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Right Wing Religious Fundamentalists Raise The Specter Of An American Theocracy

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Message Michael Payne


Religion certainly has its place in America but not in this American government. Yet what we are seeing on a daily basis is a concentrated effort by the Republican presidential candidates and various party leaders to inject religious fundamentalism into this country's political process. This movement represents a clear and present danger to this nation's democracy and it must be stopped in its tracks.


Theocracy is "a form of government whose officials believe that they guided by a divine authority." America is a democracy, a government of the people and rule of the majority. It would be great if America had a government in which policies and actions were guided by ethics, integrity and principles of morality. While we're currently not that fortunate, the last thing we need is one in which right wing religious fundamentalists, guided by their own chosen brand of divine guidance, are in control.


I can't help but hear the twisted messages emanating from the various Republican presidential candidates. You would think that these politicians would use their debates to present specific solutions to this nation's most critical problems. But they have no solutions, they are quite ignorant of American history, and they continuously distort the facts. Their primary objective seems to be to inject their own religious views into the American political process.


Yes, I've heard the arguments from those who say that a theocracy could never become a reality in this country, that the people would never allow it. Well, think about this; corporations now wield enormous power, influence and control over Congress and our entire political system. Who saw this coming, who organized people to stop it? And now how are we going to repair the damage it is doing?


After America entered the 21st century, this country has fallen under the domination and power of the military-industrial complex that has created a massive, terribly expensive war machine. It was done right before our eyes and no one did anything to stop it. So I completely dismiss the argument that the development of a theocratic-based government in America is an impossibility.  


So where is the evidence that would support the premise that such a theocratic movement actually exists? Here are a few of the many examples:


Rick Santorum, criticizing President Obama's agenda as he spoke to Tea Party conservatives in Columbus, Ohio recently, was reported to have said that "it's not about you. It's not about your quality of life. It's not about your jobs. It's about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology."


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