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Angle Backers Sending Death Threats, Suggests Her NV Tea Party Rival Scott Ashjian

How to Participate in a Political Party

- Rule the world for God.
- Give the impression that you are there to work for the party, not push an ideology.
- Hide your strength.
- Don't flaunt your Christianity.
- Christians need to take leadership positions. Party officers control political parties and so it is very important that mature Christians have a majority of leadership positions, God willing.

By 1992, as journalist Frederick Clarkson reported that year for Church and State in an article titled The Christian Coalition: On The Road To Victory? - A Special Report From Inside The Pat Robertson Political Machine , the effort had progressed far. In 1994, Robertson's machine helped propel the GOP's takeover of both seats of Congress.

According to a survey commissioned by Campaigns and Elections , conducted in 2000 and published in 2002, by the year 2000, the religious right had established a "strong" position within 18 state Republican Party structures, a "moderate" position within 26, and a "weak" position within seven.

In Nevada, as is common across the United States, a major springboard for lofting religious right political candidates such as Sharron Angle to power is a growing network of megachurches and, as nationally, a major part of the political agenda pushed from rightwing evangelical megachurches in the state has been a sustained attack on gay rights.

At the end of his meeting with Sharron Angle, Scott Ashjian seemed less than convinced, and though it is unlikely mainstream media journalists will notice this, Ashjian's purported death threats from the right were part of an eliminationist political undercurrent - playing would-be fixer at the meeting, in an attempt to smooth over the Angle/Ashjian impasse, was Nevada political eminence Richard Ziser - Harry Reid's opponent for Senate in the 2004 election, whose Nevada megachurch has been linked to an alleged effort to eliminate an entire segment of society in the African nation of Uganda.

Antigay godfather of Nevada

Playing godfather in the drama, as a mediator between the two rightwing rivals at the meeting between Ashjian and Angle, was Nevada businessman-turned culture warrior Richard Ziser - who ran against US senator Harry Reid in the 2004 election. Ziser, who hosted the meeting at his house, has served as president and chairmen of elders at the Canyon Ridge Community Church in Las Vegas which, as evangelical Christian professor Warren Throckmorton has chronicled, has been funding Ugandan evangelist Martin Ssempa, one of the point leaders accused of leading an anti-gay campaign of hatred in Uganda and helping launch the so-called "kill the gays bill" which opponents of the bill accuse of being designed to imprison or execute most or all homosexuals in the country.

As noted in a 2002 Reno News Review story, in 2000 while serving as a top leader at the Canyon Ridge church, Ziser's Coalition For The Protection of Marriage campaigned for Proposition 2, one of the earliest anti-gay marriage state Constitutional amendment ballot initiatives in the United States.

In 2004, when Richard Ziser led an outmatched effort to unseat Democratic Senator Harry Reid, Canyon Ridge Community Church members contributed $2,000 to Ziser's campaign according to, a project of The Center For Responsive Politics.

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