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The Left’s Midnight Campaign to Demonize Evangelicals

John on September 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I’ve been trying to get to this since last night. Byron York does a great job summing up the left’s religious war on GOP candidates over the last month:

the Daily Beast/Newsweek recently published an article titled “A Christian Plot for Domination?” claiming that Perry and Bachmann are “deeply associated with a theocratic strain of Christian fundamentalism” known as Dominionism. A widely discussed article in the Texas Observer claimed that Dominionists — a “little-known movement of radical Christians” — are readying an “army of God” to “commandeer civilian government,” with Perry the “vessel” for their ambitions. Finally, the New Yorker published a long article claiming that Bachmann believes “Christians, and Christians alone, are Biblically mandated to occupy all secular institutions until Christ returns.”

Surveying those articles, the executive editor of the New York Times, Bill Keller, concludes that “an unusually large number” of Republican candidates “belong to churches that are mysterious or suspect to many Americans.” Perry and Bachmann, in particular, are connected to “fervid subsets of evangelical Christianity,” which Keller says “has raised concerns about their respect for the separation of church and state, not to mention the separation of fact and fiction.” Fearing that Perry or Bachmann could be a “Trojan horse” for a religious takeover of the government, Keller advocates strict questioning of candidates on doctrinal issues.

York’s conclusion “This is what running on fear looks like.” And before you conclude that this is a self-serving conservative take with no basis in fact, consider that this is exactly what Howard Fineman (no one’s idea of a conservative) said he is hearing from the White House:

It’s not going to be a ‘Morning in America’ campaign, it’s going to be a darkness at midnight campaign about the Republicans.

Finally, I like John Hawkins’ take on this: Dominionism is Left-Wing Birtherism. He’s right. This is little more than an anti-Christian conspiracy theory seeking to make GOP candidates the other. Not so long ago that was a big area of media concern. Let’s see how interested they are in pursuing the same line of thinking now that the shoe is on the other foot.

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