Sunday, September 18, 2005

Will Ed Meese Force Katrina Victims to Glean for Dinner?

“Former Attorney General under Ronald Reagan Edwin Meese has become an unofficial adviser for New Orleans area reconstruction,” writes Wayne Madsen. “Meese has a close working relationship with Karl Rove, the newly-appointed White House point man for Gulf Coast rebuilding. The major link is Meese’s leadership position in the Christian big business and fascism-rooted Fellowship Foundation. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the Fellowship Foundation is a powerful and wealthy tax-exempt religious foundation financed by defense contractors and other corporations that uses ‘Jesus’ as a corporate logo in the same manner McDonald’s uses the ‘Golden Arches’ and Microsoft uses a multi-colored window pane.”

It should also be noted that Meese is connected to the Council for National Policy, “a secretive forum, formed in 1981, for leading US conservative political leaders, financiers and religious right activist leaders,” according to SourceWatch. Members include Pat Robertson, former AG John Ashcroft, and Rev. Rousas J. Rushdoony, founder of Chalcedon Foundation (now deceased). Rushdoony was an advocate of Christian Reconstructionism and the Chalcedon Foundation promotes the idea that “historic, orthodox, Biblical Christianity should govern every area of thought and life. Chalcedon’s cause is simple, radical, and comprehensive. It admits no division between the ‘private’ and ‘public’ spheres. If God is sovereign and Jesus is Lord, this divine sovereignty and Lordship is designed to engulf every aspect of human existence-not just the private and ’spiritual,’ for instance.”

It is not difficult to connect the dots here. Meese, as the “unofficial adviser for New Orleans area reconstruction” and a follower of Christian Reconstructionism—or so we can only assume since birds of a feather flock together—will likely attempt to force his “faith-based” theocratic dogmatism on the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Not only do reconstructionists believe (under Mosaic Law) homosexuals and fornicators (and those engaging in pre-marital or extra-marital sex) should be stoned to death, they also believe minimum-wage laws should be abolished (note Bush’s revoking of the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act in ravaged areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi) and “old-age security would be covered by … care from adult children” (no word on what the elderly who lost their adult children to Katrina will be expected to do), and (my favorite) the poor will be allowed to “glean” (gather grain left behind by reapers) “on private farms,” according to the Christian Century. Just in case you think Meese and the Christian Reconstructionists are lone voices in the spiritual wilderness, consider the following: “approximately half of the members of the U.S. Congress say they are members of these communions,” according to a white paper released by the Boston Wesleyan Association.

Is it possible Meese buys into the philosophy of Rev. Rousas J. Rushdoony, a one-time fellow traveler at the Council for National Policy? If so, the residents of New Orleans—who are (or were) primarily African-American—have something to fear. “The background of the Negro culture is voodoo and magic; and the purposes the magic are control and power over God, man, nature and society. Voodoo and magic was the religion and life of America’s Negro,” Rushdoony wrote in his The Institutes of Biblical Law (Nutley, NJ: Craig Press, 1973). In fact, it appears the late mental case Rushdoony even accepted genocide: “Every social order institutes its own program of separation or segregation. A particular faith and morality is given privileged status and all else is separated for progressive elimination.”


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