to the 10/25/98 Barbwire
VICE-REGENTS" by MoJo Wire reporter Suzanne Herel:
"A faction of right-wing
Republicans who believe in governing by the Bible has already taken
control of the California Republican Party. Now they're poised to duplicate
that feat in 35 other states - and counting - under the banner of the
new National Federation of Republican Assemblies. Their immediate goal:
to cultivate a Reaganesque candidate who can win the presidency in 2000.
Their long-term goal: an America ruled by the word of God," Herel reported.
"NFRA membership now
stands at about 15,000, says NFRA president Stephen Frank, a former
president of the California Republican Assembly who advocates legislating
by biblical principles," Herel wrote.
be biblical principles put into action,' Frank says. Asked about the
differing versions of the Bible used by various religions, he contended
that every religion - even Buddhism - espouses a set of principles similar
to the Ten Commandments," Herel reported.
John Stoos, a former
gun lobbyist, is a senior consultant to the California organization
and member of the fundamentalist Christian Reconstructionist movement,
according to the MoJo Wire.
In an article for the
Chalcedon Report, a journal of the radical Christian Reconstructionist
movement, Stoos "goes so far as to call Christian politicians God's
'vice-regents'...those who believe in the Lordship of Christ and the
"The 'dominion mandate,'
Stoos told the MoJo Wire, is that individuals are impacted by salvation.
You will want to obey God's commandments, and to the extent you do that,
you start being a better person...If there are enough of these groups
in a community, the community is different. If government has a rule
of law that is biblical justice, you will have freedom and liberty."
Journalist Herel added
that the California Republican Assembly "...now champions the English
for Children initiative, which would end bilingual education, and the
Payroll Protection for Unionized Workers initiative, which would abolish
the automatic payroll checkoff for union dues...They condemn the separation
of church and state, abortion, affirmative action, women in combat,
and homosexuality. And members even Frank, who is Jewish
advocate legislating by the Bible."