Yesterday I wrote about Todd Akin’s ties to David Barton, the widely discredited Christian Nation “historian.” Today Think Progress brings us the story of Akin’s ties to the Reverend D. James Kennedy, founder of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and a “Christian supremacist” (i.e. dominionist) minister who “who spent his life organizing a movement dedicated to reorganizing the American government along radically conservative evangelical lines.” According to Think Progress‘s Zack Beauchamp, Kennedy:
… was particularly influential on Akin’s worldview. According to a Politico profile of Akin, “[t]wo sermons by Dr. D. James Kennedy have been very influential for Todd and he references them frequently in discussions of government.” Akin told Kennedy’s Truth in Action (formerly Coral Gables Ministries) organization that “Dr. Kennedy understood how to connect the principles of Scripture with the practical applications of what keeps a nation free, the principles that America was founded on.” Akin also co-sponsored a resolution last year that “honors Dr. Kennedy’s lifetime of service and sacrifice to his God, his country, [and] the ideals of the Christian faith.”
Kennedy, for his part, recognized Akin’s commitment to his mission. In his book How Would Jesus Vote?, he praised Akin as “one of my favorite statesman,” suggesting Akin’s tenure in the House reflected that “he is a seminary graduate and has chosen politics as his ministry.” In 2007, Kennedy’s Center for Christian Statesmanship gave Akin their “Christian Statesman Award,” awarded to “a person recognizes that individuals (as well as nations) must ultimately give account to God and are dependent on Him for prosperity and success.”
The Think Progress article tracks numerous parallels between the teachings of Kennedy and Todd Akin’s policy statements and legislative initiatives – go read it and shudder when you realize that all that is standing between a Christian Supremacist bigot and the Senate is a seriously beleaguered Claire McCaskill. A point made (by one Shaun Duke) in the comment section of the Think Progress article in makes an important point:
The really scary thing is that the American public is not as outraged by these ideas as they should be. After all, most of the stuff these folks believe in (to the point of wanting to make them legal frameworks) are things most Americans disagree with. And yet there’s no push against it in any serious capacity. Those who should be pushing for us (Democrats) really aren’t doing it.
Are our Democratic politicians so easily stampeded that the cover of Christianity, combined with the pervasive right-wing Christian pretense of victimhood, can be used to promulgate an authoritarian, essentially un-American agenda which, according to a prominent theologian, Tom Faw, who warns against American Christo-fascism, “allows Christians, or disposes them, to impose themselves upon other religions, upon other cultures, and upon political parties which do not march under the banner of the final, normative, victorious Christ”?
*Slightly edited for clarity and style.