The Sordid Money Trail of the Religious Right

Wistfully, I recall presidential candidate John F. Kennedy speaking before a skeptical audience of Protestant clergy in 1960 who had been questioning whether his Roman Catholic faith would allow him to make important national decisions as president independent of the church

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote …

Asked, and answered. The last presidential candidate to do so.

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Scott Walker at Faith & Freedom conference, Saturday (Fair Use/Educational)

On Saturday as part of this weekend’s Faith & Forum’s “2016 Road to the Majority Policy Conference” GOP presidential hopefuls voiced the opposite. One after another, they assured the GOP radical base of their complete commitment to rely on their religious beliefs for decisions they make in their hoped-for future administrations.

George W. Bush was hardly more oblique, once saying, “I am driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, ‘George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan’. And I did. And then God would tell me ‘George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq’. And I did.”

Since he recovered from his alcoholism in his 40s, George W. Bush has been counseled exclusively by religious right pastors who adhere to Dominionism, a political and religious philosophy calling for the end of the rule of law in favor of (their skewered version of) god’s law. When Bush became president, GOP commentator and author Kevin Philliips wrote about Bush’s religious fervor, concluding, “The rapture, end-times, and Armageddon hucksters in the United States rank with any Shiite ayatollahs, and the last two presidential elections make the transformation of the GOP into the first religious party in U.S. history.”

Most American are oblivious to how powerful and organized this strain of American Fundamentalism is, and how it has infiltrated every corner of our government. With 10,000 cells world wide, the secretive and largest dominionist cult called The Family (or The Fellowship) functions invisibly throughout federal and state government as christian sharia. Despite its disguise as a religious organization, The Family is primarily concerned with making money for its vested interests, and does all this with your hard-earned tax dollars. Family functionaries don’t even have to be christian as long as they bring good business connections. We, you and I, have let this happen.

But, I believe we have within our grasp today a solution to this awful problem that is whittling away our rule of law, and we can accomplish it by 2016.

The election of 2016 practically coincides with the congressional election 200 years ago, when a full 70% of incumbents were voted out and sent home because it was snowing in New England during the summer causing starvation, death, and mass migrations, and congress ignored the crisis, more concerned with raising their salaries. Such a purge can be replicated because of the innate conflict of interest and a documented trail of misused public funds. Remember, Al Capone didn’t go to prison for murder, extortion, robbery, or contempt of court; it was tax evasion.

Read more about it here, how these religious right government office holders have violated the public trust, and must be held accountable for money, blood, and treasure they have caused.

Are you ready to embark upon a campaign in the next 15 months to disqualify from public service dozens of current American legislators and others in government, including a few Supreme Court justices, who are secretly aligned with one or more dominionist cults?

This is the question that must be pressed:

To every lawmaker proposing religiously-biased laws against workers, women, the poor, people of color, LGBT people, etc., or who blocks science, first must answer which of their oaths motivates them: (their skewered version of) god’s law or their oath to uphold our Constitution and our laws? Both oaths cannot coexist simultaneously because the former, religious allegiance, by its nature is always at the expense of rights guaranteed in the latter.

Even their King James bible says, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). Let’s make them live up to that.

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Alison Gardner

Alison Gardner

Alison Gardner is co-founder of VenusPlusX, and writes frequently on global sexual freedom, American fundamentalists exporting hate and homophobia, and grassroots activism.
Alison Gardner