According to Americans United (AU), American Vision is a radical right-wing Christian group, which plans to hold a “Georgia’s Christian Heritage Day” in Georgia next month at the Statehouse in Atlanta.
On September 13, the group plans a tour of the Statehouse and various Georgia lawmakers, such as Senator Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville), will speak at the event. They also plan to “educate" people about the “Christian history” of the United States and Georgia.
“We often speak about the Christian heritage of America in general, but few people know how that was manifested in the individual states,” American Vision said on its website. “American Vision invites you to come for a day of discovery as we uncover some of the lost, obscured, and untold Christian history” of the state of Georgia.”
However, the AU often reminds people that the United States never was founded as a Christian Nation and neither was Georgia. Originally, Georgia was where Great Britain sent people, whose only crime was debt.
“As Americans United has explained many times, America was not founded to be a Christian nation. By association, Georgia was not founded to be a Christian state. In fact, it was originally intended to be a place of rehabilitation for those unfortunate enough to find themselves in British debtors’ jails.”
Regardless, American Vision’s goal, as stated on their website, is to restore America back “to its Biblical Foundation- from Genesis to Revelation”.
“In fact, American Vision leaders subscribe to the Christian Reconstructionist viewpoint, which means they advocate taking control over the United States and running it as a fundamentalist theocracy.
Reconstructionists advocate a particularly shrill version of “biblical law,” and a whole range of people would be candidates for the death penalty – homosexuals, adulterers, fornicators, witches, incorrigible juvenile delinquents and those who spread false religions, just for starters.”
The group, according to AU, is extremely radical with their Biblical views and their extremism lead the Southern Poverty Law Center to classify them as an extremist hate group. The AU points out, as an example, that American Vision President, Gary DeMar, allegedly stated that the Bible calls for the execution of homosexuals.
“Of course, politicians like Akin, who represent the clear contrast and strong conservatism desired by the tea party, are a real threat to the old Northeastern establishment Republicans like Romney. And thus that establishment savages him—violently and in unison. Call it a political gang rape—a legitimate one.”
American Vision’s “Georgia’s Christian Heritage Day” is scheduled as a day long event on September 13 and the only thing the group gets right about the history, according to the AU, is how a bill becomes law. The rest is misinformation about the history of Georgia and the United States.
“With the exception of learning about how a bill becomes law, everything about this is wrong. The statehouse should be a place for conducting public business, not a platform for the spread of misinformation by a sectarian organization.”