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 Wednesday, 05 January 2005
Wednesday, 05 January 2005 18:28:20 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )

Apparently loner non-theists are banding together to fight "creeping theocracy". I think they should join with non-Evangelical Christians to fight "creeping mono-theocracy".

Seriously, I don't want to live in a theocracy of any sort. But neither do I want to live in an anti-theocracy like China or Soviet Russia. Not cool.

While the article I referenced represents some good points made by the non-theists, I would submit that they have a substantial amount in common with Muslims, Jews, non-Evangelical Christians, Pagans and others.

The “creeping theocracy” they refer to is born out of the Evangelical Christian mindset. The one that eschews any form of reason, or even historical context for the Bible, but rather relies on “instinct” and some weird sort of “natural understanding” of the Bible.

There are many Christian sects for which this is not the case. For which the Bible is important, both in a spiritual and historical sense. Where understanding the historical context of the events in the Bible and after the Bible are of great import. These include many Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists and others.

Few, if any, of these people are part of the creeping theocracy. Nor are the Pagan, Muslim or (most of) the Jewish communities. They all have as much to lose (or more) than non-theists due to the creeping mono-theocracy of the ultra right-wing Evangelical Christians.

In no way do I disparage the right of ultra right-wing Evangelicals to believe what they choose. But to impose those views on the rest of the nation and world is not acceptable. In fact, it flies in the face of the very religion they uphold – Christ didn’t advocate forcible conversion, but rather conversion by setting an example.

The Amish got it, why can’t the rest of these people figure it out? The Amish provide an excellent example of godly living. And perhaps they convert some people from time to time, I don’t know. I think their mistake is that they missed the part about setting an example amongst the rest of the world.

I have no problem with Evangelicals setting an example in my neighborhood, my state or my nation. But setting an example is entirely unlike lobbying to pass laws that enforce a form of conversion.

In short, the non-theists are more or less on the right track, I think they’ve just narrowed their focus a bit too much. They’d do better to ally with this massive pool of theists in the nation that are also worried (or could be made to worry) about the creeping mono-theocracy.

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