(One of my letters to the editor of a local newspaper.)
I am a church person, a person of faith. But I don’t think the US needs a government that rules as if it were the voice of God. This nation’s Constitution was written partly in order to help us avoid theocracy.
Unfortunately there are Americans today who clearly think the Founders were wrong. They want their groups of churches to dictate to the White House, the Congress, the Courts and the rest of us.
We do need God’s wisdom, help, and protection. I hope we seek and pray for those things daily. And we need to practice the faiths we profess.
But we have three branches of government precisely in order to keep any group from running things their way without criticism or restraint.
John Danforth was an Episcopal Priest, then a US Senator. He said this last year:
We are free today to practice our faiths. If we each did that more thoroughly this would be a happier and safer nation. But if we let our country surrender its freedoms to our home-grown theocrats, we, our kids, and our grandkids will deeply regret it.[Published as a letter to the editor September 20, 2006.]