Another American Against Theocracy

There is a blogswarm against theocracy in the works:

There are no real guidelines to this. The idea is to post at least once from Friday to Sunday Easter Weekend, April 6-8.

The post will be against theocracy, in favor of our Constitutional guarantee of separation of church and state. But there are a LOT of issues tied to this, as is pointed out in the First Freedom First website

This is especially good timing with some conservatives warming to a Tancredo run for 2008:

he “distribute[d] to teachers a speech by a former colleague that called for a ‘truly Christian educational system’ and bemoaned the ‘godlessness’ in a country founded as a ‘Christian nation.’ Despite the ensuing controversy, Tancredo kept his position and was reappointed by President George H. W. Bush in 1989.”

The idea that this nation was founded as a Christian nation is a convenient falsehood that keeps cropping up among the far right Christianist set.  However even if it was, there is no reason to give in to one particular religion as the right religion, and give up our hard won religious freedom.  This includes freedom from religion.

A deep religious conviction in one’s beliefs and actions can be a beautiful and moving thing.  The last thing we need as a country is to have one interpretation of one religion forced upon the rest of us.  There is no need to force creationism into our schools, or to force homophobia into our marriage laws.  There is no need to restrict a women’s privacy and her choices to those sanctioned by religious authorities.  Laws that forbid commerce on certain days of the week, or that forbid certain sexual practices have no place in modern America.

There is no need to trade our freedom for theocracy.

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11 Responses

  1. You know, I read the story about that statue of liberty with the cross instead of a torch, but that was a while ago.

    It just now hit me how truly revolting and perverse that thing is.

  2. C. S. Lewis said:

    “Theocracy is the worst of all governments. … The inquisitor who mistakes his own cruelty and lust of power and fear for the voice of Heaven will torment us infinitely because he torments us with the approval of his conscience, and his better impulses appear to him as temptations. And since theocracy is the worst, the nearer any government approaches to theocracy the worse it will be. A metaphysic, held by the rulers with the force of religion, is a bad sign. It forces them, like the inquisitor, to admit no grain of truth or good in their opponents, it abrogates the ordinary rules of morality, and it gives a seemingly high, super-personal sanction to all the very ordinary human passions by which, like other men, the rulers will frequently be actuated.” –“Of Other Worlds,” 81.

  3. *bravo*

  4. She looks like she’s going to smite me with that thing! Yikes! (Yes, I said yikes.)

    HJ
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