This Week on God Discussion Radio: Voting for the Wall of Separation — A look at extremism, with Bruce Wilson, Chris Rodda, Leah Burton and Ilene Proctor
On October 27, 2010 At 11:54 pm
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With the midterm elections coming up next week, we’re hearing a lot of talk about the wall of separation between church and state. We’re going to take a look at extremism and how it is seeping into politics during our show scheduled for Thursday, October 28, 2010. To accommodate our guests and listeners on the East coast, we have bumped the show an hour back so that it will go live at 6:00 p.m. Pacific, 7:00 p.m. Mountain, 8:00 p.m. Central and 9:00 p.m. Eastern times. You can hear it live and participate in our web-based chatroom at:
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Our Panel and Guests.
This week’s God Discussion podcast will feature a panel of the movers and shakers in investigative reporting on Christian dominionism, an umbrella term that we use to describe the Dominionist, New Apostolic Reformation, Reconstructionist and other movements. And we’re also going to reveal some explosive and shocking news in the mix. Here’s the guest lineup:
Bruce Wilson writes for Talk2Action and AlterNet. His reporting has exposed the role that American evangelicals played in the “kill the gays” bill in Uganda and how Hawaii’s politics have been influenced by Christian extremism. We’ll be focusing on the developments in Hawaii and other states … developments that involve witch-fighting evangelicals, Lou Engle and more.
Bruce is Co-Founder, with journalist Frederick Clarkson, of the website Talk To Action, which covers the intersection of religion and politics.
In May 2008, Wilson posted a 3 and 1/2 minute video widely credited in mainstream media with precipitating then-GOP presidential candidate John McCain's decision to reject his long-sought political endorsement from influential Christian evangelist, Texas megachurch pastor and Christians United For Israel founder John Hagee. The video featured an audio excerpt from a late 2005 Hagee sermon (broadcast internationally on Christian networks) in which pastor Hagee claimed that God sent Hitler and the Nazis to force Europe's Jews to Palestine. The audio excerpt from Wilson' video was broadcast widely both by domestic US media and also foreign media.
In Fall 2008, as part of a two-person research team, Wilson and researcher Rachel Tabachnick correctly identified the specific religious tendency which then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is most closely associated with, the New Apostolic Reformation. Wilson's effort was the first to publicize Palin's association with Kenyan evangelist Thomas Muthee, a professed witch hunter, and also Palin's personal friendship with Alaska evangelist Mary Glazier, who heads Sarah Palin's personal prayer group and also claims, like Muthee, to have used prayer to fight a witch. Muthee and Glazier are top leaders in the New Apostolic Reformation movement, which purports to be the most radical change in Christianity since the Protestant Reformation. NAR leaders advocate forced wealth transfer and the the driving unbelievers from "the land."
Chris Rodda, author of Liars For Jesus: The Religious Right's Alternate Version of American History and blogger at The Huffington Post, is about to publish an article this week on Huffington that reveals why Glenn Beck should – and might – be ousted as a radio personality on Armed Services television. Chris is Senior Research Director for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Chris is well known for her work in revealing the lies and misrepresentations of David Barton.
Leah Burton, consultant to the California Council of Churches, board member of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and author of the forthcoming book, Palin’s America: God, Guns & Greed, will share her personal experience with "curbing," a term that has come to light with news of the violence inflicted upon Lauren Valle by Rand Paul supporters. After leaving a meeting in which she had shared her views about Sarah Palin’s extreme religious views, Leah was “curbed” two years ago by “Christian Patriots” – resulting in injuries that she suffers from to this day, including symptoms associated with a shattered cheekbone that required surgery and a metal plate. Leah will also share her expertise on Christian dominionism as it plays out in politics.
Imagine that you're at home at dinner, or maybe watching TV, or a bit tipsy from having some drinks with your friends who are visiting. The phone rings. You pick it up and someone says he's with the FBI and asks you a question. You think it's a prank call and give a lame answer, thinking nothing of it again until the police show up at your door two weeks later for lying and perjury.
This type of thing does happen in post 9/11 America today. It happened to John McTiernam.
Internationally-acclaimed publicist Ilene Proctor will tell us about the abuse of justice inflicted on John McTiernan, famous for directing such action films as Predator, Die Hard, and The Hunt for Red October.
This is a shocking story that you will not want to miss. It's a story about abuse of power. It's a story about how any American, from the high and mighty to the poorest of the poor, to the most liberal to the most conservative, is just one person against a huge system, in a rigged game, that raises fundamental questions about civil liberties and justice in America. It's a story that should alert us as to why we do not need extremists involved in government.
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