Reader Opinion: Theocratic plutocracy?
I wrote a Guest Opinion several months ago suggesting Republican voters were primed and ready for a theocratic plutocracy. A theocracy is a form of government in which clergy have official recognition as civil rulers and official policy is either...
I wrote a Guest Opinion several months ago suggesting Republican voters were primed and ready for a theocratic plutocracy.
A theocracy is a form of government in which clergy have official recognition as civil rulers and official policy is either governed by officials regarded as "divinely" guided or is pursuant to doctrine of a particular religion or religious group. John Kennedy had to tell our country his loyalty would be to the U.S. and our Constitution, not the pope, before he was elected as the only Catholic president ever.
Ted Cruz wants the U.S. to become a "Christian" nation with Christian leaders like himself. Cruz made specific references to this ideology or theology when he spoke at Liberty University and, specifically, to the American Family Association, saying this: "Nothing is more important in the next 18 months than that the body of Christ rise up and that Christians stand up, that pastors stand up and lead," Cruz said. "In this past election 54 million evangelical Christians stayed home. If we can simply bring Christians to the polls-is it any wonder we have the government we have, we have the leaders we have if believers stay home and leave electing our leaders to unbelievers. We get exactly what we deserve and nothing is more important than having people of faith stand up and vote our values, vote biblical values and that's how we turn the country around."
Values I grew up with in the '50s I no longer believe:
1. You must be "born again."
2. Jews must convert to Christianity.
3. No contraception.
4. Mormons are not Christians.
5. Talking about sex is taboo.
6. Charity alone can take care of the poor.
7. Once forgiven, sin no more or endure hardship as discipline.