Voter memory saves Hawaii from mixing religion, politics

Fortunately, here in Hawaii, we lucked out. There are more sane and intelligent voters than there are nuts. Also, it seems, some folks have long memories. Thank goodness.

I’m speaking about Duke Aiona. In the 2010 gubernatorial election, Pastor Ed Silvoso declared, “It doesn’t matter if the Republican or the Democrat win the governorship of Hawaii. Either one is already in the kingdom.” 

He was referring to Duke Aiona, who ran as a Republican and Mufi Hannemann who ran as a Democrat.

Silvoso also, in Mar del Plata, Argentina, likened opponents to his movement as “rats that would be killed when necessary.”

Aiona said at Silvoso’s conference, Nov. 7, 2009, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, “We’re one body of Christ, we’re one church, and we’re all here to disciple the nations, here in Hawaii and everywhere else, and I want you all to know that. May God’s grace be with the participants of the International Transformation Network Global Conference. Aloha, from myself, Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona to all but particularly Ed (Silvoso.)”

In that race, Duke ran as a Republican and Mufi ran as a Democrat competing in the primaries with Niel Abercrombie.

In the last, most recent election, Duke ran as a Republican and Mufi ran as an Independent spoiler to destroy Ige’s chance of winning. Once again, sanity reigned.

ITN  — International Transformation Network — is that network of which Silvoso is CEO. “ITN operatives have played a significant role organizing and inspiring Uganda’s legislators who have drafted, co-sponsored, and backed draconian an anti-homosexuality bill before Uganda’s parliament the execution of many HIV positive Ugandans.” 

The penalty for being homosexual in Uganda is life imprisonment.

ITN efforts in Hawaii were coordinated with an entity called Transformation Hawaii, of which Duke was listed as Hawaii’s honorary chairman and member.

Happily, today, many remembered the association with a religious-political movement that, beyond U.S. shores, is brutally eliminationist. Its goal is to bring its version of Christianity into all areas of society, government, media, education and business. Isn’t that just too, too Republican?

On Dec. 8, 2004, Duke proclaimed: “Our school will become God’s school, our community will become God’s community, our city will become God’s city, our island, our state, will become God’s Hawaii.”

A theocracy is a social structure. Like a monarchy, a democracy, a dictatorship. Theocracy being the absolute worst.

Theocracy is a government which claims to be immediately directed by God, and divinely blessed. The country tends to be intolerant, either passively or overtly, to faiths other than that recognized by the state. The country identifies itself and its laws within religion and religious doctrine. There is no legal separation between church and state, and citizens of other faiths are often excluded or hampered from participation or expelled. Because a theocracy is exclusionary, it can never be a democracy which requires inclusion without exception of all equally. It cannot be a republic because a republic requires the separation of church and state and equal rights to all.

Examples of theocratic countries include Israel and Iran … and Hawaii?

Bettejo Dux is a Kalaheo resident

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