Sunday, April 8th, 2007

This is the message of Easter, and one of my favorite pieces of music, here sung by Jerome Hines.

Blog Against Theocracy

In the words of John Rice, the pastor who built the Boston Avenue Methodist Church in Tulsa Oklahoma, paraphrased here because I cannot locate the exact text today:

The word of God is constantly being revealed. Anyone who teaches that he knows the word of God, or that the word of God is fixed and immutable, is guilty of sin and error.

Every theocrat teaches that he/she knows the word of God and can tell the rest of us the will of God. Every theocrat claims he/she speaks for God. In the US we have heard this over and over again from the likes of Dobson, Falwell, and Robertson. In this respect, every theocrat is a blasphemer. Every theocrat should be anathema to those who cherish the teachings of Christ, or to the truly faithful of any faith.

Firedoglake features a particularly cogent paragraph on the Bush attempts to turn a democracy into a theocracy. Teachers and followers of theocracy, and all who call ourselves Christians, should remember the first commandment: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Perhaps a review of The Ten Commandments would have helped — the first commandment reads: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” That includes Presidents who say they talk to God, as well as their political power broker minions, too, and not just golden calves — and working hard to curry favor with any of the above is an act that worships power and what you can get from it. Nothing more, nothing less. Anyone who thinks securing earthly power, consolidating one’s position and amassing a number of favors owed to you that you can call in when you need them is the point of existence is worshiping at the alter of Gordon Gekko.