Monday, August 20, 2007

On Religious Equality Vs. Theocracy

Jim Evans has written an outstanding essay contrasting the difference between religious equality and theocracy. Here's a quote:

So when Dr. Kennedy tells us that he despises tolerance, he is not kidding. If he had his way the Constitution would be scrapped in favor of an Old Testament theocracy.

Of course, I wouldn’t mind a theocracy, which literally means "rule by God," if God was in fact the one who ruled. But what usually happens in theocratic states is someone who claims to speak for God ends up running things, and normally not too well.

Getting back to tolerance, mere tolerance, in my opinion, does not go far enough. Simple toleration of someone or some idea is not the ideal expressed in our founding documents. In America we don't promote tolerance among religions; we practice "religious freedom."

In America, as far as the law is concerned, all human beings and their various religions are created equally. If we fail to protect this basic constitutional ideal, we will find ourselves on a path that leads to totalitarianism.

1 comment:

paradigm said...

Doesn't the fact that our foreign policy is crafted in a way to support Restorationism - in the hope of speeding up the second coming - suggest that our democracy is being desecrated in favor of a theocracy?

You can measure how extremist a theocracy is by counting the number of people it has killed to prove its point.

As people die, examine how its proponents react. Namely I assert that the more destruction there is, the more jubilant they get because they feel validated that Armageddon is just around the corner.