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