The New Independent Christian Party

From Dangerous Minds I see that there’s a new political party in America: the New Independent Christian Party (“A Better Choice, A Better America”). From their press release:

There does not exist a reliable political party that purely represents the overall Christian agenda in America. We can neither ignore the overwhelming contrast to our Godly principles of the marriage equality and abortion rights agendas, which the Democrats strongly support, nor can we be oblivious to the arrogant, greedy, unsympathetic Pharisaic practices of the Republicans. [...]

As the Party of No Compromise, the New Independent Christian Party intends to influence the outcome of American elections and uphold the Godly principles by which America was built and by which Christians believe, live and exist.

The Chair, Bishop Janice Fountaine and Co-chair, Dr. Ralph Martino vow to build a strong political party that will illuminate the Christian voice and bring clarity to the Christian agenda to influence America, impact the world and increase the kingdom.

Raplh Martino, who has a Doctorate of Theology but I can’t find any clue as to what institution it’s from, has a whiff of the prosperity gospel about him. Janice Fountaine seems to be a Bishop of some sect in the confusing neo-pentacostal movement. And what sort of clarity is Bishop Fountaine bringing to the Christian agenda? Via Joe.My.God.:

The practice of homosexuality and self-pleasure, are age old systems, being recharged and reorganized for end-time warfare. It is being orchestrated from the diabolical realms of the supernatural and manifested on earth, with the overall intention, to silence the church forever. These actions, by satan, is an all out declaration of victory, as the church finds itself caught off guard and intertwined in his evil end-time warfare, strategies and systems.”

Well alrighty then. The idea that masturbation is a weapon in the apocalypse inspires a number of jokes that would probably get me kicked off of Patheos.

Along with Richard Metzger, I can hope that these folks peel off some supporters from the Religious Right wing of the Republican party. But honestly, it looks like this is a fringe group on the extreme wing of the political party, so I doubt it will accomplish anything or survive past the election.

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  • Custador

    “The Chair, Bishop Janice Fountaine…” [emphasis mine]

    A woman in charge? But I thought these folks wanted to uphold traditional, Biblical, Christian values. They’ve fallen at the first hurdle.

    • Paul H.

      Women were in places of power in the early church, but that is a non-sequiter to the danger this group represents.

      I wonder do those Godly principals mean repealing the 13th Amendment?

  • trj

    Wow, all the absurdity and nastiness of backward, reactionary Christianity used as the basis of a political party. Very ambitious.

  • Blessed Jim

    I think this is a great idea. Lets get the religious crazies out of the republican party so we can go back to having a functioning two party system.

    • Paul

      Did I miss some time when the “two party system” was really functional? We the people have been asleep for two centuries or more, forgetting George Washington’s admonition about the dangers of political parties. They have created a duopoly that guarantees increasingly devisive elections with all the pooh flinging of chimpanzees in a zoo. Anyone who believes that this system ever was functional or that it is even a goal to aspire too should read Stephen Hill’s “Fixing Elections” and keep reading through the rest of his books. We have allowed the parties to amass so much power over the years that it would be almost impossible to eliminate them.

      I hear the right wing radio droids talking about how bad a choice Romney is but everybody better man up and vote for him anyway because otherwise Obama will win a second term. Every election we here how this is the most important election ever and if we don’t vote against the other side America will be doomed either because democrats are going to take all our money away or republicans want dirty air, polluted water and to throw grandma out on the street.

      The most objectionable part to me is how both sides treat it like a sports match. In debates we often get boxing metaphors (he wasn’t able to lay a glove on him) or baseball metaphors (he knocked it out of the park)

      The reality is that the parties are only in it for themselves and they know that its the big megadonors who have to be kept happy – the banking industry, unions, big oil, big pharma, AARP, etc… – the rest of us just get the lies that will bring us in to vote on cue.

  • Bob Jase

    So basically they’re Christian Shariahists.

    • Paul

      No, Shariahists would NEVER have a woman bishop

  • JohnMWhite

    I thought the Republicans were already the party of no compromise. Romney even swore last night that he would not raise a single dollar of revenue to cut the deficit. The idea that some Christians feel the response to the Republicans is to be even more stubborn demonstrates where their true priorities lie – causing material harm to gay people and women, whatever the consequences for everybody else.


    Oh, what a lovely world they would create. Not.

  • Brian K

    I never understood this kind of Christianity. If God is the all powerful, all knowing, all seeing yada yada yad, how can there be this massive war which is so important? This (again) seems more like ego boosting to me. I’m not a car salesman in suburban Tulsa, Oklahoma…I’m a warrior in The Army of God battling against (in?)surmountable odds of The World and the implacable forces of Satan, whose pernicious influences have systems of weapons like masturbation and women’s lib and gay marriage and liberal Christianity. Onward Christian Soldiers!

  • skeptic5396

    Only one thing I can say to this: FUCK THE CONSTITUTION.

    • Paul

      Skeptic, its not the constitution. Yes it is flawed but it contains the mechanisms to fix it. Constitutional amendments only rarely make it through but there is still another way, a constitutionl convention can be called to address one or more things that need to be changed. The parties fear a convention because things that work well for them – like the electoral college – might end up being changed.

      Republicans love to talk about how the founding fathers got it all right. Even they knew there was no way to get it all right. That is why both the constitutional convention and constitutional amendments were included. Before the ink was hardly dry they had passed 10 amendments. And no, they were not unanimous, in lockstep, as is indicated by the awkward wording of some of the amendments. In particular the second amendment was deeply argued. Originally this was to be a right to revolution, penned by a group who had just thrown a revolution. Not everyone thought this was a good idea, so we get this wording about militias. And there was no concern about taking hunting guns away, these were necessary for survival. Instead, they were thinking more about those cannons on the lawns of county courthouses and state capitals. These were the arms needed to protect us from an unreasonable and unchecked government.

      I’ll go along with fuck the politicians but anything wrong with the constitution can be fixed if we stand up and make our voices clear. But there will be changes that the parties will be unwilling to make. In turn they will twist arms with that staple of the politican’s diet, campaign contributions. The party leadership will hand out cash, favors, sending people to help campaign with them – sounds a bit like bribery but nobody gets prosecuted for it. That man or woman who promised us so much in the last campaign will sell his vote with help the next time around.


  • Paul

    I have to say, any party that can split up and dilute the power of the republicans or the democrats is a good thing. I love that this party could take away that religious extremist wing of the republicans. I would love to see the tea party to carry through with one of their threats towards the republicans that if they didn’t have a seat at the table they might start a real party. I like that the reform party took some votes from both parties. I like the green party because they do some of the same to the democrats.

    I would love to see us eliminate the electoral college which is a major method of guaranteeing a democrat or a republican will always win the white house. I would love to see each of us have our votes count. The two gorillas in the room have most of the country split into “safe” red or blue states with just a half dozen up for grabs. I want my vote in georgia to count as much as a vote cast in florida or ohio.

  • Keulan

    I’m don’t understand why these idiots think they need to create a new political party. There already exists a party of theocrats and no compromise in America. It’s called the Republican Party.

  • Don Gwinn

    I think that people, who insert commas at random every few words, without regard for the way they break up the sentence for no reason, and make it impossible to read it aloud, without sounding disjointed and possibly schizophrenic, are annoying.
    I tolerate it from people who don’t claim to be professional writers, as well as people who aren’t sending out political press releases pretending to be serious political contenders. But the rest are on their own.

  • Peter

    “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.”
    - Sinclare Lewis

  • Peter

    opps meant Sinclair It Can’t Happen Here

  • Richrg

    Masterbation “a weapon” that brings a whole new meaning to “rubbing on out”

    • richrg

      Sorry bad iphone keyboard it should have read. “Masterbation “a weapon” that brings a whole new meaning to “rubbing one out”

  • Zach

    No come, all ye faithful.

  • A Reader

    He may have a doctorate in theology, but his use of commas would make my fourth grade teacher cry.