A Review of the Twisted Beliefs of David Lane

Right Wing Watch has a very long post documenting the full range of theocratic views held by David Lane, who has become the primary kingmaker on the religious right and thus has a very close relationship with the Republican party and elected officials and wannabe elected officials all over the country.

On Saturday, June 13, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will host a day-long, Christians-only prayer rally organized by political operative David Lane. Lane, who organized similar events for Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, is trying to recruit 1,000 conservative evangelical pastors to run for office, which he believes would mobilize hundreds of thousands of election volunteers and lead to conservative election victories in 2016.

Lane prefers to work outside the glare of the national media. Although his close connections to Republican officials and presidential candidates have drawn some notice, the extremism of the agenda he is promoting deserves far more attention than it has received to date.

When one-third of the Republican National Committee took a nine-day junket to Israel in January with the American Family Association picking up the tab, things got a little ugly. Israeli media started asking questions about the extreme positions taken by AFA spokesman Bryan Fischer, including his claims that the First Amendment’s religious liberty protections apply only to Christians and that gays were responsible for the rise of the Nazi Party. In damage control mode, the AFA disavowed some of Fischer’s most inflammatory statements and took away his title – but not the radio show that continues to give him a bigotry-spewing platform. Meanwhile, the actual organizer of the trip, Christian nationalist David Lane, slipped out of the spotlight and got right back to building political alliances between high-level Republican politicians and conservative evangelical pastors, especially those in key primary states.

David Lane runs the American Renewal Project, which functions as a project of the American Family Association. Bad publicity over the Israel trip did not keep Lane from inviting all 168 members of the Republican National Committee to an Iowa Renewal Project “Pastors and Pews” event on March 9 and 10, which was headlined by two Republican presidential hopefuls, Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Bobby Jindal, along with Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. It didn’t prevent the RNC’s faith outreach arm from teaming up with Lane to present a breakout session at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in May. And it hasn’t kept Gov. Haley from endorsing Lane’s latest “Response” prayer rally.

David Lane promotes a vision of America as a nation founded by and for Christians; denounces court rulings upholding church-state separation; calls for Christianity to be established as America’s official religion with the Bible as a primary textbook in public schools; vehemently opposes legal equality for LGBT people; and demands the impeachment of judges who rule in favor of allowing same-sex couples to be legally married. Lane matters because these are not just the opinions of a far-right fringe figure. They are the explicit agenda of a political operative who is working closely with the highest leaders of the Republican Party. The explicit goal of Lane’s political organizing is to advance his particularly narrow and divisive vision of America. Republican politicians who embrace Lane in the hope of winging votes are playing with fire, giving credibility to his divisive worldview and troubling political agenda.

The post then goes on to document all of those claims about Lane. The headline of the article asks, “Why Do Republican Officials Keep Partnering With Christian-Nation Extremist David Lane?” The answer is obvious: Because he can deliver votes and money. They care not how extreme his views are, only that he can help them win.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    The real question is: why do people who are not with the Christian theocratic program (e.g. David Frum) still supporting those officials?

    The Republican-in-the-street has a simple excuse: he never hears about this stuff — it’s not like Fox covers it, or for that matter any other major media. Certainly not Republican media.

    But people like Frum? A Jew, for that matter? Well, there’s the reason he gave for supporting Romney: that he was sure he was lying on campaign and would govern as a moderate. In other words, rationalization. Or delusion, you choose.

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

    The explicit goal of Lane’s political organizing is to advance his particularly narrow and divisive vision of America.

    Sure, but you people want everyone to have rights. Talk about narrow and divisive!

     

    D. C. Sessions “But people like Frum? A Jew, for that matter? Well, there’s the reason he gave for supporting Romney: that he was sure he was lying on campaign and would govern as a moderate. In other words, rationalization. Or delusion, you choose.”

    You should take a look in the mirror. Remember when you insisted that Obama was really a Moderate? Now you’re drowning in Socialism!*

     

    * SOCIALISM!!!

  • busterggi

    isn’t it amazing how selling your soul to the Devil and selling your soul to Jesus are exactly the same in practice and results?