[FoRK] "Soft theocracy"

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Wed Jun 25 17:55:47 PDT 2008

That is the most blatant.  There are plenty of more subtle actions and 
pressures that are still deep in theocracy.
It always amazes me that these people don't get that what they put in 
place today could easily be used against them in the future.  That was 
the whole point and impetus for Freedom of Religion (and from religion, 
if you squint).

How many of their actions would they be happy with if the US were 60% 
Muslim and the new majority (and really, it would only need to be 20-30% 
if they were the only organized group) made similar but now severely 
distasteful moves?


Luis Villa wrote:
> You shouldn't need that to justify it. Anytime someone says 'policy X
> should change to policy Y because God says the policy should be Y'
> then they are theocrats, plain and simple. And that line of argument
> abounds in the current GOP.
> Luis
> On Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 4:18 PM, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:
>> I've been criticized for using the term "theocracy" to describe the aims of
>> some of the social conservative / evangelical elements of the GOP /
>> political right wing.  I'm not going to feel bad about using that term
>> anymore, or even consider it hyperbole in the slightest;  I think any term
>> those folks use to describe themselves and their aims (or that former
>> members of their flock use) is fair game.
>> Frank Schaeffer, from his article today proclaiming that Dobson has handed
>> Obama a victory:
>>    http://tinyurl.com/5bc9nw
>>  "Along with my late evangelical leader father Francis Schaeffer, like
>> Dobson
>>  we were busy welding the evangelicals and the Republican Party into what
>>  amounted to a new party of soft theocracy. I changed my mind and got out in
>>  the mid eighties."
>> $0.02,
>> jb
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