By Michael V. Wilson
America, and every other country throughout the world in all of history, has been, and is, a theocracy; a form of political ideology driven by a belief in God and/or religion.
Until the modern era (approximately 1700's – present) there were no large-scale, organized atheist movements. There were some small groups of them, scattered here and there throughout history, but nothing like what we see today. Therefore all previous theocracies were based on actual, god-centered religions of one type or another. In fact, many nations and empires explicitly used religion as the foundation for their supposed morality and authority in ruling over their people and land. The “divine right of kings” is part of that heritage.
Vast empires often made a practice of anointing their rulers as living gods; the ancient Egyptians worshiped Pharaoh as a god, as did the Roman Empire with Caesar. In World War II, the Japanese worshiped Emperor Hirohito as their ruler, leader of the Shinto religion, and a god. It was this worship of him that prolonged the war unnecessarily.
After the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the Japanese offered to surrender but only on the condition that the prerogatives of His Majesty as a Sovereign Ruler were left untouched. President Truman refused the offer. Five days after Hiroshima was hit he dropped the second atomic bomb, this time on Nagasaki, and Japan finally surrendered unconditionally. If not for their insistence on the divinity of the Emperor, and his prerogatives thereof, the 39,000 – 80,000 people who died in the second atomic attack would have lived.
But god-centered religions aren't the only theocratic impulses in mankind's repertoire. “Social justice” impulses, led by Communism, Socialism, Progressivism, etc., are deeply religious in their emotional impact on their adherents, who find purpose and meaning in their ideals and goals of a perfect human society. This religious angle has been upheld recently by federal courts.
As of October 30, 2014, in federal court in Portland, Oregon, Senior District Judge Ancer Haggerty issued a ruling in American Humanist Association v. United States (Case No.: 3:14-cv-00565-HA), writing in part,
“The Ninth Circuit appears to be moving toward the view that the disparate treatment of theistic and non-theistic religions is as offensive to the Establishment Clause as disparate treatment of theistic religions. Faith Ctr. Church Evangelistic Ministries v Glover, 480 F.3d 891, 902 (9th Cir. 2007) (Bybee, J., dissenting). Such a view is consistent with longstanding Supreme Court jurisprudence. In Torcaso v Watkins, the Supreme Court said that the government must not aid those religions based on a belief in the existence of God as against those religions founded on different beliefs. 367 U.S. 488, 495 (1961). Among these latter religions, in a footnote the Court included Seculm· Humanism. Id at 495 n 11. Therefore, the court finds that Secular Humanism is a religion for Establishment Clause purposes and that plaintiffs have alleged sufficient facts to state a claim for relief that is plausible on its face. Iqbal, 556 U.S. At 678.” [emphasis in original]
The key point is toward the end, “. . . the court finds that Secular Humanism is a religion for Establishment Clause purposes.” This is the only actual court case where such a finding has been made.
It has occasionally been argued that in the 1961 case of Torcaso v Watkins, referenced above, the Supreme Court "found" secular humanism to be a religion, but Justice Hugo Black, writing for the majority, did no such thing. The assertion of a finding is based on a reference, by Justice Black in footnote number 11 of the Court's finding, to court cases where organized groups of self-identified humanists, or ethicists, meeting on a regular basis to share and celebrate their beliefs, have been granted religious-based tax exemptions. But in fact, a footnote is not a finding, regardless of the spin put on it by the atheist Left or anyone else.
Secular Humanism, along with Communism and all it's misbegotten children, are now officially considered religions along with Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and others. This makes sense because they are all theocratic in nature. They all share the same theocratic impulse.
It cannot be stated strongly enough that these theocratic impulses have real world consequences. But those consequences are very much determined by the type or kind of theocratic ideology in question. As we saw earlier, 39,000 – 80,000 people died in Japan because of Imperial theocracy. Pagan theocracies, more often than not, practiced human sacrifice. Secular theocracies, with their emphasis on social ideals, where the group is more important than the individual, almost always slaughter people for the “greater good.” Over 100 million people were murdered by their own governments in the 20th Century alone because of secular theocracies, secular ideals. Judaeo-Christian theocracies on the other hand tend more toward tolerance, love, personal charity, small government, and a “live and let live” attitude.
America was originally created as a loose collection of localized Christian theocracies known as States. Although the Constitution of the United States forbade Congress from creating a national church like the Church of England, the States were under no such restrictions, and many of them actually had official churches for much of America's early history. The 1st Amendment specifically says Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. It may come as a surprise to many of our eminent jurists, but States are not Congress.
Nonetheless, as the courts gradually accumulated for themselves the unearned, unwarranted, and unconstitutional power to decide the laws of our country, then used that power to impose secular ideals across the board, the local autonomy of the States was overridden in favor of the very thing the Founding Fathers most hated about England and sought to prevent here – a strong centralized government. Along with that growing secularism was the discouragement, and outright banning, of State churches based on a deliberate misreading of the 1st Amendment.
This deliberate – some would even say malicious – misreading has resulted in a fundamental change in America from a Christian theocracy to a secular theocracy, with attendant rising totalitarian laws that are the very opposite of the care, compassion, and forgiveness taught by Christ.
It was Barack Obama who best articulated this attitude, on October 30, 2008 when he said, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
News flash; he wasn't joking.
Now that fundamental transformation has reached a point where Judaeo-Christian values are not only banned, but political orthodoxy is demanding strict adherence to ungodly values in their place. The consequences, as we saw earlier, are quite real.
The Federalist, a conservative web site, recently posted an article about a transgender conference where the participants celebrated getting people fired from their jobs for refusing to use the “correct” gender pronoun in reference to transgender people. On college campuses students have been flunked by their professors, harassed by their fellows, and denied graduation for standing up for their Christian faith instead of kowtowing to political correctness. Professors have been denied tenure for the same reason.
David Horowitz's web site FrontPageMag has a slogan posted in the banner at the top of every page which reads, “Inside every progressive is a totalitarian screaming to get out.” Truer words were never spoken.
Yet any push back from Christians or conservatives, any resistance at all, is met with self-righteous screams of outrage from these doyens of fake news and fake morality. Their faux “illusion of truth” cannot be allowed to be challenged in any way, shape or form, mainly because it's based on nothing but vaporous wishes and “I want, I want” and therefore couldn't survive a challenge. Instead the progressive totalitarians hurl false accusations of bigotry and racism at any who stand in their way. They turn red with fury insisting that Christians are trying to take us backward to a non-existent time when women walked five steps behind their men and homosexuals were hung from buildings. The fact such things never happened means nothing to them, because facts mean nothing to them.
One of the most common accusations they level against conservatives in general, and Christians in particular, is that we're trying to “impose” our values on them by creating a theocracy.
But as we've seen, America already is a theocracy, specifically, a secular theocracy, and they're imposing their values on us at the point of a judge's gavel. Their brazen, “Do as I say, not as I do” attitude is successful because the media was co-opted by totalitarians long ago and is fully on board with their agenda. They're not going to expose the falsity of the progressive left and the new “brown shirts” know it.
The corruption of the media is one of the main reasons I started my own web site. Increasingly we're seeing Google, Facebook, YouTube (owned by Google), Twitter, and other social media, censor posts they disapprove of, or freeze the accounts of the politically incorrect; often without prior warnings, or rational explanations afterwards. Only when massive outrage follows do they reverse course to re-post and unfreeze. Then they simply claim it was all a big misunderstanding. Having my own web site, purchased with my own money, edited and maintained by me, prevents me from being censored, especially when I say what I'm about to say.
Since America is already a theocracy, a secular theocracy which is unabashedly hostile to Christians, to the point of making war on Christians, I say it's time for us to stand up, form ranks, and return the favor. It is time for Christians to say loudly, and without apology, that YES, we want America to be a Christian theocracy once again.
A Christian theocracy where the laws are based on objective Judaeo-Christian morality instead of ephemeral feelings, where God is revered in the public square, Christmas and Easter are celebrated, and telling someone, “God bless you” is appreciated.
A Christian theocracy of tolerance where no one is required to believe, but no one is prevented or punished for it either. A Christian theocracy where homosexuals are seen for what they truly are; confused, tormented sinners who deserve our pity, and if they ask for it, our help, but under no circumstances should their sin be allowed to shape or influence our laws and policies.
A Christian theocracy where people in thrall to demonic ideologies such as Islam and Communism are forbidden to immigrate to our country, and those already here are watched to ensure they don't undermine our way of life.
A Christian theocracy where the laws are evenly enforced, favoritism is prohibited, cheating is shameful, marriage is applauded, a man's word is his bond, and honesty is encouraged.
In short, a land were good is exalted and evil is shunned.
And if godless “progressives” don't like it . . . too bad. Christians answer to God, not them.