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Dan Quayle served as U.S. Vice-President from 1989-93 under Pres. George H. W. Bush.
Dan Quayle is a Presbyterian. He has attended Presbyterian congregations (typically conservative ones) throughout most of his life.
Dan Quayle has been associated with an "Interdenominational" Fundamentalist congregation. He became devotee of Colonel R.B. Thieme, of the Berachah Church in Houston.
From: Webster G. Tarpley and Anton Chaitkin, George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography, Chapter XXII (http://www.kmf.org/williams/bushbook/bush22.html; viewed 29 November 2005):
The power behind Dan Quayle is widely acknowledged to be his consort, Marilyn Tucker Quayle. Mrs, Quayle has been described as a "prototype of the new-age political spouse: an asset to her husband as a polished professional, not just a decorative surrogate." [fn 45] Mrs. Quayle comes from an evangelical family; her father, of Nineveh, Indiana, believes that Satan is trying to destroy the world and agrees with Ronald Reagan that the best president of his lifetime was "Silent Cal" Coolidge. Mrs. Quayle advocates the death penalty and says she grew up in a home environment in which daily Bible study was a duty for all. The Quayle family was Presbyterian at first, but later broke with this denomination to gravitate towards the teachings of Houston, Texas spiritual leader Colonel R.B. Thieme, whose taped messages were an institution in the Tucker household.
From: Suzanne Nicole, "Dan Quayle and Armageddon", published in Freedom Writer, September/October 1990; posted on IFAS (International Fine Art Society) website (http://www.ifas.org/fw/9009/quayle.html; viewed 13 April 2001 version using archive.org on 29 November 2005):
Marilyn's sister Nancy Tucker Northcott told a journalist that Thieme's taped sermons were a constant background refrain in the Tucker home. Mrs. Tucker "played them all day, every day." This sister also pointed out that Marilyn "uses some of [Thieme's] Sunday school things.. in her home as a supplement for thir own church," which latter is a branch of the Prebyterian Church of America. Marilyn Quayle herself endorsed R.B. Thieme's devotional materials as "very good." But Quayle and his handlers have attempted to distance the family from Thieme.
Colonel R.B. Thieme is the pastor of the Berachah Church, an interdenominational-fundamentalist institution located in the Galleria neighborhood of Houston, Texas. Thieme is a preacher of decidedly military cast who sometimes wears his World War II US Army Air Force unform during his appearances in the pulpit. The Bulletin and Prayer List for the Berachah Church stresses the military motif, with a quarter of its space being devoted to parishioners who are on active duty with the US military. Thieme sees the world approaching the end-time, and exhorts his congregation to "prepare for battle," while "preparing for the rapture." His ideal is one of "Christian knights, soldiers going to war for Jesus." The official hymnal of the Berachah Church contains "Christian Soldier," with ranting doggerel lyrics by Thieme set to the tune of "Men of Harlech," the traditional Welsh air:
Christian solider with Christ soaring Do not fear the devil's roaring, Wave on wave of Satan's demons Clash with groaning sound.
'Tis the thrust of Satan's dagger Sin and death to make men stagger With their unbelief in darkness, They shall die in hell.
Gospel of a new salvation, In Christ a new creation The Word of God now going forth Shall launch its bolts of thunder.
Christian soldiers you're victorious, Trusting Christ the strong and glorious, Faith with faith a mighty victory Conquers sin and death.
In politics, Thieme rails about the modern United States as a "mobocracy" threatened by "satanic propaganda" and "creeping socialism."
The liturgy for Thieme's lilly-white congregation is built around a lecture in which Thieme dispenses a strange and eclectic mixture of Hebrew and Greek philology, Biblical nominalism, modern psychological jargon, and plain gibberish while his audience sit in what looks like a high school auditorium and busily take notes and underline passages in their Bibles. Sin nature control, we learn, can lead to dissociation and multiple personality disorder. There are eight stages of reversionism through which a psycho-believer may descend to implosion and self-fragmentation. It is a blasphemy to make promises to God. We should not be sorry for sins, but we should turn our minds away from sin. It is blasphemy to say that we invite Christ to come into our hearts; rather, Christ invites us. Spiritually brain dead believers do not understand that they can be saved by faith alone and by the spirit (pneumatikos). There are those among the born again who become murderers, and so forth in eclectic and vindictive brew.
R.B. Thieme has been described as "a cult figure" by James Dunn, the executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs in Washington. Controversial through he may be even among fundamentalists, Thieme is one of the Quayle family's contact points with the legions of Armageddon, who provided a decisive base of support for the Bush-Quayle administration during the Gulf war.
Vice President Dan Quayle's parents and wife are "avid followers" of a far-right preacher named Colonel Robert B. Thieme Jr. of Houston, Texas, according to several published reports. Who is this influential man? What does he teach?
During Memorial Day weekend in May 1990, Thieme (pronounced "theme") was in Arlington, Virginia to conduct four evenings of a regional bible conference for his East Coast followers. Only a few miles away, President George Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev were meeting at the White House to discuss peace at the same time that Colonel Thieme was predicting that, within ten years, war between the United States and the Soviet Union is inevitable.
He said that Gorbachev's glasnost and perestroika initiatives are a "deception" to weaken America's defenses. The money offering from his audience of about 300 was taken up in upside-down, camouflage combat helmets instead of collection baskets. The ushers who took the collection were uniformed Marine, Army, Air Force, and Navy men.
Thieme, a former Army Air Corps lieutenant, is an ordained minister who studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary, which is well-known for its fundamentalist and Armageddon theology. He has pastored Berachah Church in Houston for forty years. Thieme has had an impressive nationwide outreach ministry through audio and video tapes since 1961. He claims former senator and Air Force major Barry Goldwater as one of his closest friends.
Thieme's most devout followers call themselves "the invisible heroes" and are forming groups and churches all over the U.S. One of these groups meets right outside the Marine base at Quantico, Virginia. They believe that Bible "prophecies" about the end of the world, through nuclear holocaust as the result of a Soviet attack on Israel, may be about to come true and cannot be prevented. They fiercely oppose peace talks with the PLO or with the USSR, not because of practical cautions, but because of their religious conviction that the Arabs and Soviet Union are destined to invade Israel. Thieme gives the details in his audio tape series on "Armageddon" and "Mideast Crisis."
Colonel Thieme was cited as the behind-the-scenes Bible scholar and "military expert" for the World War III scenario in the multimillion bestseller The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey. Since 1970, over 25 million copies of the book, in more than 30 languages, have been sold. The book is still widely available in Christian bookstores.
Lindsey's 1989 book, The Road to Holocaust, is dedicated to Thieme. Recent bulletins from Thieme's Berachah Church list the Hal Lindsey Ministries as one of its prayer and outreach efforts. Both Thieme and Lindsey teach that the Bible says two-thir ds of the Jews worldwide must die, and that billions of all nationalities will also perish in a nuclear war they expect by about the year 2000. They also teach that born-again Christians and Jewish converts to Christ will be the only survivors upon a new earth which will be miraculously restored by God.
Former Nixon aide Charles Colson, in his 1987 book, Kingdoms in Conflict, has warned from his more moderate evangelical Christian viewpoint that a U.S. president in the 1990s could indeed trigger off World War III over Israel, if influenced by Bibl e prophecy ideas such as Thieme's. Former congressman Paul Findley in the 1989 update of his book, They Dare to Speak Out, also deals with the threat of this Armageddon theology.
It is well-known that Dan Quayle has taken a separate, bellicose, negative stand from that of President Bush in regard to the peace talks and arms reductions agreements with Gorbachev. During the same Memorial Day weekend as the summit conference, the Washington Post reported Vice President Quayle's pessimistic remarks at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington, Virginia. Quayle claimed, in a tone strikingly similar to Thieme's, that the U.S. is still in danger and must be prepared for a "surprise" from the Soviets.
Dan's wife, Marilyn Quayle, has been described as a Colonel Thieme "devotee." Our press and broadcast media need to make a more thorough investigation into the probability that Dan Quayle may be either a present secret believer, or heavily influenced by his wife's admitted belief. What the Quayles believe about Armageddon is of critical importance to all Americans and to the fate of the entire world.
From: Political Graveyard website (http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/quackenbush-quigg.html#R9M0JA6IB; viewed 29 November 2005):
Quayle, James Danforth (b. 1947) - also known as Dan Quayle; "Scorecard" - of Huntington, Huntington County, Ind. Born in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., February 4, 1947. Married, November 18, 1972, to Marilyn Tucker. Republican. U.S. Representative from Indiana 4th District, 1977-81; U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1981-89; Vice President of the United States, 1989-93; defeated, 1992; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 2000. Member, Rotary. Still living as of 2003.
From: Peter Roberts, "James Danforth Quayle" page in "God and Country" section of "Science Resources on the Net" website (http://www.geocities.com/peterroberts.geo/Relig-Politics/JDQuayle.html; viewed 29 November 2005):
Religious Affiliation: "Interdenominational" Fundamentalist
Summary of Religious Views:
Although raised as a Presbyterian, Quayle became a devoted follower of Colonel Robert B. Thieme, Jr., an apocalyptic fundamentalist.
"When parents display their own belief in God, children learn that a life based on faith provides a firm foundation. Parents are more credible when setting rules and goals if they can offer a grander scheme, a source of comfort, and a sense of the eternal. And children who see their parents submitting to God will be more willing to submit to their parents' rules as well." -- The American Family (with Diane Medved), 1996, p 275
"The most needed value in America now is gratitude -- because there is so much to be grateful for. Grateful to our Founding Fathers, to our families, to our friends and neighbors. And most of all, to God" -- The American Family (with Diane Medved), 1996, p 277
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