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Path: ncsuvm!taco!lll-winken!!!!!cleveland.Freenet.Edu!au138 From: au138@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (John S. Kennedy) Newsgroups: alt.atheism Subject: Christian Reconstructionism Message-ID: <> Date: 1 Sep 91 05:19:19 GMT Sender: Organization: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, (USA) Lines: 40 Nntp-Posting-Host: I finally have some substantive information on the subject of "Christian Reconstruction". All of you who love freedom, independence, to feel, to question, to resist oppression, you better make notes here and fight this movement with every fibre of your being. These are excerpts from an article called "The Proposed Killing of Freethinkers" by Michael Hakeem and it appeared in the August, 1991 issue of "Freethought Today", published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, P.O. Box 750, Madison, WI 53701. Should blasphemy be punishable by death? An influential and increasing number of Christians have launched a movement -- "Christian Reconstructionism" -- to make it so. [The topmost leader of the movement is Rousas J. Rushdoony and his views are explained in a book called "The Institute of Biblical Law".] Blasphemy is only one of the Old Testament offenses for which Reconstructionist propose the mandatory death penalty. The list also: murder, gross negligence resulting in the death of another, adultery, unchastity, sodomy, bestiality, homosexuality, rape, incest, incorrigibility in children, breaking of the sabbath, kidnapping, apostasy, idolatry, witchcraft, sorcery, false pretention to prophecy, offering human sacrifice, propagating false doctrines, sacrificing to false gods, rejecting a decision of a court, and failing to restore bail. Rushdoony recommends public executions and proposes that minors, the insane, and the mentally deficient not be exempt from the penalty. Some Reconstructionists would allow modern methods of execution, but there is also talk of stoning ... ... Reconstructionist unabashedly talk about the need to make America a "Christian nation." ... With so much of the public and so many government officials sharing the unreasoning of the clergy, freethinkers would be foolish to be complaisant about Christian Reconstructionism. -- Because if a machine can | John S. Kennedy (513) 541-3078 learn the value of human life, | maybe we can, too. | -- James Cameron |


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