Has the U.S. become a theocracy?

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Has the U.S. become a theocracy?

Post by admin » Sat Jun 25, 2005 10:19 am

According to this article, the answer should be obvious.
The US is a theocracy suffering from galloping spiritual inflation

By Mark Lawson

This weekend in New York, the Rev Billy Graham will hold what is likely to be his final roll call of US souls. Aged 86 and suffering from prostate cancer, Parkinson's and water on the brain, the preacher will speak from an ingenious pulpit designed to allow him to evangelise in a sitting position.

Graham has told interviewers that his illnesses have not dented his faith and, indeed, he has much reason to believe that all his prayers have been answered. Travelling around the US in the past few days, I was astonished by the extent to which the country seems to have become a theocracy: even beyond the evidence offered six months ago in the re-election of George Bush by the God-fearing.

An evangelical Christian from Texas, John Brown, is reported to be drilling for oil between Haifa and Tel Aviv, having drawn up a map of where the black stuff might be from references in the Old Testament, which he regards as a sort of Da Vinci code for the fuel futures market. "I believe God deposited the vision of oil for Israel in my head," Brown told Newsweek. This scriptural fundamentalism now extends to nutrition: the latest fad of the US fat is the Bible diet, which preaches eating foods referred to in holy verses: honey, locusts, loaves, fishes and so on.

The open religiosity of US society has always been a shock for European visitors, but it feels as if the rhetoric is intensifying monthly in a sort of galloping spiritual inflation. Last week an 11-year-old boy from Utah disappeared during a scout camp. After four days in the wilderness, the child was found, thirsty but perky. It's true that even British phone-ins in these circumstances would have freely invoked a "miracle", but the p
ublic comments of the boy's relatives and family friends resembled scenes from Iran of the ayatollahs unexpectedly dubbed into American.

His survival was offered as a parable for the nation. "People say that the heavens are closed and that God is not listening," his mother said. "But the heavens are open and He does listen." Another advocate added: "People need to understand that there is a God." Whatever Bible these people read, it obviously excludes the Book of Job which, unlike this new US version of religion, struggles with the greatest challenge to faith: the fact that some (even most) scouts missing in the wild will die, no matter how devout their parents.

Even so, such evidence of deep and simple faith in America should mean that Graham can retire on a high. Most public figures end their life in some kind of failure - politicians are forgotten, entertainers replaced by new waves - but the preacher seems to have won a landslide in his final term. While rival evangelists imploded in sex
or financial scandals, Graham remained clean, except for some unfortunate comments about Jews caught on the Nixon tapes.

And yet, in one crucial sense, Graham's mission has failed. One of his favourite texts as a preacher has been that religion should not be politicised. Since an endorsement of Nixon which he came to regret, Graham has refused to back candidates.

This scrupulous avoidance of politics, however, feels increasingly like the Pontius Pilate book of hygiene. Graham may have declined to come out as a supporter of Bush, but he is more or less his creator. It was the evangelist, as a friend of the first President Bush, who converted the prodigal son of the clan from drink to religion. As Dubya discovered politics shortly after finding God, Graham can't wash his hands of the question.

And right across the country over which the Rev Graham's most high-profile convert presides, the preacher's insistence on keeping politics out of God is ignored. In Florida, one of the Christia
n lobbyists who fought to reinsert the feeding tube of the brain-damage victim Terri Schiavo has declared that he will run for the state Senate seeking to unseat a Republican who declined to side with the religious right. Politicians who take secular positions are likely to be vulnerable to this religious hit-man tactic in the future.

And the US supreme court is expected to rule next week in a case resulting from a judge's attempt to display art based on the Ten Commandments in his courtroom: one of many current attempts to overturn the determination of the republic's founders, as if anticipating their people's weakness for God, that church and state should remain separated.

This definition of non-Christianity as un-American is also found in last week's official investigation into the Air Force Academy which found evidence of cadets who refused to attend services being frog-marched back to dormitories in a practice known as "heathen flight".

So perhaps, as Billy Graham sits at his
special lectern, calling on New Yorkers to come forward for Jesus, he will wonder whether an America which seems to be the answer to his prayers has in fact sold its soul to the devil.


Re: Has the U.S. become a theocracy?

Post by Gelin_ » Wed Jun 29, 2005 12:31 pm

[quote]...One of his favourite texts as a preacher has been that religion should not be politicised. Since an endorsement of Nixon <U>which he came to regret</U>, Graham has refused to back candidates.[/quote]
That's probably a sign of repentance if not maturity. I heard hin recently on Larry King. He has been consistent in keeping his distance, avoiding to mix the gospel message with other philosophies. I am not defending Graham, but I think it was a good move on his part.

[quote]Graham may have declined to come out as a supporter of Bush, but he is more or less his creator. It was the evangelist, as a friend of the first President Bush, who converted the prodigal son of the clan from drink to religion. As Dubya discovered politics shortly after finding God, Graham can't wash his hands of the question.[/quote]
This argument is not really strong, in my



Post by Gelin_ » Tue Aug 23, 2005 3:05 pm

How will Pat explain this to his followers/listeners...?

[quote]Bush administration officials Tuesday disavowed Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson's call for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Venezuelan Vice President Vicente Rangel called Robertson's comments "criminal" and demanded U.S. action.

Robertson -- founder of the Christian Coalition and a candidate for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination -- used his TV station label Chavez "a dangerous enemy to our south, controlling a huge pool of oil, that could hurt us badly."

Source: http://www.cnn.com/ [/quote]

If it's not in the Book of Kings, maybe it's in the Book of Pat.



Post by Gelin_ » Wed Aug 24, 2005 3:53 pm

The World Evangelical Alliance Condemns Statement by Pat Robertson</B>

For Immediate Release
August 24, 2005

It is with great regret and deep concern that the World Evangelical Alliance totally condemns the recent speech by Dr. Pat Robertson calling for the U.S. government to assassinate President Chavez of Venezuela.

“This kind of statement, by this well known American Christian leader, is in complete contradiction to the teachings of Jesus Christ who evangelical Christians believe and seek to demonstrate,” says Geoff Tunnicliffe, WEA International Director. He goes on to add, “Robertson does not speak for evangelical Christians. We believe in justice and the protection of human rights of all people, including the life of President Chavez.”

Rev. Sam Olson, veteran pastor of Las Acacias church in Caracas and president of the Venezuelan Evangelical Alliance (associated with WEA) has expressed deep concern for how
this statement will negatively impact evangelical Christians in Latin America. He writes, “Robertson has placed our lives in jeopardy as he has completely misrepresented us and has given our government every reason to believe we would support such an action.

The World Evangelical Alliance calls on Dr. Robertson to withdraw his statement and reconcile his views with the orthodox Christian faith. The WEA calls on all people, in particularly those of Venezuela, to show restraint in how they react to such a statement, knowing that it represents the opinion of one individual and not that of the hundreds of millions of evangelical Christians around the world.

Source: http://www.worldevangelicalalliance.com ... 050824.htm


Post by Gelin_ » Thu Aug 25, 2005 11:48 am

[quote]...Chavez got the message. What he thinks he's doing sitting on their oil field?[/quote]

Annavan pou le defile...

[quote]...Earlier Wednesday, on his "The 700 Club" program, Robertson said the media had taken his remarks out of context.

"I didn't say 'assassination.' I said our special forces should 'take him out.' And 'take him out' can be a number of things, including kidnapping</B>; there are a number of ways to take out a dictator from power besides killing him....

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/08/24/robert ... index.html

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