"Domionism"--I had no clue what this meant. I could have guessed, from the root word of "dominion" that it had something to do with domains, dominion, or domination. I've been recently acquainted with, by a friend of mine, the scariest concept I've ever heard mooted about, for the "good" of the United States.
The concept is "dominionism". Basically, it means this: the United States should go back to being a Christian country. We were founded by Christians, our original ethos was Christian, and all Christians should stand shoulder to shoulder and take back the government.
This "dominionism" sounds to me like a very militant form of Christianity. I'm afraid of it. I'm afraid it is very de-liberalizing in conception. Some of the tenets of this belief are very similar to Islam, in that what is being proposed substitutes Biblical laws for legislated laws. In other words, government by the Bible. Including the death penalty for homosexuals; including limiting taxes to a "tithe" (10 percent), including making heresy against the law, and for all I know, including burning witches at the stake.
The idea is both old and new. Once upon a time, there was no division between Church and State; our founding fathers had the genius and the foresight to remedy this situation, guaranteeing religious freedom in the United States. Many of our forefathers fled Great Britain due to religious persecution of one kind or another. That is why this country, our United States, was, from its very inception, a land of religious freedom.
A theocracy was just as much an anathema to our founding fathers as an aristocracy, and for much the same reasons: both theocrats and aristocrats tend to be despotic.
Shoot me if you strongly disagree with the above statement; or, better yet--disprove it by example if you can!
I have absolutely nothing against any religion. I have nothing against Christianity--I am a Christian, myself, if I am anything.
I just do NOT want to see government and religion blended once again into an unhealthy mix. I do NOT want to see the results in society of revising the main principles of United States Government to become a Billy Graham crusade. I don't want to see the next election become a Billy Graham crusade, either.
This movement is gaining momentum. The friend that mentioned it to me, and referred me to the link, below, is a Christian, a very staunch Christian. He almost is buying into this dominionism movement; he thinks it will be an improvement over the lax social morals we see in our American society today. He thinks it will work, to re-establish not only religious values; but family values and a much stronger work ethic in our society; he believes it may be the salvation of us all, here in America.
I do understand how he feels. I believe we, in America, have gone a bit wrong in our (what seems to me) extreme moral turpitude; we seem to have become more and more depraved as a society over time. That is only my own personal judgement or view of things; I have no right whatsoever to impose it on society as a whole.
I also think my friend (who is of my generation and, shall we say, over 50 years old), misses the "good old days". True, America is a different country than the country I remember of my youth. But we can't go back in time! Reactionary politics or governments never seem to work--we can't re-create what WAS! We have to work with what is now; we have to come up with solutions for the present-day society we live in. We can't go back to being Pilgrim Fathers all over again. And, truthfully--who would want to?
I found this article when researching the matter. I think it explains the concept better than I do.
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