by Frederick Clarkson
by Frederick Clarkson
According to Christian Right leader Lou Engle, evangelical Christians who don't get political are helping elect Satan's candidates. In an interview with Charisma magazine, Engle said he believes that the midterm elections could turn on a rally he is leading this weekend in Sacramento."There is a hill above Capitol Hill," Engle said. "It's God's praying church who actually begins to influence the governments of the earth through their prayers."
Engle makes no apologies for his political advocacy. He believes if Christians don't influence politics, Satan will.
Prayer and preaching the gospel are the church's primary calling, he said. "But to say don't get involved in those high places [of government] is actually allowing our archenemy Satan to put his own people in those high places, where spiritual powers can actually control societies and release laws that actually legalize systemic evil," Engle added.
The Satanic candidates are, of course, those who endorse marriage equality and reproductive rights. The statements of purpose of The Call, and the wider Pray & Act initiative are crystal clear about that.
(Engle, and the Pray & Act co-chair Jim Garlow were leaders in the successful campaign to pass Prop 8 in California.)
Engle's actions and words have been somewhat lost amidst the national hoo ha over Glenn Beck's pseudo Martin Luther King dream rally.
I posted an essay a few days ago here at Talk to Action (crossposted Daily Kos, Open Left and Street Prophets) detailing how this relates to some of the Religious Right's main plans for the Fall. Since then, Joe Conason at Salon.com picked-up on my report, and showing the connection between Beck's quasi religious political rally, and Engle's quasi political religious rally in Sacramento. Also, AlterNet reprinted my original story today.
But the political blogosphere has with few exceptions been pretty quiet about all this -- even though this weekend's rally is intended as the kick-off of a series of Christian Right events intended to stimulate their constituencies -- young people in particular -- into political action this Fall. What's more, these events are being choreographed by none other than Newt Gingrich (!!!).
These events are not intended as mass rallies so much as mass cyber-casts. There is a press release just today giving the details of the weekend broadcasts on "God TV." It will be interesting to see how well this works for them. It will also be interesting to see how effectively the emergent new stage of reorganization, coordination and cooperation among conservative Catholics, Protestant fundamentalists and neo-Pentecostals works out as well.
Rather than repeating myself, I offer this as a reminder that the Christian Right has been doing some rather shadowy organizing while Glen Beck draws all of the attention. But they will begin to step out into the sunlight this weekend. Talk to Action
NOTE: So if a candidate is not approved by the Christian Right, he or she is Satan's candidate. The Christian Right has not yet achieved its' aims, but their spirit of the intolerance is evident even as they prepare to go to the polls! "For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?" Luke 23:31.
As Rushdooney's son-in-law, Gary North's, stated:
"So let's be blunt about it: We must use the doctrine of religious liberty to gain independence for Christian schools until we train up a generation of people who know that there is no religious neutrality, no neutral law, no neutral education, and no neutral civil government. Then they will get busy in constructing a Bible-based social, political and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God." (Christianity and Civilization, Spring, 1982).