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> Excerpts from the Summer 2016 edition of the Public Eye magazine article by Frederick Clarkson entitled:

Dominionism Rising
Part 1: A Theocratic Movement Hiding In Plain Sight



Ted Cruz

In June 2016, Texas Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz held a private meeting with conservative movement leaders to plot his political future. Attendees afterwards cast him in the role of Ronald Reagan, who’d lost the 1976 Republican presidential nomination to Gerald Ford but led a conservative comeback in 1980 that made Jimmy Carter a one-term president. The thinking was that Cruz did well enough in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries before losing to celebrity billionaire Donald Trump that he could plan to run again in 2020 or 2024.



Brent Bozell

“He was with kindred spirits,” said Brent Bozell, the conservative activist who hosted the meeting, “and I would say most people in that room see him as the leader of the conservative movement.”

The rise of Ted Cruz is a singular event in American political history. The son of a Cuban refugee and evangelical pastor, Cruz was raised in the kind of evangelicalism-with-a-theocratic-bent that has come to epitomize a significant and growing trend in American public life. That is, Dominionism: a dynamic ideology that arose from the swirls and eddies of American evangelicalism to animate the Christian Right, and become a defining feature of modern politics and culture.



Some within the conservative movement view Ted Cruz as the new Ronald Reagan.

Dominionism is the theocratic idea that regardless of theological camp, means, or timetable, God has called conservative Christians to exercise dominion over society by taking control of political and cultural institutions. The term describes a broad tendency across a wide swath of American Christianity. People who embrace this idea are referred to as Dominionists. Although Chip Berlet, then of Political Research Associates, and I defined and popularized the term for many in the 1990s, in fact it had (along with the term "Dominion Theology") been in use by both evangelical proponents and critics for many years.

Dominionism is the theocratic idea that regardless of theological view, means, or timetable, Christians are called by God to exercise dominion over every aspect of society by taking control of political and cultural institutions.

Analyst Chip Berlet and I have suggested that there is a Dominionist spectrum running from soft to hard as a way of making some broad distinctions among dominionists without getting mired in theological minutiae. But we also agreed that:

Dominionists celebrate Christian Nationalism, in that they believe that the United States once was, and should once again be, a Christian nation. In this way, they deny the Enlightenment roots of American democracy.

Dominionists promote religious supremacy, insofar as they generally do not respect the equality of other religions, or even other versions of Christianity.

Dominionists endorse theocratic visions, insofar as they believe that the Ten Commandments, or “Biblical Law,” should be the foundation of American law, and that the U.S. Constitution should be seen as a vehicle for implementing Biblical principles.


Of course, Christian Nationalism takes a distinct form in the United States, but Dominionism in all of its variants has a vision for all nations.

In many ways, Ted Cruz personifies the story of Dominionism: how it became the ideological engine of the Christian Right, and how it illuminates the changes underway in American politics, culture and religion that have helped shape recent history.



Rev. Rafael Cruz

Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael, who served as his son’s principal campaign surrogate during his senate and presidential campaigns, has been a profound and colorful influence. The elder Cruz was a member of the Texas board of the Religious Roundtable, a leading Christian Right organization of the late 1970s.

“Our conversation around the dinner table centered around politics — as to why we had to get rid of this leftist progressive called Jimmy Carter,” Rafael Cruz told an interviewer. “Ted got a dose of conservative politics from a biblical worldview for a whole year when he was nine years old.”

That was the year the Religious Roundtable hosted the historic National Affairs Briefing conference in Dallas. It was held in tandem with the 1980 Republican National Convention, and attended by some 17,000 conservative Christians. It was there that Ronald Reagan famously declared: “I know you can’t endorse me, but I endorse you and what you are doing.”

Some see Ted Cruz as not only following in the footsteps of Reagan, but fulfilling a religious destiny.

“Talk to me about your son and his rise. This must be a thing of God. It’s meteoric,” David Brody, chief political correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network, asked Rafael Cruz in an interview in 2013, during Ted’s first year as senator.



John Fea

Evangelical historian John Fea explained why Cruz might be viewed this way. During a sermon at the New Beginnings church in Bedford, Texas, in 2012, Rafael had described his son’s Senate campaign as the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy that “God would anoint Christian ‘kings’ to preside over an ‘end-time transfer of wealth’ from the wicked to the righteous.”

According to his father and [New Beginnings Pastor Larry] Huch, Ted Cruz is anointed by God to help Christians in their effort to “go to the marketplace and occupy the land … and take dominion” over it, Fea continued. “This ‘end-time transfer of wealth’ will relieve Christians of all financial woes, allowing true believers to ascend to a position of political and cultural power in which they can build a Christian civilization. When this Christian nation is in place (or back in place), Jesus will return."



Ted Cruz’s religious political ambitions owe much to his father’s belief in "Seven Mountains Dominionism".

Rafael Cruz and Huch have long embraced a strain of evangelical theology called "Seven Mountains Dominionism", which calls for believers to take control over seven leading aspects of culture: family, religion, education, media, entertainment, business, and government. The name is derived from the Biblical book of Isaiah 2:2 (New King James Version): “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains.”

Seven Mountains Dominionism emerged in the 2000s through a campaign in the form of popular books, videos, sermons, and seminars. It has spread like wildfire across Pentecostalism ever since.



David Barton

The Cruzes are close to Christian nationalist author and longtime Texas Republican leader David Barton, who headed a super PAC in support of Cruz’s Presidential bid. Barton embraces Sevem Mountains Dominionism even while disingenuously claiming the term Dominionism is an invention of liberals intended to smear Christians. “It’s like saying ‘Oh, you’re a Nazi, oh, you’re an anti-Semite, you’re a bigot, you’re a racist, you’re a Dominionist,’” he said in a 2011 radio broadcast.

Ted Cruz has, perhaps shrewdly, neither publicly affirmed nor denied the Dominionism that surrounds him. He is a longtime member of a prominent Houston Baptist congregation, but his embrace of the Dominionist vision is evident to those who are paying attention. When Cruz speaks of
"religious liberty", says John Fea, he means it as “a code word for defending the right of Christians to continue to hold cultural authority and privilege.” Cruz, according to Fea, is engaged in the “Dominionist battle” of our time.

All of this was pretty hot stuff and Dominionism would no doubt have become more of an issue had Ted Cruz’s 2016 campaign lasted longer. But Cruz is 45 years old in 2016 and appears to have a bright — and perhaps historic — political future. He won statewide office on his first try and has benefited from being underestimated. Since arriving in the Senate in 2103, he has made a show of sticking to his principles, much to the chagrin of his colleagues. But following his presidential run, Cruz is now one of the best known politicians in the country and possible heir- apparent to the Reagan revolution, no small achievement for a freshman senator.

Meanwhile Cruz and other national politicians comprise the tip of a very large, but hard to measure political iceberg. There are untold numbers of dominionist and dominionism-influenced politicians and public officials at all levels of government and who even after leaving office, shape our political discourse.



Roy Moore, the elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has been a rallying figure for Dominionists of all stripes for the better part of two decades. Most recently, he has led efforts to exempt Alabama from federal court ordered compliance with marriage equality, citing his view of “God’s Law.”



Moore’s fellow Alabaman, Justice Tom Parker, has been on the court since 2004, and has employed theocratic legal theorist John Eidsmoe as his chief of staff.



John Eidsmoe


Others at the top of recent American political life have included:



Sarah Palin



Michele Bachmann



Rick Perry



Mike Huckabee



Newt Gingrich


Other prominent elected officials in the Dominionist camp include:



Texas Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick



Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback



Oklahoma Republican U.S. Senator James Lankford



Iowa Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King


Prominent politicians’ involvement in Dominionism is certainly the most visible evidence of the movement’s advances over the past half-century, but it’s not the only result. Dominionism is a story not widely or well understood. Because this is so, it is important to know what Dominionism is and where it came from, so we can see it more clearly and better understand its contemporary significance. We will explore those themes in Part 2.



Other Suggested Reading Via Clickable News-Story Links

Top Conservatives Meet At Secret Dinner To Discuss Ted Cruz’s Future (The Hill, June 15, 2016)

How We Coined The Term "Dominionism" (Daily Kos, September 2011)

Like Father, Like Son: The Man Ted Cruz Calls "Hero" (Christian Broadcasting Network, May 1, 2015)

For Evangelical Voters, Rafael Cruz May Be Ted’s Best Apostle (Austin American-Statesman, July 31, 2015)

Ted Cruz’s Campaign Is Fueled By A Dominionist Vision For America (The Washington Post, February 4, 2016)

The Theology of Ted Cruz: Questions Raised By The Candidate’s God-and-Country Vision (Christianity Today, April 1, 2016)

Pseudo-Historian David Barton Advocates Seven Mountains Dominionism (RightWingWatch, April 4, 2011)

It Is Dominion We Are After -- World Conquest And We Must Never Settle For Anything Less (Right Wing Watch, August 26, 2011)

Pseudo-Historian David Barton Declares: "‘Dominionism Is Just A Term Made Up To Smear Christians (Right Wing Watch, November 1, 2011)

This Alabama Judge Has Figured Out How to Dismantle Roe v. Wade: His Writings Fuel The Biggest Threat To Abortion Rights In A Generation (Pro-Publica, October 10, 2014)

Huckabee Channels Rushdoony (Religion Dispatches, April 8, 2011)

Why Newt Gingrich Is The Christian Nationalists’ Dream Veep (Right Wing Watch, July 7, 2016)

Gingrich Appears In Video In Which He Claims the Constitution Is Based On The Old Testament (Huffington Post, March 4, 2012)

Newt’s Last Prayer: Christian Dominionists Go Gingrich: The candidate’s most useful supporters have been evangelicals who believe that government should be rooted in Biblical Law (The Nation, February 28, 2012)

The Radical Theology That Could Make Religious Freedom a Thing of the Past: Even Devout Christians Should Fear These Influential Leaders’ Refusal To Separate Church And State (The Texas Observer, June 2, 2016)

Spiritual Warriors with an Anti-Gay Mission: The New Apostolic Reformation (The Public Eye, Spring 2013)

Oklahoma’s Senator-Elect To Use "Biblical Worldview" To Defeat The National Debt (Raw Story, November 7, 2014)

Ohio Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King Proves That America Is A Christian Nation (Right Wing Watch, May 31, 2013)



Recommended Books

"Reconstruction: R.J. Rushdoony and American Religious Conservatism" by Michael J. McVicar (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

"With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America" by William Martin (Broadway Books, 1996)

"Roads to Dominion: Rightwing Movements and Political Power in the United States" by Sara Diamond (The Guilford Press, 1995)

"The Seven Mountain Prophecy: Unveiling The Coming Elijah Revolution" by Johnny Enlow (Creation House, 2008)

"The 7 Mountains Mandate: Impacting Culture, Discipling Nations" by Lance Wallnau (DVD, Morningstar, August, 2009)



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Where's that popcorn-eating emoticon? This is gonna be fun.

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Shreve, did you decide to cut down on post size ? That was fairly short.
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Shreve, did you decide to cut down on post size ? That was fairly short.

Yes and no. What I posted above was just Part 1.


 
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Three days ago, the BBC declared that being against Sharia law is Islamophobia, but sure blame Christians that play Dominion as the bad guys.

It's probably the ones who play Thunderstone who should frighten you.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37109216
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Three days ago, the BBC declared that being against Sharia law is Islamophobia, but sure blame Christians that play Dominion as the bad guys.

It's probably the ones who play Thunderstone who should frighten you.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37109216
I think they said that randomly shouting hostility to it is.

Hell he did not even have the guts to actually disuse is with someone who was Muslim and opposing Islamism. Hell the wanker even tries to claim he was not talking to them, what are we to believe he just sits in the park and randomly shouts about Muslims?

How is that not Islamophobia?

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/bbc-islamophobic-abuse...

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"...the Bible was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking. I was raised reading it, memorizing passages from it and being guided by it. I still find it a source of wisdom, comfort, and encouragement."

-- says the woman who donated about 96% or more of her money-laundering charity donations to herself

http://www.inquisitr.com/3292185/hillary-clinton-says-the-bi...

What are the praying for?

More money?
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sikeospi wrote:
Three days ago, the BBC declared that being against Sharia law is Islamophobia, but sure blame Christians that play Dominion as the bad guys.

It's probably the ones who play Thunderstone who should frighten you.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37109216

You totally misrepresented the content and context of that story.

Moreover, since Dominionism advocates a theocratically Christian supremacist version of Sharia Law, they're both cut from the same extremist sort of cloth.





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"...the Bible was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking. I was raised reading it, memorizing passages from it and being guided by it. I still find it a source of wisdom, comfort, and encouragement."

-- says the woman who donated about 96% or more of her money-laundering charity donations to herself

http://www.inquisitr.com/3292185/hillary-clinton-says-the-bi...

What are the praying for?

More money?

They're probably praying that such as you don't get away with misrepresenting their positions.

Speaking of which, it's apparent you missed this update:


> Excerpt from the August 12, 2016 Mother Jones magazine news story by Russ Choma & Patrick Caldwell entitled:

Clinton Releases Tax Returns, Upping Pressure on Trump to Show His (Or Maybe Not)
The Democratic Presidential nominee pays more than 40% of her income in taxes


Donald Trump has also faced questions about his charitable giving. Despite his assurances that he gives generously, few signs of actual donations have been uncovered by reporters. Clinton's tax filings show that she and Bill Clinton donated just over $1,000,000.00 to charity last year, the bulk of which went to the Clinton Family Foundation*. Another $42,000.00 was donated to the Desert Classic Charities, a nonprofit that organizes the Carebuilder Challenge charity golf tournament with the Clinton Foundation. In total, the Clinton's gave nearly 10% of their income to charity.

_____________________________________________


*This story has been updated to clarify that the Clintons donated to the Clinton Family Foundation, a private foundation used by the couple to make charitable donations, and not to the better-known Bill, Hillary, & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.



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Dominionism is the theocratic idea that regardless of theological camp, means, or timetable, God has called conservative Christians to exercise dominion over society by taking control of political and cultural institutions. The term describes a broad tendency across a wide swath of American Christianity.

Here's the catch-all hidden in plain sight which allows your author to claim that anyone seeking political power as a Christian must be a Dominionist. "Broad tendenc[ies] across a wide swath" is so vague that anyone making the simple (but factually incorrect) statement that "America was formed as a Christian nation" can be classified as a Dominionist. Anyone using ideas from the Bible, whether that be the Ten Commandments or a ten percent flat tax, must be a Dominionist.

Sorry, but it ain't necessarily so. In any case, the "untold numbers" of Dominionists hiding behind the curtain and pulling levers would be closer to the hundreds than the hundreds of thousands; and their ideas, whether they spring from the Bible or Zeus' skull, still need to be embraced by the millions before they have the slimmest chance of turning this country into a theocracy.

The closest you'll get to that are polls showing that a lot of people favor making Christianity the official religion. Not so surprising in a country which identifies about 80% Christian. However, a lot less favor amending the constitution to do so. A whole lot less, as in 6%, favor removing freedom of religion from the constitution. If you can't get more than 6% opposing constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of religion then you're barking up the wrong tree - and so are those cranky Dominionists.

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What are the praying for?

More money?


Looks like she found it.

A $100,000 per couple fundraiser tonight on Martha's Vineyard with Lady Rothschild.

(((Well, if that sentence doesn't say that she's a woman of the common people, I don't know what would...)))

http://pagesix.com/2016/08/11/lady-lynn-forester-de-rothschi...
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What is that crescent moon? Illuminati sharia law confirmed! 0_o
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SPIGuy wrote:
ShreveportLAGamer wrote:
Dominionism is the theocratic idea that regardless of theological camp, means, or timetable, God has called conservative Christians to exercise dominion over society by taking control of political and cultural institutions. The term describes a broad tendency across a wide swath of American Christianity.

Here's the catch-all hidden in plain sight which allows your author to claim that anyone seeking political power as a Christian must be a Dominionist. "Broad tendenc[ies] across a wide swath" is so vague that anyone making the simple (but factually incorrect) statement that "America was formed as a Christian nation" can be classified as a Dominionist. Anyone using ideas from the Bible, whether that be the Ten Commandments or a ten percent flat tax, must be a Dominionist.

Sorry, but it ain't necessarily so. In any case, the "untold numbers" of Dominionists hiding behind the curtain and pulling levers would be closer to the hundreds than the hundreds of thousands; and their ideas, whether they spring from the Bible or Zeus' skull, still need to be embraced by the millions before they have the slimmest chance of turning this country into a theocracy.

If their chances are "so slim", then why are so many of the Dominionist leaders in power positions in the Republican Party?

As of this writing, there are 7 confirmed Dominionist and Dominionist-leaning governors:

1. Kansas Republican Governor Sam Brownback
2. Oklahoma Republican Governor Mary Fallin
3. North Carolina Republican Governor Pat McCrory
4. Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence
5. Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbot
6. Mississippi Republican Governor Phil Bryan
7. Former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

Currently, Dominionists are using their End-Times political aims -- the outlawing of abortion and homosexuality -- as means to gain legitimacy with right-wing extremists, Christian Supremacists, and Tea Party Republicas who share their bigotry on those two main issues.


Moreover, that overly-simplistic and truncated definition of Dominionism you supplied above was NOT the author's complete definition. For that reason, I shall remind you about the complete definition:


> Excerpts from Part 1 of the Summer 2016 edition of the Public Eye magazine article by Frederick Clarkson entitled:

Dominionism Rising
Part 1: A Theocratic Movement Hiding In Plain Sight


Dominionism is the theocratic idea that regardless of theological camp, means, or timetable, God has called conservative Christians to exercise dominion over society by taking control of political and cultural institutions. The term describes a broad tendency across a wide swath of American Christianity. People who embrace this idea are referred to as Dominionists....

Dominionism is the theocratic idea that regardless of theological view, means, or timetable, Christians are called by God to exercise dominion over every aspect of society by taking control of political and cultural institutions....

Dominionists celebrate Christian Nationalism, in that they believe that the United States once was, and should once again be, a Christian nation. In this way, they deny the Enlightenment roots of American democracy.

Dominionists promote religious supremacy, insofar as they generally do not respect the equality of other religions, or even other versions of Christianity.

Dominionists endorse theocratic visions, insofar as they believe that the Ten Commandments, or “Biblical Law,” should be the foundation of American law, and that the U.S. Constitution should be seen as a vehicle for implementing Biblical principles....

During a sermon at the New Beginnings church in Bedford, Texas, in 2012, Rafael Cruz had described his son Ted's Senate campaign as the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy that “God would anoint Christian ‘kings’ to preside over an ‘End-Times transfer of wealth’ from the wicked to the righteous.”

According to his father and [New Beginnings Pastor Larry] Huch, Ted Cruz is anointed by God to help Christians in their effort to “go to the marketplace and occupy the land … and take dominion” over it.... “This ‘end-time transfer of wealth’ will relieve Christians of all financial woes, allowing true believers to ascend to a position of political and cultural power in which they can build a Christian civilization. When this Christian nation is in place (or back in place), Jesus will return."



Ted Cruz’s religious political ambitions owe much to his father’s belief in "Seven Mountains Dominionism".

Rafael Cruz and Huch have long embraced a strain of evangelical theology called "Seven Mountains Dominionism", which calls for believers to take control over seven leading aspects of culture: family, religion, education, media, entertainment, business, and government. The name is derived from the Biblical book of Isaiah 2:2 (New King James Version): “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains.”

Seven Mountains Dominionism emerged in the 2000s through a campaign in the form of popular books, videos, sermons, and seminars. It has spread like wildfire across Pentecostalism ever since....

Meanwhile Cruz and other national politicians comprise the tip of a very large, but hard to measure political iceberg. There are untold numbers of Dominionist and Dominionism-influenced politicians and public officials at all levels of government and who even after leaving office, shape our political discourse.



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The closest you'll get to that are polls showing that a lot of people favor making Christianity the official religion. Not so surprising in a country which identifies about 80% Christian. However, a lot less favor amending the constitution to do so. A whole lot less, as in 6%, favor removing freedom of religion from the constitution. If you can't get more than 6% opposing constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of religion then you're barking up the wrong tree - and so are those cranky Dominionists.

Actually, many, if not most, of Dominionist leaders are as cool as cucumbers in public, even when upset. I've only seen one -- Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence -- who showed any visible exasperation when he ever so grudgingly called for the state legislature to make changes to its recently passed so-called "religious freedom/protection" law which had caused such a furor of embarrassment for the entire state of Indiana. Before that press conference, Pence was silent for nearly a minute and could be heard breathing heavily, as if seething with anger.

Now that a Dominionist is a Vice Presidential candidate, we can expect to see more Dominionists more openly espousing their views than ever before.


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I guess my trolling was too subtle.
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And we all know that South Carolina's founding fathers intended that state to be a safe haven for Mozlems.
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Can the dominionist posts be posted here permanently and shreve could just post a small link in the other threads? My scroll finger gets sore sometimes.
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Meh. I'm not worried. I'm not even concerned. Despite much activity, your Dominionists, if that's even what they are, have accomplished less than nothing. Their agenda has actually been pushed back rather than forward. Now that SCOTUS has ruled that gay rights and gay marriage must be legal everywhere, the religious right has been forced into the same strategy they've been using on the abortion front since Roe v. Wade: attempts to inconvenience, deny or delay service, all of them quickly enjoined and shot down by the courts. They are a minor blemish on the body politic, and life outside the political realm is rapidly moving past them.

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Can the dominionist posts be posted here permanently and shreve could just post a small link in the other threads? My scroll finger gets sore sometimes.

Oh, I dunno. Gotta love those creepy pictures of Ted Cruz. He makes a good make-believe villain. When they do the movie version, he should play himself.

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Can the dominionist posts be posted here permanently and shreve could just post a small link in the other threads? My scroll finger gets sore sometimes.


Can it happen? Yes. Will it happen? No.

Remember, this thread is not to provide more information. It's the same information he always copypastas. This thread is because he wasn't getting enough response from his other scroll-over posts and he needed to attentionwhore some more. This thread is not about brevity or being topical. It's about being even Shreveier.
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If I were a secret Dominionist, I'd advance my nefarious plot by creating an apparently delusional character like James, and post nonsensical rants against Dominionism under his identity, so that anyone who might start to suspect my Dominionist ways would be convinced it's just a delusion after all.
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Daniel Edwards
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DaviddesJ wrote:
If I were a secret Dominionist, I'd advance my nefarious plot by creating an apparently delusional character like James, and post nonsensical rants against Dominionism under his identity, so that anyone who might start to suspect my Dominionist ways would be convinced it's just a delusion after all.


Now you mention it I believe he's never denied being a secret Dominionist. Coincidence?
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