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October 19, 2011

A Scary Right-Wing Extremist And Christian Supremacist

D. James Kennedy’s Radical And Subversive Legacy Lives On
Georgia native D. James Kennedy, Ph D was a Christian broadcaster, author, and the Senior Pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 1960 to 2007. He was born in Augusta, Georgia in 1930 and died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2007. Kennedy was notable for building his church into a mega-church,  serving on the Board of the Moral Majority, and for embracing the extremist ideology of Christian Reconstructionism.

Christian Reconstructionism requires Christians to wear their faith on their sleeve, and inject faith and religion into all areas of one’s life, including education, business, government and politics, within the private sphere of life and the public.

Christian Reconstructionists make no pretense of subscribing to the pluralistic ideals of religious tolerance because this would require them to accept a non-Biblical source of ethical standards. They envision a future in which non-Christians will eventually be relatively few in number and surrender the public square to Christian rule.

The father of Christian Reconstructionists,  RJ Rushdoony supported the reinstatement of the Mosaic law's penal sanctions. Under such a system, the list of civil crimes which carried a death sentence would include homosexuality, adultery, incest, lying about one's virginity, bestiality, witchcraft, idolatry or apostasy, public blasphemy, false prophesying, kidnapping, rape, and bearing false witness in a capital case.

In the Internet archive of the website Americans United for Separation of Church and State, I found a 1999 article written by Rob Boston, that outlined the beliefs that Pastor Kennedy espoused largely through writing.

What does Kennedy think about the separation of church and state? He doesn't like it. Kennedy's 1994 book, Character & Destiny: A Nation In Search of Its Soul, is riddled with attacks on the constitutional principle. Among other things, Kennedy calls church-state separation "diabolical," a "false doctrine" and "a lie" propagated by Thomas Jefferson.

Are TV preacher D. James Kennedy's views extreme? Judge for yourself. Here is a sampling of opinions taken from his 1994 book, Character & Destiny: A Nation In Search of Its Soul (written with Jim Nelson Black):

The United States: A Christian Nation
"But the fact is, the United States of America was conceived and brought forth by Christians, and history tells us that story in no uncertain terms....Anyone who reads about the values upon which this nation was founded understands perfectly well that this was, from the start, a Christian nation." (p. 71)

Secular Sinners
"Modern secularists and agnostics do not want to admit that the Christian religion is true, because that would mean that they are sinners; and they have no intention of giving up their right to sin." (p. 46)

No Power On Earth Can Stop Us
"This is our land. This is our world. This is our heritage, and with God's help, we shall reclaim this nation for Jesus Christ. And no power on earth can stop us." (p. 85)

Reclaiming America For Christ
"How much more forcefully can I say it? The time has come, and it is long overdue, when Christians and conservatives and all men and women who believe in the birthright of freedom must rise up and reclaim America for Jesus Christ." (p. 80)

D. James Kennedy Ph D

1930 Born in Augusta Georgia

1959 Ordained a Presbyterian Minister

1960 Arrives at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

1962 Founder Evangelism Explosion International

1971 Founder Westminster Academy

1974 Founder Coral Ridge Ministries (Now called Truth In Action Minstries)

1976 Co-founder Moral Majority

1989 Founder Knox Theological Seminary.

1995 Founder Center for Christian Statesmanship

1996 Founder Center For Reclaiming America
Sponsor of annual “Reclaiming America For Christ” Conference

2006  Pastor D. James Kennedy's Coral Ridge Ministries attempts to link Charles Darwin's theory of evolution to Adolf Hitler and the atrocities of the Holocaust

2007 Dies in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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