A Breathingist Goes Civil

9 04 2007

Filed under: Church and State, Theocracy, Christianity

After this past weekend’s, Blogswarm Against Theocracy, I discovered two posts of interest. One by Ed Brayton (written Saturday) and one by Joe Carter (today). Ed’s post cautions his readers about not lumping all conservative Christians into the theocrat pool.

I also don’t think we should use the term theocrat to describe all conservative Christians, evangelicals or fundamentalists; that is simply painting with too broad a brush. A theocrat is someone who wants the country to be ruled by the rules of a particular religion, in this country nearly always Christian of course. It’s reasonable, even necessary in my view, to fight against the views held by many conservative Christians; I do so constantly on this blog. But while people like Joe Carter and David Heddle may be conservative evangelicals, and I may disagree with them on most things, they certainly are not theocrats or dominionists, and it’s not reasonable to lump them in with the RJ Rushdoonys of the world.

Joe’s post is more critical of the movement and exposes it’s many holes, but returns the respectable shout-out he receives from Ed.

But for the radical fringe of the secular left–the Chomskyites, the 9/11 conspiracy theorists, Rosie O’Donnell–reason and logic are like kryptonite. Because they live on emotion what they feel is what is true, regardless of facts and reality.

The theophobes, however, are a bit unique in that they embrace an infantile brand of libertarian socialism. Like other leftists, they tend to advocate for collectivist government solutions. But their support ends when government interferes with their “rights” to do as they please. This is why they hate–and hate is not too strong a word–people who refuse to keep their religious beliefs in the closet. Christians, in particular, are considered a group that is always trying to impose their bourgeois standard of morality on society despite how it makes some people feel.

It does a disservice to respectable people (like Ed Brayton) when we treat these radical libertarian socialists as representative of secularists in general. While I disagree with secularism, both in its incarnations on the right and left, it is not inherently disreputable as is the theophobic wingnut wing of secularism.

Ed, goes on to say that Gary DeMar and Roy Moore are both actual theocrats. I wonder what this is based on. He would probably label me a theocrat as well. After all, the name of my blog says it all, right? Then I guess, he would have to read this post that I actually submitted for the blogswarm, was told it would be included, then discovered it was not linked. Guess you can’t have a post from a fundie that agrees with your main point. Talk about fairness and tolerance…sheesh.

I don’t see Gary DeMar, Roy Moore, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, or Joe Carter as theocrats. Fundamentalist? Yes. Originalist? Absolutely. Christian? Most certainly. But I’ve never met a Christian that doesn’t believe a person has a right to worship, or not, as they please. I’ve never even heard the dominionists (the people who actually do advocate theocracy) support forced worship.

These leaders and nearly every conservative in America only want to see the Constitution upheld and judges interpret law (not create it).




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