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National Day of Prayer Task Force Advocates Theocratic Christian Dominionism

On April 15, 2010, the National Day of prayer was deemed unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb in Wisconsin. The prayer event had been challenged by the Freedom From Religion Foundation on First Amendment grounds.  Judge Crabb's ruling is currently being appealed.

Despite the legal limbo of a presidential proclamation for a day of prayer, the National Day of Prayer Task Force is busy gearing up for the 60th annual  event. (The task force, led by Shirley Dobson, wife of James Dobson, states "Official Site" on its website, but is in fact a private group that has no official capacity with the government.)  Like last year, Dobson's Task Force is promoting Christian dominionism, a theocratic belief that Christians should take over "7 mountains" of culture in order to create a kingdom of God on earth. Mormons, Jews, Buddhists, unbelievers and others who do not convert into "the right kind of Christians" will not be welcome in this kingdom, according to some interpretations of the dominionist mandate.

7 Mountains Mandate - Education

One of the 7 Mountains that Christian dominionists seek to take over is education. From the screen shot of a video describing the 7 Mountains Mandate (see below), notice the subtle references to evolution, humanism, atheism and pro-choice as ungodly topics that should be discouraged in public education.

The "7 Mountains Mandate" was proposed back in the mid-70s by Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission (see the video below). Bright's widow Vonette serves as a co-chairperson of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

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The National Day of Prayer Task Force states in its mission statement that:

The National Day of Prayer Task Force’s mission is to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, mobilizing the Christian community to intercede for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and Family. [emphasis added]

The "seven centers of power" referred to by the National Day of Prayer Task Force are the "7 Mountains" to be conquered by Christian dominionists.

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About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
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