I’m going to talk about ‘theocracy’ as one of the two ways Wikipedia defines it. I’m going to talk about it from a political perspective not a cultural one. I am not a member of the patriarchy; I do know what it is and will leave the sundering and burning of that vile conspiracy to others. Remember, please, that the political is personal.
Wikipedia says that theocracy is:
‘It’s religious institutional representative(s) (e.g., church, temple), either replacing or dominating the organs of civil government as clerical or spiritual representative(s) of god(s).’
I chose this definition because I think that’s what the fundamentalist backers of George W. Bush and the Republican Party are trying to make come to pass….At least that’s what they tell their fundamentalist followers whose support, cash and votes they are asking for in exchange for implementing an American Theocracy. The reality of BushCo. and it’s wholly owned subsidiary The Republican Party’s attempt to institute a Fascist regime is fodder for another day and something that the Xtians are now becoming aware of.
James Dobson head of Focus on the Family, Jerry Falwell and his ‘Moral Majority’, Pat Robertson and his ‘Christian Coalition’ and Pastor Ted, until he ran afoul of a speed snorting leather freak with a big dick are intent on exercising political power through capturing the government of the United States. They intend to use this power to compel the citizenry to live ‘moral and upstanding lives….’ sounds good until one looks behind the pious mask.
Here is Focus on the Family’s take on folks of the same gender getting married.
Here is the fat Falwell on how his followers ‘own’ the Republican party. Dated 2004 there is no doubt that at that time he was right. Bush beat Kerry and he could not have done so without the zombies of FundieLand.
Here are some words from the man’s very lips telling us that he would rule and rule through the use of religion.
Pastor Ted, well he’s hiding now, from himself mostly, as you probably know; but do not forget that this man at one time had such delusions of political power that he was as close to the center of power in this nation for the last six year as you can get. That is over now with the exit of Pastor Ted soon to be followed by ‘The Decider’. That nickname does sound a little biblical does it not?
All that was by way of a reminder of what the Zombies of FundieLand have been up to and to remind us of their ultimate goal with which they have saturated the airwaves through their convenient ownership of same.
Now, people are becoming more wary of government imposing religious views on them through it’s funding. If you will remember this story you get an inkling but it goes much further than that. It goes to powerful sectarian interests injecting themselves into what is legal and what is not. It goes to the very birth of our nation as the earliest English to arrive here were fleeing religious persecution. They knew first hand of the bloodiness of sectarian conflict. Muslims were not the first to engage in this sort of inter-species violence. No, they had no franchise on such as the story of Papal legate Arnaud-Amaury, a representative of the sectarian state acting on the battlefield as a general, who said after the sack of Beziers in France after being asked how to separate the citizenry captured during the sack into friend and foe. Said,
‘Kill them all God will know his own.’
This is what theocracy is all about. Your freedom, your family, your very life is dependent upon your cleaving to the established ‘religion’ whatever idiocy that might be at the time. This because the alliance between state and religion is essentially a murderous one. The Founding Fathers knew all this, being well educated white guys, and thus you have Thomas Jefferson saying:
‘the serious enemies are the priests of the different religious sects, to whose spells on the human mind its improvement is ominous.’
Emphasis by me.
Then there was Samuel Adams, a very conservative man, but he knew:
‘The Deity, then, has not given any order or family of men authority over others; and if any men have given it, they only could give it for themselves.’
James Dobson would, I submit, grasp that ‘for’ for all it’s worth…to him. In cash and power.
What did ol’ Ben Franklin have to say,
‘When a religion is good, I conceive that it will support itself; and, when it cannot support itself, and God does not take care to support, so that its professors are obliged to call for the help of the civil power, it is a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.’
Short form from Ben, ‘If yer xtian cult is so damn fine and all…what the hellfire do you need the state for?’
Nope, theocracy no matter how ‘some’ in this struggling nation might crave it to banish the deap-seated fear of life they have is not a good idea. Not at all. I leave you with Samuel Adams again:
“In regard to religion, mutual toleration in the different professions thereof is what all good and candid minds in all ages have ever practiced, and, both by precept and example, inculcated on mankind. And it is now generally agreed among Christians that this spirit of toleration, in the fullest extent consistent with the being of civil society, is the chief characteristical mark of the Church. Insomuch that Mr. Locke has asserted and proved, beyond the possibility of contradiction on any solid ground, that such toleration ought to be extended to all whose doctrines are not subversive of society. The only sects which he thinks ought to be, and which by all wise laws are excluded from such toleration, are those who teach doctrines subversive of the civil government under which they live.” — The Rights of the Colonists, 20
Hmmmmmmm….Now who would that description fit best today?