Saturday, April 2

The Atheocrats and Their Theocrat Label

Have you noticed how there has been a renewed attack on those who serve in public office and also hold that their actions may be influenced by their Christian beliefs? They call them "theocrats." They call them theocrats in what appears to me a derogatory way. I wouldn't take it as such, unless those who level that charge mind me calling them atheocrats. Atheocrat Maureen Dowd (DeLay, Deny and Demagogue) is a classic example:

Oh my [minced oath deleted], we really are in a theocracy.

Are the Republicans so obsessed with maintaining control over all branches of government, and are the Democrats so emasculated about not having any power, that they are willing to turn the nation into a wholly owned subsidiary of the church?

There is even a website devoted to the whole topic: Theocracy Watch

Even John Danforth who I would have expected to have understood church state matters better got the whole thing muddled:

By a series of recent initiatives, Republicans have transformed our party into the political arm of conservative Christians. The elements of this transformation have included advocacy of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, opposition to stem cell research involving both frozen embryos and human cells in petri dishes, and the extraordinary effort to keep Terri Schiavo hooked up to a feeding tube.

The historic principles of the Republican Party offer America its best hope for a prosperous and secure future. Our current fixation on a religious agenda has turned us in the wrong direction. It is time for Republicans to rediscover our roots.

First of all, they get the whole separation of church and state mixed up--completely. Separation of church and state (which I agree with) does not mean that the state has to keep people with any sort of a belief out of office (everyone, atheist and Christian have beliefs). Nor does it mean that those beliefs must not influence decisions in government. They will. What it does mean is that government officials must never force those they rule to follow any one faith (again Atheistic, Islamic, Christian, etc.). If elected officials started to tell the atheists that they HAD to believe in God and worship him in a certain way, then I would be the first to call those elected officials theocrats ruling a theocracy, and vote them out of office.
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Second, if a theocrat simply means a Christian who is sincere enough in their belief and that belief influences public decisions, then they stand in good company. Most of the Founders of this country would be called theocrats by such a definition. Many more presidents would also fall under this definition. How would Dowd sound if she charged George Washington with being a theocrat?

Third, you would think that if the atheocrats were consistent, they would decry all types of Christians who are elected to office and base their decision on what they think the Bible says. But like you have probably guessed, they don't. No, the atheocrats reserve their ire only for those on the right, those who are apart of the Republican party.

Fourth, I can't see why some issues like abortion, are exclusively "Christian issues" while other issues like the national debt are not "Christian issues" like Danforth implies. Shouldn't Christians be concerned about all areas of gov't even tho they might put more of their energy into protecting the most precious God given rights?

Fifth, what makes the rest of the issues that atheocrats promote any less religious then what a Christian promotes? Both are based on belief. Don't let the atheocrats fool you into thinking that what they believe is all based on science. It's not. If study after study shows that welfare does not work, do you think that they will give it up? Fat chance. Furthermore, I am willing to defend scientifically any Biblical/political postition I hold to. (Not a risky thing to say so long as I get the Biblical principles right since the author of science also wrote the Biblical principles.)

So this theocrat, theocon, and theocracy label throwing is nothing more then hyperventalation by those who are mad at Christians who are no longer apathetic about the clear lack of justice in gov't, and who probably also wouldn't mind setting up atheocracy if they could. They really are going off the deep end.