Christian Brotherhood of America
Not withstanding the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the US Constitution which declares that Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion and prohibits the establishment of a national religion, the Christian Brotherhood of America is in every establishment: the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, Home Land Security, CIA, among many of the different departments of the US government.
Although the Constitution does not support the establishment of faith-based parties, faith runs deep in the American political party system.
Republicans, due to their alliances with Evangelicals (Christians and Zionists), are deemed the party of political Christianity.
Though Thomas Jefferson was quite concerned, and rightly so, of leaving the door open to faith in public life, his clause was intended to “ erect a wall of separation between church and state.”
Political Christianity, or what I would refer to as the state of Christian Brotherhood in America, permeates in countless policy debates. This includes restrictions on abortion (even in cases of rape and incest), stem cell research and use, same-sex marriage, welfare and welfare reform, access to birth control, and even foreign aid to Africa. There are attempts to censor media that is deemed to promote “anti-family values,” and members of Congress who are “scored” on how much they enforce a traditional vision of family life.
Though members of Congress and state legislatures are forbidden to cross the line of separation between church and state, no legislation or Constitution can forbid legislators from voting with their “value system” or introducing legislation that stems from their value systems. It is only natural and expected.
Ronald Reagan and later George W. Bush were the first to recognize the power of the Christian Brotherhood when they made the Moral Majority (coined by Jewish Paul Weyrich) of the late Jerry Faldwell a corner stone of their political agenda. Later on, George W. Bush set up the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership back in January 2001 with President Bush defining it as “Compassionate Conservatism, with more than $2.2 billion in awards to social services associated with religion.”
President Barack Obama kept the faith with such policies though renaming the office to “The White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives” back in February 2009, with membership ranging from Church of God in Christ, the National Council of Churches, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations, African Methodists Episcopal Church, the Southern Baptist Convention, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism.
The backbone of the Christian Brotherhood is in organizations such as the Southern Baptists Convention, Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition of America, National Association of Evangelicals, United Methodist Church, Southern Baptist Convention, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
Although U.S. tax laws prohibit churches from endorsing candidates, they are allowed to influence legislation through lobbies, the media, and an army of campaigners in support of certain political candidates. Religious institutions such as religious orders, churches, mosques and synagogues, which in some cases are large enough to be owners of billions of millions of dollars worth of real estate properties and financial assets, are given tax breaks.
That kind of financial power does make a difference in politics in America. This has most clearly been seen in cross-country efforts to restrict access to abortion and to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
Unfortunately, a number of these same groups conduct fear-mongering, Islamaphobic campaigns that promote the idea that Muslims in the U.S. are here to impose Sharia Law, as if Sharia Law is an imminent danger to the U.S. and Christian way of life. Since November 2010, two-dozen states have considered legislation to ban the implementation of Sharia law, including Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina. Given that predominantly Muslim countries are rejecting the imposition of Sharia Law, it seems ridiculous to believe that Sharia Law is ever going to be imposed on Oklahomans.
These groups fail to recognize the irony that they are waging anti-Islam campaigns while at the same time, actively trying to pass legislation at both the State and Federal levels to impose their faith on everyone else.
The motivations behind such campaigns is not for the love of America or leading a Christian life, it is to use a fear of Islam in the U.S. as a way to promote Israel. “Scholars” like David Yerushalmi, who enjoys wide support from Republicans, are able to hold conferences in the U.S. Capitol Building on reports titled “Sharia: The Threat to America.” Major political figures with the Republic Party such as Newt Gingrich, have called Sharia Law a “mortal threat,” and called for it to be banned across America.
We all should remember the U.S. war on Iraq, with Evangelical chaplains having found to pump troops up with hate speech, leading U.S. troops in Samara, Iraq to drive around town with a Bradley Fighting Vehicle with “Jesus Killed Mohamed” emblazed all over it.
The US military top brass ignored members of the military framing what the U.S. was doing in Iraq and across the Middle East as a war on Islamic, or a modern-day version of the Crusades. Colonel Gary Hensley, division chaplain of the 101st Airborne and chief chaplain for all of Afghanistan, surrounded himself with Biblical posters translated into Pashto and Dar during a sermon at Bagram Air Force Base’s main chapel.
The Evangelical Christians Brotherhood targeted the military in order to set up a spear head from which they can “convert” the US government and the rest of the world, with organizations within the military such as Officers Christians Fellowship counting on 15,000 members and presence in 80% of US military installations, with Evangelicals reminding members that God comes before country.
With guys like Lt. Col. Mathew A. Dooley staff instructors at the Joint Forces Staff College concluding “ Using the lessons of Hiroshima: to wipe out whole cities at once targeting the civilian populations whenever necessary in a total war against Muslims”.
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