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(285) Sat 29 Oct 94 11:29 By: Shelby Sherman To: All Re: cor5 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:935e 1d5d5ba0 @MSGID: 1:123/67 2eb26a6b @PID: GED 2.41+ 124LM3 ============================================================================= * Forwarded by Shelby Sherman (1:123/67) * Area : THUMP_IT (Thump It! Religious Debate) * From : Starwyn, 1:104/515 (25 Oct 94 17:20) * To : All * Subj : cor5 ============================================================================= >>>>>Text of article from Mother Jones, by Fred Clarkson, page 11.<<< Wildmon Kingdom? You may have heard of Rev. Don Wildmon's crusades against porn, racy TV, and "obscenity" in the arts - from Robert Mapplethorpe to the 2 Live Crew. But there's more to Wildmon and many of his associates. They are part of the Coalition on Revival, a theopolitical movement that seeks to make a fundamentalist Christian nation out of the United States. And they may be coming soon to a city near you. Prominent COR members include Dr. Tim LaHaye of the Traditional Values Coalition; televangelists Dr. D. James Kennedy and Rev. Ron Haus; former congressman Mark Siljander; Robert Dugan, Washington lobbyist for the National Association of Evangelicals; and Dee Jepson, board chair for Pat Robertson's Regent University. This year, a de facto political arm of COR called the National Coordinating Council emerged with a twenty four-point program, a copy of which was obtained by Mother Jones. Among other things, it calls for the abolition of public schools, the IRS, and the Federal Reserve System by the year 2000. While the agenda is national, its strategy is grass-roots - targeting elections in sixty North American cities in the next five years. "We are trying to form a political network that will be awesome," NCC chief Dr. Jay Grimstead (who also heads COR) told Mother Jones. While hoping to take over city councils and school boards, the group places special emphasis on county government - sheriffs and boards of supervisors - and once in power, the creation of county "militias." Grimstead explains that the feds can't be trusted, thus private citizens must be armed and prepared to fight a future "communist Mexico," which "will march across the Rio Grande." Pilot projects are underway in Orange and Santa Clara counties in California, and the NCC plans to organize "spiritual armies" in a dozen cities in the next year, including Atlanta, San Diego, and Phoenix. One NCC candidate, Sara C. Nelson, recently won a city- council seat in Gilroy, California, according to Grimstead, "by doing it right": she ran as a conventional politician who happens to be Christian. A strong faction within COR follows Reconstructionism, which seeks to impose its version of "Biblical law" on society and call it the "Kingdom of God." While not expressing official COR policy, some Reconstructionists explicitly oppose democracy, notably R.J. Rushdoony, Reconstructionism's acknowledged leader. He also believes homosexuals, adulterers, blasphemers, astrologers and incorrigible children should be executed, preferably by "stoning." Rushdoony is a member of the COR steering committee and is slated to be a faculty member at COR's planned Kingdom College in San Jose, California. In a COR recruitment letter for the college, Grimstead, who says his views are less extreme than Rushdoony's, wrote that he seeks "young warriors who will be thrilled and challenged to go through a Christian 'green beret' boot camp training school for radical world changers." All NCC members are required to sign the COR manifesto, and thus have signed pledges to be "willing to be martyred for Jesus Christ and the establishment of His Kingdom here on earth." We tried to ask Rev. Wildmon where he stood on Reconstructionism and the NCC program. He didn't return our calls. -+- SuperBBS 1.17-2 (Eval) + Origin: Visualize Whirled Peas! (1:104/515) ============================================================================= --- GoatEd Ver.0.00 * Origin: Sheets Inc. (1:123/67) SEEN-BY: 102/2 138 435 524 752 835 850 851 890 943 112/1 147/7 170/400 SEEN-BY: 206/2708 209/209 720 770 270/101 280/1 9 10 25 35 53 108 115 333 SEEN-BY: 280/359 378 385 500 1776 290/627 309/2 345/31 396/1 3615/50 @PATH: 123/67 303 301 3615/50 396/1 280/1 209/720 102/2 851


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