It seems like every election we have another extreme religious figure who becomes a campaign issue for a candidate. Obama had Rev. Wright and McCain had Rev. Hagee and Parsley. Sarah Palin has an actual Kenyan witch hunter. Now Ron Paul has his own embarrassing association. The preacher is Rev. Phillip G. Kayser, a pastor at the Dominion Covenant Church in Nebraska, who has a following in Iowa. The Paul campaign issued a press release (that it later removed from its site) heralding the endorsement of Kayser. The problem is that Kayser believes that gays should be executed according to biblical law. It was a a highly destructive endorsement for Paul who is attracting civil libertarians to his campaign. No one can stop someone from endorsing you, but the campaign clearly sought this endorsement from an extremist with reprehensible views. Unlike Wright, Kayser is not Paul’s personal minister, but the press release made him Paul’s problem in reaching out to civil libertarians.
While the campaign was right to pull the press release, it now should take responsibility and disassociate from Kayser. This is, in my view, another example of the dangers of faith-based politics, something that I have long condemned as inimical to separation principles.
I have not hidden my admiration for Paul, with whom I have spent considerable time discussing constitutional and policy questions. He is genuinely committed to the anti-war and civil liberties issues that he has made part of his campaign — the only such candidate in either the Democratic and Republican campaigns.
It was Paul’s Iowa chair, Drew Ivers, who recently touted the endorsement of Kayser — stating “the enlightening statements he makes on how Ron Paul’s approach to government is consistent with Christian beliefs.” Either Ivers did not know about Kayser’s extremist views (which is possible) or he didn’t care (which would be scary).
Kayser has stated that he and Paul disagree on homosexual rights, including Paul’s support for repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Paul also voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment. Kayser’s views are toxic and hateful. He told TPM, for example, he wanted to reinstate Biblical punishments for homosexuals, which include the death penalty. It is also a concern that Paul’s Iowa state director, Mike Heath, led the Christian Civic League of Maine and was involved in an anti-gay campaign in that state.
It was not Paul’s view on homosexuality but his view on federalism that attracted Kayser. “Under a Ron Paul presidency, states would be freed up to not have political correctness imposed on them, but obviously some state would follow what’s politically correct.” I share many of Paul’s federalism concerns about the shift toward unlimited federal jurisdiction. However, Kayser appears to think that federalism means that states can exempt themselves from the Bill of Rights. He is obviously wrong. Yet, he views federalism as a way of restructuring society along sectarian lines: “Ron Paul’s strictly Constitutional civics is far closer to Biblical civics than any of the other candidate’s on a whole range of issues.”
Kayser’s church appears at war with the separation of church and state — heralding a society that directs implements Christian rules and values:
Christ said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matt. 28:18). Not some authority or most authority, but “all authority.” There is no square inch of planet earth over which Christ does not have authority. He has the authority to rule over the state, business, farming, science, art, economics, education, etc. This means that all of life must be governed by His Law-Word. Christ will not be satisfied until all enemies are placed under His feet (1 Corinthians 15:20-28), and “He will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands shall wait for His law” (Isaiah 42:4). A major portion of the church’s ministry must be to call all competing authorities to repentance through the faithful teaching of the Law-Word of Scripture.
That vision of government seems strikingly similar to the model found in places like Iran, which apply their own religious code.
Notably, he admits that it may be difficult to switch over to a Christian version of Sharia law.
“Difficulty in implementing Biblical law does not make non-Biblical penology just. But as we have seen, while many homosexuals would be executed, the threat of capital punishment can be restorative. Biblical law would recognize as a matter of justice that even if this law could be enforced today, homosexuals could not be prosecuted for something that was done before.”
Notably, the Dominion Covenant Church proclaims its purpose as “[p]romoting and enjoying the dominion of King Jesus over every area of life.” The church calls for “a reconstruction of our society.”
For civil libertarians who are unwilling to support President Obama after his long record of rolling back on civil liberties and increasing national security powers, including his recent signing of a law allowing for indefinite detention of citizens, Paul has become an alternative candidate. However, he cannot court civil libertarians while maintaining associations with such people as Kayser. Once his campaign chair put out the press release, it became a campaign issue and requires more than just a withdrawal of the release without comment.
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Well, as for me, I would prefer Huntsman instead of Obama as a first choice and Romney as a second choice. At least Huntsman does not support a Constitutional Amendment banning civil marriage for sexual minorities. I swear I read somewhere that Ron Paul said civil marriage for sexual minorities is a States Rights issue but he would support a Constitutional Amendment to usurp states rights and enshrine discrimination in our Federal Constitution. John Huntsman does what Ron Paul does, go to his website to look what his policy would be, and there is nothing at all listed for sexual minorities. Ron Paul has a position statement on homeschooling but nothing on civil rights for sexual minorities. John Huntsman likewise says nothing on this topic on his website.
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We, here in America.. have a much larger issue than any other issue.. and that is the fact(s) that there are laws that thwart our US Constitution and what it is suppose to protect, God-given personal Rights, Liberties and Freedoms. Bush signed the Patriot Act.. and Obama signed (in secret, no less) the NDAA.. which, allows for arrest, indefinite detention, torture and assassination of American citizens.. all without due process. Secondly, economically and financially.. the USA is headed for a crisis that will make the Great Depression seem like a walk in the park. And its ‘by design’ in so that chaos will break out and into the streets.. and therefore, Obama will have a just cause (in the eyes of the American people) to enact Martial Law, allowing the military to intervene and start policing our neighborhoods, going door to door collecting everyones guns and arresting people in so to hold them indefinitely.
So, if a huge number of us are locked away somewhere at a FEMA camp, its not going to matter much of minority marriage/unions are an issues, is it?
Get the picture? Thirdly, which of any of those running for the presidency will be willing to overturn the Patriot Act and NDAA.. getting the government out of the personal lives of the citizens.. and also, do the right and most sensible things to get our economy back on track as well as, putting the US in a more favorable view to other countries, with a foreign policy that allows the US to get along with others and not make enemies out of everyone else because the US is a bully?
As far as I know, Ron Paul is the only one with such a mindset. Romney wants to keep the Patriot Act and the NDAA. Santorum does, as well. The object is to get our rights, freedoms and liberties back in full-force.. and our economy back on track.. and a foreign policy that is effective toward helping America and making friends out of other countries.. giving them back their sovereignty and not policing them and trying to make them as we think they should be. We wouldn’t like it if we were constantly policed by foreign military here in the US… but, its going to be such as that if we don’t do some NOW! All the candidates are war-mongers.. with the exception of Ron Paul. He is the brightest and most well-informed of them all… by far. The rest have another agenda.
The USA is so darned messed up! All the evil mess… and this overly RELIGIOUS nut-case. KAYSER NEEDS TO GET INTO THE WORD OF GOD. HE IS A DISGRACE TO CHRISTIANITY AND TO HUMANITY, IN GENERAL. WHAT A MAJORLY JUDGMENTAL PHARISEE.
JESUS CHRIST WOULD KICK HIS SORRY ASS!
And I’m a Born-Again Christian.
RON PAUL 2012!!!!!
Did you ever read Dr. Kayser’s material? Or are you just quoting the Huffington Post? I’ll bet you that if you called him and interviewed him, you’d find him to be far different than you’re saying based on someone else’s news report that takes something way out of context and twists it around.
In all of the hullabaloo, I decided to read Dr. Kayser’s materials because I couldn’t believe that anyone would even say that here in the US. Guess what. There is no place in any of his materials where he says that homosexuals should be executed. In one of his studies, he said that was the way they handled it in the Old Testament. But, there is a new covenant now. He says Christians are to love and not hate. He may believe that homosexuality is a sin, but he is not the monster that you and the Huffington Post says he is. Hate speech in this case was contrived by the HP by taking words out of context. Dr. Kayser never did say or write anything that I can see as hate speech. Research his work (books, sermons, etc.) and find out for yourself. Don’t just quote the Huffington Post.
I will not ever vote for Ron Paul. And if he pulled the press release about Dr. Kayser without finding out the real truth of the situaiton, then he’s nothing more than just a wish-washy politician at heart, after all. Real men stand up for the truth.
But, this destroying a good man’s reputation for the purpose of hurting a political campaign like the Huffington Post seems to have done is just dirty pool.
Nice try to hurt one of few honest leaders around…. I am physician and supposed I get a person that is bleeding to dead, he also has a horrible acne problem, very painful hemorrhoids and a bad smelling ugly fungus on his toes. If he is bleeding to dead, the acne and other problems are irrelevant. We are killing the US dollars. Iran, racist comments, drugs and whatever you want are just distractions. We need to solve the bleeding before we kill the US….He is the only one talking about solving the REAL problems not the bothersome acne . . .
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