Exodus leaders Alan Chambers and Randy Thomas, and Exodus media blogger Nancy Brown, frequently applaud the political activism of people like Alan Sears (Alliance Defense Fund), the Rev. Richard Land (Southern Baptist Convention), and D. James Kennedy of the Center for Reclaiming America, which acted as lead sponsor of Exodus’ 1998 national ad campaign.
In an April 7 article for Rolling Stone, writer Bob Moser uncovers an antidemocratic call to arms by Exodus’ friends at a recent conference at CFRA.
The conference is reported to have been awash in the religiosity not of self-sacrificial and peaceful Christianity, but of a violent martial cult.
From an opening hymn:
“Seize your armor, gird it on/Now the battle will be won/Soon, your enemies all slain/Crowns of glory you shall gain.”
To the casual observer, the conference’s pledge of allegiance reads like a threat of death and repression against anyone deemed to be a disbeliever:
“I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Savior for whose kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen and coming again, with life and liberty for all who believe.” [Emphasis is XGW’s.]
As portrayed by Moser, the conference leaders’ agenda is simple enough:
Turn American public schools into Saudi-style madrassas. Base the nation’s court system on the Old Testament. Imprison homosexuals.
Among the conference highlights that Moser spotlights:
- Kennedy proudly commits blasphemy, declaring himself and his fellow militants “the vice regents of God.”
- Sears vows to abolish the separation between church and state — or, more specifically, his church and the state.
- David Limbaugh, liberal-bashing author and brother of Rush, declares war against the nation’s judges, declaring them to be atheists; partisan political petitions blast the Democrats even though Congress has approved more judicial nominees of Bush than of any other president since Jimmy Carter.
- Richard Land “takes particular aim at the threat posed by John Lennon, denouncing ‘Imagine’ as a ‘secular anthem’ that envisions a future of ‘clone plantations, child sacrifice, legalized polygamy and hard-core porn.'”
- Gary Cass, executive director of Reclaiming America, cheers a successful campaign to shut down an antibullying program in West Virginia schools.
- Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., calls upon fellow Christian militants to “save America!” by turning the nation’s churches into tax-exempt Republican political recruiting stations.
Moser briefly traces a sea of money flowing to these Dominionists, alleging that much of their power comes from donations by:
- Rich DeVos, founder of Amway and a GOP candidate for governor of Michigan;
- Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza and major donor to Focus on the Family; and
- Jean and Steve Case, formerly of AOL.
These allegations, while intriguing, are not substantiated.
Since 1998, I have been asking Exodus leadership to explain why it affirms celebrities who wage character assassination and theocracy against America’s families, communities, and diverse faiths.
I’m still waiting for an answer.