"God is indeed a homophobe" - Ron Paul Curriculum Author Who Wants Stoning, Biblical Slavery
"Precinct by precinct, town by town, county by county, a decentralized political movement could begin to undermine the legitimacy the existing political structure....
The central issue is legitimacy. The supreme goal is to undermine the legitimacy enjoyed by the prevailing central state."
Is the strategy that Gary North outlined in 2008 the very same one that Ron Paul is now pursuing ? The evidence is compelling - Ron Paul shows no sign of receding into the background. His media presence is only growing, especially with the recent launch of the Ron Paul Channel.
In many respects, the master strategy that Gary North outlines is merely a continuation of an initiative, launched from the dominionist and theocratic religious right during the late 1980s, to gradually take over the Republican Party, from the bottom up.
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Theocratic Libertarianism: Quotes from Gary North, Ludwig von Mises Institute Scholar
Footnote #1: On page 111 of Tools For Dominion, Gary North opens a chapter titled "A Biblical Theology of Slavery" with,
"Without a proper understanding of the theological foundation and institutional functions of indentured servitude in the Old Testament, the reader will be baffled by several of the case laws of Exodus. Modern man's automatic negative reaction against the word "slavery" makes it imperative that the serious Bible student understand the biblical concept of servitude before he begins a study of Exodus 21; otherwise, he will be tempted to conclude in advance that these case laws do not apply today, that they were designed for use by "primitive desert tribes" rather than designed for use by all societies everywhere."
North takes great pains to distinguish his concept of Biblical Slavery from the historic U.S. Southern institution of slavery, it is worth noting. It is slavery nonetheless, but North ties his advocacy for Biblical slavery to a trenchant (and still applicable) critique on the dysfunctional nature of the modern U.S. penal system. On page 116, North sketches out the theological underpinnings:
"hierarchical temporary bondservice of man to man under biblical law is the system that God has established for the reformation of covenant-breaking men, which in turn reflects His permanent covenantal rule. Indentured servitude always points to liberty, meaning covenant-keeping liberty under God. Covenant-keeping men are institutionally subordinated to God in terms of a law-order that progressively. brings long-term prosperity and liberty (Deut. 28:1-14). Servitude is inescapable, but the forced system of bondage known as indentured servitude is used by God to bring self-discipline and maturity to His covenant people.
On page 121, North notes that the form of Biblical Slavery advocated by Reconstructionists is somewhat controversial:
"When English-speaking people use the word "slavery," they have in mind especially the West's Negro slave system, or perhaps some other system of permanent slavery. The word produces a kind of "knee-jerk" negative response. This is why it has been so difficult for Christians to discuss the Old Testament institution of slavery in a calm, analytical manner. 22 For example, in a hostile article attacking the Reconstruction movement, author Rodney Clapp warns his readers: "More startling than any degree of influence, however, is what Reconstructionists actually propose for society: the abolition of democracy and the reinstitution of slavery, for starters."23 He never cites any evidence for his accusation. There is a reason for this gap in his documentation: Christian Reconstructionists do believe in democracy - meaning representative republican government, with Old Testament Israel as the model 24 and they do not believe in slavery along the lines of Western Negro slavery. 25 What Christian Reconstructionists do accept is the continuing moral validity of the Old Testament's system of indentured servitude: for debt repayment (instead of nearly painless declarations of bankruptcy) and for restitution payments to victims by criminals."
Even slightly more controversial, perhaps, is the Christian Reconstructionist vision for the permanent enslavement of "heathens", non-Christians that is. On pages 121-122, North elaborates,