Theocracy – the Wrong road for America - [An Opinion]
I read an interesting survey the other day – it was called the Public Policy Polling PPP] survey on whether or not we should make Christianity the official religion of the USA. This poll was conducted due to recent campaigning by politicians injecting religion into their rhetoric. This action was all based on religious fear mongering that this country is experiencing from the inside, not the outside of our borders.
In this survey, it was revealed that approximately 44 per cent of bipartisan citizens prefer making Christianity the official religion. Realizing that related to these facts, that leave a large majority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents not in favor of making Christianity our preferred belief.
This opposition to such a theocracy is interesting as it impacts the First Amendment in varies ways. Those opposed should not lose ground in their resistance to prevent a theocracy from forming and impact the public policy making of our government. For a US based poll, it was revealed shockingly that our First Amendment is under attack.
What is encouraging is the fact that the majority of people still favor the right to choose; while others are clamoring for the elimination of the freedom of religion clause that was placed there by our founding fathers for a reason. This was the basic principle of our creation, our staple of life and our main beliefs that man should be free to choose their own belief or religion without hindrance. We cannot afford to lose this right by any means.
There is a movement to destroy the right to choose a religion as groups have gathered into a powerful lobbyist force and use their personal beliefs as a motivational tool to attack our liberties or so it seems. This ‘faith-deranged’ support has been seen in women’s rights, abortion issues, social and economic support for programs, and eventually, support for wars in foreign countries, etc. and has shown to be led by a group of tax exempt religious based organization, who are pandering religious feelings for support and sympathy.
Using faith to manipulate mindsets and other feelings, this is a dangerous practice and should not be supported by our government or their leaders. One could even see the Pope Francis engaged in this practice to pander as he suggested political moves rather than theological ideas but well within the beliefs of the church he represents.
One main reason for such threat is the means of injecting religious beliefs into our legal system and convert the law into parables of religious privileges and demands. This would give the system leverage on our quality of life and ability to choose what we belief in. Religion should never be included in public policy hence the term ‘separation of church and state’ is critically imposed within our own Constitution.
We have seen what secular inferences and interferences have done to governments elsewhere especially in the countries such as Syria, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia etc. There is no religious freedom to practice their individual choice of faith without penalties from the religion police. Thus they lose their mere existence, voice and rights to uphold the government’s power to control the people through religion.
The United States should remain a democracy and not turn to theocracy as it would signal the end of our freedoms we have today. People should oppose such movements to embrace a single religion for government direction or policies. It invites oppression, persecution and destruction to our manner of law and rule if we roll over and let secularist run this country.