The Horrors of a Christian ‘Theocracy’

An anonymous idiot at Moonbattery makes the following comment.

Christianists in America are the biggest internal threat to American democracy and islamic facists are the biggest external threat.

Once again, this demonstrates ALS’s liberal tenet about moral relativism: Islamic Fascists = Christian-“ists.” Never mind that Christians are not blowing up airplanes, flying airplanes into building, strapping on bomb belts and walking into gay discos… we who worship are all what Ward Churchill might call “Little Bin Ladens.”

No, the only things Christians are doing are organizing and voting. So what the Anonymous twerp is really outraged about isn’t Christians threatening Democracy, but Christians participating in Democracy. I guess, to a leftist, only progressive fascists like ACORN are entitled to petition their government for a redress of grievances. Christians only have the right to sit down and shut up.  IMHO, the combination of a one-party media combined with massive voter fraud and a Cult of Personality around a charismatic “lightworker” are a far greater threat to Democracy than organized Christians, but I digress.

By the left’s definition, the USA was a Christian Theocracy until about 1962 when the Supreme Court outlawed school prayer; and the country seems to have gotten along well enough up unto that point.

Like most leftist moral relativism, this “Christian Theocracy” tripe is pure horseshit, but it got me to wondering, what would this “Christian Theocracy” — this boogeyman of the far left — actually look like? Supposing the Christian Right got everything it wanted, what would society look like? Probably something like this:

  • Abortion would be illegal in most places under most circumstances. There would be exceptions for rape, incest, and the life and health of the mother. As a result of this horrific state of affairs, women might choose to limit their sexual activity to men they actually wanted to have children with.
  • Gay marriage would be illegal. In other words, we’d have the same definition of marriage that’s worked throughout human history.
  • Pornography probably would be illegal. It would still exist, in an illicit form, but would be much harder and riskier to access. As a result of this horror, men might have to develop realistic expectations about what women’s bodies look like.
  • Kids would be allowed to pray in school. Also, you could put a Nativity Scene on the courthouse lawn at Christmastime and hang the Ten Commandments on the Courthouse wall. This may make a secular leftists shudder, but it’s hardly the same as decapitating the unbelievers.
  • Sex education would be eliminated from the school curriculum. As a result, instead of receiving sexual values from bureaucrats, the media, and their hormonal peers, children would have to learn from their families.
  • Creationism would probably be taught in school, most likely alongside evolution rather than instead of. I’m not sure that’s such a great idea, but on the other hand, public schools have taught bunkum like socialism, global warming, self-esteem, whole language learning, and “everyday math” for years. I don’t see how teaching Creationism could be more damaging to society than the crap they teach already.

That’s… pretty much it, really. Whether that set of policies is “radical” I guess depends on how important you think it is to have unlimited abortions, gay marriage, a saturation level of pornography in society, and the complete sterilization of religion from every public space.

But Christian Theocracy would not include dressing women like walking Hefty bags, would not include special taxes levied against non-believers, would not include punishing people with death for converting to another religion, would not include teaching children that Jews are the descendants of pigs and monkeys, would not include legalized wife-beating, would not include strict separation of the sexes, would not include denying women the right to work or drive, would not include issuing fetwahs against people who say ‘Good Morning’ to another man’s wife, would not include mass executions of homosexuals, would not include ‘honor rapes’ and ‘honor killings’ of young women for talking to young men, children will not be strapped into bomb vests and sent to “kill the Zionists.”

But, apart from that, yeah, there’s not much difference between a Christian “Theocracy” and an Islamist Theocracy.

Of course, we won’t always wonder what living under a Christian Theocracy would be like. One day, we will find out.

Christian Theocracy... Not Really So Hardcore

Christian Theocracy... Not Really So Hardcore

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11 responses to “The Horrors of a Christian ‘Theocracy’

  1. What the leftist fear most about a so called “Christian Theocracy” is the morality! From morality comes judgements and with judgements many of their wacko ideas and heroes goes right out the window.

  2. The libs fear an imaginary “Christian Theocracy” (which must come from a child saying Grace before lunch at a public school or a Nativity scene in front of a government building) as opposed to a real theocracy in Islamist nations much as Iran.

    It’s part of the Islamist-Marxist alliance. Why else would you see in places like Berkeley CA gays holding signs that say “Queers For Palestine”?

  3. AlphaMail

    e-w-w-w-w-w-w…….Here come those nasty Christians. This would be humorous if it weren’t so juvenile and so sad. This Memorial Day did you not see the footage of the hundreds of thousands of crosses, not only at Arlington National Cemetery, but across the globe, of Christian men and women who gave their all. They gave their lives so others might disagree with them–that’s called ‘freedom’. Go to http://www.prophetofdoom.net/ and replace the word Muslim, taliban, or jihadist with the word Christian, and have yourself a nice laugh.

  4. KHarn

    I have to disagree with one point:

    “Pornography probably would be illegal. It would still exist, in an illicit form, but would be much harder and riskier to access. As a result of this horror, men might have to develop realistic expectations about what women’s bodies look like.”

    I would change the last sentence to:
    “As a result of this horror, sex would once again become a personal and private thing between consenting adults.”

    • Good point. Kharn, when I drafted the post, I was actually struggling to say something similar about men not expecting all women to be whores, but I think you put it better.

  5. Cylar

    Sounds to me an awful lot what America was like before 1960 or so. Somehow, the nation survived.

  6. Adam

    Awesome article, Gregory!
    This truly does demonstrate one of the many fundamental differences between Christianity and Islam.
    To further shoot down any idiots who claim that Christianity is somehow as bad as Islam, here’s another important difference: Christianity has evolved and adapted enough over the years that it can easily fit into modern society. In contrast, Islam has done no such thing. Not only do they continue living in the Dark Ages in terms of their practices (btw, Gregory, you should also know that in many Islamic nations, music is forbidden, since the Koran teaches Muslims to hate all music especially female singers, hence why the closest thing to music they have is their call to prayer which sounds like a yowling alleycat), they insist that the rest of the world bend over backwards to accomodate those practices or be condemned as “Racists”!

  7. The Doktor

    To atomiclibsmasher –

    First – Great name
    Second – Even better avatar
    Third – Why else would you see in places like Berkeley CA gays holding signs that say “Queers For Palestine”? – I just got religion because I thank God I wasn’t drinking when I read that.

    Back to this thingy. I just think that the Left believes that Christianity will make them look bad by comparison. We can’t have that.

    And anyone, anyone comparing Christian Theocracy with Muslim Theocracy should fill out a ‘Missing Brain’ report at the police station. Now.

    Teh Doktor

  8. Voltaire

    Sadly, this article overlooks the Christian Reconstuctionist/Dominion movement of Rousas Rushdoony, Gary North, Gary Demar, Greg Bahnsen, David Chilton and others who want to apply Mosaic Law to modern life. They make no secret of their intentions to apply the death penalty to crimes of idolatry, blasphemy, witchcraft, Sabbath-breaking, children who curse their parents, etc. The books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy call for death for all these infractions.
    This Constitutional Christian theocracy you’re sketching out can’t exist. A theocracy of any kind can’t allow anyone the freedom to choose his or her religion. A Christian theocracy would have to operate as brutal as any Islamic state or cease to exist as a theocracy. Unbelievers would have to convert or be killed. The Christian Reconstructionist movement trumptets this and even questioning the applicability of Old Testament Law is to be punished by death.
    The whole idea of a Constitutional theocracy is a contradiction of terms. A Christian theocracy can’t allow religious freedom or over a period of time it will evaporate. Not only will people convert to other faiths but others will customize Christianity to their own personal values as well. The idea that freedom of religion as a Constitutional right can survive a theocracy is a contradiction. Any theocracy must impose uniformity of belief at all costs or it dies. There’s no middle ground.

    Another chilling item is your justification for censoring pornography. First off, no two people who ever lived are on the same page about what pornography is. Some people see pornography in a bowl of cereal. What would stop this theocracy from pulling James Joyce or Henry Miller novels off the shelves of Borders? What would stop this theocracy from declaring soap operas as “pornographic” and banning them? Maybe this theocracy will get rid of Baywatch too.
    Absurd? No, because your justification, the idea that men need to have more realistic images of women’s bodies, can be expanded to *any* image of the female form in *any* context whatsoever. If censorship (the real danger I believe) can be imposed to mold an attitude on one topic then the sky’s the limit.
    The degree to which our culture is “saturated” with pornography depends on one’s defintion of it. Opinions vary greatly where the line between erotic art and pornography sets. Let’s not open a floodgate of at will censorship. I don’t want to go back to the days when book stores were prosecuted for selling Lady Chatterly’s Lover.

  9. Jonathan Rogers

    I personally oppose any kind of theocracy..even a benign one would be still tyranny. I do NOT want to see biblical ideas propogated with the force of government. A Christian theocracy would be the death of liberty and justice for all because those things would only exist for Christians and not for everyone else. State and Church should remain forever separate..wasn’t the histories of Europe proof enough that Church and State intermingling is a disasterous idea? I want the united States to remain, as it has always been, a secular nation governed by the Constitution not the Bible. If people want to believe in some imaginary God and believe as truth some book then that’s their business but I don’t want my nation ruled by the Bible and the Christian’s idea of what’s moral and what’s not.

    • Voltaire

      Most excellent Jonathan! As you probably read in my post just above yours, tolerant theocracy is a constradiction of terms. To exist a theocracy has to forcibly unify belief. That unanimity, as Justice Robert Jackson (who will no doubt be condemned as a liberal for saying that) is the unanimity of the grave. “Teh Resistance” is resisting something for sure; the freedom of person to choose or not choose a belief about God. The only difference between Christian theocrats and their Muslim counterparts is method. Christian theocrats don’t fly planes into buildings but they sure heap on that propaganda!

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