If one combines these two definitions, one must conclude that the Republican Party is the largest and most dangerous cult in America.
One must keep in mind that reputation is not everything. Richard Nixon had a reputation as being a "conservative," but the more honest and less partisan liberals admitted that Nixon was no conservative. Bruce Bartlett's book Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy shows that Dubya is not an orthodox conservative. He is clearly one of the most liberal Presidents in American history, and his explosive growth of big government will top FDR's.
Submissive Followers + Unorthodoxy = "Cult"
Now Will Grigg, whose blog James Bovard called "one of the zestiest, hard-hitting political blogs anywhere," has asked, "When Did Conservatism Become a Cult?" This is essential reading. It shows the messianic devotion of the fanatic Bushites. Devotion to Bush is as fanatic as Bush's deviation from conservative orthodoxy, a combination which has to be a classic mark of a cult.
From a Christian perspective, the genuflection recorded by Grigg is horrifying, especially if one is convinced that big government and the killing of over a million non-combatant Iraqis over the last 15 years are contrary to the teachings of Christ. The Bible is an anti-socialist and anti-militarist document; the neo-conservatives are pro-BigGovernment and pro-MassMurder. From this Biblical perspective, Bush's policies are unorthodox , and blind obsequious fawning servile compliance offered toward this idol is cult-like in the extreme. If David Koresh and the Mormons are cults, they are not as dangerous a cult as the Republican Party, which possesses and uses weapons of mass destruction.
It is for this reason that the Libertarian Party offers the only avilable alternative -- and indeed the most Christian alternative -- for Christians. In an age of world-wide democide -- mass-murder of millions by political mega-power cults -- the opening words of the Libertarian Party's "Statement of Principles" stands as an electrifying summons to the entire human race:
We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state...."
As a Christian I cannot join any political party that does not challenge the most dangerous cult of all. There are hundreds of Christian ministries warning about the danger of "cults," but none of them addresses this epoch threat.There are at least 200 million people in America who claim to be Christian, but they are trapped in a mind-numbing cult. This is a voting block that could advance the progress of mankind by orders of magnitude, if they could only be deprogrammed to end their non-rational devotion to the Republican Party.
Imagine a cult leader who claims to be Jesus Christ, the Creator of the world, and demands that his followers worship him by having sex with him. Can there be "reform" of this cult? Can a Christian "work within" this cult? Are there "moderate" members of this cult who excuse their membership by saying "I don't go 'all the way'"?
Everything that Republicans criticized Bill Clinton for doing has been done on a more massive scale by this Republican Administration -- with the possible exception of that Blue Dress thing. The Bush Administration seeks nothing less than the abolition of the United States of America. This homicidal cult must be unmasked.
The Craig for Congress campaign is a small effort towards national deprogramming.