First Amendment Advocate, Vol. 6, No. 1, April 2005
The Newsletter of the Oklahoma Chapter of Americans United
A Political Takeover Strategy
By Dr. Bruce Prescott
The June 2001 issue of the First Amendment Advocate printed an article about Christian Reconstructionists or Dominionists who believe that democracy is heresy and want to set up a theocracy.
Recently, I found an article on the internet by Katherine Yurika of the Yurika Report that quoted from a Dominionist book that has become a “home school classic.” Here is some of what children reading America's Providential History are learning:
"If Christians in every locality became a
controlling influence in a political party after two years of serving there
consistently, then every godly representative in the state legislatures and the
Congress could be replaced within six years to work with a godly president."
Being familiar with the history of the Southern Baptist Convention over the last 25 years, I saw a striking resemblance between the strategy of Dominionism and the successful Fundamentalist strategy to takeover the SBC. Here's a summary of that strategy:
In the late 1970s two men, Paige Patterson and Paul Pressler, devised a plan to takeover the Southern Baptist Convention and change its direction. . . . Patterson and Pressler studied the SBC's constitution and bylaws and discovered that the convention was ultimately controlled by the appointment powers of the president. By electing change minded presidents for ten consecutive years and having those presidents appoint only change minded people to serve as trustees, within ten years they could replace the heads of all SBC institutions and agencies with change minded administrators. Beginning in 1979, that is what they did.
The similarities between the Dominionist strategy and the SBC Fundamentalist strategy is not surprising to some people who have been watching both Baptists and right-wing politics. The possibility of developing and implementing such a strategy was exactly what Dominionist Gary North was talking about when he interviewed Paul Pressler, the architect of the Fundamentalist takeover of the SBC, in a radio interview in 1985. That radio interview is noteworthy because it was the first time that SBC Fundamentalists publicly explained their takeover strategy.
To probe more deeply into what some home schoolers are learning, I ordered a used copy of America's Providential History. I discovered that the book is truly a work of art.
The cover is a color picture of George
Washington on his knees in the snow at Valley Forge. Drawings, diagrams,
sketches and pictures are embedded on every other page.
Only if we correctly identify and diagnose the true cause of America's problems, can we begin to really solve them. Most Christians today place the blame on various conspiracies of men: the humanists, the ACLU, the big bankers, the Trilateral Commission, the New Age Movement, the World Council of Churches, the Homosexuals, the Feminists, the Communists, the Democrats, the Pope, etc. Information regarding such groups and their activities can be useful, yet must never be regarded as the source of our problems.
The editorials appeared shortly after several black students were expelled from the High School in Wynnewood, OK for starting a fight with white students. The fight reportedly broke out after school officials refused to let African-American students wear shirts bearing symbols of their African heritage to school while permitting white students to wear shirts bearing the Confederate flag to school.
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