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Hello.... Hi there... I'm Cynthia Gee, and I'm creating this as a mirror of my other CommonSense blog at HomeschoolBlogger. I am copying the first several articles from over there, and moving them here in their entirety, complete with reader's comments. So if you see your comment HERE, and remember posting it over THERE, relax. You're sane.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Behind the Hyper-Patriarchs, Part II

Lately I’ve been reading about a still darker side to the Reconstructionist/Patriarchy movement. What I have learned is scary, and bad enough that my conscience demands I warn folks about it.Quite simply, it is this:There are those among the movement who claim that since SLAVERY is not condemned in the Bible, it is a perfectly legitimate thing, and advocate a return to the same.J.R. Rushdooney, the father of Reconstructionism, advocated a return to debtor slavery. So does his son-in-law, Gary North.And so do a number of patriarchal successionist “religious” groups in the south today:
“Key members of a white supremacist organization called the League of the South are moving to take control of conservative churches around the South, prompting a possible split in a major Presbyterian denomination. The central player in this little-noticed drama is the Rev. Steven J. Wilkins, pastor of the Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church in Monroe, La., and a founder and current board member of the neo-Confederate League.Wilkins has said that the goal of the League of the South is to save America from “paganism” and restore it as “the last bastion of Christendom” — a Christendom that, in Wilkins’ view, sees slavery as “perfectly legitimate.” “:
http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=432
Sites linking to Steve Wilkins articles and books include Ladies against Feminism (whose owner, Jennie Chancey, is associated very closely with Phillips and VisionForum), and The Patriarch’s Path website, (run by James and Stacey McDonald), which links extensively to articles by both Steven J. Wilkins and Doug Wilson, and Doug Phillips as well.And it seems that Wilkins himself has been a very busy man: in addition to teaching his worldview to his own congregation, he and pastor Doug Wilson, another well-known figure in the Patriarchy movement, have been writing what many would term racist curriculum for a large North Carolina private school:
As printed in The News and Observer, 12/04:“Leaders at Cary Christian School say they are not condoning slavery by using “Southern Slavery, As It Was,” a booklet that attempts to provide a biblical justification for slavery and asserts that slaves weren’t treated as badly as people think. Principal Larry Stephenson said the school is only exposing students to different ideas, such as how the South justified slavery. He said the booklet is used because it is hard to find writings that are both sympathetic to the South and explore what the Bible says about slavery.“You can have two different sides, a Northern perspective and a Southern perspective,” he said.”
The booklet isn’t the only connection its two co-authors have with the school. One of the authors, Douglas Wilson, a pastor in Moscow, Idaho, wrote a book on classical education upon which the school bases its philosophy. Wilson’s Association of Classical and Christian Schools accredited Cary Christian, and he is scheduled to speak at the school’s graduation in May. Some school leaders, including Stephenson, founded Christ Church in Cary, which is affiliated with Wilson’s Idaho church.
The booklet’s other author, Steve Wilkins, is a member of the board of directors of the Alabama-based League of the South. That is classified as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based civil rights group.“Doug Wilson and Steve Wilkins have essentially constructed the ruling theology of the neo-Confederate movement,” said Mark Potok, editor of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report.”
More chilling is the fact that to Steve Wilkins and his associates and their followers, LYING is perfectly permissible, and even virtuous, if it advances the Patriarchal cause. From page two of the same article:“An important tool of the movement is stealth. Theonomists justify this strategy with a Biblical story, “Rahab’s Lie,” of a young woman who lies to protect the lives of Israelite spies in Jericho. In an article posted on the web site of Wilkins’ church, Deacon Kevin Branson praises Rahab as “a spiritual hero” because “she deceived the wicked who sought to kill God’s own people.”Branson said he writes about Rahab because “some of us don’t have a clue about honorable and necessary deception of the wicked.” His conclusion is that “sometimes God requires that we offer by way of our right hand a sweeping sword, and from our lips deception, that the wicked might fail, and Christ and His Bride might flourish.”
Doesn't sound very Christ-like to me. These men advocate lying in the name of God, what could be more blasphemous than that... yet we trust the homeschooling materials they sell to tell the truth to our children, the very people they are trying hardest to influence and bring round to their way of thinking. And Steven J. Wilkin's and Doug Wilson's materials are everywhere.Leave a Comment

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11:20 AM, Jan. 15, 2007 .. Posted by TC Thanks a ton for posting this. People need to be informed. This has been simmering for several years. I have friends who, unfortunately, hang on Wilkins' every word, and are very active in the League of the South. They always invite us to their July 4th festivities (where they fly the confederate flag), but we don't usually go. It's kind of awkward, since we have black children. :/
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2:58 PM, Jan. 15, 2007 .. Posted by cynthiagee Then spread the word. The children that Wilkins, Wilson, Phillips, et al are influencing will be among the adults who will be running this country in 10-20 years. I have Black children too -- two grown up daughters with children of their own. And I do not want my grandchildren to live in their great- grandparent's racist world.
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3:20 PM, Jan. 16, 2007 .. Posted by AcceptanceWithJoy Thanks for your research ~ I gave you a hat tip in my entry today.
re: linking to Wilkins
2:08 PM, Jan. 18, 2007 .. Posted by anonymous I am disturbed that Patriarchs Path and LAF links to a person who teaches such things. I know that the McDonalds just moved from the South to the North and those sorts of things will not be accepted here. Thanks for posting this information. I will be doing my homework regarding this subject.

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