Julie Ingersoll notes that Kirk Cameron is working more and more with Christian Reconstructionists to promote his movie Monumental and his vision of an officially Christian America. That movie was co-produced by Reconstructionist Marshall Foster, but that’s only the beginning:
Now, Cameron is joining the conference circuit of the Christian Reconstructionist groups with a “Monumental Tour and Equipping Cruise.” Each year Reconstructionist groups like American Vision and Vision Forum sponsor conferences and study tours and participate in many such events sponsored by larger groups like tea partiers and home schoolers. I’ve been to several as part of the research for my forthcoming book.
The seven day, pre-cruise bus tour, promises a “didactic hands-on educational and grassroots training” experience. Just like in the movie, fans will be able to retrace “the steps of our forefathers” and “visit the historical sites, monuments, and locations of the Pilgrims as explored in the ground-breaking film,” all with an interpretation framed by Christian Reconstruction, Rushdoony’s “Biblical Philosophy of History” and an emphasis on biblical law.
Promoters promise that “every step of the journey will be filled with in-depth teaching, soul-stirring narratives, and unforgettable experiences.” But wait, there’s more. The bus tour will be followed by a seven-day cruise through New England into Canada with “18 total hours of in-depth teaching and workshops for Patriotic individuals” to “train and equip the next generation of liberty minded Americans.” All of it led by Cameron, Marshall Foster and Gary DeMar.
DeMar is one of the leading figures in Reconstructionism. There are a couple of interesting things about this. First, the Reconstructionists are post-millenialists, which means they think all that pre-millenialist Left Behind crap Cameron starred in is a heresy. Second, the world’s most prominent Reconstructionist, Gary North, son-in-law of RJ Rushdoony, takes the exact opposite position from Cameron and the others. He argues that the Constitution is explicitly anti-Christian because it rejected a covenant with God.
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