Laboring For Extremism?

Attorney With Reconstructionist Ties May Head NLRB

Evidence of the Christian Reconstructionists' newfound influence in Washington has popped up in an odd place the offices of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

According to published reports, President George W. Bush is considering naming J. Robert Brame III as a member of the NLRB -- perhaps even as its chairman. Brame served on the board as a Republican selection from November of 1997 until August of 2000, where his far-right views quickly made him anathema to organized labor.

Less well known is that Brame has close ties to two Christian Reconstructionist organizations. Brame is a top official of American Vision (AV), an Atlanta-based group that seeks to replace America's secular democracy with a "Christian" regime based on "biblical law," including enforcement of the harsh legal code of the Old Testament. He has also served as an advisor to the Plymouth Rock Foundation, a Plymouth, Mass., group with similar views.

In a book published by Plymouth Rock, Brame asserted, "Law must be indelibly and explicitly written.... [T]he only sure guide is Divinely-inspired Biblical law superintended by the God Who watches over His Word." At a Plymouth Rock "Christian Heritage Conference" in November 1998, Brame made similar comments, remarking, "In the Old Testament it says, 'God is our King, God is our lawgiver.'"

The views of American Vision, which Brame serves as board secretary, are even more extreme. AV founder and president Gary DeMar has advocated the death penalty for gay people and believes that Christians have an obligation to impose their religion onto others, writing, "Since Heaven is at stake, we have no other choice."

DeMar and other American Vision writers employ shrill anti-gay rhetoric, assert that the Bible gives men the right to rule over women and insist that the United States was founded to be a "Christian nation." In one book, AV asserts that the Constitution was designed to apply only to Christians and insists that "other competing religions were not protected by the First Amendment."