Vassar's student interest lecture series
My old colleage at VCU, the one that got fired for fighting the biology book which mentions ICR, is co-authoring with another friend of his a lecture series and a paper dealing wtih Creationism and Messianic Zionism at Vassar's student interest lecture series in New York. I am helping him with information tying evangelicals to zionist politics both here in this country and in Israel.
As you may know the xtian right or the evangelicals are huge proponents and supporters of jewish zionism due to their apocalyptic wet dream. You know the story, the jews get their land back, jesus comes back, sends all jews to hell and Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell grow wings and fly in to the sky....etc..etc.. while the rest of us burn in hell for all eternity.
Anyway...back on point....The evangelical churchs invest billions of dollars every year into corporations that profit from zionism...construction companies (you know the bulldozers that tear down palestinian homes etc...). The evangelicals also give money to political action groups, politicians etc..who in turn return the favor by investing millions of tax payer dollars back into Faith based programs that benefit only churches and neocon groups. And who lovingly with the aid of the Israel lobby, pass only israel friendly legislation.
But it gets more convoluted than that, and I'll let Ry explain some of the business end details of it.
It is important to realize that not only is theism irrational and should be dealt with on an intellectual level, but is is equally important to realize how religious entities are taking over through money and power.
We now have evangelical universities trainign "warriors of god" Evangelism is now a multi-billion dollar industry that heavily lobbies congress..and not only that, but it is entrenched because in ideology, some politicians are evangelical.
The reality of the dangers of theism, lie within consenting and the breaking down of our constitution. Theocracy...in a sense is here already.
However here are some interesting websites for you guys to visit:
(you have to pay 3 bucks for this)
Also here is an latimes article.
"Grooming Politicians for Christ
# Evangelical programs on Capitol Hill seek to mold a new generation of leaders who will answer not to voters, but to God.
By Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — In the blue and gold elegance of the House speaker's private dining room, Jeremy Bouma bowed his head before eight young men and women who hope to one day lead the nation. He prayed that they might find wisdom in the Bible — and govern by its word.
"Holy Father, we thank you for providing us with guidance," said Bouma, who works for an influential televangelist. "Thank you, Lord, for these students. Build them up as your warriors and your ambassadors on Capitol Hill."
"Amen," the students murmured. Then they picked up their pens expectantly.
Nearly every Monday for six months, as many as a dozen congressional aides — many of them aspiring politicians — have gathered over takeout dinners to mine the Bible for ancient wisdom on modern policy debates about tax rates, foreign aid, education, cloning and the Central American Free Trade Agreement.
Through seminars taught by conservative college professors and devout members of Congress, the students learn that serving country means first and always serving Christ.
They learn to view every vote as a religious duty, and to consider compromise a sin.
That puts them at the vanguard of a bold effort by evangelical conservatives to mold a new generation of leaders who will answer not to voters, but to God.
"We help them understand God's purpose for society," said Bouma, who coordinates the program, known as the Statesmanship Institute, for the Rev. D. James Kennedy.
At least 3.5 million Americans tune in to Kennedy's sermons, broadcast from Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Since 1995, the unabashedly political televangelist has also reached out to the Beltway elite with his Center for Christian Statesmanship in Washington.
The center sponsors Bible studies, prayer meetings and free "Politics and Principle" lunches for members of Congress and their staffs, often drawing crowds in the hundreds.
The Statesmanship Institute, founded two years ago, offers more in-depth training for $345.
It's one of half a dozen evangelical leadership programs making steady inroads into Washington."