You can’t escape the recitation. “America is a Christian Nation!” The Religious Reich loves to howl it at every opportunity. Despite evidence to the contrary – the very words spoken and/or put into print by many of the Founding Fathers of the country – the self-righteous contend that it is their country, given to them by their god, and it’s their god-given right to run it in whatever way their faith dictates.
I’m going to wave my magic wand and give the Religious Reich what they claim is theirs. I’m also going to speculate a little on what a “Truly Christian Nation” might look like and be like under christian rule.
The first step in determining what a “Truly Christian Nation” might look like, and be like, requires figuring out which version of christianity is truly christian. There are so many versions that I decided to pick the most vocal and politically involved version of christianity. Fundamentalism. They are adamant that they are the “real”, “true”, christians. And, even though fundamentalists are in the minority among christian denominations, their incessant molestation of, and tampering with, the political and judicial processes of the United States grants them the greatest opportunity to seize power. So, with Fun-dah-Mentalism in control, let’s take a look at what the United States might look like, and be like, as a “Truly Christian Nation”.
Say goodbye to…
The first order of business for Fun-dah-Mentalism is repealing any law that doesn’t comply with biblical teachings. Now, exactly which laws do or do not comply with biblical teachings will likely be determined by theologians appointed to the new ad-ministry. Basically Mullah’s for Moolah. But, I think it’s pretty easy to pull a few laws from the pages of today’s headlines. Other issues that might be addressed by the ad-ministry I will base on today’s Fun-dah-Mentalist screed. First up…
Say goodbye to Marriage Equality. Gone. It doesn’t require a lot of thought. The new ad-ministry would chop this one off at the knees and then disembowel it. Within a matter of months, a new Constitutional Amendment would be introduced and passed to protect the “sanctity of marriage” by declaring that a marriage can only take place between a man and a woman. Several old laws would be reintroduced and passed forbidding same-sex sexual contact, and the penalties for such behavior would likely be severe. However, the new ad-ministry, not wanting to be too barbaric early in their tenure, might decide on simple expulsion from the country for the convicted. As the nation’s religious fervor and appetite for vengeance grows, future convictions for same-sex sexual contact would likely be promoted to the death penalty.
Say goodbye to the First Amendment. Repealed then re-written. The new ad-ministry would need to change the wording of the First Amendment to maintain absolute control. Currently written as:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The amendment would require a bit of a re-write to ensure that the Mullah’s for Moolah of the ad-ministry were given total control over ideas, speech and press. It would likely read:
“The Christian Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion other than Christianity, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of approved Christian speech, or of the approved Christian press; or the right of Christian people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Christian Government for a redress of grievances against other religions or non-believers.”
Other Amendments would be in jeopardy of repeal or re-write. The 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments… All the Amendments to the Constitution would be scrutinized for biblical compliance at some point. The ad-ministry would leave nothing to chance.
Say goodbye to Multi-Party Politics. The new ad-ministry would push hard to eliminate opposition of any kind. A single political party (The Party of Christ) would be the country’s sole option. All elections would be internal to the party, and all potential candidates would have to be vetted by local, regional, and ad-ministry Mullah’s for Moolah. It’s even possible that the electorate would be vetted by their local Mullah for Moolah, judged for their faith and conviction to christ before being allowed to vote.
Say goodbye to Public Schools and Universities. Parochial Schools and Universities would replace Public Schools and Universities. The future of The Party of Christ and the Christian Nation will rely heavily on these schools to educate and indoctrinate young minds in the ways of unfettered capitalism, christian imperialism, obedience, servitude to god’s law and to the State. Independent thought will be discouraged at first. After the ad-ministry’s honeymoon period with their constituents had lapsed, independent thought would likely be outlawed.
Say goodbye to Child Labor Laws. The minimum age for a child to work would be reduced and the number of hours a child is allowed to work would be increased. The ad-ministry would paint this drastic change as a necessary effort to combat delinquency and crime. They would also claim that a working child is a godly child.
Say goodbye to Science. Science that presents a threat to christian religious dogma would be prohibited. Evolutionary Biology, Anthropology, Paleontology, Astronomy, Theoretical Physics, Quantum Physics, Climatology… A whole host of disciplines would likely be considered blasphemous and would be banned. However, if a particular discipline was monetarily beneficial to the technologies of warfare, communications, transportation, government infrastructure, etc. it would most likely get a pass under strict governmental controls.
Say goodbye to the Arts. Artists and Performers of all stripes would find themselves forced into retirement, or quite possibly shipped off to indoctrination camps for re-education. All forms of artistic expression would be restricted to ad-ministry propaganda and christian positive exploits. The tools of the artists’ trades would only be available through State run facilities and require a license to possess. Any form of artistic expression would be highly regulated and policed. Violators would face severe penalties, including but not limited to, the loss of limbs or tongue… and even death.
Say goodbye to equal rights for women and minorities. White male privilege would dominate. Women and minorities would become second, third, fourth, fifth class and so on, citizens. Classifications would be determined by the Mullahs for Moolah. Civil rights would be known as “civil privileges” and would be granted or denied based on the class system. Read “A Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood for other possible outcomes.
Dystopia – A Future of Real Possibility
There are many possible ways a “Truly Christian Nation” would look like and be like. Many authors have written stories over the years suggesting dystopian results. While many christians will argue that christianity is all about love, the “Left Behind” series of best-selling books written by Tim LaHaye and Terry B. Jenkins suggests otherwise. LaHaye and Jenkins underline a future where only the christian is the entitled class while the rest of humanity is “Left Behind” to the destruction of god.
“NOW is a fact that cannot be dodged.” Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here
The possibility of a “Truly Christian Nation” is not a dystopian fantasy born of wild imaginations. It’s unfolding in plain view. Now. Our political and social landscape has been infiltrated by Fun-dah-Mentalists with one unified goal. Domination. Dominion theology . Recent headlines on marriage equality, woman’s reproductive rights, religious liberty, among many other issues, offer a striking and undeniable glimpse of the process as it unfolds. In his 2005 essay “The Rise of Dominionism: Remaking America as a Christian Nation” for The Public Eye magazine, journalist Frederick Clarkson wrote:
“1) Dominionists celebrate Christian nationalism, in that they believe that the United States once was, and should once again be, a Christian nation. In this way, they deny the Enlightenment roots of American democracy.
2) Dominionists promote religious supremacy, insofar as they generally do not respect the equality of other religions, or even other versions of Christianity.
3) Dominionists endorse theocratic visions, insofar as they believe that the Ten Commandments, or “biblical law,” should be the foundation of American law, and that the U.S. Constitution should be seen as a vehicle for implementing Biblical principles.”
It can happen here
Many mainstream christians are being romanced into a nationalistic stupor by the Religious Reich. As a result, any talk of dominionism is lambasted or simply ignored, considered to be the far flung tantrums and misery of the dispossessed. They’ll insist that it can’t happen here. And yet, the evidence is prevalent and should not be ignored. It can happen here. It is happening here… now.
“No denial of the truth will ever invalidate it” Nikki Rosen, In The Eye Of Deception: A True Story