Following is a letter that was published in the local paper about Christian Reconstructionism. I had heard this term used before, but was not totally familiar with its meaning. After reading the writer’s comments, I have a much better understanding of what Christian Reconstructionism is … and it makes me shudder.
To give the letter the increased exposure that I think it deserves, I am reprinting it here, with the author’s permission:
Christian Recontructionism (American Taliban) is a broad social, political and academic agenda whose ultimate goal is to change American culture by shaping public policy and laws to reflect Old Testament or biblical law. Reconstructionism would eliminate not only democracy, but also labor unions, civil rights laws and public schools. God’s law approves of the death penalty for murder, abortion, homosexuality, adultery, incest and disobedient children.
It might surprise you that Islam and Christianity are both based on the Old Testament. Fundamentalist societies based on the Old Testament will have similar values. The Puritans, Amish and Warren Jeffs’ Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are American versions. Minimal education, oppression of women, strict laws and punishments are the norm. Todd Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ comments are typical.
Reconstructionists are trying to force creationism into public schools in order to indoctrinate all children in biblical law. The Supreme Court has ruled against it. But since Reconstructionists believe ‘Biblical law trumps the Constitution,’ the fight continues. They have become vocal politicians and encourage Christians to fight the ‘establishment.’
Christian Reconstructionism isn’t about honoring God, it’s about controlling America. Christianity isn’t about bombing abortion clinics, carrying guns or forcing creationism on children. Christianity is not about overthrowing your government. Christians’ religion has been hijacked for political gain. They need to stand up and fight back before they lose both their faith and their country. — Janine Kloes