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jmbar2

(4,948 posts)
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 08:47 AM Feb 2024

Roots of Dominionism: Bill Moyers interviews Rush Muldoony (1988)

Context
Much of current support for TFG and the republican party is from Christian Nationalists/Dominionists who believe that god wants them to control the seven mountains of influence in the world - education, government, business, media, justice system, family, and media.

This is why TFG continues to be a viable candidate, despite his many failings. He is willing to give them what they want in exchange for making him king.

Elements of their dominion strategy can be found throughout the Project 2025 blueprint for taking control of society.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_2025

The founding ideologue of their movement was Rush Muldoony. The following clip is from Bill Moyers interviewing him 1988. I didn't realize that Bill had covered this so far back. It's worth a revisit.

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These people should NEVER be allowed to get in power. Organize like your lives depend on it, but in many cases, they just may!
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Lonestarblue

(10,279 posts)
4. The oil billionaires funding the effort to turn Texas into Afghanistan are Dominionists.
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 09:22 AM
Feb 2024

Tm Dunn and Faris Wilks have used their money to create a state that is ruled according to their religious beliefs. I’ve forgotten which one of them belongs to an extremist church where women are required to attend but they cannot speak or participate in any way. Only men have that right. Now that abortion for any reason is impossible in Texas, they’ll buy politicians to outlaw birth control and then finish off public education. Their dream is to close all public schools and turn them into Christian academies that teach their brand of religion, at taxpayer expense of course. Their idea of schools sounds a lot like the Taliban’s madrassas that teach Islam and not much else.

jmbar2

(4,948 posts)
5. Yes, he's really scary - and rich
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 09:31 AM
Feb 2024

I first became aware of Dominionism in 2012 when they infiltrated the college department where I worked.

They brought in a strange guy from Abilene Christian as department head - a guy with no credentials for the job. He quickly identified the "suspect" employees, myself included, and started purging the department. Turns out, he ran a Christian staffing company on the side, and replaced the purged people with folks from his agency.

I filed an EEOC against the college. Didn't win, but it mucked up the gears for awhile.

He's still there. I've seen this movement up close and it terrifies me.

yellowdogintexas

(22,300 posts)
12. Those two are scary AF Check out Chris Tackett for lots of resource material
Wed Feb 21, 2024, 02:32 PM
Feb 2024

his you tube is @Chrisjtackett He is also on X(twitter), Instagram and Threads.
He and his wife have done some really deep diving into Wilkes & Dunn and their cohorts, as well as Christian Nationalism.
If you get a chance to hear them speak, take advantage of it.

LonestarBlue, have you heard them speak?

Also the documentary "Deep in the Pockets of Texas"
Chris's website https://seeitnameitfightit.com/
and https://www.christiansagainstchristiannationalism.org/ are full of good information

Lonestarblue

(10,279 posts)
13. I have not heard them speak, but I'll keep an eye out for the opportunity.
Wed Feb 21, 2024, 02:36 PM
Feb 2024

Thanks for the links. I’ll definitely check out the documentry.

erronis

(15,581 posts)
8. Just his droning voice lets me know that he is preaching, not explaining.
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 05:20 PM
Feb 2024

Had enough after a couple of minutes.

Bill Moyers was a saint to even produce these great shows.

keithbvadu2

(37,194 posts)
10. Those millions of republicans want an authoritarian gov't but they mistakenly think they will be the few thousand elites
Wed Feb 21, 2024, 11:58 AM
Feb 2024

Those millions of republicans want an authoritarian gov't but they mistakenly think they will be the few thousand elites actually in charge.

Those millions are useful tools for those who will actually be in charge.

One poster called it a 'new social feudalism age'.

jmbar2

(4,948 posts)
11. That's a brilliant observation
Wed Feb 21, 2024, 12:08 PM
Feb 2024

I've been thinking of what will happen when the different factions realize that they are not in sync with one another. What happens when "Prophet A" says God told him to kill the gays, abortionists, etc., while the other says God told HIM that prison will suffice? Who will determine which version of God order is the true one?

Then there is the money. One of the seven mountain beliefs is that once they control everything, they can suck all the money out of the system "for God's works". I'm sure they will all agree on how that gets distributed! Like current "prosperity" religionists, it probably won't trickle down to the MAGAt level that put them in power.

They're opening Pandora's box of religious conflicts far worse than anything they can imagine.

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