Blog Against Theocracy

As far as I know, there is no organized Blog Against Theocracy blogswarm this year. It is not from a lack of need, and I hope not from a lack of interest.

For those of you who are wondering about theocracy, take a look at our nearly daily Happy Hour News Briefs – that is our own, little, daily Blog Against Theocracy.

Regular readers know that First Freedom First, which was a project of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, awarded Mock, Paper, Scissors the blog of the year for fighting theocracy a few years ago. We’ve been fighting it daily ever since.

Here’s the deal: the GOP war on women is a front in the war against democracy; the war on LGBT people is another front in the war against democracy. You can go down the list of issues after issue, usually in the Culture Wars (but not always), and if you think about what the Conservatives are fighting for, it is for the USA to become a Christian Theocracy.

We don’t always see it because it falls often into Identity Politics, but if you stand back you will see that these culture wars are related, and they are really a battle for Theocracy.

It is not always obvious, but at the root of many of their pet issues from fighting Choice, to fighting Marriage Equality, to fighting Obamacare–remember the Death Panels–the conservatives are actively fighting for a Taliban-like form of government, with them in the Taliban role.

I don’t think that there is any greater threat to our democracy than what the theocrats have in mind.

I’m fond of noting that the very first Amendment to the Constitution was the Separation of Church and State (the Establishment Clause)–that’s how important the Founders felt about it. It’s not just that everyone can practice whatever faith they want without compunctions, but that everyone can be free FROM religion, too.

So here, on Easter Sunday, when many of us are celebrating Jesus, remember to celebrate the First Amendment, too. It is what allows you to practice your faith, and it is what allows you to reflect in peace without having someone shove their faith down your throat.

UPDATE:

Our friend Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar has also posted a Blog Against Theocracy

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0 Responses to Blog Against Theocracy

  1. but that everyone can be free FROM religion, too.

    It’s subtle, too. Went to the bakery to pick up bread for the week, and it was closed this morning. I was going to need some gold colored pencils for elevations I am drawing today, lucky I went to the art store yesterday, they are closed today also.

    I have to live by their rules on this holiday whether I like it or not.

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  2. BobbyEarle says:

    Well said.

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  3. I don’t think that there is any greater threat to our democracy than what the theocrats have in mind.

    I disagree. Here’s Mike Lofgren, who was a GOP congressional staffer for over 2 decades.

    The primary purpose of the GOP these days is to provide tax breaks and other financial advantages (such as not regulating pollution and other socially costly externalities) to their wealthy donor base. All the rest of their platform, all the culture wars stuff, is simply rube bait.

    Since Bill Clinton, and even more so under Obama, the Democrats offer us a break on that rube bait only.

    Thus the goal of our plutocrats is still being realized, even when “we” win elections.

    Remember, 93% of the gains of the Obama recovery went to the rich, and that was not by mistake.
    ~

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    • Tengrain says:

      Thunder –

      The plutocrats, while absolutely a danger, are only interested in preserving capitalism (in their favor of course); the theocrats want us to follow their beliefs, which makes them a threat to democracy.

      I don’t think we are disagreeing much. I’ve long said that this is the 9th Reagan Administration.

      Rgds,

      TG

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  4. Theocrats, thunder. Have you heard of the Prosperity Gospel? Or the Dominionists?

    TG’s point stands, I think. Your point…well, I’ve said enough about that.

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  5. Since Bill Clinton, and even more so under Obama, the Democrats offer us a break on that rube bait only.

    I know a few gay people who are just as thrilled to be cast aside as “rube bait” as I am when you call me stupid.

    Health care, civil rights, stopping two wars, all just rube bait. Lovely.

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  6. I know a few gay people who are just as thrilled to be cast aside as “rube bait” as I am when you call me stupid.

    You aren’t stupid, it’s your arguments that are stupid.

    Did gays get Obama to “evolve” on marriage by kissing his ass, and telling the likes of Glenn Greenwald to shut the hell up?

    No.

    They said, you want our donations, you fucker, you give us this. A lesson that driftglass, the balloonjuicers, LGM, etc. etc. etc. refuse to get.

    P.S. Drop the passive-aggressive victimhood horseshit. I’m not in your family, and I don’t have to put up with it. Capiche?
    ~

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  7. P.S. Drop the passive-aggressive victimhood horseshit. I’m not in your family, and I don’t have to put up with it. Capiche?

    Understood.

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    • Tengrain says:

      Folks –

      My general rule for comments is to pretend this is the bar set of Cheers: talk, laugh, argue, disagree, but keep it civil.

      Many thanks,

      Coach, er, TG

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  8. Sorry TG. It’s a long-running friction. I’ll clean it up.

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  9. Perdurabo says:

    Well spoken TG. I’ts an ongoing battle trying to remind some of my friends that, No, actually, The US govt was not established to support and spread christianity. Fuckers don’t know how good they got it having a secular govt.

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  10. My sense of this is that BOTH points of view are correct, except in their claim to Exclusive Truth.

    Big Money always has controlled and always will control the “democracy” in which we live. Their conscious effort to employ the rubes of the Religious Reicht to boost their voting block went a long way toward securing their fortunes by legislative fiat, simultaneously distracting the Left with threats of Theocracy, very real, but seemingly irrelevant to the Economic Elite.

    Then the Religious Reicht began to wield real power, and true conservatives began being primaried from the right, leading to a flood of politicians who supported the Fattest of the Fat Cats and their Frankenstein corporations losing their seats to dim-witted wack-jobs whose primary focus was telling other people what they could and could not do with their nasty bits.

    But the Filthy Fuckin’ Rich aren’t stupid, and they aren’t scared of stupid people. Both groups could well win in this fight.

    Let’s say the Big Money gets behind the Religious Reight (hasn’t it already?) and we end up living in a Theocracy, with the politicians wholly owned by their big money pals – Monsanto, GE, Exxon-Mobil, the Koch Brothers. Big Money wins, with the pols passing laws which codify the transfer of wealth and the protection of profits.

    And the Theocrats win, because in a Theocracy, dissent isn’t “patriotic,” it’s heresy.

    It’s a win/win/lose situation, with Truth, Justice and we The People splitting the last third of that pie.

    Eat up. Bitchez.

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