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Cameron and the Christian Reconstructionists

Julie Ingersoll notes that Kirk Cameron is working more and more with Christian Reconstructionists to promote his movie Monumental and his vision of an officially Christian America. That movie was co-produced by Reconstructionist Marshall Foster, but that’s only the beginning:

Now, Cameron is joining the conference circuit of the Christian Reconstructionist groups with a “Monumental Tour and Equipping Cruise.” Each year Reconstructionist groups like American Vision and Vision Forum sponsor conferences and study tours and participate in many such events sponsored by larger groups like tea partiers and home schoolers. I’ve been to several as part of the research for my forthcoming book.

The seven day, pre-cruise bus tour, promises a “didactic hands-on educational and grassroots training” experience. Just like in the movie, fans will be able to retrace “the steps of our forefathers” and “visit the historical sites, monuments, and locations of the Pilgrims as explored in the ground-breaking film,” all with an interpretation framed by Christian Reconstruction, Rushdoony’s “Biblical Philosophy of History” and an emphasis on biblical law.

Promoters promise that “every step of the journey will be filled with in-depth teaching, soul-stirring narratives, and unforgettable experiences.” But wait, there’s more. The bus tour will be followed by a seven-day cruise through New England into Canada with “18 total hours of in-depth teaching and workshops for Patriotic individuals” to “train and equip the next generation of liberty minded Americans.” All of it led by Cameron, Marshall Foster and Gary DeMar.

DeMar is one of the leading figures in Reconstructionism. There are a couple of interesting things about this. First, the Reconstructionists are post-millenialists, which means they think all that pre-millenialist Left Behind crap Cameron starred in is a heresy. Second, the world’s most prominent Reconstructionist, Gary North, son-in-law of RJ Rushdoony, takes the exact opposite position from Cameron and the others. He argues that the Constitution is explicitly anti-Christian because it rejected a covenant with God.

Comments

  1. MikeMa says

    The divide between these parties of loons should make that cruise quite an exciting trip.

    A 7 day cruise with only 18 hours of training comes out to less that 3 hours a day of indoctrination. That leaves a lot of time for sex & booze.

  2. matty1 says

    @MikeMa,

    We all know what these fundies get up to on cruises, best check whose carrying the luggage.

  3. RickR says

    A 7 day cruise with only 18 hours of training comes out to less that 3 hours a day of indoctrination. That leaves a lot of time for sex & booze.

    And coconut shrimp. Don’t forget the coconut shrimp!

  4. Alverant says

    “He argues that the Constitution is explicitly anti-Christian because it rejected a covenant with God.”
    Yep, it’s also anti-christian because it allows freeom of expression, freedom to (or not to) worship, equal rights for all citizens, self-rule, etc. Come to think of it, I never once heard anyone give an example of a christian value in the Constitution.

  5. Michael Heath says

    The bus tour will be followed by a seven-day cruise through New England into Canada with “18 total hours of in-depth teaching and workshops for Patriotic individuals” to “train and equip the next generation of liberty minded Americans.”
    [emphasis added – MH]

    How idiotic and delusional does one have to be to purposefully capitalize the ‘p’ in patriotic while also promoting that everyone should submit to a tyrannical god in a childlike sheepish slavish submissive manner, which then makes one ‘liberty minded’. These people aren’t merely incoherently asserting that ‘slaves in Christ’ are free; they demand the rest of us submit as well and that’s what makes them “Patriotic” [sic] and “liberty minded”.

  6. Chiroptera says

    Alverant, #4: Come to think of it, I never once heard anyone give an example of a christian value in the Constitution.

    Funny. I coulda sworn that there was an Amendment that said, “Public funds shall only be used for Abstinence Only Education, no matter how stupid an idea it is.”

  7. Didaktylos says

    The Christian values are all in the Secret Clauses – only revealed to those who have achieved the highest degree of Wingnuttery.

  8. vmanis1 says

    “a seven-day cruise through New England into Canada”?

    I could imagine a cruise along the New England coastline, but a cruise through New England? One envisions an ocean-going cruise ship proceeding north along I-89, passing Burlington VT for a short dip in Lake Champlain, and eventually coming to the Canadian border, where the captain must explain to Canada Border Services Agents that the ship’s cargo of drug-addled wingnuts is only visiting the country to overturn its constitution.

    That should go over well.

  9. Chiroptera says

    vmanis1, #9: I could imagine a cruise along the New England coastline, but a cruise through New England?

    “Oh no! It’s the Crimson Permanent Assurance!”

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