Paul’s Preacher Probem: Meet Phillip G. Kayser

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.

Source: TPM

96 thoughts on “Paul’s Preacher Probem: Meet Phillip G. Kayser”

  1. Mike Spindell:

    I finally got a kindle for Christmas and there are so many free books, I will never need to buy another book. As long as the copyright has expired it is free or very affordable.

    Malthus, Smith, Ricardo, Bastiat, Dante, Aristotle, Plato, Hume, Hobbs, Bentham, and many more. some for free some $0.99.

    1. Bron,

      My son-in-law bought me one when I was doing extended hospital stays in 2010. I loved it. My first purchase was the “Complete Works of Mark Twain” for $0.99. My kids bought me a Kindle Fire tablet for my birthday and I like it even better because being backlit, I can read in bed with the lights out and not bother my wife. A problem in my house has always been where to put all the books we’ve accumulated, with our bookshelves overflowing. The Kindle solves that problem and somehow I think it lets me read faster. Re: the inexpensive books this covers almost all of the classics and truly one ca read to their heart’s content and spend little.

  2. Mespo:

    you got taken, you can buy the 6 volumes of his history of rome for 99 cents on amazon, or you can download each volume independently for $0.00.

  3. Mike Spindell:

    thanks for that link on Libertarianism. I think it was satire but it was interesting. It does show that government is the only true protector of individual rights. Which is as it should be.

    But I found this which is rather interesting:

    which was written by the editor of that site. It is thought provoking and I think I will buy the book. There is too much wealth concentrated in the hands of a few and government and corporations tend to form unholy alliances of power.

    1. Bron,

      You will notice that my link comes from the same source as your link The Distributist Review. Whether satire, or not, it illustrates the points I’ve been making here for years about the end result of both Libertarian and Objectivist thought that proponents have missed, or have approved.The book looks quite interesting, but I found it is not available for my Kindles. I will find some way to read it because the link whetted my curiosity about Distributist Theory. In your reply to Mespo though I hadn’t thought about Gibbon being available for Kindle. I’ve only got the expurgated version, but now I ca read the full original, thanks.

  4. “…Virginia-based Xe plans to unveil a new name—Academi—and new logo.” (from the link)

    Company Once Known as Blackwater Ditches Xe for Yet Another New Name


    Dec 12, 2011

    Despite new ownership, a new board and new management, security contractor Xe Services LLC could never shake a troublesome nickname: the company formerly known as Blackwater.

    Now, it’s the company formerly known as Xe.

    On Monday, Virginia-based Xe plans to unveil a new name—Academi—and new logo. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Ted Wright, president and chief executive, said the name change aims to signal a strategy shift by one of the U.S. government’s biggest providers of training and security services.

    Mr. Wright said Academi will try to be more “boring.”

    Founded by former Navy SEAL Erik Prince, the original Blackwater cultivated a special-operations mystique. But it was tarnished by a string of high-profile incidents, including a deadly 2007 shootout in Iraq that ultimately led to its reorganization and rebranding as Xe Services. Mr. Prince left the business in 2010, selling his stake to investor group USTC Holdings LLC.

    Mr. Wright came on board this summer as part of a continuing corporate reorganization. In recent meetings with clients, he said he explained that the new corporate identity was supposed to stress the company’s focus on regulatory compliance and contract management, in addition to its track record of protecting clients. “I tell them, from now on, I’m going to be in the background; I’m going to be boring,” he said. “You’re not going to see me in headlines.”

    But Mr. Wright may be courting controversy in one area. He said he would like to take Academi’s business back to Iraq, and has hired an outside company to help it apply for an operating license there. “I think eventually, we’re going to get a license; we’re going to do business in Iraq,” he said.

    In its various incarnations, Academi has provided protective details for U.S. diplomats and officials in hot spots around the globe. But it is still excluded from one of the most lucrative markets for private security: The Iraqi government stripped the company of its operating license after the 2007 shootout.

    Demand for security contractors in Iraq has surged, however. The State Department is hiring a large contract security force to protect the U.S. mission there, and private security firms also are eyeing possible work for energy companies as the Iraqi oil-and-gas sector opens up to foreign investment.

    Deborah Avant, a professor at the University of Denver who is an expert on private security firms, said the State Department was hiring a “fairly large contingent of people that will be doing a variety of things” in Iraq.

    Iraq’s regulatory and political climate, she said, is fast-changing, and the dynamic will shift after the withdrawal of U.S. troops at the end of the year.

    The rebranded Academi, meanwhile, wants to focus on a new line of business: security assessment. It already provides guards and runs training facilities, but wants to expands its offerings by assessing security risks for both private-sector and government clients.

    The company said it has trained 50,000 people and conducted more than 60,000 protective security missions around the world in the past seven years.

  5. I for one am very unhappy about voting for Obama given his disastrous and very frightening positions on civil rights issues. But, the prospect of any of the republican candidates being elected scares me to death. I am reading Simon Schama’s history of the French revolution and resulting terror. Lafayette largely figured in the course of the revolution until he let the King and the Austrian Bitch (a/k/a) Marie Antoinette escape from the Tuileries while under his guard. Lafayette constantly consulted with the then American Ambassador to France at the time (T.Jefferson) on the drafting of the French Constitution and the structure of French government. Schama reminded me of Jefferson’s belief that constution conventions should be held every 50 years or so. I think we need a complete overhaul. I hate the direction in which I see our country going. Voting for Obama or most likely Romney is NOT a choice.

  6. Obama may pick up the neocon vote after all:

    But if, like me, you find Paul’s ideas dangerous, then as bad as he is, Obama is preferable. Despite the many problems I have with Obama on foreign policy, he has continued many of President Bush’s counterterrorism policies and did prove willing to order the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and the drone attack that killed Anwar al-Awlaki.

  7. Thanks, SM. I’m glad Kathleen Sebelius is qualified to overrule the FDA science panel. Unlike Paul, of course, Obama and his administration is in power now.

    Left ‘speechless’ as Sebelius overrules FDA on access to morning-after pill

    “We expected this kind of action from the Bush administration, so it’s doubly disheartening and unacceptable that this administration chose to follow this path,” NARAL Pro-Choice America said in a statement.

  8. Nice try, puzzling, but Paul signed a pledge to only appoint pro-life cabinet members before Sebelius made this decision for under 17 women.

  9. puzzzling, Unless Paul goes third party, he won’t be running against Obama. Right now, it is Paul versus the rest of the republican party.

  10. Well it is that time again. Like it or not it comes once a year, year in and year out.. Maybe the Samoans had it right: they skipped Friday this year so they can move into the other side of the International Date Line. What if we skipped a century or two? Then we could pretend we are living in the Distant Future and actually have learned something about how to live sensibly with our planet and each other. Oh well, maybe next time. In the meantime:


    Thomas Mann
    Time has no divisions to mark its passage; there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.

    Hamilton Wright Mabie
    New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.

    Charles Lamb
    No one ever regarded the first of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam.

    Alfred Lord Tennyson
    Ring out the old, ring in the new,
    Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
    The year is going, let him go;
    Ring out the false, ring in the true.

    William Ellery Channing
    I will seek elegance rather than luxury, refinement rather than fashion. I will seek to be worthy more than respectable, wealthy and not rich. I will study hard, think quietly, talk gently, and act frankly. I will listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with an open heart. I will bear all things cheerfully, do all things bravely await occasions and hurry never. In a word I will let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common.

    Ann Landers
    Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t find the time. Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories. Vow not to make a promise you don’t think you can keep. Walk tall, and smile more. You’ll look ten years younger. Don’t be afraid to say, ‘I love you’. Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world.

    Maria Edgeworth
    There is no moment like the present. The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh upon him can have no hope from them afterwards: they will be dissipated, lost, and perish in the hurry and scurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence.

    P. J. O’Rourke
    It is better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money.

    Ogden Nash
    Every New Year is the direct descendant, isn’t it, of a long line of proven criminals?

    George William Curtis
    The New Year begins in a snow storm of white vows.

    Ellen Goodman
    We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives, not looking for flaws, but for potential.

    Samuel Johnson
    Surely, it is much easier to respect a man who has always had respect, than to respect a man who we know was last year no better than ourselves, and will be no better next year.

    Friedrich Nietzsche
    No, life has not disappointed me. On the contrary, I find it truer, more desirable and mysterious every year ever since the day when the great liberator came to me: the idea that life could be an experiment of the seeker for knowledge and not a duty, not a calamity, not trickery.

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear, and with a manly heart.

    Kersti Bergroth
    It is difficult not to believe that the next year will be better than the old one! And this illusion is not wrong. Future is always good, no matter what happens. It will always give us what we need and what we want in secret. It will always bless us with right gifts. Thus in a deeper sense our belief in the New Year cannot deceive us.

    Albert Einstein
    I feel that you are justified in looking into the future with true assurance, because you have a mode of living in which we find the joy of life and the joy of work harmoniously combined. Added to this is the spirit of ambition which pervades your very being, and seems to make the day’s work like a happy child at play.

    We got up this morning and with any luck we will get up next year as well.

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