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About American Theocracy

This is where I, your humble writer, talk about political issues. Primarily U.S. politics but the world gets smaller all the time and with our foreign involvements limiting myself to only stateside issues seems to miss part of the picture. I certainly have a special concern regarding the ongoing erosion of the separation of church and state in the U.S. However, really just about anything in the political realm is fair game.

Now a bit about myself as a series of statements in no particular order:

I am an average citizen concerned about politics in America.

I believe that America is a great country. However, I am concerned about recovery from the Bush era.  Repairing the damage that has been done at the whim of the neocons is going to take time.

I am an independent, progressive Democrat. I am concerned about civil liberties, social equality and the environment. The Democrats are where I fit in best in our 2 party system.

I do not work in politics. Although, I have volunteered at times for causes I support.

Anything I write here reflects my personal views not those of people I know, the company I work for or anyone else.

I do not write full time, obviously. I hope to write and discuss issues more frequently. It is easy to get distracted by day to day life and miss making my thoughts heard.

I think I am not alone in my failure to participate more actively due to everyday concerns.

I write because I believe there are not enough viewpoints actively participating in our current political dialog.

I am originally from the Midwest, currently live in  the West, and have traveled the country quite a bit. I have met many people of divergent faiths and viewpoints. I do not believe that people who disagree with me are inherently bad or evil. Our country is filled with a lot of good, earnest people many of whom I fundamentally disagree with.

I am not against religion itself. I strongly support the right for people to practice whatever faith they have found. My concern begins when decisions of government are made on the basis of religious belief.

I do not believe that there is one true path to enlightenment.

I do not believe that big business has the best interests of the average citizen in mind when making decisions. For profit corporations exist for the enrichment of shareholders. While there are exceptions, trusting them all to act as the best of them is folly.

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  1. November 17, 2009

    Dear soul,

    I favour theocracy because of Deuteronomy 28, and other scriptures. America became apparently blessed because America basically obeyed God. But since the United States’ Supreme Court began to attack religion or Christianity, such as by taking Bible reading, prayer, and the ten commandments, out of our public schools, and similar obviously wrong decisions, to the pleasure of sinners which prefer to disobey God, our country has apparently been cursed.

    If this course is not changed, we might ponder II Kings 17.

    I believe that the two (2) religious clauses of the first (1st) amendment to the American constitution mean the following. The congress shall not legislate to favour any denomination of Christianity more than any other Christian sect, nor may the federal legislature make any law to prohibit the God ordained way of his Son the Lord Jesus Christ.

    If that is true, that means that school children may be free to read the Bible, pray openly, and look at God’s good guidance: otherwise we Americans may consider a theonomic American constitutional amendment.

    Regarding George Bush, what is the problem? Do you think that he is a Christian, and then, if he is, you reject God’s way for that? Consider II Corinthians 11:26.

    Regarding the environment, consider Revelation 11:18.

    Thanks for your concern.

    November 17, 2009

  2. Srfnff permalink
    March 28, 2010

    Everything Mr. McCartney states above is highly speculative and based not on Biblical fact, but narrow, theological interpretation. One can counter theology with theology but in the end, what’s the use. Theology proves nothing.

    The overarching message of Christianity is the forgiveness and love of God for all people. Jesus definitive words on the matter are to: 1) love God and 2) love one another. There are no greater commandments than these.

    Perhaps Mr. McCartney and his associate religionists should consider this, the unpardonable sin is to usurp the power and meaning of God’s Word for personal interests that are not of God’s Kingdom.

  3. American permalink*
    August 21, 2010

    Thank you both for your comments. I’m afraid I missed them over here on the about page.

    The moment governing is discussing interpretation of faith it has gone horribly, horribly wrong.

    My concern is that I do not want government to be ordered by any one man’s or group’s interpretation of their faith. There is no reason for religion to be involved in politics. There are many divergent beliefs represented in our great nation and favoring any one of them over the rest interferes with the religious freedoms guaranteed by the 1st Amendment.

    Each person should practice their religion as they see fit. So long as that practice does not interfere with the rights of another everything is good.

    Frankly, I feel that removing Christian elements form the public education system is appropriate. Religious instruction should be in the home and in places of worship. Outside of a religious studies class , such as you might find in university, where multiple divergent views are presented and nothing is taught as an absolute truth religious studies belong outside of the public education system. What you teach at home, in your church, your private school, or your seminary in regards to faith is your own business. However, providing indoctrination into your particular faith-based world view is no business of the state.

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