Who Is the Real Anti-Obama School Board Theocrat?

7 11 2008

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Hey, doesn’t she favor that Minnesota McCarthy, Michele Bachmann??

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Michele Bachmann at 2008 RNC, AP photo

I got curious after our last discussion, wondering how any public education official could be so openly anti-American and anti-Constitution, and still be allowed to serve — even in Texas.  And it figures. She’s another Monica Goodling litter-mate, spawned by Pat Robertson to subvert secular justice from the inside.

The connection I personally draw between Palin and Donohue and Gonzales/Goodling, is how in power, they let their personal beliefs and desires run roughshod over others, individuals who do NOT rightfully belong to them to play God (or Godfather) with.

. . .”People see her as the symbol of purity in an atmosphere of corruption,” says Anchorage pollster Marc Hellenthal. “She is almost Saint Sarah.”

Here’s her bio.
Here’s her “law school.”

The school’s motto is “Christian Leadership To Change the World,” and the world seems to be changing apace. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft teaches at Regent, and [up to 150] graduates have achieved senior positions in the Bush administration. The express goal is not only to tear down the wall between church and state in America (a “lie of the left,” according to Robertson) but also to enmesh the two.

The law school’s dean, Jeffrey A. Brauch, urges in his “vision” statement that students reflect upon “the critical role the Christian faith should play in our legal system.” Jason Eige (’99), senior assistant to Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell, puts it pithily in the alumni newsletter, Regent Remark: “Your Résumé Is God’s Instrument.”

This legal worldview meshed perfectly with that of former Attorney General John Ashcroft—a devout Pentecostal . . .[like Palin?]

Yes, the creepiness is palpable. (Just keep telling yourself it’ll be okay, now that the smart states are waking up.)

In a recent Regent law school newsletter, a 2004 graduate described being interviewed for a job as a trial attorney at the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in October 2003. Asked to name the Supreme Court decision from the past 20 years with which he most disagreed, he cited Lawrence v. Texas, the ruling striking down a law against sodomy because it violated gay people’s civil rights.

“When one of the interviewers agreed and said that decision in Lawrence was ‘maddening,’ I knew I correctly answered the question,” wrote the Regent graduate. The administration hired him for the Civil Rights Division’s housing section — the only employment offer he received after graduation, he said.

The graduate from Regent — which is ranked a “tier four” school by US News & World Report, the lowest score and essentially a tie for 136th place — was not the only lawyer with modest credentials to be hired by the Civil Rights Division after the administration imposed greater political control over career hiring.

The changes resulted in a sometimes dramatic alteration to the profile of new hires beginning in 2003, as the Globe reported last year after obtaining resumes from 2001-2006 to three sections in the civil rights division. Conservative credentials rose, while prior experience in civil rights law and the average ranking of the law school attended by the applicant dropped.

. . .Seven years ago, 60 percent of the class of 1999 — Goodling’s class — failed the bar exam on the first attempt.

Btw, Cynthia Dunbar’s graduation “with honors” was before Goodling’s dismal class even, in 1990. Six years before the ABA accredited it.   Some honor.

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7 11 2008
boremetotears

from Slate: Regent estimates that “approximately one out of every six Regent alumni is employed in some form of government work.” And that’s precisely what its founder desired. The school’s motto is “Christian Leadership To Change the World,” and the world seems to be changing apace.

So, is Regent U. where you go after graduating from Patrick Henry College (www.phc.edu)? I ask because I happen to know that PHC is where you go after 12 years of Christian homeschool — and the mission statements all sound so similar [smile-wink]

7 11 2008
JJ

Must be. 🙂

The Regent law school was founded in 1986, when Oral Roberts University shut down its ailing law school and sent its library to Robertson’s Bible-based college in Virginia. It was initially called “CBN University School of Law” after the televangelist’s Christian Broadcasting Network, whose studios share the campus and which provided much of the funding for the law school.

8 11 2008
Betty Malone

From Sojourners Website, Jim Wallis writes: (And speaks to my heart as a progressive Christian thinker)

Most elections are just power rearrangements; this one was a transformational moment in our history. A fundamental shift is taking place in America, and we saw the evidence on Nov. 4th. It is a political shift, a cultural and racial shift, a generational shift, and a religious shift.

The leadership of African-American and Latino Christians along with a new generation of the faithful in white America are ending an age of narrow and divisive religion. This new faith coalition voted for a broad new moral agenda for faith in public life. Racial and economic justice, creation care, peacemaking, and a more consistent ethic of life will be the keystones of this growing shift.

This changing face of religion in America gave Barack Obama a 4.4 million voter net gain of Protestants and Catholics over John Kerry and helped lock up key swing states across the country. Real number gains were made among a new generation of white evangelicals. In James Dobson’s home state of Colorado, the percentage of white evangelicals voting for Obama nearly doubled from those voting for Kerry. In Indiana, a state Obama won with little more than 26,000 votes, he picked up over 160,000 white evangelical votes over 2004. In Florida, Christian voters of all stripes swung hard for Obama giving him a net gain of 485,000 Catholic and Protestant voters over 2004. This year it was just about 200,000 votes in Florida that made the difference; in years past it was just a few hundred votes that swung the state.

Further polling results will help to answer the critical question of why religious voters cast their ballots the way they did. But three factors are likely key to understanding the religious shift.

First, the leadership of the African-American and Hispanic churches was more important than ever before in an American election. This time, white evangelicals played a supporting role while it was Christians of color—who are almost all “evangelical” in their theology—who led. The election results reflect a surge of support among black and Latino voters, galvanized by a campaign and a candidate who better spoke to their aspirations and values. Their overwhelming support marks a growing shift within the religious landscape toward marrying social conservatism with a deep commitment to social justice. Recent studies indicate that Latino voters are very pro-life on abortion yet also consider the debate on immigration as a key religious and “life” issue for their community.

Second, a new generation of pastors and students cast a “post-Religious Right ballot” this election. Polls leading up to the election showed a significant break from the previous generation on issues like gay marriage and abortion, which while still a top concern, it is not the only one. For those Christians, sanctity of life now includes poverty, war, genocide, and climate change. Healthy families are also still a top concern, but many Christians don’t see gay and lesbian rights as a primary cause of family breakdown. These religious voters refuse to be distracted by the culture wars of the previous generation. This new generation are not the evangelicals the country is used to seeing and hearing about in the media, and they are already reshaping the future agenda. The break is so stark that several conservative evangelical college newspapers endorsed Obama.

Third, we see a broadening of the agenda with fewer single issue voters. “Pro-life” voters are realizing that their faith calls for a consistent ethic of life from “womb to tomb.” Voters are now judging candidates based on who best addresses all the threats to human life and dignity. And for some, a more pragmatic strategy of serious abortion reduction, rather than a strategy of continuing only to try to make abortion illegal, is appealing. It is becoming a common ground that could break the ideological deadlock of the past 30 years. This consistent ethic of life has caused a significant shift in the political agenda of many Christians by expanding their definition of what it means to be pro-life. They are tired of political pandering to the issue that seems to be more about winning elections than pragmatic solutions.

Christians of color, younger white Christians, “new evangelical” pastors and leaders, and progressive Catholics and Protestants from many denominations are reaching across barriers to change the face of Christianity in this country—and also to engage with allies in other faith communities. They have learned many lessons from the mistakes of the Religious Right and aren’t about to repeat them. And they are not about to become a new “Religious Left.” When asked if they are liberal or conservative, many answer “yes,” depending on the issue. And because they don’t easily fit the political categories of left and right, they could become bridge-builders, bringing a divided nation together on the really big and politically transcendent issues like poverty, human rights, climate change, energy transformation, and the urgency of peace. And isn’t that just what our new president is calling for?

8 11 2008
COD

Yeah, the black and latino churches fired up the masses to vote for Obama, and to codify discrimination against gays. If there was any group that you would think would be extra sensitive to codified discrimination…

8 11 2008
Debby

It’s often been my experience and observation that groups that are in the midst of (or recently ended) active hateful discrimination are less empathetic to other groups being discrimnated against.

I don’t want to start a flame fest but here goes

Jews in post WW2 and the Palestinians
African Americans and immigration issues
Latinos and African Americans
And going way back…original unionizers and the minority community

You get the idea. I’m not sure why that is…is it that the group is so caught up in their own pain (and I’m not saying they shouldn’t be) that they can’t see someone elses?

No one ever calls out the African American and Latino communities on their homophobia because we’re all too wary of criticising them (and alienting them from Democratic candidates)

8 11 2008
JJ

Well, that makes some sense at first thought. Hmmm.

Abused kids tend to grow up to be abusive and/or abused adults, even though obviously they have the most reason not to, and usually swear never to treat others as they’ve been treated. Children of alcoholics too.

There’s the Stockholm Syndrome where hostages identify with their captors because it feels safer or something? Maybe that’s part of how people wind up becoming the oppressor?
And I was just citing Philip Zimbardo’s situational psychology (Stanford Prison Experiment) to someone earlier today, how even as the lead experimenter instead of a participant, he too was pulled inexorably into the cruelty of the environment he’d become part of, without intending to, becoming deadened to the suffering all around him. . .

8 11 2008
JJ

Wonder if that applies to controlling and oppressive religious community/cults? Hey, we may be onto something! — wacko school board lawyer lady here, for example. Think about the psychology that would push her to treat kids as god’s pawns, not just her own but the community’s kids — even public school kids — with an education and upbringing like her own?

Grow up with church as government, and you naturally try to recreate that in your adult life even if you hated it at the time, and are sure that’s not what you’re doing? Wow, this needs some Googling at a minimum.

8 11 2008
JJ

Is it sweeps week or something? PBS has GREAT programs this week — God on Trial and Boogie Man, and now check this out, too:

PBS PARENTS
“Mean Girls” in Kindergarten

How can you help your daughter move beyond fighting and social
cliques?

Start early. Jane Katch, an author, teacher and PBS
Parents advisor, is discussing how to support healthy social
lives for girls in kindergarten and beyond.

15 12 2008
JJ

Follow the “Dump Bachmann” movement here. YouTube videos featured.

Hat tip to that Minnesota guy whose science blog is a cover for his own nasty sock and meat puppetry, so I’m not linking . . .

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