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The United States is in No Danger of Becoming a Christian Theocracy

Updated on March 17, 2012
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Barb hates politics, but sometimes feels impelled to get involved on the local level. She believes we must learn from history to stay free.

Which Church Would Rule?

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Los Olivos, California
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Los Olivos, California | Source

What is a Theocracy?

Before we discuss whether the United States is in danger of becoming a theocracy, we'd better understand what a theocracy is. I will use a definition from the American College Dictionary (Random House/ Singer, 1963.) To paraphrase, a theocracy is a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler. His laws would be interpreted by ecclesiastical authorities (church leaders in a Christian theocracy). It could also be a system of government in which priests claim a divine commission. (Commission is defined as the condition of being placed under special authoritative charge. ) So if priests of some branch of Christianity claimed God had put them in charge of administering divine law in the nation and our civil government went along with that, we might have a Christian theocracy.

The Fifth Edition of Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1941) has an even simpler definition: "Government of a state by the immediate direction of God; hence government by priests or ministers as representatives of God."

I submit that the chances of that ever happening in the United States of America are very slim.

There are two reasons I believe this.

1. Our Constitution has a system of checks and balances that divides power between three branches of government who would need to agree before such a thing could happen.

2. There is no one Christian denomination in the United States large enough or strong enough to come to power and the chances of one emerging get smaller every decade as the church continues to get weaker.

Can the President be a Pawn of the Pope?

The Cross on the top of St Rose Catholic Church in Paso Robles
The Cross on the top of St Rose Catholic Church in Paso Robles | Source

A Christian President Does Not a Theocracy Make

Probably this question was asked because some people who aren't Christians fear that if a sincere and committed Christian believer of any faith gets into the office of United States President, he will force what he considers God's will on the entire nation. People who have this fear must be people who do not believe the Constitution of the United States is the law of the land. As long as it remains so, no president can force his own will on anyone without trampling on the Constitution. If he tramples on the Constitution, Congress has the power to remove him or her through the impeachment process. If the Constitution is to be changed to permit a state church, the First Amendment would have to be repealed. That would take a combined act of Congress and ratification by the majority of states.

How easy is that? Our founding fathers, who wrote the Constitution, made it very hard to change. They wanted it to be able to change for really important reasons, such as abolishing slavery or giving women the right to vote. But they did not want it to be subject to change according to a whim of a current government. They wanted a lot of thought to go into it and an overwhelming majority of the government and the people to support each amendment or change to amendments. There have been thousands of amendments proposed in our over two hundred year history and only 27 have passed. Why? Each change in the Constitution or its amendments has to receive two-thirds of the votes in both the House and Senate. Then three-fourths of the states have to ratify that change.

Think about this past year. We currently have a president, Barack Obama, who does not enjoy the support of an overwhelming majority. Some voters and states think he's almost messianic and want to go along with almost everything he proposes. Others think he's the worst president in American history. Suppose he wanted to become a dictator so he could completely bypass Congress. How could he do this? I don't believe there is a constitutional way to do this.

This same difficulties would face a president who wanted to impose his religion on the country. We have had presidents of many different faiths. Some people were afraid John F. Kennedy would let the Pope rule through him, but we see he did not try to do that. Even if he had tried, he could not have carried out the will of the pope in policies unless the Congress and the Supreme Court allowed him to. The same would be true if Rick Santorum were to become president. All the president has is a bully pulpit. He cannot make laws. He only has power to execute the laws passed by Congress. If someone wanted to outlaw birth control by artificial means, he would have to propose that Congress pass such a law and then the law would have to actually get to the floor of both the House and Senate and be passed by both of them. As we have seen, these two houses have not been able to agree on anything where a majority of the people had some definite opposing views. I doubt if a law banning birth control or anything else that seemed to be a dictate of only one religion would even make it to the floor of either house of Congress for a vote. If it did, I doubt if it would have a chance of passing in either house.

The Congregational Church Descended from the Puritans

Plymouth Congregational Church, Paso Robles, CA, 2012
Plymouth Congregational Church, Paso Robles, CA, 2012 | Source

Massachusetts Bay Colony and Puritan Rule

Anyone who's been a Protestant for very long knows that the least thing on a Protestant mind is ruling the county. Protestants have a difficult enough time agreeing on policies in their own churches or denominations. The only time this country has had anything near a theocracy was in Massachusetts, before the United States existed, in the Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 1641. Though they were governed by a Body of Liberties, which established political freedom, they allowed no religion but their own.

The Puritans were given a charter in 1629 by King Charles I to settle and govern their colony near the Massachusetts Bay. Although they first joined an established colony in Salem, they left it in 1630 and moved to an area near present day Boston. They had come to the New World to be able to practice their own religion freely, and they agreed on that religion. It is a no-brainer they wanted to limit the religion to their own. Those who wanted to practice some other religion either left on their own or were put out of the colony and went on to settle other areas of New England. If we look at Boston today, it's easy to see that the Puritan rule did not last. By the time Massachusetts became a state of the United States, the more diverse Plymouth Colony and the Massachusetts Bay Colony had already been combined (1691) and Martha's Vineyard had been added under a charter granted by William and Mary.

The one thing all the Puritans agreed on was that they did not want a church hierarchy and that was a part of the Church of England, which was a state church. They wanted simplicity in both worship and church organization and believed all clergymen should be of equal rank. Many of them believed each congregation should be independent of all others. Some actually separated themselves from the Church of England, and it was those Separatist Puritans who first came to America as the Pilgrims and settled in Plymouth. The Puritans in Boston still considered themselves part of the Church of England, but were later influenced by the Separatists in Plymouth. In 1648, the Separatists and Puritans united to form the Congregational Church, expressing their agreement in the Cambridge Platform.

Which Church Will Rule?

Assembly of God Church in Templeton, CA
Assembly of God Church in Templeton, CA | Source
First Presbyterian Church in Templeton, CA
First Presbyterian Church in Templeton, CA | Source
Seventh Day Adventist Church in Templeton, CA
Seventh Day Adventist Church in Templeton, CA | Source
St. Mark's Church in Yreka, CA
St. Mark's Church in Yreka, CA | Source
North County Christian Church, Paso Robles, an independent charismatic church.
North County Christian Church, Paso Robles, an independent charismatic church. | Source
St James Episcopal Church, Paso Robles
St James Episcopal Church, Paso Robles | Source

The Strength of Protestants

Do you think any Protestant denomination is strong enough in the United States to turn it into a theocracy?

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Which Branch of Christendom Would Rule?

As we look at the history of Protestantism in America, it has gone more in the direction of liberalism than conservatism. Jimmy Carter was a raised a Southern Baptist, but later left that denomination over its stand on abortion. Harry Truman was a Southern Baptist, and Bill Clinton is a Southern Baptist who does not agree with his church on some major social issues. It does not appear that Southern Baptist presidents want to start a theocracy.

We have had 12 presidents who were at some time in their lives Episcopalian, 11 who were at some time Presbyterian, five who were Methodist, four who were Baptist, four who were at some time Unitarian, three who were Disciples of Christ, two Quakers, one Catholic, and two who were at some time Dutch Reformed. My biggest surprise was finding that Dwight D. Eisenhower, whom, as you remember was a general before he was a president, had been raised as a Jehovah's Witness and even used a Watchtower Bible in his second inauguration. Although when he was a child, his home had been a Watchtower Society meeting place, his father and siblings all stopped associating themselves with the society after the prophecy that Armageddon would occur in 1914-1915 was proved false. In 1953, Eisenhower was baptized and confirmed as a Presbyterian and when he retired he joined the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church. Find more information on the religious affiliations of United States Presidents here.

It's interesting to note that no president of the United States has ever tried to make his own religion a state religion, yet almost every president has either quoted the Bible or talked about God in public addresses. It was assumed by most of them that most Americans believed in God, and during Dwight D. Eisenhower's term, the words "under God" were put into the Pledge of Allegiance. Our Declaration of Independence states"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Nowhere does this document state how this God is to be worshipped or in what house of worship. That was always left up to the people. But most of our country's laws were based on six of the Ten Commandments, which originated with the Jewish faith and was recognized as authoritative by Christians. Two of these are no longer illegal. Our laws no longer prevent doing business or anything else on the Sabbath Day and they no longer forbid adultery in most states or enforce any laws which may still be on the books. Only the churches and synagogues really care much about the Ten Commandments any more, and most of them seem to leave it up to individual conscience. Church discipline is rare in most Protestant churches today.

Protestants by their very nature and history are independent. They got their start by rejecting the teachings of the Catholic church. Most denominations believe the Holy Spirit leads men to correctly understand the Bible. Some have even come out with new Bible translations or paraphrases that they consider more "inclusive" and less "sexist." If a church doesn't like what its minister is doing, it often sends him away and gets a new minister. Some churches are independent and align with no denomination.

The higher up you go in most church governments, the more liberal will be the people running things. Many ordinary church members and even some congregations are much more conservative in their beliefs than their leaders. Protestant church leaders have no real authority over their own grassroots anymore, so it is highly unlikely that any of them would be interested in trying to control a diverse population of the United States. They'd rather be protesting something than be protested against.

Protestants in modern American are used to tolerating the beliefs of others as long as their own are not infringed on. Most of them have no great loyalty to any denomination, and often switch from denomination to denomination. If Protestants thought anyone would even consider a theocracy, they would fight it. If the Baptists wanted to run things, the other denominations would protest, and so on with any denomination that would try to usurp national power.

Zondervan Handbook to the History of Christianity
Zondervan Handbook to the History of Christianity
This book traces the history of Christianity from the early Church to the present day.

That Leaves the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox Churches.

Since the Catholic and Orthodox churches come from traditions where emperors ruled, and one person was considered the head of the church, it would be much easier for these churches to have a theocratic mindset. But even in the countries where they originated, these churches no longer have secular authority. Most western countries today, including America, have a large secular population even where state churches do exist. Since there has never been a national state church in America, people are used to living with those of other religions and acknowledging their right to worship (or nor worship) as they please. Religious leaders today recognize that belief comes from the heart and spirit, and that true belief cannot be forced on a person. The American people would never stand for a theocracy or have any interest in having one. No American president could have legal power to bring it about and Congress would never be able to agree to such a thing and the Supreme Court would declare it as a violation of the First Amendment.

Would You Like to Live Under Sharia Law?

Sharia Law for Non-Muslims (A Taste of Islam)
Sharia Law for Non-Muslims (A Taste of Islam)
Describes Sharia Law, especially as it relates to non-Muslims. Is it wise to allow Muslims to be governed by Sharia Law in America rather than by American laws?

Who's Really Afraid of a Christian Theocracy in America?

I doubt if any American really believes a Christian theocracy in the United States will happen. What some people may be afraid of is that a president's influence might make people less comfortable with abortion, since the legality of abortion depends on the determination that life does not begin at conception. There is a movement to return the making of laws concerning abortion back to the states. And it's possible that some states would ban some abortions again. Some people, including President Obama when he was a Senator, support letting a third doctor kill a newborn if it was supposed to be aborted and was somehow born anyway because the abortion didn't go as planned. This is infanticide, and actually is murder because it kills a living, breathing baby. I don't believe this law passed the Congress, but the very fact it was proposed shows the direction things are heading if some people get their way.

I don't think there is any possibility of a Christian theocracy in this country unless the Constitution is completely discarded, especially since churches aren't that interested in running the country and the American people wouldn't stand for it. It's more likely that our willingness to tolerate anything but Christianity will lead to a completely secular government that will no longer allow free exercise of religion. President Obama is already chipping away at the rights of Christians, and the atheists have been successful in getting religious symbols and practices that were once common removed from public places.

As Christianity gets weaker and Americans become more lax morally, we will probably go the way of the great civilizations before us and be conquered by another power. That means we could be a secular Marxist state with no freedom of speech or religion, or we could become a true theocracy if we are conquered by the Islamic Fundamentalists.

What Jesus Said about This

Jesus lived during the days of the Roman Empire. He was considered a radical troublemaker by the religious authorities of his day. The Jewish people were allowed to rule themselves in religious matters, but had to have Roman permission to put someone to death. So when the Jewish leaders arrested Jesus and wanted to put him to death for claiming to be the Son of God, they needed a more secular charge to bring him before the Roman authorities. They charged him before Pilate as a king of the Jews (someone who might start a Jewish insurrection against the Roman government.)

Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus asked Pilate back if he had heard this or come to it on his own. Pilate was a bit irritated at having to deal with the situation and asked Jesus back, "Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?"

Jesus replied, "My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world." (From John 18:33-36, Revised Standard Version, Thomas Nelson, 1972)

Christians who would try to bring a theocracy to the United States would be going against Jesus' own teaching. If there is ever to be a theocracy on the earth, it will be brought about by Jesus himself after he returns, and it will encompass the whole earth, not just one country. Christians don't agree on how and when this might happen. If this interests you, plenty has been written about it by more knowledgeable students than I. I personally am not a student of prophecies of the end time.


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  • WannaB Writer profile imageAUTHOR

    Barbara Radisavljevic 

    4 years ago from Templeton, CA

    RTalloni, I absolutely agree. Christians in the US have never said they wanted a theocracy. It is their opponents who accuse them of trying to make this country one. The Progressives don't seem very concerned about the group that has made it clear they want a theocracy. It used to be that liberals were in the forefront of the free speech movement, but now that they control education and the press, they only want to grant free speech to those who agree with them. Voters need to look at records of candidates -- not just listen to soundbites and speeches.

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    4 years ago

    An interesting read with good food for thought, including the comments. The Constitution would indeed have to be destroyed for the USA to become a Christian theocracy, but the efforts to destroy our Constitution that seen today are not rooted in efforts to promote a Christian theocracy.

    Far from that purpose, the efforts are rooted in destroying the moral foundation of the Constitution. A look at how the constitution is undermined by making specious treaties (including calling agreements by other names when they are actually treaties) and by using the Supreme Court to change and make law apart from votes of the people and apart from the protections that are supposed to come from branches of the government are all a part of helping to propel the country into class division that gives total power to a few politicians.

    Some may say that's nothing new, but we would all do well to think that through. Total power is a long way from what we've seen in the past, but what has happened recently is unprecedented.

    If it succeeds, everyday people who are liberals will certainly have a wake up call, but it will be too late for everyone. That said, how close we are to that happening or whether it will ever happen are big questions that should keep voters vigilant.

    In this election season we need to be looking for the politician that will not just say words about how they view all issues through the lens of the Constitution. We should look for the politician who has the strongest record of refusing to look at all issues in isolation of our Constitution.

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    Barbara Radisavljevic 

    7 years ago from Templeton, CA

    I have to concur, Veritas. I won't say that the Tea Party doesn't have a few loose cannons on its outskirts. In my local group, though, these people don't get into leadership, and our core members are all peaceable people, many Christians, but also many not. Many are small business owners.

    A certain number of misfits will hang out with groups of any kind, looking for acceptance or wanting attention. Since most of our meetings are public, there is no practical way to prevent this. Most leave when they don't find what they were looking for.

    Some come to meetings to try to promote themselves when they are running for office. People are vetted before we give them the podium, and many candidates whom we know share our core beliefs get that podium. The kooks do not. I've never seen any disruption or destruction of property at any tea party event I've attended in three years, and I've been to almost every one in my county.

    I understand that one lone wolf who has come to our meetings behaved in a way I deplore at a County BOS meeting this week, but I had left before that happened, and most of us thought he was in the wrong. He did call one of the supervisors who is trying to shove Agenda 21 down the county's throat a bunch of names, and I don't think it's right to do that for any cause -- especially at a public meeting. I don't think personal verbal attacks are ever in order and they do the cause no good. That's the only time I know of. The core group didn't know him as well last April when they gave him a chance to speak at a rally for a PAC he started to support local candidates who are fighting Agenda 21 on the BOS. I realize that most individuals have moments when they lose control of their tempers and that sometimes we need to forgive and go on. That doesn't mean we need to support their PACs or candidacies

    One tragedy of our last election cycle was on the local level. I went to a candidate forum for a local city to cover it for my blog. I was stunned when a write-in candidate for mayor appeared late and very drunk. The moderator was also unsure of how to treat the situation, since no police or bouncers were present. He demonstrated what his potential failings as a mayor might be, but if that weren't bad enough, he was arrested on election night for disorderly conduct and battery and spent some time in jail. He got out this week and is awaiting trial on one of the charges.

    One of our tea party core members had a business relationship with him, and tells me this man's friends were shocked because really he is a nice guy, but he has an alcohol problem and he's going through a messy divorce. (No, this man was not in the Tea Party.) The point is that anyone can have a bad day, but in the end, the trials and pressures reveal who we really are at the core. Character does count. I was envisioning a scenario where, if this man were elected, he was representing the city at the League of Cities or somewhere else and behaved like this.

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    Luke A. Hall 

    7 years ago from Ohio

    I love that people keep pointing out the inconsistencies in mainstream progressive thought on this site. I am so impressed with the number of articulate conservatives on hubpages. Thank you for the post.

    I have a post on my hub about Liberal Relativism and how it provides a core philosophy for their movement. The Left has to constantly attack organized religion (especially right-leaning Christianity which would be everything but the Catholics, Lutherans, and the Black Episcopal Church which are either split down the middle or largely left-wing.) The reason that they must wage a war on these institutions is because Christians assert that truth is not relative thus neither is morality, good, or evil. This is a counter to the central progressive thesis.

    Whenever a liberal starts attacking the Christian right I always ask them what acts of violence have ever been perpetrated by the mainstream christian right? Have the Tea Party members vandalized property? Have their been rapes at rallies? Have their been mass arrests and tear gas thrown? Oh no... that's right... that was Occupy Wall Street.

    How about in the 1970s at the height of the Abortion debate? Were Christians screaming profanities in their marches? Were they destroying public property? Oh no... that's right... that was the Pro-Choice movement.

    Every Christian I have ever met is the neighbor that I would want to have. They are an amazing culture dominated by strong character and a sense of morality... I would much rather live in a largely Christian community than a liberal craphole like Detriot, Cleveland, or Chicago. Wherever Christians go there seems to be peace and prosperity in the United States. But don't tell the liberals... once they get into power in an area it goes to hell in a hurry.

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    Barbara Radisavljevic 

    8 years ago from Templeton, CA

    What you say is scary. I keep telling myself most people can't be so stupid as to not recognize the lies, but some people aren't getting the true information to show they are lies from the media they listen to. I'm glad you were able to find out the truth about abortion. I think you are Exhibit A for those who don't want women to be shown such movies before they get an abortion. I hope you will be voting.

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    8 years ago from United States

    Becoming a dictator is easier than you think. You just have to be a good lier and I believe Obama is. He know that the actual unemployment is about 21 % because the people who come off the unemployment rolls after they have drawn as much money as they can, come off the count. If this person is at home because they cannot find a job, the are not in the count. I sued to believe in abortion, I strongly believed in it. Until I saw a video of an abortion and it became a reality that a child was just murdered. I think for day this whole nation will respect unborn life.

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    Barbara Radisavljevic 

    8 years ago from Templeton, CA

    tirelesstraveler, thank you so much for your very kind words.

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    Judy Specht 

    8 years ago from California

    I hang out with a friend who spends her time defending the unborn and women who are being deceived into donating their eggs. She will be at Standford University tomorrow May 1 at 4pm showing her movie "Eggploitation" It is truly radical right that give women choices. The left only give fear and abortion.

    Sorry, Mary Hughes comment got me off track.

    WannaB you are a heroin. Your hub is factual, historical and oh so true.


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    Barbara Radisavljevic 

    8 years ago from Templeton, CA

    I'm a tea party member, and many of the others in my local group are evangelical Christians. But the group itself does not endorse candidates or take positions on moral issues. That is left to individuals working on their own, apart from the tea party group. Some of these individuals support their favorite candidates with money or time, and some are active in pro-life or other groups that share a cause. But there is no one organized group that does anything more than work through existing political channels to influence Congress or others government officials. Not one of those organizations has enough clout to take over even one branch of government. Christians are more interested in influencing individual people that holding government offices.

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    8 years ago from upstate, NY

    "I don't think there is any possibility of a Christian theocracy in this country unless the Constitution is completely discarded, especially since churches aren't that interested in running the country and the American people wouldn't stand for it. It's more likely that our willingness to tolerate anything but Christianity will lead to a completely secular government that will no longer allow free exercise of religion."

    I totally agree with you, those who claim to fear a theocracy are the ones who really just want an excuse to suppress christianity and secularize the country.

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    Barbara Radisavljevic 

    8 years ago from Templeton, CA

    Marie, are you a Republican? Have you spent much time talking to Republican Congressmen? Anyone can write a book. I am a Republican woman and you'd probably call me an extremist, though I'd rather not be involved in politics at all. I have seen no war on woman -- just hype from the left. I have seen a "war" on Christian believers. Most Republicans I know think conservative voices are the ones being repressed. There is certainly no evidence that conservatives are taking over the party -- let alone Christian extremists. What is a Christian extremist, anyway?

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    Barbara Radisavljevic 

    8 years ago from Templeton, CA

    I agree. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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    Marie Hughes 

    8 years ago

    I have been reading about Christian Dominionism. The fact that the Republican Party has been taken over by the Christian extremists, to me, is scary. What do you think of Republican voter suppression and the attack on women. All you have to do is search the web and you will know that it could happen. Right now I am reading a book by Kevin Phillips, "American Theocracy". Go on the web and read about Christian Dominionism and then tell me what you think.

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    8 years ago from American Southwest

    You said it very well. As one of those Protestants you mentioned who have moved around among denominations, all I can say is this conspiracy theory is just laughable to anyone who is familiar with American Christianity. The worry about it seems to me analogous to Constantinople worrying about democracy breaking out, just before Constantinople became Istanbul.

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    Barbara Radisavljevic 

    8 years ago from Templeton, CA

    I think the Amish, like most religious groups in this country, just want the government to leave them alone. They've been more successful at this than other groups because they aren't asking the government for anything except defense from outsiders who might be inclined to rob and kill. They don't ask for health care, since they care for their own. They don't leave any carbon footprints. And they don't tend to make waves unless someone makes a very unreasonable demand. At least that's my take on it.

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    Larry Wall 

    8 years ago


    You are absolutely correct. I was being to narrow in my thinking before writing the comment. I am ware of the shunning and the fact they can leave. I guess I was thinking about the possibility of an Amish type government coming to power, but the more I think about it, the more contradictory is sounds. Thanks for pointing out my error. As I said before, it was a great Hub. I am looking forward to reading more of your writings.


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    Barbara Radisavljevic 

    8 years ago from Templeton, CA

    I have read almost all of Beverly Lewis's novels on the Amish and enjoyed them very much. i've also had the opportunity to visit Amish country, but not for long. In the case of the Amish, they can leave that life if they willing to be shunned and cut off from their relationships, including family, who are still Amish. They are still entitled to all their rights as US citizens if they want to claim them. The choice is theirs.

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    Larry Wall 

    8 years ago

    I concur completely with your assessment. I remember with John Kennedy was running for president. Many Baptist members of my extended family were convinced that President Kennedy would be taking his orders from the Pope. That was a ridiculous notion.

    The one group you did not mention, unless I just missed it was the Amish. The Amish communities are about as close to a theocracy as you are going to get. My wife enjoys reading Christian fiction and has read a lot about the Amish and done some research. It seems that the Bishops of each community have total control over what is allowed and not allowed. However, they do have to conform with some of the laws of area governments, such as putting the orange safety placards on the back of their wagons and other similar laws. The Amish way of life, while interest, will not appeal to most people. So I agree, the chances of our country becoming a theocracy are next to none. I do believe that having a person of strong faith as President can have an impact on some decisions that are made. However, there is nothing wrong with that. Good Hub, voted up and interesting.

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    Barbara Radisavljevic 

    8 years ago from Templeton, CA

    Jimmie, I think a lot of the books, blogs, etc, that try to make people afraid of a Christian theocracy are propaganda attacking a straw man. It's true that minorities can take over a country, but they have to be very well organized and be very motivated. I think most Christians, especially the evangelical ones, have little interest in politics until they feel a moral line has been crossed, as in the case of abortion. Then they will try to do something about it. They have no desire as a group to be involved in the running of the government.

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    Jimmie Quick 

    8 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

    I totally agree. I hear people afraid that USA will become overtaken by the religious right, and I just don't understand their fear. It seems utterly illogical to me since the religious right is in the minority. Your points about the segmentation of the religious right makes a lot of sense too. There are huge denominational differences! (Love your church photos, too!)


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