CNN’s Jack Cafferty:
Forget about the separation of church and state… there’s reason to believe that religion might have a whole new meaning for the next occupant of the White House.
The Daily Beast reports that two of the Republican candidates for president - Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry - are “deeply associated” with a theocratic strain of Christian fundamentalism that’s called Dominionism.
For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, and I was one who hadn’t - stand by cause this is “out there.”
The Daily Beast writes how Dominionists believe that Christians have a God-given right to rule all earthly institutions. Dominionism finds its roots in a small fringe sect called Christian Reconstructionism. People who advocate replacing U.S. law with the laws of the Old Testament, including the death penalty for homosexuality and abortion. swell.
The Daily Beast reports that both Bachmann and Perry appear to have ties to groups that support Dominionism.
Bachmann appeared in a documentary for one of these groups called “truth in action ministries.” Also, she often praises or cites different religious leaders connected to such beliefs.
As for Perry, there’s a group called “the new apostolic reformation” that sees him as their ticket to power. They talk about “taking dominion over American society” and hope that Perry can claim the so-called “mountain” of government. This group was also involved in Perry’s prayer vigil in Houston a couple of weeks ago.
Critics suggest the Daily Beast’s examples show so-called Dominionist groups attaching to the candidates.
And the website Newsbusters - which claims to expose liberal media bias - says that the Daily Beast “went a few more steps off the deep end” by publishing this piece.
We’ve reached out to both campaigns for a response but haven’t heard anything back yet.
I tried to find video of this Cafferty segment without success - the only one’s I found were Newsbusters and other right wing bloggers and it appears that they omitted any real discussion of what dominionism is. Maybe Cafferty didn’t discuss it in detail as some of the comments to the blog post indicate readers were also having to look up “dominionism.” Anyone catch it live?
Regardless, I am glad that this alarming aspect of Perry and Bachmann is getting wider exposure. Lots of moderates watch CNN.