Michelle Goldberg has written a lot about the alleged dangers to democracy posed by the crypto-proto-totalitarians who gather inside America’s evangelical churches week by week (you know, the kind of people who close emails with “God bless” or “Blessings”.)

She recently returned to her well-rehearsed thesis—one she admits is perceived by some as “outré” and, well, a bit “paranoid”—alleging in the Daily Beast that GOP presidential nomination contenders Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann are theocrats-in-waiting and under the influence of something called Dominionism.

The two candidates, she writes, are “deeply associated with a theocratic strain of Christian fundamentalism known as Dominionism.”

Goldberg links Bachmann to Christian philosophers R. J. Rushdoony and Francis Schaeffer, as well as to Truth in Action Ministries, and warns that while George W. Bush “eroded the separation of church and state, the GOP is now poised to nominate someone who will mount an all-out assault on it.”

Hmmm. I’ve been an evangelical all my life. I’m involved in the pro-life movement and have (on my own time) given to and worked for candidates such as Pat Robertson (1986-87 GOP presidential nomination run), Mike Huckabee, and many others. I’ve worked for almost 20 years at Coral Ridge Ministries, now Truth in Action Ministries, the media outreach founded by Dr. D. James Kennedy. I’ve also read the complete works of Francis Schaeffer.

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