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    the second Christo-Fascist coup.. these Christian Reconstructionalist or Dominion Theologist who own and control the voting machines believe in: The prison
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 3 11:11 PM
      the second Christo-Fascist coup.. these Christian Reconstructionalist
      or Dominion Theologist who own and control the voting machines believe in:

      "The prison system would be eliminated. A system of just restitution
      would be established for some crimes. The death penalty would be
      practiced for many other crimes. There would be little need for
      warehousing of convicted criminals.

      Legal abortions would be banished; those found to be responsible for
      illegal abortions would be executed.

      The reinstitution of slavery appears to be a hot button item among
      Reconstructionists. We have received a few negative E-mails which
      complained that the movement does not recommend slavery. But we have
      received many more Emails from Reconstructionists claiming that
      legalizing slavery would be good for North America."


      here are some articles on these people and their hatred of civil
      liberties and democracy:

      How George W. Bush Won the 2004 Presidential Election
      By Sandeep Atwal

      Purging voter lists is just the beginning: the U.S. has embraced a
      form of electronic voting that is unreliable, unverifiable and funded
      by the radical Christian right.

      ES&S, Diebold and Sequoia may not be household names like Enron or
      Arthur Andersen, but these three companies will decide America's next
      president. In the 2004 presidential election, the full effect of
      electronic voting will be felt for the first time and these are the
      companies that will report the majority of the results.

      Despite assurances from the corporations that own these machines, the
      reliability of electronic voting is under intense criticism. One of
      the most comprehensive examinations of electronic voting fraud came
      from brothers James and Kenneth Collier. In their 1992 book Votescam:
      The Stealing of America, the brothers detailed the long history of
      voting fraud over the past twenty-five years with a special focus on
      voting machines. American politicians and large media outlets have
      ignored their book, and their charges remain unanswered.

      Now, their concerns are being echoed by a new group of writers,
      journalists and activists who have raised alarming and explosive
      details about electronic voting in America. While academics such as
      Professors Rebecca Mercuri and David Dill and organizations like the
      Association for Computing Machinery have carefully documented how
      voting systems are vulnerable to fraudulent manipulation, journalists
      Lynn Landes, Jerry Bowles and Bev Harris are alerting Americans to an
      electronic coup d'etat in the making. If their charges are true, and
      there is little evidence to contradict their claims, George W. Bush
      has already won the 2004 election.


      Florida's Folly Goes National

      "Given the outcome of our work in Florida and with a new president
      in place, we think our services will expand across the country."
      -- Martin L. Fagan, ChoicePoint Vice-President

      To understand how George W. Bush will win the next presidential
      election, it helps to understand how he won the last one. While all
      public attention rested on hanging chads, butterfly ballots and a
      skewed recount in the wake of the 2000 Presidential election, the root
      of the problem has been overlooked. As investigative reporter Greg
      Palast uncovered, the state of Florida purged over 90,000 people from
      their list of eligible voters under the guise that they were felons.
      In fact, almost none of the disenfranchised voters were felons...but
      almost all were blacks or democrats.

      Palast's investigation revealed that at the heart of this ethnic
      cleansing of voter lists was the creation of a new centralized
      database for the state of Florida. In 1999, the state fired the
      company they were paying to compile their "scrub" lists and gave the
      job to Database Technologies (DBT, now ChoicePoint). DBT, a private
      firm known to have strong Republican ties was paid $2.3 million to do
      the same job that had previously been done for $5,700.

      The first list of felons from DBT included 8,000 names of felons from
      Texas supplied by George Bush's state officials. The state government
      said they were all felons, and thus barred from voting under federal
      law. Local officials complained about the list and DBT issued a new
      one, this time naming 58,000 felons. Palast discovered that the one
      county that went through the process of checking the new list name by
      name found it was 95% wrong.

      Because of the way DBT compiled its erroneous list, Florida voters
      whose names were similar to out-of-state felons were barred from
      voting. An Illinois felon named John Michaels could knock off Florida
      voters John, Johnny, Jonathan or Jon R. Michaels.

      DBT didn't get names, birthdays or social security numbers right, but
      they were matched for race, so a felon named Joe Green only knocked
      off a black Joe Green, but not a white person with the same name.
      There was no need to guess about the race of the disenfranchised: a
      voter's race is listed next to his or her name in many Southern states
      including Florida because racial ID is required by the Voting Rights
      Act of 1965.

      DBT's fee of $2.3 million was supposed to include verification that
      the individuals on their list were actually felons, but Palast's
      investigation showed that DBT could not provide any evidence that they
      made a single phone call to verify the identity of the names scrubbed
      prior to the 2000 Presidential Election.

      Unfortunately, nothing is preventing this purge from taking place
      again on a national scale. Due in large part to the attention paid to
      butterfly ballots and hanging chads in the fall of 2000, the new Help
      America Vote Act (HAVA) demands that every state replicate Florida's
      system of centralized, computerized voter files before the 2004
      election, presumably to avoid the paper-ballot confusion of the
      Florida recount. Martin Luther King III and Greg Palast recently
      co-authored a piece on the dangers of such databases, recalling the
      Florida debacle. Their conclusion: "Jim Crow has moved into cyberspace
      -- harder to detect, craftier in operation, shifting shape into the
      electronic guardian of a new electoral segregation."

      ChoicePoint already has contracts with numerous states to provide
      electronic voter lists purged of supposed felons. They are a natural
      choice as one of the U.S.'s largest database companies. ChoicePoint
      provides information on federal criminal records by district for 43
      states and also provides online access to more than 63 million
      criminal records for all fifty states. Who better to provide
      HAVA-mandated voter lists to state governments?


      You Voted Republican, Trust Us

      "It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting."
      -- Tom Stoppard, 1972

      Purged voter lists are only one method of pre-determining the outcome
      of an election. An even more serious problem lies inside the voting
      machines themselves. While representatives of Diebold, ES&S and
      Sequoia herald the benefits of their systems, not everyone shares
      their enthusiasm. Dr. Rebecca Mercuri is an Assistant Professor of
      Computer Science at Bryn Mawr College and has been referred to as "the
      leading independent expert on electronic voting technology." Shortly
      before the 2000 Presidential election, Mercuri defended her Ph.D.
      dissertation on the subject of "Electronic Vote Tabulation: Checks and
      Balances" at the Engineering School of the University of Pennsylvania.

      Mercuri's website is an astonishing checklist of the lack of
      safeguards and other failings that plague the current crop of
      electronic voting systems. One of Mercuri's primary concerns is that
      electronic systems provide no way for a voter, or election officials,
      to verify that a cast ballot corresponds to the vote being recorded.
      As Mercuri notes on her site, "Any programmer can write code that
      displays one thing on a screen, records something else, and prints yet
      another result." There is no known way to ensure that this is not
      happening inside of a voting system. Companies such as Diebold, ES&S
      and Sequoia, which manufacture the machines and provide the code that
      runs them, simply take a "trust us" approach.

      Mercuri also reports that no electronic voting system has been
      certified to even the lowest level of the U.S. government or
      international computer security standards such as the ISO Common
      Criteria, nor are they required to comply with such standards. Thus,
      no current electronic voting system is secure by the U.S. government's
      own standards.

      Electronic voting systems without individual printouts for examination
      by voters do not provide an independent audit trail. All voting
      systems can make mistakes and the ability to perform manual
      hand-counts of ballots is the only way to verify results. Computer
      glitches are already cropping up all across the United States.
      Numerous irregularities with electronic voting machines have already
      been reported:

      * In Georgia, which recently purchased 22,000 Diebold touch
      screens, some voters touched one candidate's name on the screen and
      saw another candidate's name appear
      * A former news reporter in Florida discovered that votes were
      being tabulated in 644 Palm Beach precincts: but Palm Beach only has
      643 precincts. An earlier court case in Florida found the same
      discrepancy. A reporter in New Jersey observed 104 precincts with
      votes in an area that has only 102 precincts.
      * Baldwin County results showed that Democrat Don Siegelman won
      the state of Alabama. However, the next morning, 6,300 of Siegelman's
      votes disappeared and the election was handed to Republican Bob Riley.
      A recount was requested and denied.
      * In North Carolina, a software programming error caused
      vote-counting machines to skip over several thousand votes, both
      Republican and Democratic. Fixing the error turned up 5,500 more votes
      and reversed the election.
      * In Comal County Texas, an uncanny coincidence resulted in three
      Republican candidates winning by exactly 18,181 votes each. Two other
      Republican candidates outside Texas also won by exactly 18,181 votes.
      * In October, election officials in Raleigh, N.C., discovered that
      early voters had to make several attempts to record their votes on
      ES&S systems. Officials compared the number of voters to the number of
      votes counted and realized that 294 votes had been lost.
      * A report from the Caltech-MIT Voting Technology Project states
      that an estimated 1.5 million presidential votes were not recorded in
      2000 because of difficulties using voting equipment and that
      electronic machines have the second highest rate of unmarked,
      uncounted and spoiled ballots in presidential, Senate, and governor
      elections over the last 12 years.

      Federally mandated voting machines, almost exclusively manufactured by
      ES&S, Diebold and Sequoia are being constructed and tested under
      obsolete FEC recommendations. The US has authorized spending of over
      four billion dollars on new voting equipment, but as Mercuri notes,
      "failed to require or enforce adequate security, usability,
      reliability, and auditability controls over the products being
      purchased." The numerous flaws cited above ably demonstrate Mercuri's

      Her concerns are echoed by Professor David Dill from Stanford
      University. He has created a resolution warning of the dangers of
      electronic voting machines. "Do not be seduced by the apparent
      convenience of "touch-screen voting" machines, or the "gee whiz"
      factor that accompanies flashy new technology," he writes. "Using
      these machines is tantamount to handing complete control of vote
      counting to a private company, with no independent checks or audits.
      These machines represent a serious threat to democracy."


      Chuck Hagel and Nebraska's Upset

      "If you want to win the election, just control the machines."
      - Charlie Matulka, Nebraska Senatorial Candidate

      Chuck Hagel first ran for the U.S. Senate in Nebraska in 1996.
      Electronic voting machines owned by Election Systems & Software (ES&S)
      reported that he had won both the primaries and the general election
      in unprecedented victories. His 1996 victory was considered one of the
      biggest upsets of that election. He was the first Republican to win a
      Nebraska senatorial campaign in 24 years and won virtually every
      demographic group, including many largely black communities that had
      never before voted Republican.

      Six years later Hagel ran again against Democrat Charlie Matulka in
      2002, and won in a landslide. He was re-elected to his second term
      with 83% of the vote: the biggest political victory in the history of
      Nebraska. Again, the votes were counted by ES&S, now the largest
      voting machine company in America.

      While these victories could be dismissed simply as a Republican upset,
      a January 2003 article in the independent Washington paper The Hill
      revealed interesting details about Hagel's business investments and
      casts a different light on his election successes. Chuck Hagel was CEO
      of ES&S (then AIS) until 1995 and he is still a major stockholder of
      the parent company of ES&S, McCarthy & Company. Hagel resigned as CEO
      of ES&S to run for the Senate and resigned as president of the parent
      company McCarthy & Company following his election (where he remains a
      major investor).

      Today, the McCarthy Group is run by Michael McCarthy, who happens to
      be Chuck Hagel's treasurer. Hagel's financials still list the McCarthy
      Group as an asset, with his investment valued at $1-$5 million.
      Campaign finance reports show that Michael McCarthy also served as
      treasurer for Hagel until December of 2002.

      ES&S also has a connection to the Bush family. Jeb Bush's first choice
      as running mate in 1998 was Sandra Mortham who was a paid lobbyist for
      ES&S and received a commission for every county that bought its
      touch-screen machines.

      The Hill's revelations of Hagel's conflict of interest was disturbing
      enough to cause Jan Baran, one of the most powerful Republican lawyers
      in Washington D.C., and Lou Ann Linehan, Senator Chuck Hagel's Chief
      of Staff, to walk into The Hill's offices to "discuss" the story.
      According to the author of the article, Alex Bolton, nothing similar
      had happened in the three-and-a-half years he's worked for the paper.
      It was, no doubt, a story Hagel would rather see go unreported.


      Helping America Vote Right

      "The Christian worldview is the answer. We need Christian
      statesmen who press for the Crown Rights of Jesus Christ in all areas
      of life. This isn't political salvation or an overnight fix. It will
      take decades of mobilization and confrontation to undo a century of
      godless socialism. It must be a grassroots movement that starts in
      individual families and churches and then moves outward to take
      dominion. It must encompass every area of life and not just the
      political arena. Finally, it must start soon, for there isn't much
      time left. The Florida elections have taught us that the Democrats
      with their liberal/socialistic worldview will stop at nothing to seize
      control of the government."
      -- Dr. Val Finnell, published by the Chalcedon Institute

      If the connections between Hagel and ES&S seem suspect, the origins of
      America's largest electronic voting machine companies may be just as
      distressing, especially for those who venerate the separation of
      church and state. The convoluted system of renaming and buyouts of
      America's voting system companies is a complicated story. However,
      once the various corporate trails have been followed, a disturbing
      picture comes into focus.

      Brothers Bob and Todd Urosevich founded American Information Systems.
      Bob is currently president of Diebold and Todd Urosevich is Vice
      President, Aftermarket Sales of ES&S. (In 1999, American Information
      Systems, purchased Business Records Corp to become ES&S.)

      American Information Systems (AIS) was primarily funded with money
      from Ahmanson brothers, William and Robert, of the Howard F. Ahmanson
      Co. The majority stake in ES&S is still owned by Howard F. Ahmanson
      and the Ahmanson Foundation

      Howard Ahmanson belongs to Council for National Policy, a hard right
      wing organization and also helps finance The Chalcedon Institute. As
      the institute's own site reports, Chalcedon is a "Christian
      educational organization devoted to research, publishing, and
      promoting Christian reconstruction in all areas of life... Our
      emphasis on the Cultural or Dominion Mandate (Genesis 1:28) and the
      necessity of a return to Biblical Law has been a crucial factor in the
      challenge to Humanism by Christians in this country and elsewhere..."
      Chalcedon promotes Christian Reconstructionism, which mandates
      Christ's dominion over the entire world. The organization's purpose is
      to establish Old Testament Biblical law as the standard for society.


      Solutions and Alternatives

      Few individuals who are trying to alert citizens to the dangers of
      electronic voting are against computer voting unequivocally. Rather,
      the complaints focus on the lack of a verifiable paper trail and the
      inability of the public to examine the code that runs the machines.
      Professor Mercuri's October 2002 article, "A Better Ballot Box?"
      provides a solution to these concerns. She also poses a series of
      questions that she believes must be answered in order to allay
      security concerns. Mercuri's work is partly an attempt to design a
      machine in line with minimum standards set by the U.S. federal
      government, unlike the voting machines currently being installed
      across America.

      The New York State Assembly recently passed legislation that
      specifically requires that machines "produce and retain a voter
      verified permanent paper record with a manual audit capacity" (but
      fails to mention the code that runs the machines). Rep. Rush Holt has
      introduced federal legislation, The Voter Confidence and Increased
      Accessibility Act of 2003 with similar aims. The measure would require
      all voting machines to produce an actual paper record by 2004 that
      voters can view to check the accuracy of their votes and that election
      officials can use to verify votes in the event of a computer
      malfunction, hacking, or other irregularity.

      Other solutions exist to ensure the integrity of voting machines and
      address the concerns of people like Professor Mercuri. Jason Kitcat is
      the author of the Free e-democracy project, an open source project
      that builds Internet voting software. Likewise, Australia makes the
      code for their machines available online whereas American companies
      jealously guard the code that runs their machines. It seems a fair
      question, considering the list of problems that currently plague
      voting equipment: why are none of these alternatives being investigated?

      The 2004 election will be the first to use nation-wide electronic
      voting. With the purging of voter lists, secrecy surrounding voting
      machines, the lack of a verifiable paper trail combined with voting
      machine companies with strong Republican ties and funding from the
      radical right, a Bush victory is all but inevitable. Welcome to the

      Update: Scoop.co.nz has the latest on an investigation by Bev Harris,
      revealing glaring holes in the U.S. election system. Her detailed
      account is a must-read.

      --- ENDS ----





      Christian Reconstructionism, Dominion Theology and Theonomy are not
      denominations or faith groups. Rather, they are interrelated beliefs
      which are followed by members of a wide range of Christian
      denominations. They have no connection at all to Reconstructionist
      Judaism, which is a liberal group within Judaism.

      Generally speaking:
      Christian Reconstructionism arose out of conservative Presbyterianism
      in the early 1970's. Followers believe "that every area dominated by
      sin must be 'reconstructed' in terms of the Bible." 1
      Dominion Theology is derived from Genesis 1:26 of the Hebrew
      Scriptures (Old Testament):

      "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness and
      let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over
      the livestock, over all the earth and over all the creatures that move
      along the ground.'" (NIV)

      Most Christians interpret this verse as meaning that God gave mankind
      dominion over the animal kingdom. Dominion theologians believe that
      that this verse commands Christians to bring all societies, around the
      world, under the rule of the Word of God.
      Theonomy (Greek for "God's Law") includes the concept that "God�s
      revealed standing laws are a reflection of His immutable moral
      character and, as such, are absolute in the sense of being
      nonarbitrary, objective, universal, and established in advance of
      particular circumstances (thus applicable to general types of moral
      situations)." 6,7 Thus, each of the 613 laws given to Moses and
      recorded in the Pentateuch (the first 5 books of the Hebrew
      Scriptures) are binding on people of all nations, cultures, and
      religions forever, except for those laws which have been rescinded or
      modified by further revelation.

      The term Reconstructionism has been used to refer to various
      combinations of the preceding three terms. This type of confusion is
      common in the field of religion. Many words such as Christian,
      Fundamentalist, Occult, New Age, Reconstructionism, Unitarian etc.
      have been assigned so many different interpretations by different
      groups in different eras that they are almost meaningless.

      Its most common form, Theonomic Reconstructionism, represents one of
      the most extreme forms of Fundamentalist Christianity thought. The
      followers are attempting to peacefully convert the laws of United
      States so that they match those in the Hebrew Scriptures. They intend
      to achieve this by using the freedom of religion in the US to train a
      generation of children in private Christian religious schools. Later,
      their graduates will be charged with the responsibility of creating a
      new Bible-based political, religious and social order. One of the
      first tasks of this order will be to eliminate religious freedom.
      Their eventual goal is to achieve the "Kingdom of God" in which much
      of the world is converted to Christianity. They feel that the power of
      God's word will bring about this conversion. No armed force or
      insurrection will be needed; in fact, they believe that there will be
      little opposition to their plan. People will willingly accept it if it
      is properly presented to them.

      All religious organizations, congregations etc. other than Christian
      would be suppressed. Nonconforming Evangelical, main line and liberal
      Christian religious institutions would no longer be allowed to hold
      services, organize, proselytize, etc. Society would revert to the laws
      and punishments of the Hebrew Scriptures. Any person who advocated or
      practiced other religious beliefs outside of their home would be tried
      for idolatry and executed. Blasphemy, adultery and homosexual behavior
      would be criminalized; those found guilty would also be executed. At
      that time that this essay was originally written, this was the only
      religious movement in North America of which we were aware which
      advocates genocide for followers of minority religions and
      non-conforming members of their own religion. Since then, we have
      learned of two conservative Christian pastors in Texas who have
      advocated the execution of all Wiccans. Ralph Reed, the executive
      director of the conservative public policy group the Christian
      Coalition has criticized Reconstructionism as "an authoritarian
      ideology that threatens the most basic civil liberties of a free and
      democratic society."

      Leading writers in the movement are:
      Greg L. Bahnsen of the Southern California Center for Christian Studies.
      David Chilton. He adopted hyper-preterism, (a.k.a. full or complete
      perterism) a particular belief about end time events. He was basically
      ostracized from the Christian Reconstruction camp afterwards.
      Gary DeMar.
      Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
      Gary North of the Institute for Christian Economics. He is a prolific
      Larry Pratt: head of the Gun Owners of America and English First, a
      group opposed to non-English speaking immigrants and bilingual
      education. Author of "Armed People Victorious" which documents
      Guatemalan and Philippine militias and para-military death squads.
      Campaign co-chair of the Buchanan presidential campaign in 1996.
      John Quade.
      Rousas John Rushdoony of the Chalcedon Foundation is often considered
      the founder of Christian Reconstructionism. Author of Institutes of
      Biblical Law.
      Rev. Andrew Sandlin.


      According to Gary DeMar, a popular Reconstructionist author, the
      foundation of Reconstructionism is a unique combination of three
      Biblical doctrines:

      1. Regeneration of the individual, through an intimate relationship
      with Christ
      2. Individuals guiding their lives closely by following a specified
      subset of Biblical laws
      3. Promoting of the world-wide Kingdom of God. 2

      Specific beliefs include
      A rejection of Antinomianism: the belief that salvation is obtained
      totally through faith and not through performing good works and living
      a moral life
      Presuppositionalism: the acceptance on faith that the Bible is true.
      They do not attempt to prove that God exists or that the Bible is true.
      Inerrancy: the belief that the Bible, as originally written, is
      totally free of error.
      Postmillennialism: the belief that Christ will not return to earth
      until much of the world has converted to Christianity. This will not
      take place for some considerable time; it will not be a painless
      transition. Most Fundamentalists and other Evangelists hold to a
      different view. They are Premillenialists and believe that all (or
      almost all) of the preconditions of Christ's return have been met.
      They expect Jesus' second coming to occur s soon.
      The laws contained in the Hebrew Scriptures can be divided into two
      classes: moral and ceremonial. Christians are not required to follow
      the ceremonial laws, because Jesus has liberated them from that
      responsibility. However, all persons must follow those moral laws
      which were not specifically modified or cancelled by further
      revelation --generally in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament).
      (Non-reconstructionist Christians generally divide these laws into
      three classes: moral, civil and ceremonial law, and generally believe
      that most Old Testament laws are no longer binding on Christians.)
      The moral laws given by God to the ancient Israelites reflect of
      God's character, which is unchangeable. Most of the laws are intended
      for all nations, cultures, societies, religions and all eras,
      including the present time. However, there are a few laws, in such
      areas as personal safety and sanitation, which are no longer
      applicable because of changes in architecture and sewage disposal.
      These do not need to be obeyed.
      The primacy of the Hebrew Scriptures, relative to the Christian
      Scriptures (New Testament). All of the Hebrew Scriptures'
      non-ceremonial laws are still in force, unless they have been
      specifically rescinded or modified by verses in the Christian
      Scriptures. "Only if we find an explicit abandonment of an Old
      Testament law in the New Testament, because of the historic
      fulfillment of the Old Testament shadow, can we legitimately abandon a
      detail of the Mosaic law." 3 This is largely supported by their
      interpretation of Matthew 5:17:

      "Do you think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets;
      I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." (NIV)

      Civil laws must match the Bible's moral rules. That is, anything that
      is immoral (by their standards) is also to be criminalized.
      The only valid legislation, social theory, spiritual beliefs,
      economic theory are those derived from the Bible
      In every aspect of life, there are only two options: God-centered or
      man-centered; Theonomy or autonomy. Their political goal is to ban the
      latter, everywhere. Each individual, family, church, government and
      society must be reconstructed to eliminate sin. Each Christian has the
      responsibility to contribute to this conversion.
      They oppose mixed marriages. R.J. Rushdoony wrote about opposition to:

      "inter-religious, inter-racial, and inter-cultural marriages, in
      that they normally go against the very community which marriage is
      designed to establish." 4

      Rushdoony's condemnation of inter-racial marriage appears to have been
      his own and unrelated to the biblical text. It was not shared by other

      Reconstructionists regard the Gods and Goddesses of all other
      religions to be "the devil," and their teachings to be false. They
      would attempt to replace all religions with their version of
      Christianity. For example, David Chilton wrote about Judaism:

      "The god of Judaism is the devil. The Jew will not be recognized
      by God as one of His chosen people until he abandons his demonic
      religion and returns to the faith of his fathers--the faith which
      embraces Jesus Christ and His Gospel." 5

      Of course, there exists diversity of opinion within the
      Reconstructionist movement. Not all followers will necessarily agree
      with all the above statements of the movement's leaders


      If they gained control of the US or Canadian federal government, there
      would be many changes:
      The use of the death penalty would be greatly expanded, when the
      Hebrew Scriptures' laws are reapplied. People will be executed for
      adultery, blasphemy, heresy, homosexual behavior, idolatry,
      prostitution, evil sorcery (some translations say Witchcraft), etc.
      The Bible requires those found guilty of these "crimes" to be either
      stoned to death or burned alive. Reconstructionists are divided on the
      execution method to be used.
      A church or congregation which does not accept the Mosaic Law has
      another god before them, and is thus guilty of idolatry. That would be
      punishable by death. That would include all non-Christian religious
      organizations. At the present time, non-Christians total two-thirds of
      the human race.
      The status of women would be reduced to almost that of a slave as
      described in the Hebrew Scriptures. A woman would initially be
      considered the property of her father; after marriage, she would be
      considered the property of her husband.
      It would be logical to assume that the institution of slavery would
      be reintroduced, and regulated according to Biblical laws. Fathers
      could sell their daughters into slavery. Female slaves would retain
      that status for life. People who owned slaves would be allowed to
      physically abuse them, as long as they did not beat them so severely
      that they died within three days.
      Polygyny and the keeping of concubines were permitted in the Old
      Testament. However, Reconstructionists generally believe in marriage
      between one man and one woman only. Any other sexual expression would
      be a capital crime. Those found guilty of engaging in same-sex,
      pre-marital or extra-marital sex would be executed.
      The Old Testament "Jubilee Year" system would be celebrated once
      more. Every 50 years, the control of all land reverted to its original
      owners. This would require every part of North American land to be
      returned to the original Aboriginal owners (or perhaps to those
      persons of Aboriginal descent who are now Christians). Hawaii would be
      given back to the native Hawaiians.
      Governments would all have balanced budgets
      Income taxes would be eliminated
      The prison system would be eliminated. A system of just restitution
      would be established for some crimes. The death penalty would be
      practiced for many other crimes. There would be little need for
      warehousing of convicted criminals.
      Legal abortions would be banished; those found to be responsible for
      illegal abortions would be executed.

      The reinstitution of slavery appears to be a hot button item among
      Reconstructionists. We have received a few negative E-mails which
      complained that the movement does not recommend slavery. But we have
      received many more Emails from Reconstructionists claiming that
      legalizing slavery would be good for North America.

      Joseph Busche and Bill Curry have written a Tennessee Law Book. Their
      intent was to show that laws to implement various Old Testament laws
      would sound extremely intrusive today. See:

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      Theological conflicts with other Fundamentalist Christian groups:

      Theonomic Reconstructionism differs from more common forms of
      Fundamentalism in a number of key areas.

      Emphasize the importance of the Hebrew Scriptures vs. the Christian
      Believe that all Christians must attempt to reconstruct society along
      Biblical lines.
      Believe that, once they attain power, they will suppress other
      religions through genocide and mass murder, rather than through
      Would require all religious groups to strictly follow the Mosaic law.
      Believe that Jesus' second coming is in the far future.

      We have a list of recent developments in Christian Reconstructionism
      elsewhere on this site.

      References used for the above essay:

      1. Rev. Andrew Saldlin, "The Creed of Christian Reconstruction,"
      at: http://www.chalcedon.edu/creed.html
      2. J. Ligon Duncan, III, "Moses' Law for Modern Government: The
      Intellectual and Sociological Origins of the Christian
      Reconstructionist Movement", Premise, Vol II, No. 5, 1995-MAY-27. See:
      3. Gary North, "The Sinai Strategy: Economics and the Ten
      Commandments," Institute for Christian Economics (1986)
      4. R.J. Rushdoony, "The Institutes of Biblical Law", Craig Press,
      Nutley, NJ (1973), P. 257.
      5. David Chilton, "The Days of Vengeance: An Exposition of the Book
      of Revelation", Dominion Press, Ft. Worth, TX (1984), P. 127.
      6. Rev. Andrew Saldlin, "The Creed of Christian Reconstruction,"
      at: http://www.chalcedon.edu/creed.html
      7. Greg Bahnsen, "By This Standard," Pages 345-347. Available free
      at http://www.freebooks.com

      Additional resources:
      An essay on Christian Reconstructionism with many links is at:
      The Chalcedon Foundation of Dr. R.J. Rushdoony is at:
      The Southern California Center for Christian Studies (founded by the
      late Dr. G.L. Bahnsen) is at: http://www.cleaf.com/~covenant/
      The Institute for Christian Economics, (ICE) founded by Dr. Gary
      North, has many Christian books free for downloading. See:
      An essay on Christian Reconstructionism with many links is at:
      The Chalcedon Foundation of Dr. R.J. Rushdoony is at:
      The Southern California Center for Christian Studies (founded by the
      late Dr. G.L. Bahnsen) is at: http://www.cleaf.com/~covenant/
      The Institute for Christian Economics, (ICE) founded by Dr. Gary
      North, has many Christian books free for downloading. See:
      Joseph Conn, "Christians Stoning Teens," at: http://members.aol.com/

      G.L. Bahnsen "Theonomy in Christian Ethics"
      G.L. Bahnsen "By This Standard"
      G.L. Bahnsen "No Other Standard"
      David Chilton's "Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt Manipulators"
      Gary DeMar, "Christian Reconstruction: What it Is, What it Isn�t"
      George Grant and Mark Horne, "Legislating Immorality: The Homosexual
      Movement Comes Out Of The Closet." (This book advocates the death
      penalty for homosexual behavior.)
      R.J. Rushdoony "Institutes of Biblical Law"



      John Stoos, the Chalcedon Institute, Voting Machines, and Christian

      David Neiwert notes some rather disturbing connections between the
      Chalcedon Institute, publisher of John Stoos' theocratic gibberish and
      Diebold, manufacturer of electronic voting systems of dubious worth:

      One of the other leading lights at Chalcedon is none other than
      Howard Ahmanson ... who also has been appearing in the news recently
      connected with the brouhaha over computerized voting technology. Seems
      Ahmanson is one of the chief owners of American Information Systems
      [now Election Systems and Software—CL]-- which is co-owned by
      Diebold's president and vice-president.

      from "Onward Christian Soldiers" at Orcinus. Permalinks aren't
      working, so you'll have to scroll down the page.

      More disturbing than this, however, is what Neiwert tells us about the
      Chalcedon Institute itself: it is the leading organization of the
      Christian Reconstructionist movement, an unapologetically theocratic

      Many of you may already be familiar with what Christian
      Reconstructionism is about, but here's the short version: They believe
      the vote should only belong to Christians, and that the American
      government and laws should be explicitly governed by their
      fundamentalist interpretation of Scripture.

      again, from "Onward Christian Soldiers."

      For the long version, Neiwert points to a lengthy essay by Frederick
      Clarkson entitled "Christian Reconstructionism: Theocratic Dominionism
      Gains Influence." According to Clarkson, Reconstructionist theology
      begins with a doctrine called presuppossitionalism, which was
      formulated by the Princeton University theologian Cornelius Van Til.
      Presuppossitionalism simply states that knowledge itself is impossible
      without the revealed word of God as expressed in the Bible. This is an
      obviously self-refuting statement—unless, of course, one is unashamed
      of stooping to circular argumentation—but one should immediately be
      able to see the shadow it has cast over public discourse. The mildest
      version is the amusing sophistry that atheists specifically disbelieve
      in the Judeo-Christian God; a coarser and more dangerous one—and one
      that I admit I entertained for a while—is that the Deism of some of
      the Founders and Framers entails that the United States' founding
      documents and thus the United States itself are Christian because
      Deism is simply a derivative of Judeo-Christian monotheism.

      If presuppositionalism were all of Christian Reconstructionism, it
      would be bad enough. But Reconstructionism goes further: it asserts
      the whole of Old Testiment law holds regardless of anything Christ
      says in the New Testament, that instead of offering the possibility of
      redeeming all men, the coming of Christ inagurated a new chosen
      people, and it is the duty of the new chosen—the Christians—to subdue
      all the earth and all peoples on it. The following is from the work
      The Institutes of Biblical Law, by the principal founder of Christian
      Reconstructionism, R. John Rushdoony:

      The cultural mandate is thus the obligation of covenant man to
      subdue the earth and to exercise dominion over it under God (Gen.
      1:26-28). The law is the program for that purpose and provides the
      God-ordained means of improving and developing plants, animals, men,
      and institutions in terms of their duty to fulfil God's purpose. In
      every age, men have a duty to obey God and to train and improve
      themselves, i.e., to sanctify themselves, in terms of God's law. All
      enemies of Christ in this fallen world must be conquered. St. Paul,
      summoning believers to their calling, declared,

      (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty
      through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down
      imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the
      knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the
      obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all
      disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled (II Cor. 10:4-6).

      The Berkeley Version renders verse 6 thus: "We are prepared also
      to administer justice upon all disobedience, when your obedience is
      fully shown." Moffatt brings out the force of this verse even more
      clearly: "I am prepared to court-martial anyone who remains
      insubordinate, once your submission is complete." Moffatt renders
      verse 5, "I demolish theories and any rampart thrown up to resist the
      knowledge of God, I take every project prisoner to make it obey Christ."

      St. Paul was talking about the cultural mandate. Before the fall,
      the task was less complicated. Now man needs regeneration. Thus, the
      first step in the mandate is to bring men the word of God and for God
      to regenerate them. The second step is to demolish every kind of
      rampart or opposition to the dominion of God in Christ. The world and
      men must be brought into captivity to Christ, under the dominion of
      the Kingdom of God and the law of that kingdom. Third, this requires
      that, like Paul, we court-martial or "administer justice upon all
      disobedience" in every area of life where we encounter it. To deny the
      cultural mandate is to deny Christ and to surrender the world to the

      from The Institutes of Biblical Law, pp. 724-725. My emphasis.
      This and other exerpts from the works of Rushdoony and Gary North, his
      son-in-law, may be found at "An Anthology of Reconstructionist

      And once the earth is so subjugated, what previously permitted
      activities would be forbidden? What would the punishments be?

      * Taking the Lord's name in vain or otherwise cursing would be
      punishable by death;
      * Non-Reconstructionist Christians would be considered idolaters,
      and idolatry would be punishable by death.

      Clarkson lists other capital crimes under a Christian
      Reconstructionist regime: adultery, striking a parent, juvenile
      deinquency, pre-marital sex (for women only), etc.

      That someone holding such views—Stoos—could penetrate into the inner
      circle of a major politician's campaign apparatus is disturbing. More
      disturbing is that a major figure in the voting machine industry also
      holds such views. Most disturbing, however, is the Christian
      Reconstructionists' strategy of stealthy infiltration of mainstream
      churches and organizations. Reconstructionism is not tied to a single
      denomination. Clarkson points out that its ideas have enjoyed marked
      success among Pentecostal and charismatic churches, but neither the
      source nor the totality of Reconstructionist ideology are apparent to
      parisioners. Reconstructionists understand that openly agitating for a
      reactionary, repressive theocracy would be counterproductive to their
      goal. Here is a rough draft of their long-term strategy:

      ...radical ideas must be gently and often indirectly infused into
      their target constituencies and society at large. The vague claim that
      God and Jesus want Christians to govern society is certainly more
      appealing than the bloodthirsty notion of justice as "vengeance"
      advocated by some of the Reconstructionists. The claim that they do
      not seek to impose a theocracy from the top down--waiting for a time
      when a majority will have converted and thus want to live under
      Biblical Law--is consistent with Reconstructionists' decentralist and
      anti-state populism, which they often pass off as a form of
      libertarianism. Even so, there is an inevitable point when the
      "majority" would impose its will. North bluntly says that one of his
      first actions would be to "remove legal access to the franchise and to
      civil offices from those who refuse to become communicant members of
      Trinitarian churches." Quick to condemn democracy as the idea that the
      law is whatever the majority says it is, North et al. would be quick
      to cynically utilize a similar "majority" for a permanent theocratic

      from "A Generation of Reconstructionists," Part 2 of Frederick
      Clarkson's "Christian Reconstructionism: Theocratic Dominionism Gains

      To summarize: a principal owner of a major provider of election
      machines and software has ties to an organization that seeks to
      advance an ideology of disenfrancisement, tyranny, murder, and
      expansionism. His firm is providing many of the machines that are
      supposed to implement our representative democracy (such as it is.)
      Meanwhile, the ideology spreads in a disorganized, partial, but highly
      effective way.

      Alarming, isn't it? But what does it say about you and me? That we've
      squandered what rights we have? That we prefered to be entertained
      rather than informed? That we took our rights for granted and are now
      in danger of loosing them? That time and time again, when the choice
      was between organizing and working to shore up our liberties and
      turning on the television, we always chose the latter? That given the
      choice between self-determination and a garbage disposal, we always
      chose the garbage disposal?

      Computerized voting machines are not universal; Christian
      Reconstructionism is not the law of the land; President Bush faces a
      serious scandal in the Plame affair—although the real scandal should
      be that the major casus belli against Iraq was nothing but lies, lies,
      lies. If the Bush administration is turned out in '04 and the number
      of Christian extremists in government decreased, that's fine, but
      that's only a start. The difference between the Dems and Repubs is one
      of degree, not kind. Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, and we
      need to rouse ourselves. The struggle is only beginning.
      Posted by Curtiss at October 03, 2003 05:59 PM



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