April 2-4 is the "Blog Against Theocracy" blogswarm. I've been worried about creeping theocracy in the U.S., and writing about it, for years. So I'm ready to blog. What worries me: theocracy is now beyond the creeping stage. It's sweeping. It's no longer just a threat, or a term with a weighty dictionary definition.
The lessons of history, for those who care about them, are that it usually takes a civil war to bring in a theocracy. And the United States is now echoing with the opening gunshots of a civil war that will determine whether or not this country becomes a theocracy.
It's time to call the spade a spade.
With every passing month, the theocratic extremists are more and more openly and unapologetically violent -- not only in their words but also in their actions, whether it's murdering abortion doctors or threatening to murder Congressmembers who dared to vote for healthcare reform that theocrats don't approve. But most Americans appear to be unconcerned about how the country is landsliding into armed conflict. Their sensibilities are so deadened by economic stress and apathy and the constant deafening drumroll of tabloid news (forget Tiger Woods, it's the Sandra/Jesse scandal now), that they aren't paying much attention to the important news.
As an example of how backwards and mis-prioritized our country is getting to be -- in February, a 12-year-old girl in New York City was arrested at school and dragged off in handcuffs to the police precinct, where she was kept handcuffed to a post for two hours ...all because she wrote a few words on her desk. Yet the violence-and-murder-obsessed theocrats are allowed to use Scott Roeder's trial as a public forum, and to make open statements that justify their Bible-based policy of murder against other people whose actions they oppose...and nobody drags them off in handcuffs.
The fact is -- theocratic religious extremists are advocating sedition. And the last time I looked, sedition was against the law in the U.S. There is a fine line between free speech and seditious speech, and the theocrats are crossing it.. But our fainthearted government appears unwilling to do much of anything about it.
Sure, the other day, the feds did arrest and charge a few of the Hutaree Militia from Michigan, and charged them with "seditious conspiracy." But this handful of arrests is just a good start -- kinda like the 10,000 lawyers chained together at the bottom of the sea in the old lawyer joke.
Indeed, the Justice Department evidently doesn't consider people like Roeder to be terrorists. His name isn't on the DOJ's current list of terrorists successfully convicted. Most Americans haven't admitted to the enormous power that people like Roeder have to terrorize them. Which he and his anti-abortion conspirators have successfully done, since abortions are becoming almost impossible to get, though most abortions are still technically legal.
When these theocrats are done terrorizing anyone connected with abortions, they'll terrorize LGBT people, and feminists, and immigrants, and non-Christians, and anyone else who is on their long, long blacklist.
So when the terrorists come after you, don't call the DOJ -- it is too busy trying to find Bin Laden. And don't bother calling local law enforcement, because they've got their hands full with arresting schoolgirls.
Over at Talk2Action, the political analysts there are talking about how hard it is to get major news media to pay attention to what the New Apostolic Reformation and other theocrats are up to. No kidding. Most of the major media appear to be as apathetic and stupefied as the public...or else they've bought into the theocratic side. Fox News and its resident theocrat Glenn Beck come to mind, but there are others.
In fact, most of the major media are so asleep that they're not even digging into the obvious and potentially volatile subject of Protestant clergy who molest children, and efforts by Protestant leadership to keep this subject off the radar. A simple Google search will turn up quite a few sites where this problem is discussed. But the best-organized theocrats are Protestants, and they want a Protestant theocracy...so naturally pedophilia is a problematical subject for them.
Meanwhile, why is anybody surprised that the right-wing militia are back in the headlines? Many of these so-called "Christian soldiers" are former military personnel who have the kind of hard-edged training and experience needed for winning a civil war. Meanwhile a lot of us liberals and lefties, poor things, still want to not own any guns.
Another lesson of history: During the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War (which ushered in a theocracy), at least the Spanish left were wide awake to what was happening in their country. So they armed themselves...or else that terrible war couldn't have lasted for three years.
Here in the U.S., I doubt that a civil war would last more than a year. In a few months, opponents of theocracy would be chewed to shreds by the superior firepower and experience of the right's "army."