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David Lane, the New Ralph Reed

For a long time, Ralph Reed has been the primary power broker of the Christian right, but as Right Wing Watch notes, his kingmaker throne may have been taken today by David Lane. It was Lane who orchestrated Mike Huckabee’s shocking win in Iowa in 2008 and prospective 2016 Republican candidates are now flocking to him.

Senators and presidential hopefuls Rand Paul and Ted Cruz will head to Iowa this week as featured speakers at a closed-door event for conservative pastors that has been organized by David Lane, an anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-Mormon, Christian-nation absolutist who has declared war, not only on secularism and separation of church and state, but also on establishment Republicans who don’t embrace his vision of an America in which the Bible serves as “the principle textbook” for public education and a “Christian culture” has been “re-established.” He decries Supreme Court rulings on prayer and Bible reading in public schools, and says, “It’s easily defended that America was founded by Christians, as a Christian nation.”

Cruz and Paul may be motivated by the fact that a similar David Lane-organized pastors briefing is credited with Mike Huckabee’s win in the 2008 Iowa caucus. Evangelical political strategist Doug Wead has described Lane as “the mysterious, behind the scenes, evangelical kingmaker who stormed into Iowa in 2008 and tilted the whole thing from Romney to Huckabee,” even though subsequent renewal projects failed to deliver South Carolina and Florida to Huckabee.

Still, Lane, a self-described “political operative,” has plans that go well beyond Iowa. The “Rediscovering God in America” event scheduled for July 17 and 18 is just one of an ongoing series of pastors briefings that are central to the American Renewal Project’s 12-state strategy to turn out conservative evangelical voters in the 2013-2014 election cycle. (Those states: Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina, Alaska, Arkansas, North Carolina, Nevada, South Dakota, Virginia, and West Virginia.)

They link to a Worldnutdaily column from late last year that exposes both Lane’s dishonesty and his agenda.

In 1963 the disrespectful-of-religion Supreme Court removed the Bible from public schools – by an 8-1 majority vote. “It led not to true neutrality with respect to religion, but to the establishment of a religion of secularism.” – Justice Potter Stewart, the lone dissenter.

You see this, right? The “adversary” of a Christian nation disconnected the tie-in to God from public education – and America’s children – in 1963.

That’s a lie. In 1963, the Supreme Court said that the government could not make Bible reading mandatory for students, a great many of which were not Christian. That’s not remotely the same thing. And remember, this is the same guy who screams about “religious freedom” and “parental rights” but is now demanding that the government force children to read the Bible and recite Christian prayers even if their parents object. Because he doesn’t really give a damn about religious freedom, he only gives a damn about his ability to impose his religion on others.

America was a Christian nation. The Mayflower Compact declared, “In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, having undertaken – for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith …”

Let’s decide if America is a Christian nation or a pagan nation – and get on with it; the sooner the better.

This is a standard trick the wingnuts play on this issue. They claim that the founding document of a single British colony written a century and a half before the Constitution makes the United States a Christian nation. They seem to conveniently forget that the Revolutionary War overthrew British colonial rule and that the Constitution created a secular government in stark contrast to the theocracy of the Plymouth Bay Colony.

Can you picture what America would look like following a decade-long war – a knock-down drag-out – to return God, prayer and the Bible to the public schools? To regain our Christian heritage and re-establish a Christian culture?…

If God allows, we intend to launch, in the 2013-2014 political cycle, the American Renewal Project, to engage the church in a culture war for religious liberty, to restore America to our Judeo-Christian heritage and to re-establish a Christian culture.

The message to our federal representatives and senators? Vote to restore the Bible and prayer in public schools or be sent home. Hanging political scalps on the wall is the only love language politicians can hear.

One of these days some nobody – yet conversant and skilled in the Word – will call for religious liberty by reintroducing the Bible, Jesus, the Ten Commandments and honoring God at commencements in the public schools of America; then we will watch Providence call for “punishment executed by angels” to those who oppose His Word.

Calling for religious liberty by forcing non-Christian students to recite government-composed Christian prayers. You keep using that phrase — I do not think it means what you think it means.

Comments

  1. raven says

    Let’s decide if America is a Christian nation or a pagan nation – and get on with it; the sooner the better.

    We’ve already decided that.

    It’s not a xian nation. It’s not a pagan nation either. It’s secular.

    US xianity is dying, killed off by David Lane and his hordes of christofascists.

    According to the latest Gallup GSS, xian are down to 68% and dropping 1-2% a year. They are on trend to drop below 50% by 2030. I might even still be alive to see it.

    Of course for David Lane is it is much worse. Most of those 68% are Fake Xians, Catholics and mainline Protestants. I doubt the oogedy boogedies have more than 25% of the population and that is dropping too.

  2. raven says

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    The SBC has lost membership for 6 years in a row. They’ve put a lot of effort into new baptisms. Which were down 5%. Their own projections have them getting cut in half in a few decades.

    They are the largest Protestant sect and one of the weirdest and most malevolent.

  3. Nemo says

    “Liberty” is some kind of bizarre term of art with these people. Whatever it means to them, it’s clearly not the synonym of “freedom” that it is in common usage.

  4. says

    “And remember, this is the same guy who screams about ‘religious freedom’ and ‘parental rights’ but is now demanding that the government force children to read the Bible and recite Christian prayers even if their parents object. Because he doesn’t really give a damn about religious freedom, he only gives a damn about his ability to impose his religion on others.”

    What could be freer than forcing other people to be as free as you?
     

    “They claim that the founding document of a single British colony written a century and a half before the Constitution makes the United States a Christian nation…”

    It’s better than that. Baptists are referring to the religious foundation of colonial Massachusetts positively.

  5. raven says

    It’s better than that. Baptists are referring to the religious foundation of colonial Massachusetts positively.

    It’s even better than that.

    The religious nuts that came to the new world, did it to escape persecution. And to be the persecutors rather than the persecutor’s victims.

    One of the groups they persecuted were…the Baptists. In colonial America, Baptists were beat up, run out of town, and thrown in jail. To be sure, they also went after the Unitarians and Quakers.

    But that didn’t last. These days one of the main groups of theocrats are…the Baptists. When the worm turned, it had fangs.

  6. D. C. Sessions says

    Calling for religious liberty by forcing non-Christian students to recite government-composed Christian prayers.

    I wish him the best of luck in Republican primaries.

  7. says

    A look at why the US is not the Christian Nation Lane wants it to be, from multiple perspectives. Using the Bible, Constitution, laws, simple deduction…Well, all except one. It is a Christian Nation just like Oklahoma is a Republican State.

  8. Al Dente says

    D. C. Sessions @6

    He’ll probably do reasonably well in the primaries. That’s when all the fringers, the single-issue voters, and the true believers vote. The moderates, undecideds and independents have a much lower turnout in the primaries. That’s how the Huckabees and Santorums manage to do well in the early primaries and caucuses. However the economic Republicans who run the Super-Pacs will decide who the GOP presidential candidate should be and spend money to smear any Religious Right frontrunners who might challenge the “correct” candidate. The Religious Right may have the loudest voices in the Republican Party but the economic conservatives have the deepest pockets.

  9. says

    “Can you picture what America would look like following a decade-long war – a knock-down drag-out – to return God, prayer and the Bible to the public schools?”

    Yes, yes I can. And that is why I will oppose that until my dying breath.

  10. garnetstar says

    He wants legislators to “vote to restore the Bible and prayer in public schools”. Since that would be unconstitutional legislation, they can vote 40+ times for it, but nothing will happen.

    Is he just demanding endless symbolic votes? How’s that working for them with Obamacare?

  11. cheesynougats says

    From David Lane,

    “to restore America to our Judeo-Christian heritage and to re-establish a Christian culture”

    I am simply amazed that Lane couldn’t notice the self-contradiction. In the same sentence.

  12. raven says

    “Can you picture what America would look like following a decade-long war – a knock-down drag-out – to return God, prayer and the Bible to the public schools?”

    Sure. No problem. It’s easy.

    Like a new Dark Age.

    Much like Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Cambodia. Any place where a cuckoo religion or ideology runs over reality.

  13. raven says

    America was a Christian nation. The Mayflower Compact declared, “In the name of God, Amen.

    The high point of American theocracy was the murder of 25 alleged witches at Salem, Massachusetts. Not resting on that achievement, the Puritans also mudered a few heretics, Unitarians and Quakers. They also massacred the local Native Americans.

    This David Lane is a barrel of laughs. In times past, no doubt he would be be dressed in robe, smiling, and burning alleged heretics and witches alive on stacks of firewood.

  14. noe1951 says

    I would like for one of these guys to explain what a ‘Judeo-christian’ viewpoint is. AFAICT, jews and christians have vastly different teachings – and if you can legitimately link the two, then shouldn’t you also say ‘judeo-christian-mulsim’ since they all start with the first five books of the bible?

  15. D. C. Sessions says

    He wants legislators to “vote to restore the Bible and prayer in public schools”. Since that would be unconstitutional legislation

    It’s only unconstitutional if the Supreme Court says it is. I sort of doubt that the current Court would reverse that bit of law, but it wouldn’t take a major change in the Court to make it happen. Two of the oldest Justices and a Republican President (possibly with a Republican majority in the Senate) and we could be seeing official prayer in schools again.

  16. slc1 says

    Speaking of Ted Cruz, as I stated on a previous thread on this blog, concurred in by our distinguished host, Cruz is the most dangerous potential Rethuglican candidate in 2016 as he is a smart guy, unlike the clown car occupants. The fact that a smart guy like Cruz,, who is perfectly capable of making seemingly rational arguments for nonsense, is willing to suck up to a fascist rat fucker like Lane is scary as hell.

  17. slc1 says

    Re raven @ #13

    A lot of folks in Germany thought that Frankenberger was a barrel of laughs in the late 1920s.

  18. thebookofdave says

    America was a Christian nation. The Mayflower Compact declared, “In the name of God, Amen.

    Not the Mayflower Compact again! An appeal to God to swear their loyalty to King James may have made them Christian, but definitely not a nation. Does David Lane have second thoughts about independence, and wish the return of the good old days of British rule?

  19. yoav says

    I would like for one of these guys to explain what a ‘Judeo-christian’ viewpoint is.

    It’s actually very simple, it means a christian (that is fundamentalist christian of the specific variety preferred by the speaker) viewpoint that will pretend to be partially inclusive in order to convince anyone who won’t read the fine print that they are really nice people and only hate the Muslims and gays until they get into power, at which point the Jews (and Catholics and Mormons and anyone who is the wrong type of protestant and obviously the Muslims and gays and Hindus and anyone else) are screwed.

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