Tuesday, February 14, 2006

On the Rise of the Christocrats

Buzzflash has posted an interview with Rabbi James Rudin, author of The Baptizing of America: The Religious Right's Plans for the Rest of Us. Rudin uses the term "Christocrats" to distinguish evangelicals who believe in church/state separation from Dominionists and Christian Nationalists. Here's quote:

I use the concept of "deed, not the creed." Millions of our fellow American citizens are theologically conservative Christians. But they're not all actively seeking laws passed specifically on issues of church and state.

We can judge people by their deeds. The Christocrats' deeds are really an attack on public schools, on libraries, and the media. They attack the existing structures and then try to have them replaced with Christocratic libraries, Christocratic public schools or academies, or Christocratic media. It's kind of a shadow library, shadow schools, shadow everything. That's the strategy - to destroy the existing structure, or discredit it, and then try to replace it - using federal, state or local public money to support their schools or their unique libraries. They've also tried to create a parallel media system of television, radio, magazines, newspapers, which reflect their point of view.

After 200 years of American history, it is an attempt to make this into, not just a country where 82% of the population say they're Christians, but instead to make America into a Christian nation in terms of its laws.

Increasingly as I walk the halls of the state capitols in Texas and Oklahoma and at the nation's capitol in Washington, D.C., I find discerning Christians shaking their heads in disbelief at the legislation that is being introduced and passed by the "Christocrats" that are in control of those legislative bodies.

1 comment:

Indy6 said...

Sir, I doubt that you and I would agree on much, theologically.

But we do agree on this: the separation of church and State is a must!

Don't know if you are aware of this or not, but there are a group of Christocrats who are slowly taking over South Carolina. They call it the Exodus project, or some such nutty thing.

What's more, if they still do not get their way, nationally, they plan to leave the union.

I am beginning to believe that old Abe only postponed the inevitable.

I believe in the authentic teachings of Christ. I am Episcopalian (which probably makes me a terrorist or something and a target for NSA surveilance).

But I do not know the god or the Jesus these people talk about.

God Bless you for taking a stand.

In Christ,