Fox's Fr. Jonathan Morris Whitewashes Dominionist Christianity
Reported by Priscilla - August 26, 2011 -
As part of his pimping for America's right wing, Fox's hired priest and only official resident clergyperson, Father Jonathan Morris, also pimps for the religious right whose theology, combined with conservative Catholicism, makes up the one true Fox religion. Recently, Morris pimped Governor Rick Perry's shameless political promotion otherwise known as "The Response" prayer rally. Morris is a strong advocate of public political prayer - as are the Dominionist Christians whose mission is to replace the Constitution with the bible in order to establish an American theocracy. After Michelle Goldberg exposed these radical Christian zealots and their ties to Rick Perry, in an article in the Daily Beast, conservatives are tripping over themselves in order to do some damage control. Since the publication of the article, they have been trying to claim that they know nothing about Dominionism. However, as documented by Right Wing Watch, they're up to their eyeballs in it. On Sunday, Father Morris advanced this collective amnesia while defending the notion that the tea party isn't really concerned with promoting Christianity, and, once again, promoting the importance of public prayer - thus hitting three important right wing talking points. Hmmm, I guess Morris isn't a fan of Jesus' admonition to pray in private. But dominionism - nothing to see here, move along!
The segment opened with a video of Michele Bachmann saying that it's God and not the government that gives us our rights. Not noted by the gang on the curvy couch was that Bachmann was speaking at the virulently anti-gay "Point of Grace" church. Video of Rick Perry, at his mega prayer meeting, was also shown. Morris was asked if the tea party, which supports both candidates, is a political or a spiritual movement. Morris talked about how Goldberg connected Perry and Bachmann to Dominionism which seeks to replace Constitutional law with Old Testament law. Juliettte Huddy wanted to know where Goldberg got that information. Morris, whose home parish is, appropriately in the theater district, dramatically said "outrageous" and added that Goldberg "made the jump" to the Tea Party movement. (Hey padre, your boy Ralph Reed said that the two groups are "inextricably intertwined.")
When Clayton Morris wanted to know "where that comes from" considering that the "Tea Party was founded on fiscal conservatism and wasn't a "religious movement," Fr. Morris agreed. He added that it was just a case of "values voters" getting involved in a movement that embraced their other value of fiscal conservatism. (And racism and birtherism...) and that "makes for a strong vote that includes social values." Juliette Huddy worked in the requisite Fox meme about of victimized conservatives with her question about how "there's been a lot written about this as thought there's something wrong that" and asked if "there is an indictment against these folks." (Awww) Morris, in his most dramatic voice, said it was "so refreshing to hear candidates speak openly about their beliefs that include religion." (Translation - Bad Obama doesn't proclaim his faith but good Rick Perry does.) That Fox & Friends knows its Christian demographics very well was underscored by Clayton Morris' comment that "you heard it here before you set off for church."
Comment: If Juliette Huddy wants to know all about Domionionism, she can check the extensive documentation on Right Wing Watch. But for starts, here's something written by George Grant of the Dominionist Coral Ridge Ministries:
"Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ-to have dominion in the civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness.But it is dominion that we are after. Not just a voice.It is dominion we are after. Not just influence.It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time.It is dominion we are after.World conquest. That's what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish. We must win the world with the power of the Gospel. And we must never settle for anything less"
And from Michele Bachmann's Oral Roberts Mentor, John Eidsmoe:
"Man must exercise dominion in the name of God, and in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness…. The world, moreover, cannot be surrendered to Satan. It is God’s world and must be brought under God’s law politically, economically, and in every other way possible..."
Despite Fr. Jonathan Morris' promotion of Rick Perry as just another godly Christian, Perry's prayer rally was done in partnership with the founders of "7 Mountains" Dominionist theology which is based on the world view of the uber right wing Bill Bright, of the group formerly known as "Campus Crusade for Christ." (Name change discussed by Fr. Morris). The language of Dominionism is used for the National Day of Prayer (pimped by Morris) and rallies headed by Mike Huckabee pal Janet Porter.
Comment: Hey Father Morris, why are these Dominionists being so shy? Shouldn't they, as you say, proclaim their faith which is, BTW, really "outrageous!"
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