Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Just when you think you've seen the worst...

I learned something the other day.  I'm sure you've seen the posts on FB and clucked disgustedly over it.

But, did you really think about it?  I mean, really, really think about it?

I did.  I'm talking about the man behind the Ron Paul homeschooling curriculum, Gary North.

The basics are bad enough, with a man like Ron Paul lending his name to a man with fundamentalist creds and allowing him to write something Paul will most likely never read - but will undoubtedly get well paid for!

But to see the movement that North is responsible for is ... well ... scary isn't a strong enough word.  I've written about the Dominionists before - a group who wants to bring theocracy to America, whether we want it or not.  Yes, they ARE scary, and you can read about them and their attempts to mold our Armed Forces into an Army of God by using the label "Dominionism" to sort my posts about that group.

But these guys are worse, if that is even possible.  The movement is called Reconstructionism, and it is to Dominionism what a tactical nuke is to a 500 lb high explosive bomb.  North wants to bring biblical laws not just to America, but to the entire world.  And not just the "nice" stuff theocrats want today in fundamentalism, but the whole ball of wax - stoning for adultery, slavery, sex slavery, stoning for kids who disrespect their parents, death to girls who have sex before marriage - everything the Old Testament calls for.

Listen to Walter Olsen:
Those who would face execution include not only gays but a very long list of others: blasphemers, heretics, apostate Christians, people who cursed or struck their parents, females guilty of “unchastity before marriage,” “incorrigible” juvenile delinquents, adulterers, and (probably) telephone psychics. And that’s to say nothing of murderers and those guilty of raping married women or “betrothed virgins.” Adulterers, among others, might meet their doom by being publicly stoned…
Notice that bit about the rapists of married women or betrothed virgins.  Gals who belong to a man.  Remember, the bible allows the rapist of an unmarried women to marry her - or rather it is termed a punishment for him, since he is not allowed to divorce her.  No mention, of course of the punishment to her of being forced to live with her rapist for the rest of her life...

But now, the kid gloves are off.   North admits fully that to him, religious freedom is merely the means to an end:
Everyone talks about religious liberty, but no one believes it. So let us be blunt about it: we must use the doctrine of religious liberty to gain independence for Christian schools until we train up a generation of people who know that there is no religious neutrality, no neutral law, no neutral education, and no neutral civil government. Then they will get busy in constructing a Bible-based social, political, and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God.

The story is at the Skeptical Libertarian Blog, and is entitled, "Gary North: The ‘Libertarian’ Taliban Who’s Writing Ron Paul’s Curriculum".

I urge you to go read it, I just can't go on with this, it is just too horribly wrong.

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