In the 1980s the amalgamated strength of religious conservatives, industrialists and the Republican Party began consolidating political power to control the government on different levels, while progressives and an apathetic public were asleep. Today, that seminal beginning has paid off in many different ways. The amalgamation has now assumed power in all basic governmental structures, both state and federal. True, Clinton and Obama won some presidential terms by popular vote, but they either didn’t acknowledge the underlying threat or just didn’t have the organizational strength to do anything about it.
A sub-facet of the Amalgamation was the earlier founding of the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society. As to the judiciary and taking it over, the society made significant infiltration into law schools, and a significant number of law professors and their students came forth with all manner of theories and op-eds supporting conservative ideology. Evangelicals joined the fight at the Supreme Court and provided a number of their lawyers to argue. For more than a generation, the justices had engaged in a more-or-less explicit initiative to secularize the Constitution. Now, the battle was three-pronged. By using the force of the Amalgamation, the theocrats intended to take over each branch of the federal government while at the same time bringing as many cases as possible before the high court related to the Commerce Clause, free speech in attacking abortion clinics, protecting children from free-thinking through school board meetings and textbook committees, guaranteeing free speech of prayer at football games and in school, and using the First Amendment guarantee of free speech to self-destruct its promise that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
It was 1990 when a little-known and not a particularly astute lawyer hit upon a way to bring theocracy into government. He was jay Sekulow from Brooklyn. He was the leader of Jews for Jesus. The governing board of Los Angelus International Airport banned all “First Amendment activities” on its grounds. Jews for Jesus distributed leaflets seeking converts at the airport. One of their preachers was arrested. Sekulow took the case to the Supreme Court, thinking it was a freedom of religion case, but the way he plead his argument, it was a free speech case. This argument was then used to undermine the Establishment clause. It was serendipity. The Establishment clause had never been before tried. Through this case and subsequent cases based on it, Sekulow and his Jews for Jesus was able to expand religion and conversion approaches into public schools.
Sekulow’s victories drew Pat Robinson’s attention and the use of the 700 Club, based in Virginia Beach, and its far- reaching empire. Justice Scalia and the Federalist Society jumped on the concept and refined the free speech versus prohibition of establishment of religion by the government to set the stage and foundation through the 1990s of allowing and promoting religion through government. That led to cases in which presidents and Congress would fund faith-based initiatives --- in which government programs were handed over to be run by private and religious organizations who now use them for Christian proselytizing and conversion of sinners.
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