greateast advantage is that the media doesn't ask him any tough questions! Interestingly enough, the libertarian paradise of Somalia flys a Bonnie Blue flag too (in the event anyone can find it). Just sayin'.
Meanwhile, Moroni's million dollar showroom dummy Mitt Romney finished in sixth position behind the write-in insurgency of Texas tinhorn apostle and Kingdom Now putsch revivalist Rick Perry.
Rick Perry's Charismatic Dominionist Clan Rally
Perry's surge in the straw poll followed his boosterism on behalf of The Respone: a Christianist jihadi jump-n-bawl held in Houston, Texas on August 6th (a week before the Ames Straw Poll voting) and organized to promote the theonomic deputations of the New Apostolic Reformation.
In the photo above Perry cuddles with NAR herald Alice Patterson, who considers the Democratic Party...
"an invisible network of evil comprising an unholy structure" released by Jezebel (emphasis in the original). [See: Texas Observer]
Patterson also holds the rare distinction of being an actual eyewitness to the diabolical schemings of the harlot Jezebel - and all her fiendish little friends - at a prayer meeting in 2009 (via the same Texas Observer article linked above):
I saw Jezebel's skirt lifted to expose tiny Baal, Asherah, and a few other spirits. There they were–small, cowering, trembling little spirits that were only ankle high on Jezebel's skinny legs.
Yeah, well, psychosis comes bundled with a variety of special effects options but I'm guessing that what she witnessed that day in 2009 may have been Gary Bauer and a pair of squirrels trapped inside of a collapsed patio table umbrella. Who can say for sure.
In any case, here are some other links to articles about Rick Perry and his connections to NAR and the Charismatic Dominionist movement as well as honorable mentions to Michele "ain't nothin' but a corndog" Bachmann and her connections to the Christian Reconstructionist camp.
More Stuff to Read
1. The Rise of Charismatic Dominionism (Updated) - by Rachel Tabachnick - Talk2Action
Michelle Goldberg's recent article warns that we now have two presidential candidates with "Dominionist" ties and explains what that means. Goldberg emphasizes the Dominionism of Christian Reconstructionism and the huge impact of the late Rousas J. Rushdoony on today's Religious Right. The Charismatic Dominionists of the New Apostolic Reformation have emerged as a political force and were the organizers and leaders of Rick Perry's prayer rally to kick-off his campaign. How is the Charismatic Dominionism of the NAR different from Reconstructionism and where do they overlap? Where did the unique components of NAR's theology come from?
2. ...Becoming Educated About the New Apostolic Reformation - by Rachel Tabachnick (Talk2Action)
In The Refomer's Pledge, C. Peter Wagner discusses why the long-promised "great transfer of wealth" from the ungodly to the godly, prophesied by numerous apostles, has yet to take place.
"... I believe God was waiting for the biblical government of the Church to come into place under apostles and prophets. But this happened in 2001, when, at least according to my estimates, the Second Apostolic Age began. What more? I now think that in order for us to be able to handle the wealth responsibly, we need to recognize, identify, affirm, and encourage the ministry of the apostles in the six non-Religion mountains. They may or may not want to use the term `apostle' but they will function in Kingdom-based leadership roles characterized by supernaturally empowered wisdom and authority. We have more work to do here."
3. Christian Plot for Domination?
- by Michele Goldberg (The Daily Beast)
Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry aren't just devout—both have deep ties to a fringe fundamentalist movement known as Dominionism, which says Christians should rule the world.
The Christian Reconstructionists tend to be skeptical of Pentecostalism, with its magic, prophesies, speaking in tongues, and wild ecstasies. Certainly, there are overlaps between the traditions—Oral Roberts, where Bachmann studied with Eidsmoe, was a Pentecostal school. But it’s only recently that one group of Pentecostals, the New Apostolic Reformation, has created its own distinct Dominionist movement. And members see Perry as their ticket to power.
“The New Apostles talk about taking dominion over American society in pastoral terms,” wrote Wilder in the Texas Observer. “They refer to the ‘Seven Mountains’ of society: family, religion, arts and entertainment, media, government, education, and business. These are the nerve centers of society that God (or his people) must control.” He quotes a sermon from Tom Schlueter, New Apostolic pastor close to Perry. “We’re going to infiltrate [the government], not run from it. I know why God’s doing what he’s doing ... He’s just simply saying, ‘Tom I’ve given you authority in a governmental authority, and I need you to infiltrate the governmental mountain."
4. Rick Perry's Army of God - by Forrest Wilder (Texas Observer).
A little-known movement of radical Christians and self-proclaimed prophets wants to infiltrate government, and Rick Perry might be their man.
The pastors told Perry of God’s grand plan for Texas. A chain of powerful prophecies had proclaimed that Texas was “The Prophet State,” anointed by God to lead the United States into revival and Godly government. And the governor would have a special role.
Michele Bachmann smiled contemptuously. "Of course you don’t—till I tell you. 'It means respect'"
“But ‘submissive’ doesn’t mean ‘respect’,” Alice objected.
“When I use a word,” Michele Bachmann said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
5. Bachmann Is Lying - by Frank Schaeffer (personal blog).
Are Michele Bachmann's Views About 'Christian Submission' Even More Extreme Than She's Letting On?
The people, churches and groups that shaped Bachmann's thinking are far more anti-woman than most Americans fully comprehend.
Bachmann's Reconstructionist Gurus
Besides my father, Bachmann signed on as a follower of other
leading “Reconstructionists” teaching “dominion.” And out of that movement came the big family, home-school movement that included a push to restore “traditional” roles of women.
This is a subject I know something about because I was the person who discovered and promoted one of the leading anti-feminist leaders who teaches absolute submission of women to their husbands -- and not in the “We respect each other” Bachmann-style whitewash.
In fact, the whole conservative evangelical movement Bachmann is part of is distinguished by its hatred of the feminist movement top to bottom.
In her hedging about what submission means to her, Bachmann has signaled with a wink and a nod to the Fox News crowd that she’ll have to soft-peddle some of her harsher views – at least as she’d theoretically apply them to other ordinary evangelical moms not running for president.
It's like Franco's Spain, but without the Catholics. Like the Taliban, but with better dental work.