Theocracy Is The Enemy Of Democracy
By Matthew Desmond
The political system that our Founding Fathers put in place is eroding because theocrats want America to have a society that is built on Christian Values, and a God fearing people. Modern American Theocrats believe in the constitution, but they think that biblical law circumvents constitutional law. Here’s just a few ways where politicians allow religion to dictate their policies:
Unconditional Support of Israel- A majority of politicians, Democrat and Republican, unconditionally support Israel’s right to exist because they think that the Jewish people have a biblical right to that land. Palestinians held that for almost 2,000 years that land was Palestine until world leaders decided that they would make it a Jewish home state- because in the bible it says that one day the Jews will be returned to Israel. Do I think the Jewish people deserve a home state? Yes. Do I think that we should base that decision on the bible? No. A majority of politicians support AIPAC and Israel unconditionally.
The Anti-Choice Movement- There are many elected officials, who have a strong Christian faith and would outlaw abortion for all women even in the cases of rape and incest. Many of them label anyone that supports a woman’s right to choose as a “baby killer”. The craziest thing about the pro-life movement is that a majority of the legislators pushing anti-abortion legislation are Christian men.
Inequality For Gays And Lesbians – Many politicians, primarily Republicans, believe that marriage is defined in the bible as being between a man and a woman, therefore gay marriage is unnatural and gay people should not receive those same rights. They also believe that homosexual acts are a sin and therefore a choice, so gay people do not deserve equal protection from discrimination under the law because their lifestyle is a choice. They believe that gay people should be allowed to serve openly in the military because their sinful lifestyle could hurt morale.
I could cite many quotes of politicians talking about how religion should dictate how they legislate, and mixing religion with politics. I’ll dedicate an entire editorial to listing some of the crazier things that politicians have said about religion and politics, and what’s wrong with their statements.
As to religion, I hold it to be the indispensable duty of government to protect all conscientious protesters thereof, and I know of no other business government has to do therewith. (Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
“Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites.” -Thomas Jefferson