He preached upon “Breadth” till it argued him narrow —
The Broad are too broad to define
And of “Truth” until it proclaimed him a Liar —
The Truth never flaunted a Sign —
Simplicity fled from his counterfeit presence
As Gold the Pyrites would shun —
What confusion would cover the innocent Jesus
To meet so enabled a Man!
Modern America’s Wingnuttistanian movement is not limited to militias, to racial hatred, or even to greed. It has another very major component: religion . . . the Christian religion, actually (it’s apparently the only ‘real’ one). I recently ran across an article addressing that issue on Think Progress, entitled The 800-Pound Gorilla Of The Christian Right. It begins simply enough: “The Alliance Defending Freedom [ADF] wants to take America back to the 3rd century. Literally.”
With an agenda like that, what could possibly go wrong? Some other tidbits, courtesy of the article:
(ADF) “seeks to recover the robust Christendomic theology of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th centuries.”
“This is catholic, universal orthodoxy and it is desperately crucial for cultural renewal”
“Christians must strive to build glorious cultural cathedrals, rather than shanty tin sheds.”
While the Arizona-based organization has not made much progress in its mission of restoring the religious sentiments of the Byzantine Era, it has built a massive “legal ministry,” relying on 21st century attorneys and an eight-figure annual budget to reshape American law and society.
ADF was founded in 1994, and has, in the ensuing two decades, grown to become a multi-million dollar legal enterprise (currently it brings in some $40 million annually), one which aims to essentially demand that Christian philosophy and practice become THE American guiding light (sotospeak . . . my word, not theirs). An example of a portion of their current legal agenda is described in the article as follows:
ADF is also actively involved in an array of challenges to the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. Most notably, it represents Conestoga Wood Specialties, a family-owned company whose owners say providing contraception benefits would violate their religious beliefs. That case, consolidated together with a similar challenge by the Hobby Lobby company, is currently awaiting the Supreme Court’s ruling.
It has also launched a project called “Pretty Ugly,” aimed at “exposing the truth and combating the evils” of Planned Parenthood. . . .
Much of the Alliance’s other recent work has focused on attempts to establish a right of companies to circumvent nondiscrimination protections for LGBT individuals and couples based on their religious objections. . . .
And the beat goes on, and on, and on, and the American road to a Theocratic Oligarchy remains paved with gold. Why? Ask Emily Dickinson, who most presciently summarized today’s ADF operation some 150 years ago. How did she know?
“All” Rogues “shall have their part in” what —
The Phosphorous of God —