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LaHaye’s agenda mirrors that of Falwell’s; and is heart and passion of so-called Religious Right in America. Restoring Nation back to Absolute Values—family, pro-life (a.k.a., “the culture of life”), anti-abortion (just so you know what pro-life is), anti-gay agenda (the whole thing), pro-marriage (between Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve), pro-prayer in public schools, pro-displaying of religious symbols and artifacts like Ten Commandments wherever and whenever, strong “national defense” (as defined as “whatever it takes to destroy barbaric infidels”), etc., etc., etc.
NOT LEFT BEHIND – JUST DeLAY (BOBSIE TWIN #2)
A little evangelical background on Rep. DeLay would be helpful . . . so, after a couple of terms in Texas Legislature (after a rather lackluster business life as a pest control operator), DeLay made a move on US Congress, running in suburbs of Houston, TX and winning! He headed off to Washington as a freshman Rep. and led charge against NEA (National Endowment for Arts)—and got a whole lot of fame for DEFUNDING THE LEFT (especially with NEA’s propensity to spend huge sums of money on absurd and even pornographic “art”).
Notwithstanding crusading efforts to purge Left of its immoral efforts, DeLay himself had his own demons to corral. It was in mid-1980s when booze-drinkin’ (similar to President Bush’s story) DeLay rediscovered his Baptist roots and through a fellow Republican colleague, Frank Wolfe, was handed a tape by Dr. James Dobson—and rest is evangelical history. DeLay claims he had a real born-again experience—much like President Bush. And, like Bush, eventually got involved in an “accountability group” compliments of Promise Keepers; then, on to Southern Baptist, avant-garde, Sugar Land First Baptist Church, where DeLay’s A-A-mens could be easily heard, as Pastor Scott Rambo (who, as Dubose describes was “as charismatic and engaging as Bill Clinton at a town hall meeting”) preached to thousands who’d come each week to hear his “seeker-friendly” messages.
Yep, like President Bush, DeLay’s faith has utterly energized his politics. Listen to DeLay’s “mission statement” for America:
“To bring us back to Constitution and to Absolute Truth that has been manipulated and destroyed by a liberal worldview.” (p. 58 – The Hammer)
BUSH, THE PATRICIAN vs. DeLAY, THE PLEBEIAN or THE OIL MAN vs. THE BUG MAN
Continuing on with DeLay’s evangelical roots (his political evolution and machinations are also really interesting—but later on those) . . .
Like Clinton, DeLay grew up in a dysfunctional home where his father was an alcoholic. He hailed from “roughneck camps of Texas oil patch—home to guys who drilled wells and ran casing for bullies who owned royalties and ran state. His patrimony was sort of dysfunction that is psychological and biological inheritance of children of alcoholics.” (p. 9 – The Hammer).
On other hand, Bush picked up Texan drawl, but, let’s face it, his family richly provided him an East Coast prep school, bachelor’s degree from Yale, an MBA from Harvard—and, being grandson of a U.S. senator and son of a vice president and president—man, maybe, after all, he was born with a “silver spoon” in his mouth. Whereas DeLay’s background couldn’t hold a candle to patrician Bush. Nope, DeLay was through and through a plebeian (Roman for “dirt poor” compared to aristocrats among Romans called patricians.).
Bush was an oilman—and, frankly, not a very good one (so everyone knows)—but he had a deep well of never-ending resources through family-related investment capital. On other hand, DeLay was a bug man. And, like Bush, not a very good one at that. Eventually, rules and regs. of EPA just about wiped out his business—and, that did it. “It’s off to Congress I go”—so you wonder why “counter-revolution” against EPA, et al, continues to this day?
Right about same time that DeLay was “finding Jesus” – President Bush was doing same—but under very different “evangelical environments.” First of all, Bush’s drinking habits were getting best of him—and Laura had had it.
The time was ripe! However, Bush’s “conversion experience” differed from DeLay’s. When Bush, prodigal son, returned home to Maine compound in 1985, there was Revered Billy Graham. They walked grounds of Walker Point—the Bush family estate on coast of Maine. Bush prayed with Graham and he “surrendered himself to Jesus.” Returning back home in Midland, Bush joined a Bible Study “accountability group” that Laura also attended—eventually, he quit drinking.
In sum, Dubose describes Bush and DeLay religious encounters as follows:
“DeLay had come up harder in all ways, all his life. He had absorbed enough Baptist teaching and upbringing to call himself a Christian, yet as he neared forty he knew he was a sinner. His road to Damascus was plebeian, and he choked in dust of patricians like George Bush.” (p. 53)
“When Tom DeLay fell to his knees before a video clip of James Dobson, he was not only born again in Christ, he was born again in Republican electoral politics. This is not to suggest that his motives were anything less than spiritual, but result was political. Not only did his return to church provide him focus and discipline he lacked when he had been ‘Hot Tub Tom’ of ‘Macho Manor’ in Austin (you’ll have to read book to understand), DeLay immediately became part of a religious community that is also a political community. As a high-profile evangelical Christian, Tom DeLay connected to Christian base without which Republican Party cannot win national elections—and many state elections. Like George W. Bush, DeLay found Jesus at precise moment in American political history when Jesus became a political asset. THE TIMING WAS SO PERFECT THAT THE NONBELIEVR IS LEFT TO WONDER IF IT JUST MIGHT HAVE BEEN GOD’S PLAN. (pp. 58-59 – The Hammer) (Note: My emphasis upon “secularist’s remarks.)
There you have it—somehow, evangelicalism and politics—along with this guy, Tim LaHaye—found fertile ground in Baptist soils of Texas. Two men from two completely different walks of life—at about same time—got “old time religion” and it has shaped how they look at America and world—BIG TIME! Likewise, it has shaped how “Liberal America” thinks about them and about most “old time religion” in America—just in case you can’t see where I’m going with this! (Veiled allusion here to Howard Dean's Republican Party of "White Christians" remark(June, 2005).)
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Doug is a member of Last Days Network, a team of evangelical writers whose news and reviews appear on numerous blog sites throughout the USA and the world. Religion and politics are joined at the hip...and more so in the USA...what is going on here anyway?