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SANTORUM: Be wary of theocrats

Letter by Annie Russell, Gig Harbor on Feb. 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm | 30 Comments »
February 21, 2012 4:59 pm

A letter writer demands that American law follow Bible scripture in defining marriage (and presumably all other matters). Another claims Barack Obama has violated the Constitution by establishing the “religion of Political Correctness.”

Now Rick Santorum says Obama follows “some phony theology” that puts the Earth’s needs above man’s, and a spokesman for his campaign backs him up by stating that “theology” is the right word for any particular “worldview.”

All of these people reveal a common characteristic: Theology, or their religious belief, is the totality of their worldview; it occludes all else.

Many, likely most, Americans can live comfortably in a world that is not entirely painted in religious black and white. They rather like the colors of the world, the different people, languages, customs, traditions, beliefs, art, architecture and cuisines, and are happy to live and let live. And it just so happens that this is not only the American system, it’s also the Christian system: “Do not judge, lest you be judged.”

But American and real Christian values don’t work for religious zealots like Santorum. They are very afraid of and prejudiced against any other “worldview” that deviates from theirs. They believe righteously in their righteousnes and are perfectly willing to force their theology on everyone else.

There’s a word for that: theocrat. And a place for that: a theocracy. Thankfully, America is not a theocracy, and hopefully will continue to have the good sense not to elect, or listen to, theocrats like Santorum and other such believers.

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