Tuesday, January 13, 2009

News Site Raw Story Catches up with an old friend Howard Ahmanson

For those of us who have been paying attention for a while this story is not surprising.  Howard Ahmanson has a long history attacking the episcopal church and other progressive examples of Christianity.  See this story for more.  His goal all along has been biblical law being codified into US law.  Raw Story calls his group the Christian Taliban.  This is a little harsh but not too much given their desire to have a outdated religious code enacted as current law and their willingness to destroy anything that they do not agree with.  

Ahmanson is a Christian Reconstructionist, a devout follower of the late R.J. Rushdoony, who advocated the replacement of the U.S. Constitution with the most extreme precepts of the Old Testament, including the execution -- preferably by stoning -- of homosexuals, adulterers, witches, blasphemers, and disobedient children.

Ahmanson himself has stated, "My goal is the total integration of biblical law into our lives."
Although the Christian Right never achieved its original goal of taking over California state government -- which may be why Ahmanson and Johnson have turned their attention to passing socially conservative initiatives instead -- it has been far more successful in establishing dominance over that state's Republican Party.

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