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Sun Apr 14, 2019, 09:39 AM

 

The plot against America: Inside the Christian right plan to "remodel" the nation (Project Blitz)

Religious right's blueprint for theocratic state laws keeps creeping forward. Is the left ready to fight?

PAUL ROSENBERG APRIL 13, 2019 4:20PM (UTC)

“It’s time for Americans to wake up to the harsh reality that the religious right, fueled by their fear of loss of power from the changing demographics in our country and their support from the Trump administration, is emboldened and aggressively pursuing all means possible to maintain white Christian power in America,” Rachel Laser, the president of Americans United For Separation of Church and State, told Salon. “Project Blitz, for example, has already introduced over 50 bills in at least 23 states this year alone,” she added.

Frederick Clarkson, senior research analyst at Political Research Associates, was the first to discover its three-tier playbook, produced by a coalition of right-wing activists he’d long been following, including Texas Republican activist and pseudo-historian David Barton, whose book, “Jefferson Lies,” which tried to remake Thomas Jefferson as an evangelical hero, was canceled by its publisher under withering criticism from conservative and evangelical scholars (followup here).

“The authors of the Project Blitz playbook are savvy purveyors of dominionism,” Clarkson told Salon at the time. “They are in it for the long haul and try not to say things that sound too alarming. ​But they live an immanent theocratic vision.” Not all their allies would go all the way with them, Clarkson told me, but the theocratic end they envision is chillingly akin to “The Handmaid's Tale” — reason enough to warrant far more attention than they’ve gotten so far.

The first tier of Project Blitz aims at importing the Christian nationalist worldview into public schools and other aspects of the public sphere, the second tier aims at making government increasingly a partner in “Christianizing” America, and the third tier contains three types of proposed laws that “protect” religious beliefs and practices specifically intended to benefit bigotry.

“Although category three is divided in three parts, you could also see it as having two main underlying intentions," Clarkson explained. "First to denigrate the LGBTQ community, and second to defend and advance the right to discriminate. This is one way that the agenda of theocratic dominionism is reframed as protecting the right of theocrats to discriminate against those deemed second-class, at best. As the late theocratic theologian R.J. Rushdoony said, 'Only the right have rights.'"



https://www.salon.com/2019/04/13/the-plot-against-america-inside-the-christian-right-plan-to-remodel-the-nation/



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Sun Apr 14, 2019, 09:43 AM

1. K&R

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Sun Apr 14, 2019, 09:48 AM

2. my late mom had been warning me about this for a very long time .

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Sun Apr 14, 2019, 10:45 AM

3. We Are In For A Fight

A fight for truth, justice, compassion, fairness, a pushback against this crazy coalition. They are zealots.

I do wonder why some long time republicans like David Frum, George Will And others fight against the crazy town of Trumpville while others sell their soul and reputation to support this lying abomination and his drooling minions. How the religious right can tolerate the immoral Trump is a mystery, but they obviously have made a deal with the Devil.

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Sun Apr 14, 2019, 10:47 AM

4. Welcome to the last 40 years.

They've been emboldened by Trump, certainly, leading to an acceleration of the pace of bills being introduced, but this has been the plan for decades now, starting with the moronic "moral" majority. They've been chipping away at the rights of others under the guise of religious "freedom" ever since. Hobby Lobby, anyone?

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