God’s Christian Warriors

In a two-hour investigation that reports on God’s Christian warriors, Amanpour interviews evangelicals confronting public school curricula, morality in entertainment and public life, reproductive health and marriage issues.

In the late 1970s, a modern religious involvement in American politics began largely in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion, Roe v. Wade. Dr. Jerry Falwell, a preacher, founded an overtly political faith movement, the “Moral Majority,” and Liberty University, an institution with aims to place its graduates in influential political positions. By the 1980 national election, the group had played a leadership role in the defeat of 12 incumbent U.S. senators – largely on moral grounds – in the wake of the “Reagan Revolution.” God’s Christian Warriors was filmed primarily in the United States.
A companion Web site to God’s Warriors offers users show excerpts from the documentary, an audio podcast and an exclusive video diary that goes behind-the-scenes with producers as they traveled in Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East for principle filming.
This online content will be available at http://edition.cnn.com/godswarriorsopk. The podcast will also be available for download from iTunes.
“Christian warriors”
Greg Boyd is the pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minn. He believes that politics and religion should not mix.

President Jimmy Carter has been an outspoken critic of what he sees as the dangerous growth of religious fundamentalism in the world today.

Mandy and Megan Chapman are twins and students at Liberty University, a Christian school in Lynchburg, Va., founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.
Richard Cizik is Vice President for Governmental Affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals. He is an environmental activist and believes saving the planet needs to be as important an issue for evangelicals as abortion, same sex marriage and prayer in schools.
The Rev. Jerry Falwell was the chancellor and founder of Liberty University and the co-founder of the Moral Majority. His interview with Christiane Amanpour was conducted the week before his death and is his last television interview.
John Green is a senior fellow in religion and American politics at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, and he also serves as the director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron.
John Hagee is the senior pastor of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. He is a Christian Zionist, dedicated to protecting and defending Israel at all costs.
Russell Johnson is the senior pastor of Fairfield Christian Church in Lancaster, Ohio. He encourages Christians to vote their religious values, and in 2004, was active in supporting an amendment that defined marriage as between one man and one woman.
Ron Luce is the founder of Teen Mania Ministries. His organization holds events across the United States to encourage young people to turn towards Christ and away from what he describes as a poisonous secular culture.
Jennifer and Michael Nevarr are parents who are home schooling their five children to make sure they are educated from a Christian world view.
Mindy Peterson is an intern with Teen Mania Ministries, an organization that encourages young people to turn away from what they see as a morally bankrupt secular culture and towards a Christian lifestyle.
Ralph Reed is the former executive director of the Christian Coalition, a grass roots political organization that made Christian conservatives a political force in the United States.
Rick Scarborough is a pastor and the founder of Vision America. His mission is to create an army of “Patriot Pastors” and churchgoers, who will vote their values and change secular laws to reflect a Biblical morality.
Mathew Staver is the dean of the Liberty University School of Law, which has a classroom set up to replicate the Supreme Court of the United States. He is teaching a generation of lawyers to challenge legislatures and courts to reflect Christian values.
Danille Turissini is a grass-roots activist from Washington State for the organization Positive Christian Agenda, which presents legislation that reflects Christian values.
The videos:
Part 1Part 2 Part 3Part 4 Part 5Part 6 Part 7 Part 8Part 9 Part 10 Part 11
GET THAT … Traditional Jews Question Evangelical Support of ‘Israel’
Some final personal thoughts … in a nutshell:
For me it was almost like an earthquake!
I knew the movements of Christian Zionism as well as Evangelical Christians are powerful here in the US but THAT powerful and influential, up to the very highest echelon, is alarming and did shake me up!

I am asking myself what is happening here. There are followers of Jesus Christ who preached “do not kill”, good people, who read Leviticus 19:18 :
Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the LORD.”,
who listen to Matthew 19:16 who says…
… ” And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
And yet they support a country which brutally oppresses and occupies an entire population, takes away even the bare necessities for life of people who have no means to defend themselves, who’s children are terrified by bombings and shootings and suffering from PTSS (post traumatic stress syndrome) who indiscriminately follow a doctrine which is based on supremacy and racism, who willingly put on blinders and fail to recognize the horrific implications – what spontaneously comes to my mind is the “The Pied Piper of Hamelin”. It it is sad, very sad indeed.

Don’t those people understand the word “Zionism”? I was hoping someone would have explained it at any time during the last three evenings – a word which is frequently used but poorly or not at all understood.
The statement of John Hagee, the senior pastor of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, that “Israel can do no wrong” as well as “War is part of God’s plan” is nothing short of blasphemy and does as such repels me. A good lesson in history as well as a major attitude adjustment would be urgently necessary!
GOD and WAR don’t go together, is an oxymoron, total absurdity!
Alone the IDEA of setting a copy of the “Wailing Wall” of Jerusalem into the church-compound is as absurd as can be but yet it is there, big, smack in the middle!
I really can’t find words for that … in my eyes it is not only utterly tasteless – it is clear fanaticism which I totally reject in any form!
A big BRAVO to Greg Boyd who states that being pro-life is not only about the womb but about LIFE ITSELF!!
Many more thought-provoking issues as well as controversial statements, pages of scribbled notes but for now as I said – in a tiny nutshell. I feel I need to mention ex-president Jimmy Carter though – his realistic view of the situation in the Middle East is striking, his stand toward religious issues convincing and clear!! A truly great man!
I can honestly say I did enjoy every minute of all three presentations, gathered a multitude of new information, priceless insights. Discussions with close friends in reference to a number of issues will follow.
Going down to the essence of all three programs … it shows without any shadow of a doubt how that the radicals of ALL THREE RELIGIONS share their fervency, the rapidly growing instead of shrinking gap.
To be very blunt – I would like to take them ALL, lock them up with a limited amount of food and water and no way of escape. I want to tell them in no uncertain terms that the ONLY way of EVER getting out and thus survive is to find a way among themselves to get along, to start talking, accepting and respecting different views and believes, to become tolerant … to agree to disagree!
This world is all about diversity – and we need to learn how to deal with it! The way we relate in present days to one another is pitiful, nothing but a disgrace …
It is LATE .. but not TOO late yet!
Religion is here to UNITE – NOT to divide! It needs to be taken back to homes, Churches, Mosques and Synagogues, to personal behavior, interpersonal conduct. It has NO PLACE in politics!
A big THANK YOU to CNN and to Christian Amanpour for a difficult and very complex job brilliantly executed!



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