Tea Party’s climate change platform influenced by dominionism


This article on the Tea Party and climate change doesn’t identify dominionism as the philosophy behind quotes such as these:

  • “It’s a flat-out lie,” Mr. Dennison said in an interview after the debate, adding that he had based his view on the preaching of Rush Limbaugh and the teaching of Scripture. “I read my Bible,” Mr. Dennison said. “He made this earth for us to utilize.”
  • “They’re trying to use global warming against the people,” Ms. Deaton said. “It takes away our liberty.” “Being a strong Christian,” she added, “I cannot help but believe the Lord placed a lot of minerals in our country and it’s not there to destroy us.”

Dominionism, an idea influenced by Social Darwinism, Christian Reconstructionism, and Christian Nationalism states that Christians have dominion over all the earth.This belief has a wide variety of implications.

Beyond an irresponsible view of how to take care of the environment, dominionsim is linked to other far right-wing movements, including  Christian Reconstructionalism and Christian Nationalism, which  have influenced the politicization of faith, especially in conservative politics. Salon journalist Michelle Goldberg’s book Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism was written in 2006, pre-Tea Party.  In this introduction to the subject for The Huffington Post, she quotes D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Ministries:

“Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ — to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness.But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice.It is dominion we are after. Not just influence.It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time.It is dominion we are after.World conquest. That’s what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish.”

Framing climate change as part of Christian beliefs rather than scientific issue  and the lack of acknowledgement of environmental responsibility is a logical fallacy and divorce from logical fact.

The replacement of American civil law with narrowly-interpreted Old Testament law, the marginalization of most of society, and preference for theocracy advocated for by dominionists  has very little to with the ethos and principles of the Bible, in which love, egalitarianism, and social justice are prominent.

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Check out this interview about The Family, an organization based on the idea that Christianity has gone off the rails by focusing on poverty and other social justice issues.

FreedomWorks, a conservative advocacy group known for oil industry ties has strong ties to the Tea Party movement–and to promoting false information about clean energy legislation and climate change, according to MediaMatters.

Once, my grandmother called me to tell me she was invited to a Tea Party, but was scared to go because she doesn’t like “all that political fuss.” Thank goodness, the event turned out to be a shindig with tea and fancy finger food. Think of the grandmothers, America.

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