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In a May 30, 2012 story in The Guardian, journalist Katherine Stewart, author of The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children reveals that next Fall over 100,000 elementary school students in American public schools will receive explicit coaching on the scriptural justification for killing unbelievers, every last one - drawing on Old Testament scripture that, according to Pennsylvania State professor Philip Jenkins, author of Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses, has historically been used by the Pilgrims to justify slaughtering Native Americans, by Catholics and Protestants to justify slaughtering each other, and during the early 1990s in Rwanda, to justify killing Tutsis.  

The genocide lessons - which emphasize that divinely-mandated instructions to kill unbelievers must be carried out thoroughly and without reservation, will be taught next year in "Good News" clubs in over 3200 public schools across America, by the Christian fundamentalist ministry Child Evangelism Fellowship.

As Stewart describes, the CEF's new curriculum is quite direct - there's nothing "spiritualized" or metaphorical about its use of scripture.

Paraphrasing the Old Testament scripture I Samuel 15:2-3, the Child Evangelism Fellowship's new lesson plan teaches, "You are to go and completely destroy the Amalekites (AM-uh-leck-ites) – people, animals, every living thing. Nothing shall be left." The manual then instructs the teacher to tell students, "That was pretty clear, wasn't it?" Stewart continues,

"Even more important, the Good News Club wants the children to know, the Amalakites were targeted for destruction on account of their religion, or lack of it. The instruction manual reads:
"The Amalekites had heard about Israel's true and living God many years before, but they refused to believe in him. The Amalekites refused to believe in God and God had promised punishment."
The instruction manual goes on to champion obedience in all things. In fact, pretty much every lesson that the Good News Club gives involves reminding children that they must, at all costs, obey. If God tells you to kill nonbelievers, he really wants you to kill them all. No questions asked, no exceptions allowed."
Stewart emphasizes, it doesn't stop there. As I Samuel describes, Saul was not fully compliant with God's orders to kill every last one of the Amalekites and their livestock - he let the king and some of the animals live. The lesson repeatedly hammers the point to students that Saul did not pass the "test" of obedience to God's word.

The lesson ends with the declaration, "If only Saul had been willing to seek God for strength to obey!"

In The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children, Katherine Stewart explains that this deeply disturbing indoctrination, carried out in public schoolroom classes after the school day has ended, is fully legal according to a 2001 Supreme Court decision that ruled that it was unconstitutional to prevent religious clubs such as the "Good News Clubs" from setting up in schools because religion really amounts to speech from a religious viewpoint - in other words, it was a free speech issue.

Emphasizes Stewart, these new clubs that have sprung up in schools across America tend to be run by people from outside the local community, typically fundamentalist Christians who use stealthy and deceptive methods to evangelize children. According to Stewart, the clubs themselves often split entire communities, creating inter-community conflict where none had previously existed.

Stewart's deeply disturbing news comes only days after the release of a new book by one of the original architects of the contemporary politicized Christian right,  Colonel V. Doner, whose Christian Jihad: Neo-Fundamentalists and the Polarization of America warns that the evangelical right's "neo-fundamentalism" is coming to mirror the radical Islamic fundamentalism behind the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Writes Doner,

"While many fear the Islamic fundamentalists' plot to place the world under Islamic Law, the Sharia, most Americans may not know that Christian conservatives, long the dominant wing of the Republican Party, are increasingly falling under the spell of theocratic utopianism with its goal of establishing "God's Law" as the law of the land."
In the book, Colonel Doner ("Colonel" is his name, not a title) describes his background, as a "Christian Jihadist", and his break with the Christian right movement he'd helped to create, writing,
"I realized that the main difference between "our people" and "their people" (Islamic fundamentalists) was that ours (with the notable exception of bombing abortion clinics and assassinating doctors) had not (yet) resorted to violence."
At the core of Doner's book are two chapters devoted to Sarah Palin and the New Apostolic Reformation - possibly the most radical, and perhaps the fastest growing, segment of American evangelicalism - a faction of "Neo-Fundamentalism" so politically and ideologically extreme that Doner worries its leaders might trigger a second American civil war.

The New Apostolic Reformation is the charismatic evangelical tendency in evidence in the 2006 documentary Jesus Camp, which covers a Christian summer youth camp run by child evangelist Becky Fischer, who, in the documentary, expresses her hope that the Christian children at her camp will learn to be as dedicated to their faith as Palestinian suicide bombers.

Making a major appearance in the documentary, at Fischer's camp, was NAR prophet and The Call ministry founder Lou Engle, whose The Call stadium events have included exhortations from Engle and his young disciples, from onstage, for their followers to become martyrs for the cause.

Youth pastors from Engle's ministry are currently running after-school evangelism clubs, similar to Child Evangelism Fellowship's "Good News" clubs, in California public schools.

Engle's ministry played a major role, in 2008, in helping mobilize churches in California to pass the anti-same sex marriage voter amendment Proposition Eight. In May 2010, Engle took his The Call event to Kampala, Uganda, in apparent support of a bill, looming before Uganda's parliament since 2009, that in its original form would allow the execution of gay Ugandans for something termed "aggravated homosexuality".

Speaking to BBC reporter Sorious Samura, at the Kampala The Call rally, powerful Ugandan evangelist Julius Oyet, who openly calls for the execution of homosexuals, stated that "Lou Engle is a strong ally" and interpreted Engle's The Call rally as clear support for the bill.

Beyond advocacy of martyrdom and virulent opposition to LGBTI rights, another theme that the New Apostolic Reformation shares with militant Islam is its desire to destroy objects associated with competing faiths.

In March 2001 in Afghanistan, the Taliban dynamited the mammoth 6th Century "Buddhas of Bamiyan". New Apostolic Reformation doctrine teaches that followers of competing belief systems practice idolatry and witchcraft, and NAR leaders advise their followers to burn, smash, or otherwise destroy or dispose of books, art, and other objects associated with competing beliefs, such as Catholicism, Mormonism, Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, Hinduism, Buddhism and other eastern religions, Christian Science, native religions, and Baha'i.

This June 2nd, 2012, United States Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) will be a featured speaker at a conference hosted by the Fort Mill, South Carolina ministry of Rick Joyner,  a major apostle and prophet in the New Apostolic Reformation. In a 2007 "prophetic" writing, that seemed to envision a coming Christian version of Sharia law, Joyner declared,

The kingdom of God will not be socialism, but a freedom even greater than anyone on earth knows at this time. At first it may seem like totalitarianism, as the Lord will destroy the antichrist spirit now dominating the world with "the sword of His mouth" and will shatter many nations like pottery... the kingdom will move from a point of necessary control while people are learning truth, integrity, honor, and how to make decisions, to increasing liberty so that they can.

Originally posted to Troutfishing on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:03 PM PDT.

Also republished by Street Prophets .

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