Theocracy is not about God

If you really believe that God is all-powerful, then why does God need the power of our government?

The obvious answer is that it’s not God that’s trying to gain power. The religious right uses God to get power. Politicians use God to try to get power. Theocracy isn’t about God at all- it’s about humans scheming for power.

Personally, I’m not religious. But other people’s religion doesn’t bother me. As Thomas Jefferson said, “it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”  I don’t mind if people say Merry Christmas or Happy Hannukha or whatever other religious holiday greeting they want to use. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you can still have a good day on December 25, which is what the greeting “Merry Christmas” means. Being against theocracy does not mean pretending that religion does not exist.

Even if you believe that God wants people to act a certain way, and that everyone who does not behave that way will go to hell, it’s still no excuse to inject religion into government and force people to behave the way your religion wants them to. If you believe, for example, that all gay people will go to hell, why should you ban gay marriage? You should be perfectly content to leave everyone alone to live their lives the way they want to on earth, safe in the belief that when you die, you will go to heaven, and everyone who you believe is wrong won’t.

There are some religious people that I really admire. People who believe in God, and help others, and are tolerant. These people do not try to force their beliefs on others. Their faith is strong enough that it does not need the legislature to back it up. There are good and bad sides to religion, and it is almost always the bad sides that meddle in government. Theocracy gives religion a bad name.

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3 Responses to “Theocracy is not about God”

  1. FranIAm Says:

    I think this is a great post- there are many good ones for this whole thing. Please stop on by and see my own if you have a chance.

    It is about power and control. Which are parts of the human condition, sadly. Religion may inflate or inflame them, but they exist anyway.

    I say all this as a fairly religious person who doesn’t give a flying hoot what others do. Be who you are, do your thing, I do mine. The Jesus I know does not give out bonus points for capturing others. In fact, quite the contrary.

  2. poopemerges Says:

    …”There are some religious people that I really admire. People who believe in God, and help others, and are tolerant. These people do not try to force their beliefs on others.”

    You mean you like all the religious people that agree with you or act most like you…hmmmm. Yep that’s the definition of tolerant.

  3. randomosity0123 Says:

    No, that’s not what I mean. I know people who’s beliefs, both religious and political, are the complete opposite of mine, who I really admire because they arte good people who believe certain things, even if I think they’re wrong, for the right reasons, who honestly want the world to be a better place even if their idea of what makes the world a better place is the complete opposite of mine.

    And even if I don’t admire some people, that doesn’t mean I’m intolerant of them. I respect their rights to hold their beliefs and do whatever else they want with their lives even if I dislike them.

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