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Our Constitution was written partly to help us avoid theocracy.
Unfortunately, theocracy is the goal of many 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.
America’s would-be theocrats raise some important concerns that we need to consider. Unfortunately, they also fully intend to have their group running things just as they wish, without criticism or restraint. In that they are wrong. We do not welcome that nightmare – their efforts to stamp their image on all of us.
John Danforth was an Episcopal Priest, then a US Senator. He said this last year, about seeking theocracy:
“Republicans have transformed our party into the political arm of Conservative Christians
We are free today to practice our faiths. If we each did that more thoroughly this would likely be a happier and safer nation. But if we let our country surrender its freedoms to a home-grown theocracy, we, our kids, and our grandkids will deeply regret it.
This is from one of my letters to the editor of a local newspaper, September 20, 2006.