Beware Prepare to Resist: The Trump Administration Is Taking Us Down a Slippery Slope Into Theocracy

March 7, 2017

I endorse it. I anticipate it was correct. Contrary to what abounding accept said, it approved to outlaw neither adoration nor acceptance in God. In a pluralistic association such as ours, who is to actuate what adoration shall be spoken, and by whom? Legally, constitutionally or otherwise, the accompaniment absolutely has no such right. I am acerb adjoin to the efforts that accept been fabricated to abate the decision. They accept been motivated, I think, by little added than the ambition to abash the Absolute Court. If I saw Brother Wallace traveling up to Washington to affirm adjoin the accommodation at the aldermanic hearings, it alone adequate my confidence that the accommodation was right.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Playboy interview, 1965. [About the Absolute Court’s decisions arresting down adoration in accessible schools.]

Introduction

On January 20, in his aboriginal hours as president, Mr. Trump issued a announcement asserting that there can be no accord area the humans do not adjure for it. Really?

Who assertive him to affair such a proclamation? One of the 5 preachers or the clergyman arrive to adjure at his inauguration? Don’t Americans adjure enough? Was there a curtailment of prayers for accord afore World Wars I and II-and every war centuries before-and back 1945? What war occurred due to bereft prayers? I bethink the Vietnam era if abstract acceptable acceptance were praying for accord up the yin yang. Those prayers did not accept abundant effect, either.

This announcement is a adumbrative archetype of the crazy allocution of politicians who accept their religious behavior into the acquittal of their civilian responsibilities, admitting in Trump’s case it was acceptable added pandering to the evangelical base. God-hasn’t he done abundant of that already with his appointments?

Well, maybe not, in his mind.

That anticipation brings with it affair for the advanced capitalism we accept enjoyed in America back the country’s founding. Trump has created a chiffonier of theocrats. What’s more, he has apprenticed to appoint added religious zealots to the top court, as able-bodied as added key posts.

Bad Moon on the Rise

Are we in crisis of acceptable a theocracy? Added so than ever, IMHO.

Trump and accompany are equating bellicism with piety. How I would like to put afore the admiral a account from a Absolute Cloister amends in Wisconsin added than a aeon ago apropos intermingling government with religion:

There is no such antecedent and could cause of strife, quarrel, fights, cancerous opposition, persecution, war, and all angry in the accompaniment as religion. Let it already admission our civilian affairs, our government would anon be destroyed. Let it already admission our accepted schools, they would be destroyed… Those who fabricated our Constitution saw this, and acclimated the a lot of apt and absolute accent in it to anticipate such a catastrophe.

(Source: FFRF commendation of Amends H.S. Orton of the Absolute Cloister of Wisconsin, acknowledging assessment in Weiss v. the District Board, absitively on March 18, 1890.)

Susan Jacoby acclaimed that while the new admiral is himself aloof to religion, he acclimated the evangelical articulation of the electorate to get to the White House. In appreciation, he seems to accept delegated his Chiffonier picks to zealot-in-waiting Mike Pence, the featured apostle at the accessible anti-abortion assemblage in Washington, D.C. whose abandonment makes the boilerplate fundies assume doubter by comparison. Give Trump credit-he has not (so far) nominated Michelle Bachman, Herman Cain, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Sarah Palin for government jobs. That’s the acceptable news. (I’m aggravating to attending on the ablaze ancillary here.)

The bad account is that he’s nominated a calendar of god-besotted extremists, including Rick Perry, Jeff Sessions, Betsy DeVos, Mike Pompeo, Nikki Haley, Sonny Perdue, Jeff Sessions, Scott Pruitt, Tom Price and OMG!-Ben Carson. These nominees are Christian zealots above the anemic and abrupt opponents of church/state separation. Each could seamlessly ample any Sunday morning as a acting preacher for the 5 ministers who offered awesome blubbering at the Trump Inauguration.

Along with Mr. Pence, these new leaders of the accomplished government offices will accompany their religious perspectives-and ability war agenda, to the alpha of their civilian offices.

Can a theocracy be far behind? Will they apostle for an alteration to our agnostic Constitution declaring that the United States of America is a Christian nation? It’s not so farfetched-a few years ago, a YouGov Omnibus poll begin that 34 percent of Americans would favor establishing Christianity as the official accompaniment adoration in their state. Addition hardly ablaze ancillary note-only 32 percent would go all the way and do the aforementioned with the U.S. itself. Small comfort. (This is an boilerplate percentage-imagine what the abutment akin accept to accept been in Alabama and Mississippi!)

Hallmarks of a Theocracy

At the accident of alarming a few readers, accede some of the behavior and action agendas of these new leaders of key civic offices, including the Attorney General and directors/secretaries of H&HS, HUD, Energy, Education, CIA, EPA and Agriculture. You will acquisition acceptance in and abutment for:

  • Varied biblical prophecies, not excluding The Rapture or end-times.
  • The abolishment of analytical thought, allotment for religious allotment schools, science-denying initiatives from altitude change to change and added religious extremists appointed to ample analytical positions at all levels of government.
  • Vehement action to alliance adequation and a woman’s best to be a mother-or not (i.e., acknowledged aborticide and added changeable rights).
  • Disdain for break of abbey and state-The Donald will be architecture one bank area it’s not bare and disturbing down addition area it is.
  • Changing the Constitution from a civilian Republic to Christian Nation theocracy-in allotment because they accept this is a action for the additional advancing of Christ.
  • Sponsorship and admission of added bills like H.R. 7, the “No Taxpayer Allotment for Aborticide and Aborticide Insurance Full Disclosure Act.” Every House Republican voted for this bill. If it clears the Senate (Trump will assurance it), the Act will abjure added than 28 actor women admission to aborticide coverage.

Consider the man accounted to be Trump’s aboriginal best for the abandoned bench on the U.S. Absolute Court, William Pryor. This abrupt adversary of civilian attempt in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights has compared the ACLU and its plaintiffs to terrorists. He has railed adjoin gay rights, the teaching of evolution, cloister decisions legalizing aborticide and barring academy prayer-while announcement displays of the Ten Commandments on government property. He has compared homosexuality to “necrophilia” and “bestiality” and alleged Roe v. Wade “the affliction abhorrence of built-in law.” He has continued accurate the abominable Roy Moore, the Alabama absolute Cloister advocate who placed a Decalogue applique in his attorneys and affected jurors to pray.

Advice from an Unlikely Source

The Christian Poet and biographer C.S. Lewis accepted the appearance that all ability corrupts. I admiration if Messrs. Trump and Pence are accustomed with The World’s Last Night?

I absolutely embrace the adage that all ability corrupts. I would go added than all ability corrupts. The high the pretensions of the power, the added meddlesome, barbaric and backbreaking it will be. Theocracy is the affliction of all accessible governments. All political ability is at best a all-important evil: but it is atomic angry if its sanctions are a lot of bashful and commonplace, if it claims no added than to be advantageous or acceptable and sets itself carefully bound objectives. Anything abstruse or spiritual… in its pretensions is alarming and encourages it to meddle with our clandestine lives… Theocracy, I accept and even insist, is the affliction bribery of all.

But, to no reader’s surprise, I anticipate Robert Green Ingersoll claim the final words. This is but the alpha of one of his speeches on the horrors of theocracy.

The government of God has been tried. It was approved in Palestine several thousand years ago, and the God of the Jews was a monster of animality and ignorance, and the humans absolute by this God absent their nationality. Theocracy was approved through the Middle Ages. God was the Governor-the pope was his agent, and every priest and abbey and basal was armed with accreditation from the A lot of High-and the aftereffect was that the noblest and best were in prisons, the greatest and grandest asleep at the stake. The aftereffect was that vices were crowned with honor, and virtues aerated naked through the streets. The aftereffect was that affectation affected the baton of authority, while bluntness languished in the dungeons of the Inquisition…

If God is accustomed in the Constitution, man accept to abdicate. There is no allowance for both. If the humans of the abundant Republic become awesome abundant and apprenticed abundant to put God in the Constitution of the United States, the agreement of freedom will accept failed, and the abundant and baroque acknowledgment that ‘all governments acquire their just admiral from the accord of the governed’ will accept been denied, and in its abode will be begin this: All ability comes from God; priests are his agents, the humans are their slaves…

Best wishes, break able-bodied and accede two credibility of view: 1) There are no another facts; and 2) There is no bigger government for America than a civilian democracy.

May this article arouse your will to advice the airy masses avert their liberties. As RGI declared in words that represent the light, air and adulation at issue-“liberty is the bloom and bake-apple of justice, the aroma of mercy. It is the air and light, berry and soil, dew and rain of progress, adulation and joy.”

Or, if he acquainted this way about it, which he does not, Trump ability say, “liberty is YUGE!”

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