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Dominionism: Do Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry Believe Christians Should Rule World?

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A new report claims GOP presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are part of an extreme Christian theological movement called "Dominionism" that advocates world domination by Christians.

The Daily Beast describes it:

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Put simply, Dominionism means that Christians have a God-given right to rule all earthly institutions. Originating among some of America’s most radical theocrats, it’s long had an influence on religious-right education and political organizing.

It appears followers are serious in their beliefs, The Daily Beast writes:

For believers in Dominionism, rule by non-Christians is a sort of sacrilege—which explains, in part, the theological fury that has accompanied the election of our last two Democratic presidents. “Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ—to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness,” wrote George Grant, the former executive director of Coral Ridge Ministries, which has since changed its name to Truth in Action Ministries. “But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice ... It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time ... World conquest.”

And now they apparently have top candidates Bachmann and Perry waving their flag:

Writing about Bachmann in The New Yorker this month, Ryan Lizza spent several paragraphs explaining how the premise fit into the Minnesota congresswoman’s intellectual and theological development. And a recent Texas Observer cover story on Rick Perry examined his relationship with the New Apostolic Reformation, a Dominionist variant of Pentecostalism that coalesced about a decade ago.

While Bachmann and Perry are reportedly linked to Dominionism, Perry is said to be "marginally more reasonable" about it than Bachmann.