Freedom Writer - April 1995
John Stoos reveals ...A hidden agenda?
By Jerry Sloan
Remarks by a leading figure closely associated with the Christian
Coalition have fueled more accusations of anti-Semitism within that
John Stoos, former head of the 55,000-member California Gun Owners
Lobby, frequently represents and speaks for Sara DiVito Hardman, executive
director of the California Christian Coalition.
Although Stoos is widely speculated to be a board member of the California
Christian Coalition, no evidence confirming that has surfaced. According
to the state office of charitable trusts, the California Christian
Coalition has filed no records since 1991 -- an apparent violation
of state law.
Speaking at a February forum sponsored by the Center for Ethics and
Social Policy of Berkeley's Graduate Theological Union, Stoos revealed
that Jews would probably feel out of place in the Christian society
he and others are working to implement. Stoos' comments apparently
cost him his job with the gun owners group.
"There is no such thing as a pluralistic society," Stoos was quoted
as saying in a write-up of the forum published in _The_Contra_Costa_
Times_. "You can't say we are all going to agree to disagree and go
on our way because that [leads] to relativism and chaos."
Those quotes are relatively benign. What got Stoos into trouble was
his statement that American society should be founded on Christ's
kingship and Biblical law. Stoos also said that Jews and other non-Christians
would be "tolerated." His comments were challenged by Marty Kassman
of the ACLU, who is also a board member of the American Jewish Congress.
"I don't wish to be tolerated in this country," Kassman said. "I was
born in this country. I don't think it is any more your country than
mine. Or any more a Christian's country [than] a Jew's."
Stoos shot back that in the Christian society he envisions "you would
not have total acceptance. You would feel more at home in Israel."
These remarks may seem shocking, but they came as no surprise to those
who have followed the rise of the Christian Coalition and the radical
Stoos is a Christian Reconstructionist and one of the most astute
Republican political strategists in California. His credentials and
connections read like a who's who of the radical Religious Right and
social conservative politics.
Stoos started out as a aide to retired State Senator H.L. (Bill) Richardson,
himself a former John Birch Society field organizer (and radical Religious
Right person before there was a radical Religious Right). Stoos heads
up the California chapter of Newt Gingrich's Conservative Opportunity
Society, which this year raised nearly $300,000 to help elect social
conservatives to the California legislature. He is also a vice president
of the California Republican Assembly, the largest Republican volunteer
organization in the state.
Stoos, along with Republican campaign consultant Wayne Johnson, attends
Covenant Reform Church in Sacramento. Johnson sits on the board of
trustees of Chalcedon, the country's leading Christian Reconstructionist
The statements Stoos made at the forum are similar to the ones he
made during a conversation with this writer as our plane sat on a
Sacramento runway awaiting departure for Los Angeles. Stoos was seated
in front of me, and I tapped him on the shoulder to introduce myself.
We made some small talk about our opposing political views and then
I said, "You know, I have been reading [R.J.] Rushdoony and I don't
see that in Rushdoony's society there is much room for Buddhists,
Moslems, Jews, or atheists."
He replied with a chuckle, "Well, Rush would say it is better to obey
God's 600 laws than man's 6000 laws." Then, with another chuckle,
he continued, "No, there would be room for Buddhists. I just don't
know how much."
At that point our plane started to take off and we terminated our
conversation and did not speak during the rest of the hour it took
to get to LA. Besides, I was fascinated by the book I brought along
to read on the flight: _The_Blue_Book_for_Grassroots_Politics:_Proven,_
Stoos' position on religious minorities in the society he envisions
are based on the theology of Christian Reconstructionism which would
reconstruct society from a democracy, which Rushdoony refers to as
a "heresy" into a theocracy. Rushdoony has matter of factly written
in _The_Institutes_of_Biblical_Law_, his 1500-page, two-volume treatise
on the Ten Commandments:
"Every social order institutes its own program of separation or segregation.
A particular faith and morality is given privileged status and all
else is separated for progressive elimination [emphasis added]."
And: "Every faith is an exclusive way of life; none is more dangerous
than that which maintains the illusion of tolerance."
The Christian Reconstructionist society would have no tolerance or
illusion thereof. Such a society would be intolerant not only of other
other religions, but homosexuals or anyone who deviated from societal
rules and values. Only "godly" families would be permitted to continue
to live in a "Christian" society. All others would fall into one of
the 18 categories of capital crimes and would be dealt with by being
stoned to death.
In his book _Victim's_Rights_, Rushdoony's son-in-law Gary North writes
that stoning is a communal activity, something in which all the members
of the family can participate. The purpose of this communal activity
is to instill fear in the community so that if they deviate from the
theocratic rules laid out by the elders, stoning would be their fate.
In _Mein_Kampf_, Hitler wrote: "It is not necessary that every individual
fighting for this philosophy should obtain a full insight and precise
knowledge of the ultimate ideas and thought processes of the leaders
of the movement. What is necessary is that some few, really great
ideas be made clear to him, and that the essential fundamental lines
be burned inextinguishably into him, so that he is entirely permeated
by the necessity of the victory of his movement and its doctrine.
The individual soldier is not initiated into the thought processes
of the higher strategy either. He is, on the contrary, trained in
the rigid discipline and fanatical faith in the justice and power
of his cause, and taught to stake his life for it without reservation."
What Stoos has done with his comments is to betray the higher strategy
of the radical Religious Right leaders by revealing that a Christian
America would be intolerant of all but the fervent faithful.
Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson and the Free Congress Foundation's
Paul Weyrich, among others in the radical Religious Right, have sold
their faithful followers on a few "really great ideas." Abortion is
wrong, unborn babies must be saved at all costs, and baby killers
must be punished. Sodomites must be driven from the land. Prayer and
the teaching of creationism must be restored to public schools.
In the last two years we have seen a few foot soldiers be willing
to die or at least suffer prison time for acting upon some of these
"really great ideas." Rest assured, in the coming years more incidents
of violence will occur as more foot soldiers are recruited from evangelical
churches to become Christian soldiers in their citizen militias until
America will, once again, be in the midst of a civil war.
Right now, sitting comfortably in their sanctuaries, most churchgoers
haven't a clue as to what their leaders are up to. Not once have they
stopped to think or ask the question, "It's a Christian America, now
Maybe -- if they really listen to men like John Stoos and got up off
of their blessed assurance to read the likes of Rushdoony and North
-- they will be repulsed and take a stand for true tolerance. Maybe
then, America would truly become a land with liberty and justice for
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