rachel tabachnick

[Their issues are] anti-abortion, anti-gay rights — but they also have … the belief that government should not be involved in social safety nets, that the country is becoming socialist, if not communist. … — All of what we’ve come to call ‘Tea Party issues’ of very small government. In the case of the Apostles, they believe this because they believe that a large government that handles the safety net is taking away what is the domain of the Church and of Christianity.
—  A new Christian movement that seeks to take dominion over politics, business and culture in preparation for the end times and Jesus’s return, is becoming more of a presence in American politics. On today’s Fresh Air, Rachel Tabachnick, who researches the religious right, explains its beliefs and influences.
Dominionism is simply that Christians of this belief system must take control over the various institutions of society and government. Some things that make this group unique is that they have some unusual concepts of what they call spiritual warfare that have not been seen before in other groups. Spiritual warfare is a common term in evangelicalism and in Christianity, but they have some unique approaches and some unique spins on this that distinguish them from other groups.

Rachel Tabachnick on Fresh Air discussing the New Apostolic Reformation, a nutsoid right wing movement at the heart of Rick Perry’s prayer event and more.

This interview is REALLY good and highly recommended, particularly if you’d like to hear nuggets like:

  • how this group believes that the Democratic Party is in thrall to demons
  • how they’ve been going around putting stakes in the ground at Masonic temples to control demons
  • how they are holding a similar event in Detroit in the fall to destroy the demon that is behind Islam
  • how they are connected to the wacko Sarah Palin anti-witchcraft preacher
  • how they have very creepy stages of spiritual warfare that sound a lot like modern business management (code words, rules, goal-oriented tasks, etc)

I don’t care how weird you think Ron Paul is, if Rick Perry buys into this stuff, he’s a far more frightening prospect. This makes the born-again evangelicalism of George W. Bush look like a co-ed naked Unitarian hot tub party.

This is quite radically different than the evangelicalism of my youth. The things that we’ve been talking about are not representative of evangelicalism. They’re not representative of conservative evangelicalism. So I think that’s important to keep in mind. This is a movement that’s growing in popularity and one of the ways they’ve been able to do that [is because] they’re not very identifiable to most people. They’re just presented as non-denominational or just Christian — but it is an identifiable movement now with an identifiable ideology.
—  Rachel Tabachnick, on the international “apostolic and prophetic” movement. [complete interview here]