On Tuesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released the 2014 membership directory of the Council for National Policy (CNP), a conservative political pressure group. It’s an unusual breach for the group, whose thrice-yearly meetings are shrouded in secrecy.
Since 1988 I’ve been keeping an eye on a faction of the Religious Right known as Christian Reconstructionists.
Reconstructionists are so extreme they make TV preacher Pat Robertson look like a moderate. They call themselves Reconstructionists because they plan to “reconstruct” American society along “biblical” lines – well, it’s really more their interpretation of what the Bible mandates. In their case, that means a country that is a fundamentalist Christian theocracy operating under Old Testament law.
Do Religious Right zealots want to take “dominion” in America and govern according to their version of biblical law?
Of course they do. But all of a sudden, leaders of the movement say they don’t. Stung by a series of articles exposing the dominionist agenda, they are desperately trying to rebrand themselves as moderates.
Take Chuck Colson, for example.
In a Sept. 7 column, Colson heatedly denied that he and his camp want a fundamentalist Christian theocracy.