PRA Exposes David Lane

Rachel Tabachnick of Political Research Associates has an expose about David Lane, who has replaced Ralph Reed as the most important kingmaker on the Christian right. As I’ve documented many times, Lane has a truly warped version of American history and is a genuine theocrat. This is a telling passage from a Worldnetdaily article about him that was later removed from the site:

As to the future of America – and the collapse of this once-Christian nation – Christians must not only be allowed to have opinions, but politically, Christians must be retrained to war for the Soul of America and quit believing the fabricated whopper of the “Separation of Church and State,” the lie repeated ad nauseum by the left and liberals to keep Christian America – the moral majority – from imposing moral government on pagan public schools, pagan higher learning and pagan media.

It could hardly be more plain than that, could it? He wants to “impose moral government” — that is, Christian government — on everyone else. Fred Clarkson quotes Lane in a separate article as well:

But for all the energy he invests in traditional electoral work, Lane clearly is not convinced that his shining vision of America is likely—or even possible. Hence his doubt-filled essay about “the American experiment with freedom” possibly ending. The piece, “Wage War to Restore a Christian Nation,” was published on World Net Daily (WND), a leading and influential news site of the farther secular and religious Right. WND quickly removed the essay in June 2013 after bloggers called attention to it, but Lane soon demonstrated that it was not an aberration. He told conservative Iowa radio talk show host Steve Deace the following month that “car bombs in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Des Moines, Iowa” would be merciful punishment from God for legalized abortion and for “homosexuals praying at the Inauguration [of President Obama’s second term].” Without such divine mercy, Lane suggested, America might “get judgment like Nazi Germany.”

Lane’s apparent lack of confidence that the Christian Right’s efforts to establish theocratic governance can succeed by using the tools of democracy epitomizes his belief that martyrdom and elections are not mutually exclusive, and that horrific confrontations lie ahead. Indeed, Lane opened his WND essay with a quote from a leading thinker who does not believe that the U.S. can be salvaged via conventional politics: the theologian Peter Leithart, 55, a Christian Reconstructionist (hardline theocrat) who makes even David Barton seem meek and mild by comparison. “Throughout Scripture,” Leithart declared in a passage from his 2012 book Between Babel and Beast, “the only power that can overcome the seemingly invincible omnipotence of a Babel or a Beast is the power of martyrdom, the power of the witness to King Jesus to the point of loss and death.”

This constant rhetoric of war and the (literal) demonization of their opponents — that’s us, all non-Christians — as minions of Satan is highly disturbing. Anyone who believes in such things should be kept as far away from power as possible.

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Thank God they aren’t Muslins. Then they’d be scary, rather than patriots.

     

    the fabricated whopper

    Dibs on superhero name!

  • dingojack

    Modus – what’s your super-power, the ability to say ‘would you like fries with that?’

    :) Dingo

  • D. C. Sessions

    “Throughout Scripture,” Leithart declared in a passage from his 2012 book Between Babel and Beast, “the only power that can overcome the seemingly invincible omnipotence of a Babel or a Beast is the power of martyrdom, the power of the witness to King Jesus to the point of loss and death.”

    Is there some other way to read this besides as a call for suicide attacks?

  • Loqi

    @dingo

    Seeing as how he was fabricated rather than born, he wouldn’t have original sin. New Messiah? Perhaps he can walk on hot grease?

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    @modusoperandi:

    the fabricated whopper

    Dibs on superhero name!

    That’s no superhero, it’s what I had for lunch yesterday. (I’d probably rather have had a hero.)

  • Larry

    How does someone with a penile implant refer to his penis?

    The fabricated whopper.

    Thank you for coming. I’ll be here all week. Be sure to tip your waiter and try the veal!

  • John Pieret

    quit believing the fabricated whopper of the “Separation of Church and State,” the lie repeated ad nauseum by the left and liberals to keep Christian America – the moral majority – from imposing moral government on pagan public schools, pagan higher learning and pagan media

    Apparently freedom of religion and freedom of the press are fabricated whoppers too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Hence his doubt-filled essay about “the American experiment with freedom” possibly ending.

    But to people like Lane, this is actually what they want.

  • raven

    to keep Christian America – the moral majority –

    The usual lie. David Lane’s perversion of xianity is neither moral nor the majority. The fundie perversion of xianity makes up 26% of the population. They aren’t all rabid right wingnuts either. 10-20% voted for…Obama. (Hard to believe isn’t it?)

    from imposing moral government on pagan public schools, pagan higher learning and pagan media.

    The public schools, higher education, and the media have never been Pagan. They’ve been free and secular since the USA got started.

    Fundies hate Pagans and will do them harm if they can get away with it. David Lane is just using Pagan as an insult like democracy, normal person, or freedom. I can’t say it works. I’ve been a Pagan for years, most of my friends are Pagans, and we would find being called a fundie xian to be an insult.

    And we don’t control the public schools, universities, or the media. If we did, we would know it.

  • raven

    www. theatlantic.com/…/2012/…2012…evangelical…/265139…

    Nov 13, 2012 – As a result, 79 percent of white evangelicals voted for Romney on Tuesday. …

    21% of Evangelicals and Mormons voted for…Obama.

    Hard to believe. Maybe the near illiterates among them couldn’t read and just guessed or the demons got to them.

  • raven

    @3

    ,b>Babel or a Beast is the power of martyrdom, the power of the witness to King Jesus to the point of loss and death.”

    Yeah, he is calling for fundie xian terrorism and murders. It’s just like Al Qaeda or ISIS except jesus is substituted for Allah.

    It won’t work. In fact, it would be counterproductive. The US has a low tolerance for terrorism and in fact, we spend billions fighting it. And a lot of that terrorism is far rightwing and fundie xian.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    raven “21% of Evangelicals and Mormons voted for…Obama. Hard to believe. Maybe the near illiterates among them couldn’t read and just guessed or the demons got to them.”

    There are liberal evangelicals, you know. Mormons, too. Badmouthing them simply because their brothers are unpleasant would be like badmouthing your sibling because of you.*

     

    * Zing!

  • otrame

    @raven

    And if you want to know what a left wing evangelical sounds like, try this guy.

  • raven

    David Lane:

    the moral majority – from imposing moral government on pagan public schools, pagan higher learning and pagan media.

    David Lane is using Pagan as a trivial and incorrect insult. But it is true that Paganism is one of his nightmares. It’s a far superior ethical system to his primitive perversion of xianity.

    Huffpo tonight:

    Iceland To Get Its First Norse Temple In 1,000 Years

    The Asatruarfelagid, which began in 1972, says on its website that its values are “based on tolerance, honesty, honor and respect for the ancient cultural heritage and nature,” and follows the principal that “each person is responsible for themselves and their actions,” according to a Google translation.

    This variety of Paganism is based on tolerance, honesty, honor and respect for the ancient cultural heritage and nature,” and follows the principal that “each person is responsible for themselves and their actions,”

    David Lanes’s version of xianity is based on hate, lies, hypocrisy, and claims of totalitarian power belonging to weird, old white males.

    And that is why I’m an ex-xian.

  • raven

    Xianity has no system for individual responsibility which really is just existentialism. Or reality itself.

    According to them we are all born flawed by original sin, we are all sinners, and deserve nothing but hell. God is in charge and lets satan and the demons lead us astray. But they have a Get Out of Jail Free Card. Jesus. They use it often.

    It doesn’t matter what you do. If you believe jesus is god, all is forgiven forever.

    That is why xians are no better than anyone else and frequently worse than most. And why they know it and don’t care.

  • raven

    I left out Calvinism and Presdestination. Which is odd because I was in a supposedly Calvinist church for about 45 years. They never said much about it and my impression was everyone including the theologians thought it was dumb and hoped nobody asked about it.

    No free will, no choices in Calvinism. No individual responsibility for your actions. You are Predestined to hell or heaven. Being a meat robot controlled by demons would be a step up.