Archive for November, 2011

Chick-Fil-A’s links to dominionism and anti-gay agendas

Chick-Fil-A's links to dominionism and anti-gay agendas
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This article prompted a discussion on my Facebook account today:

A friend of mine posted a few subsequent articles that illustrate exactly how deep Chick-fil-a is involved in agendas that they have not exactly been forthright about in the past. She said, in part: They are a part of an extreme right wing conservative Christian movement called “Dominionism”, that seeks to turn this nation into a Christian theocracy. Dominionists are extremely powerful and have a lot of money and influence in right wing politics.

Chick-fil-a is essentially saying, “We’ll take money from LBGTs and feed them but we’re going to use that money to fund organizations that work to deny their equal rights.” That is abhorrent. The restaurant itself may not technically be discriminating but they ARE funding people who do. They’ll take money from anyone but where that money goes is the real question.

Following that statement, she posted this explanation:

Chick-Fil-A may have some of the best-known links to dominionism, in part because of their extensive promotion of dominionists in things as simple as children’s meals.

One of the tactics Chick-Fil-A is infamous for is stealth evangelism targeting kids–via use of both Veggietales and via giving out Focus on the Family audio programs as children’s meal incentives.

“Veggietales” was originally created by Paxson Communications (owner of PAX-TV and a major player in the dominionist “alternate media”) as an alternative to PBS programming for families in the dominionist “parallel economy”; according to the very creators of the show, they apparently think Sesame Street promotes the “homosexual agenda” and hence the creators made the “parallel economy” alternative.

Veggietales is, by the explicit admission of the creator, designed to recruit kids into dominionism as early as the toddler age; disturbingly, Veggietales has been used to recruit kids into “revivals” held by Assemblies “name it and claim it” preacher Luis Palau and in a flyer distributed in a public school trying to recruit kids into a “Jesus Camp” type summer camp affair.

Of disturbing note, the creator of Veggietales is linked to one of the early dominionist “Joel’s Army” groups, Maranatha (FACTnet, a group dedicated to exposing coercive and abusive groups, has more info here). Maranatha was so spiritually abusive it was banned on multiple state campuses; it has since reinvented itself under the names “Morning Star International” and “Every Nation”.

Chick-Fil-A has distributed CDs of the dominionist program Adventures in Odyssey; this show has been described as a Radio “Jesus Camp”, and is broadcast on radio stations that are part of the dominionist “alternate media”. Show topics have included promotion of assistance to the Contras (under the guise of “evangelisation” of the Miskitu first nation–a very common method FGBMFI-linked groups used to funnel aid to the Contras which made the Miskitu targets of both the Contras and Sandanistas as a result; the Miskitu had been Christianised since the early 1800s and actually had a European style of government by the 1850s, and were in fact largely Protestant well before the dominionists came with their Contra funding-fronts). Other fun radio topics include the wholescale genocide of a people simply because they were pagans and a story on how it is permissible to steal and destroy roleplaying games belonging to another person to prevent them from being “demonised”.

Chick-Fil-A has also been associated with the promotion of “dad’s groups” linked to Campus Crusade for Christ (which has been noted as being coercive on a number of campuses) and promotes the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation–a group that has promoted “bait and switch” evangelism, is a major funding source for dominionist groups, and is most known for having famous sports figures (including, formerly, NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon) promoting an explicitly dominionist version of the New Testament.

Truett Cathy, the head of Chick-Fil-A, claims to >use “Biblical principles” in running Chick-Fil-A–often this is a code-word often used in the dominionist community to flag a business as “dominionist friendly”.

Hawking dominionist “kid’s meals” is bad enough. That’s far from the only support Chick-Fil-A gives to dominionists, though.

Among other things, Chick-Fil-A is a major sponsor of National Bible Week–a dominionist-operated scheme to get state legislatures to pass resolutions declaring a week of Bible study and which was started by a proto-dominionist group in 1940 called the “National Coalition for Religious Recovery” (which felt the Great Depression occured because people “got away from the church”); is one of the largest corporate funders of Focus on the Family (and FotF has lauded him back in past–after all, he does drop those CDs encouraging the genocide of the entire pagan population into kid’s meals); apparently publishes books on “Christian business” popular in the dominionist community; and operates a fairly extensive group of facilities targeting kids and adults.

And when I say “Winshape” is extensive, I mean extensive; the network includes a “parallel economy” alternative to Outward Bound, a “training group” for collegiate dominionists, a network of foster-care homes, a own “Jesus Camp” type affair, an explicit missionary corps a la Youth With A Mission to train “future Christian leaders” (presumably to start dominionist movements in their own countries), a religious retreat (which is affiliated with a college which started out as a conservative Bible college and missionary school (and is still technically a Protestant college, though they do allow non-Protestants to attend), and finally a marriage counseling retreat.

In regards to that “retreat”–it includes seminars from a dominionst “marriage counseling” service (which has a bibolatrous statement of faith); the counseling service has links to Salem-controlled groups as well as a plethora of dominionist sponsored links. (As noted, Salem Communications is a big player in dominionist radio.) The Winshape marriage seminars also include links to a second “Christian counseling” service which is explicitly dominionists-only; in fact, it’s associated with an “ministerial mill” with close links with steeplejacked congregations and dominionist churches–as revealed in the staff page. Folks associated with Intimate Care Ministries (one of the groups linked to the second group) have been associated with Bill Gothard et al; Bill Gothard is a known promoter of dominionist “deliverance ministry”, including operation of dominionist “character city” stealth-evangelism programs aimed at public schools and promoting the rather bizarre idea that “Cabbage Patch Kids” dolls were demonically possessed and caused infertility, and at least one exit-counseling group considers his work potentially abusive.

Rather disturbingly, it also has programs that could potentially put spouses at danger (there is no communication with the outside world, and at least some of the tracks deal with spouses who are physically abusive to their spouses–a situation where it is far more appropriate for the spouses to separate and the abused spouse to protect him/herself)).

Chick-fil-a is not the only company that funds these dominionism movements. Further reading shows that Amway/Quixtar, Hobby Lobby, and US Plastics are also majorly funding dominionism. So what do you think? Are you comfortable giving money to companies without really knowing where your money is going?

Additional reading, Dominionism’s parallel economy: corporate sponsors:

5 Facts About Dominionism:

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John Lennon’s to-do list transcript

John Lennon's to-do list transcript
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It seems Yoko Ono has released a to-do list written by John Lennon. The list, written in ink on yellow paper, is going to be auctioned for a minimum of $3,000. I was sent the image by my friend Martina and I then found out that Lennon made out the list for his personal assistant. Some media outlets are reporting that he’s writing to himself, but if you really read it carefully, he wasn’t so dense as to need to coach himself on dealing with cable repair guys or about his hair dryer. He was clearly writing to someone else – his personal assistant.

Here’s the image of Lennon’s to-do list.

John Lennon to-do list

A few of my friends have said they can’t read his writing, but oddly, I got all of it except a few words. Here is a transcription of the list.

1. H.B.O guy coming between 3-5: BE THERE. *
(His other guy didn’t know what was wrong)

2. Ask Sam Green for Thor Heyerdah book (return)

3. Ask Steve D. re herbs for cat.

* i.e. when he arrives the desk tells you.
”   ”   ” you let him in
”   ”   ” you tell him what to do
Yesterday they made an offer to attach F.M.
radio (or something) – I’m not sure what they
need – but [???] it must improve
F.M. radio receiver – find out – maybe we do
want it (I didn’t know what he was talking about)

4. Marmalade ([?] jam for [?] [?] already)

5. Would it be a good idea to make sure BOTH CARS have full GAS TANKS?..

6. Margaret Trudeau book:

7. Blue Mystery: The Story of the Hope Diamond
– Suzanne Steinen Patch.

8. Put back Sean’s large mattress. (Today) (His own bed)

9. Tell me about my hair dryer – yea or nay

10. Photos in books (do it while you wait f. H.B.O.)

11. Hook on door in our bathroom falling off

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Do you really want to know about your past lives?

Do you really want to know about your past lives?
Posted by Jessica Jewett 1 Comment »

William Black, age 12, youngest soldier killed in the Civil War.First, I should say happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I had my Thanksgiving on Tuesday because my family works in retail, so we are all victims of unpredictable work schedules.

Last night, Ryan Buell did an impromptu call-in question and answer session to keep himself awake while he drove overnight to South Carolina. Everybody jumped on it except me. I find it very difficult to speak to him when a bunch of other people are listening, especially because my one lengthy conversation with him involved being probed, examined and he somehow pried very personal feelings out of me. I like to be in control of what I share and what I do not. I don’t have that control when Ryan starts asking questions, so I am very shy around him to somehow keep some semblance of control. It’s not him that I don’t want to share experiences with – it’s the strangers listening in on the conversation. I would much rather talk to the guy without an audience. I also think I get so shy around him because men in general very rarely impress me. They typically strike me as lacking depth of feeling and philosophy. They almost never understand what I’m talking about, don’t have interest in deeper discussions, and I usually just end up smiling and nodding like other “normal” women. He impressed me though and I didn’t have to dumb myself down for him at all. The conversation we had in Gettysburg was like seeing my equal in someone else, which I did not expect, and made me recoil like, “Wait a minute – this isn’t what I usually get.” His respect is something I would be honored to have and the fear of saying the wrong thing makes me very quiet. In a nutshell, that is why I’m not so keen on approaching conversations with him when other people are listening. I know what to expect out of him – probing and examination – but I don’t know what to expect out of other people, whether they will get me or bully me as has happened in the past. He’s a safety bubble. The other strangers are not.

So a few people were trying to get me to call in last night but I couldn’t do it. One lady, Valerie, offered to ask him a question for me though. I told her to ask him if he’s ever learned anything about his past lives, as in whether he’s aware of ever having any, but I think my wording got mistranslated somewhere because there was a little confusion when she asked it. He seemed to pick up on my meaning though because he started talking about a dream involving World War II and the Holocaust. Since he is a very vivid dreamer anyway, he wasn’t prepared to say that it was a past life memory for sure, and rightly so. Past lives are so difficult to prove that it’s never advisable to go by dreams alone. Then he went into whether he would really want to know about his past lives at all, which in itself is a common thought process of most men I encounter. Men in general are less willing to explore their pasts, instead thinking more about the future, which Ryan also discussed. He has very vivid dreams about the future. I didn’t find that surprising either. In my experience with hundreds of cases collected since 2007, the male mind is programmed toward the future and the female mind is programmed toward the past and present. Even arguments between couples usually follow these guidelines. Female minds will bring up the most random stuff from the past in the midst of an argument while male minds will argue issues that haven’t even happened yet. I was not at all surprised to find out that Ryan is a future dreamer rather than a past dreamer.

Getting back to his other point, though, whether he would really want to know – this is a valid point that a lot of people echo as well. There are several things at play in these cases. The people who don’t know if they should look into it are often afraid of what they will find. The common response I get is, “What if I was a murderer or did something else really bad?” Another typical reaction is the belief that being aware of your past lives won’t help you in the present or future. A third common issue is people do have memories, whether they are emotional, mental or physical, but they don’t recognize them or pass them off as some other type of paranormal phenomenon. These three beliefs come from a place of not really understanding the process and purpose of reincarnation.

Before diehard Buell fangirls jump on me for saying he doesn’t understand something, I’m not saying those are his reasons. I’m using his response as a way to illustrate the most common reasons for those beliefs. Retract your claws. Sniff my hand. I’m safe.

When someone comes to me saying they’re not sure if they want to know about their past lives, I remind them of a few things. Firstly, every single soul has done something despicable at least once in their past life history. It’s part of the learning process. A very, very long time ago, my husband at the time was killed in a war and left me to raise five small children by myself with nothing. I couldn’t take the pressure and I hanged myself, leaving the five children without any parents at all. That, to me, is as despicable as killing someone else, yet I have not come back with some inherent evil in me. I learned from it. Usually when I tell people about that, they are not so afraid anymore that they might have done wrong in their past lives because they realize we have all done wrong. Everything we have done in the past has led us to where we are now and that is why it matters. Each life is like a connection on a spiderweb. The webbing may go in different directions but they all lead to the same places, the same obstacles and challenges. Some people are not prepared to accept the self-responsibility that comes with being aware of past lives because the awareness means they know about the mistakes they’ve made and they know it’s up to them to break harmful cycles. A harmful cycle does not break on its own. A soul has to do the work to change. Many people I encounter are not willing to do the work because it means taking responsibility for mistakes and damaged relationships. We reincarnate within a group of familiar souls, switching roles from life to life, and if you’re not able to forgive, love or accept any soul, then you will repeat very similar situations in different lives until you grow enough for forgiveness, love and acceptance. In other words, the concept of reincarnation does not allow a person to run away from their frailties or failures in life, and a lot of people find that idea threatening. If you don’t take care of unfinished lessons now, they will follow you into the next life. Human beings are masters of procrastination.

Look at it this way:

If the afterlife is like home and the physical world is like school, how can you advance to higher grade levels if you’re not retaining knowledge from earlier grade levels? Each life is a new grade. Young souls are like elementary school; middle-aged souls are like middle school and high school; and old souls are like being in college.

Make sense? That’s why it matters to be willing to learn about your past lives. They can help you make better decisions here in the present and setting yourself up for the future.

I can talk endlessly about this subject but people accuse Ryan of being long-winded, so I will learn from that and keep this as short as I can. I would like for people to please consider reading my book – Unveiled: Fanny Chamberlain Reincarnated – for a better understanding of my reluctant journey toward understanding the importance of reincarnation. No, I’m not just trying to sell a book. It just explains in great detail better than I can here about how the past absolutely affects the present and future, using my past life as Fanny Chamberlain to illustrate the points.

I really think RYAN needs to read the book too since we talked about it. I’m just sayin’. 🙂

Unveiled: Fanny Chamberlain ReincarnatedUnveiled: Fanny Chamberlain Reincarnated
by Jessica Jewett (my pen name)

Available on and

Throughout her childhood, Jessica is involuntarily thrust into shadowy subconscious memories of faces, events, emotions and voices from a Maine family in a century past. Feelings of being haunted by a woman from the 19th century plague Jessica until she comes face-to-face in a Georgia bookstore with what she realizes is her past life of Fanny Chamberlain, wife of Civil War general and Maine governor, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Twenty years of dreams, visions, photographic evidence, eye-witness accounts and historical documentation culminate until Jessica can no longer deny the truth of who she was, despite her initial vehement refusal to accept it. As Jessica interweaves the events of her present life with her past, she pieces together the lessons, unresolved relationships and questions of self-acceptance to reach a higher understanding of herself, the power of love, the purpose of her life’s journey and how to use her experiences to help others.

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